My Tauranga Colour Consultation Experience
Spending time and money refreshing your appearance saves you so much energy; it can rescue you from disappointing purchases, regretful impulse buys, time wasted wondering what to wear and endless searching for that ‘miracle’ clothing or beauty item that will take 10 years off…Make it easier on yourself and get it sorted now.
I’ve had two professional colour consultations. Here are my tips on what to look for and how to get the most from your colour appointment.
6 THINGS TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER YOUR COLOUR CONSULTATION
1: Choose a consultant who’s flexible. They should acknowledge exceptions to (or let your break) the rules! We dress not just to look good to others, but also for our own enjoyment. While a personal stylist (or makeup consultant like myself) teaches rules and principles, the best image consultants are flexible. They understand if you have something you were given or handed down and wear for sentimental reasons, or an item that makes your heart sing but isn’t your ideal fit or colour. While you’re learning, they might not encourage rule-breaking at first, they should be real enough to know life isn’t black and white. Dressing should be rewarding AND fun!
2: Choose a colour consultant who is thorough. Especially if your hair is coloured, your consultant should cover your hair so it doesn’t skew their judgement – or yours! – during the colour draping. Not everyone does this.
3: Ideally, be makeup-free for your consultation, for the same reason as above. I wore the smallest amount of neutral makeup I thought I might get away with, so I’d feel happier facing the mirror.
4: Be open to change and learning! Experts might not know everything about you and what you’re comfortable in, but I’ve had my best fashion discoveries when I’ve tried a combination I never thought would work for me!
5: Read your follow-up notes. Especially if you are new to this information, the notes will help clarify and reinforce what you discovered in your style consultation…and help you recall the ‘aha-moments’ you forgot!
6: If you get confused by the colour info when you get into the ‘real world’, keep it simple with just warm and cool. Even with what I’d consider an experienced ‘eye’ for colour, I struggled sometimes to tell the difference between some colours, or whether a swatch was winter or autumn etc.
Colours are divided first into warm and cool, then into 4 intensities. If you get confused by the intensities (tone, tint, shade, and pure) and can’t tell what season a colour falls into…pare it back to just warm and cool. I feel this makes the biggest impact initially.
When shopping or dressing, if you aren’t sure a shade is in your season, compare it with a similar shade. Colours aren’t in boxes, but on a continuum between cool and warm, with neutral in the middle. By comparing two colours, you’ll be more likely to see which is warmer/cooler and choose at least a ‘better‘ colour for you, even if not strictly your season.