She has been encouraging me to have a colour consultation for some time, but I have always been a bit wary of having my colours “done”! What if my favourite colours are not recommended? What if I hate the colours that are deemed to be most suitable?
When I arrived in Bangor last Friday, Jennifer explained the process…
“It’s not just about the colours you like/don’t like, I will provide you with a range of the most flattering colours.”
Jennifer started by giving me a mini-facial, and then used a hairband to keep the hair from my face, so that hair and make-up are kept out of the equation on the initial colour analysis.
It’s about choosing the colours you can wear, not having a colour “wear you”.
The processes of draping colours against my skin tone began
We started with pinks, and a fuschia pink was definitely most flattering.
With greys and browns, the clearer and less-dull/less-muted were the clear winners
As we progressed through the the colours, I was definitely heading for Cool/Clear/Deep colours (also described as Winter)
Jennifer explained that although some colours may not be ideal for you, by choosing a piece of jewellery or scarf in a colour from your pallette, it was still possible incorporate different colours.
Some of the colours Jennifer used to test against my complexion were “extreme versions” used for testing and comparison. I was not to be scared by the strong colours she was demonstrating with – I could chose a subtler shade.
The conclusion …. I was Cool/Clear/Deep (Winter)
The good/great news – black and navy where on my pallette
The ones I had hoped to also be there were brown, and a dusty soft pink – no colours are “banned/excluded” but it was recommended that I included some cool/clear accessories. I also tend to be drawn to more muted colours, as well as cream, but was encouraged to try brighter/bolder/sharper colours.
More good news was that yellow and orange were not for me ….. not that I ever thought they were, but it was nice to have that confirmed!!
Interestingly some of the colours of significant outfits from my past were deemed to be within my range-
My uniforms from my Northern Banks days started with teal (mid 80′s), then electric blue (early 90′s), and ended with navy (late 90′s/early 00′s) – were ALL in my pallette. (The less said about those triangular teal pinafores and lemon blouses the better!)
The mint green bridesmaid dress I wore in 1990 was definitely a good colour for me
My wedding dress (ivory) and going-away-outfit (jade green with a navy camisole) also perfect!
After the colour pallette was finalised, I had my makeup applied by Jennifer using the Art Deco makeup she is a stockist for. Jennifer also sells a great selection of tops, accessories, and of course some Janmary Designs jewellery! Definitely worth visiting her shop if you are in the North Down area.
For a Cool/Clear/Deep person, pink-based makeup is recommended – as I tend to prefer browns for my eyes and natural/nude colours on my lips, this will be more of a shift for me.
Finally I received advice on hair colouring, and I agreed that ash blonde was preferable to golden blonde highlights.
So, the whole process was an enjoyable two hours, with lots of advice from Jennifer.
I left with my pallette of colours – not as a definitive list, but to look out for colours which blended with them.
The wallet includes – samples of the Cool/Clear fabrics, advice on hair, makeup, accessories (shoes/bags/jewellery/even glasses)
Since last week, when clothes shopping, I have been keeping the recommendations in mind, and it has helped me decide against some of the more muted colours I would probably have been drawn to.
Thanks to Jennifer for her expertise and encouragement to go for a Colour Consultation.
Have you ever had your colours “done”? Have you considered going for a Colour Consultation?
Disclaimer : Jennifer Kelly provided me with a complimentary Colour Consultation, but ALL opinions expressed are my own – I promise!