Putting together colors for warm complexions with strong pink undertones.
I put this personal colors shopping fan together for a lady whose complexion looks warm at first sight but has very strong pink undertones. Many women with such complexion run into a problem of not finding colors that work for them. She is a Renaissance, S-type beauty, who has some Paleo, Z-type presence and wants to play it up.
The challenge is to build a neutral palette, that is based on blue-undertones but still supports the effervescent warmth of the skin tone and brings out that magnificent feline eye color. To maintain the fragile balance, try to think of the dusk painted in watercolor. I find the hues names to be very descriptive. From left to right.
Oriental Midnight Bronze….
Wood Violet, Grayed Aubergine…
A couple of dark hues that stand in for your basic black. Despite its commercial success, black overwhelms many people’s complexion and facial bone structure by its harsh, graphic appeal. A lot of us would benefit from the softer versions of the dark neutral.
Bronze Smoke, Black Tea…
Dove, Flint, Antler, Raven….
At a distance these softer dark neutrals will look black. This is exactly the idea, to get you the softer version of your ‘black’.
One of the biggest challenges for women with strong pink undertone is finding their metallics. Neither gold nor silver work for such complexion and we scan through tons of metal “Must-Haves” hoping to come across a shoe, a party dress or a necklace in Rose Gold and Rose Copper.
Between the Rose Copper and the Dried Sage Green sticks rests a prints and patterns stick. I took some liberties here, borrowing it from a much warmer, toasted palette. I looked for ways to play up the watercolor warmness of the skin tone and the slight oriental appeal of the European face.
For assembling personal color palettes I use Seasonal System developed by a California stylist, Susan Caygill (1911-1994). This fan is based on two palettes: Dusk and Iridescent Summer. I also made a couple of “steals” from the Autumn palette. Find our more about my work here.
A piece from an American psychologist, Leonard Sax book "Why Gender Matters"
I often revisit this fascinating description on how one teacher brought back school boys’ interest in reading. It is from the book by Leonard Sax “Why Gender Matters” an American psychologist and an advocate for gender-sensitive education. “How would you feel if you were this character?” That sort of role-playing exercise works for most girls. […]