Basically, there are four seasonal palettes of color—Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Your eye color, clarity and pattern of your eye structure, as well as the skin undertone (not its color), and the contrasts of these aspects with your hair (again, not necessarily the color) are all factors in deciding which season you are.
In order to discover your seasonal palette, you need to remove or hide all other influence of color, such as any makeup, hair, or clothing color you are already wearing as well as the lighting in the room. You want to know how each individual color influences your image.
This is very hard to do to yourself, and due to the emotional response your friends (and you) will have to color, it is not wise to simply trust others’ opinion. Without doubt, there’s enormous value in having a professional image consultant sort all this out for you by draping various fabrics over your neck and shoulder area to discover which colors make your skin tone, hair color and eyes become brighter and more alive.
Please be aware that not all makeup artists are certified color analysts. Do not be afraid to ask your analyst where she got her training. There are far too many sales people that are simply educated in color, but never tested or certified.
Your eye pattern and color and the chemical make up that causes your skin undertones and hair coloring does not change after age five. It does not mater how tan, wrinkled or gray you get; the season you are is the season you will remain for the rest of your days. You do not need to have this service repeated if it is done accurately. The money you spend on a consultation will be an investment for life.
Once you make this investment into your image, you will save yourself a lot of time choosing wardrobe purchases as well as saving yourself the expense of items you buy but don’t end up wearing because you feel washed away in it. Be sure to listen and take note of the things you are told by your analyst, because when you follow your guidelines the things you purchase should compliment anything in your closet that also is within your seasonal palette.
To request a color analysis appointment (or a Private Supreme MakeOver, which includes an analysis) click on the Image Coaching tab.
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.