What is a personal colour analysis?

Have you ever wondered what a professional colour analysis is? Simmy Wong, Personal Colour Stylist and owner of Colour Soup, answers key questions about colour analysis and how we can harness the power of colour to look and feel our best.

What is colour analysis?

Colour Analysis is the process of observing the effect of different colours (usually in the form of coloured drapes) on your skin to determine your natural colour tone.  It’s a process to help us understand why certain colours look beautiful on some people, but unflattering on others.

So why do some colours look better on some people?

The scientific term for this is simultaneous contrast meaning that colours can change the way they look when they are placed next to other colours.

In the diagram below, the grey rings are the same shade of grey, but the ring on the orange square appears more greenish than the grey ring on the green square (which looks more reddish). Similarly, the orange rings are the same colour, but on the pink square it looks brighter than on the green square.

colour analysis, colour stylist, personal stylistColour analysis works because it explores the optical effects and illusions of different colours on your key features. In particular, the clothing colours you wear affect how your skin tone, hair and eye colours appear.

What happens when you wear the “right” colours?

When you wear a harmonious colour, your complexion appears clearer, firmer and more radiant.  Conversely when you wear the wrong colours, your complexion may look blotchy and your blemishes more noticeable. People might even comment that you look tired or sick.

When you wear your best colours, you’ll make a better impression, attract more interest and receive more compliments. Most importantly, you will feel more confident, happier and in harmony with yourself. On a practical level when you know your best colours, you’ll save time and money by buying only flattering clothes for yourself.

What colours give the impression of confidence?

Generally, blue is seen as reliable and credible; red is perceived as empowering and friendly. It’s important to wear the correct shade to achieve the desired effect though. For example, dark navy blue is normally worn by professionals to convey authority and trustworthiness. A pastel blue would appear too timid in a corporate situation.

When dressing for an interview, you’ll look your sharpest and most natural in your best colour tones. I suggest combining your best accent colours  – red, blue, green, or purple – with a neutral colour to suggest approachability, credibility, reliability and compassion. If you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll move comfortably and project confidence that you’re the person to get the job done well.

Does black instill confidence?

Whilst the wearer might feel confident wearing black because they think it’s flattering and slimming, it’s actually a colour associated with insecurity, evasion and mystery.   Black tops can also cast shadows on your face, making you appear tired or older than you are.

Do our colours change over time? Is it worthwhile updating a  colour analysis?

Yes. There are always improvements in the colour analysis process, so it’s a good idea to get an update if your last consultation was many years ago. Generally, a person’s colours do not change; however, as we get older, our natural hair colour softens and this may change the diagnosis.

What’s one question a woman should ask to qualify a Colour Stylist?

Ask, “If someone has dark hair, does it mean they must be cool -toned?”

Sharon Billingham, coach me beautiful, sydney personal stylistA good Colour Stylist will understand that hair colour alone doesn’t determine if a person is warm or cool nor determine their best colours. A good Colour Stylist will understand how to interpret all your physical attributes (skintone, hair colour, eye colour) to determine your best colours.  I believe everyone can wear all colours (hues) and look amazing if they identify the best version (tint, tone, shade) that suits them. If a Colour Stylist says you can’t wear red (or any other colour), be cautious as they will be limiting your potential! Everyone can wear red. It’s all about finding the correct type of red to enhance your features.

Simmy Wong is a Personal Colour & Interior Stylist who founded Colour Soup in 2009. Simmy believes that incorporating harmonious colours into your wardrobe and home amplifies your self-esteem and happiness levels. Simmy provides personalised Colour Analysis consultations for women (and men) of any ethnicity.

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