Regulars and Shorts

Color U Gorgeous

By Auretha Callison

Reviewing the seasonal approach to choosing your best colors
by Auretha Callison
R-ST_Callison_seasonal.jpgColor is power. Wearing your best colors can affect you so strongly that you experience people being attracted to you and complimenting you in an attempt to make a connection with your energy. Color has the power to transform, soothe, excite, inspire and mesmerize. Colors can bring a room or home together—or break the continuity and create a feeling of unrest.

On our bodies, color can be our calling card. It can say (for us) that we are coming to make a powerful agreement (red) and that we believe we are attractive and don’t you think so, too? We can say that we are easy to be with (blue) and that we are passionate (purple). We love to learn (orange), and we are hopeful and cheerful (yellow). Color sends a message far ahead of our language and prepares people to be in the space to receive what we are offering.

I’m sure you’ve heard of people being categorized in color seasons. There are two cool seasons and two warm seasons. Cool seasons are defined by white and blue tones. The cool metallic color is silver.

A “winter” would be someone who looks good in black, white, dark gray, deep purples, blues, reds and deep intense “jewel tones.” This person goes gray well and looks yucky in weaker, mellow colors.

A “summer” looks good in vibrant pastels—still intense colors (like the jewel tones) but with more white added. Black won’t look as good, because it is just too intense and will wash a “summer” out. Pinks, blues, periwinkle, lavender, watermelon and aqua are all great colors for this person.

Great examples of cools are Asians and people with blue eyes and paler skin. Many summers are natural blue-eyed blondes. Cools should avoid brown, gold and yellow-beige at all costs!

Warm seasons are defined by brown and yellow tones. The warm metallics are gold and copper.  Warms need to avoid colors with too much blue, gray, black or silver.

An “autumn” will typically be a redhead or brunette with freckles and look great in brown, coppery orange, moss green, rusty ginger, chartreuse and dark turquoise. They are easy to spot and wear intense warms beautifully. Many people mistakenly think they are this season because they are attracted to the rich, earthy and grounding colors. People are also attracted to “autumns” because they are the rarest color category (3%) and wear these colors so well! 

A “spring” looks great in lighter yellow-toned colors like soft coral, yellow-greens, tangerine and soft brown, olive and ginger. Springs look terrible in black and require a light hand with makeup. Light aqua and soft watermelon are a sure bet! A great example of a spring is a strawberry blonde with pale skin.

Two colors look great on almost everyone—turquoise and watermelon, which contain equal amounts of warm and cool colors.

Applying these rules to makeup and hair is especially important, because anything near your face needs to be your best colors. Remember that sales people know how to sell a product, not necessarily what color is best on you. Natural light is critical for purchasing the right colors for your face and also seeing your hair color. Ask your stylist to walk out into the light with you at the end of your session with a mirror so there are no surprises when you go out the door! When you go blonde, if you are cool, go ash blonde (white blonde), not orange blonde and vice versa for the warms. Winters will gray beautifully, but require a cut that is a classic shape, such as a long bob, not just long hair that’s gray. The rest of us get to color our hair so that we keep our vital look because as we age we lose our color. Blush and lipstick become more important and defining our eyes with soft shades is helpful as well.

Color is energy.  Use it well!

Auretha Callison is an image and essence consultant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Questions?

This article was originally published on July 3, 2008.