Your body, face, and hair are like a painter’s canvas. Any color you add to this canvas (whether hair color, make up or clothing) should compliment the whole picture. You don’t cover your canvas completely, so you want all the colors to compliment the undertones the Great Artist started you with.
If you have a soft, yellow-white canvas and you paint bright, bold cool colors on it, the colors will stand out from the canvas. The paint is what others will see. The uncovered canvas will be overpowered and unnoticed.
However, if you paint on other soft, yellow-toned colors, they will easily blend and compliment the canvas. Any untouched spot in the paint, where the canvas shows, will simply appear as part of the whole picture.
When others look at your image—your painting—you want the canvas (especially your eyes) to be what they see. It is not the outfit, your make up, or your hair coloring that you want noticed. It is you—your reflection of the glory of God—that you want to reveal to them.
When you are wearing your proper colors, you will receive compliments about you, how great you look. When you do a good job picking out outfits, but your choices are not your color, you may still hear compliments about the outfit, what a great dress you are wearing, but you may be lost in the picture.
You may feel good when someone says “that outfit is beautiful” or “that shirt looks great on you,” but that doesn’t mean that you are making the right color choices, it simply means that person likes that outfit or color, not that that outfit or color likes you. Often we choose our attire because of compliments we have received, but the compliments that we do best to listen to are the ones that speak about how we look, how others are seeing us—not our attire, our make up, or our shoes.
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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available soon.