October 26, 2015
One of my students recently asked me how it is that someone is able to pull off different Colortimes®. (Colortime® refers to my system for determining one’s best personal image colors based on hair color, eye color, and skin tone.) Here is my answer:
Anyone who has constant access to professional stylists or the money and time to constantly change their “look” could probably dress in any Colortime® they choose, depending on a whim or their mood. This is why you see someone like Olivia Wilde looking so different in many photos.
Julianne Moore is another excellent example of how her looks are changed for various photo shoots. If she chooses to wear an emerald green dress to an awards dinner, her makeup artist will likely use on her a very fair, cool tone foundation and play up the green in her eyes. Her stylists know how to advise on all of this—that’s why she always looks so good.
Celebrities also have the benefit of being under flattering lighting be it for TV, film, stage, or photo shoots where flaws can be corrected, and these “tricks of the trade” are always available to them. There are also the “fashionistas” and “creatives” who enjoy changing their looks from day to day—they really embrace the process.
However, there is the reality of the woman or man who has little time, a limited budget, or just doesn’t have the know-how to make calculated style changes. He wants to know that all his ties go with his suits. She wants to reach into her makeup drawer and pull out cosmetics that work for her coloring. This is where starting out in a basic Colortime® makes so much sense. Many of us want a method that is reliable, a color palette that will look good and be so well coordinated that it doesn’t take much time or money to feel confident. A Colortime® consultant teaches the basics of the theory and demonstrates its practical application.
What is your best chameleon moment?
Hallelujah! At last someone who speaks sense to the average woman/person. I’ve been told to dye my dark hair chocolate or other brown variants to stay warm and it costs a considerable sum to fight Mother Nature, who is very insistent. If your ash brown hair has become ashy black brown with silver at front and your once dusky honey skin has become medium fair neutral where do you sit naturally… oh and once darkest brown eyes are now deep hazel (up close a muted blend of warm Browns, cool greens & dabs of golden honey which over lies what appears to be a deep grey blue. To fight to stay warm as I once was when free summer fun was mine all the time, is hard work. I’m told I am dusky warm deep if I dye and add some brown and a touch of auburn and dusky cool deep if Mother Nature wins out. I have long felt that I will be hiding my true self and my love of pinks and reds if I stay in autumn and I have to say apart from some green and cirals I don’t like the sunset colours much and brown just makes me totally drab and so brown, brown, brown neutral. Black is only good now softened & with lots of skin showing