A lovely woman from the Czech Republic emailed me with questions. I thought why not share my answers in case some of you are wondering the same things. (And if you have other questions, drop me a line and ask!)
1) If a client loves yellow/pink/green/whatever hue and is DYING for it to be in their palette, for example, yellow but it’s not one of their best colors, then I will SHOW them their best yellow , let them photograph it and compare it to other yellows so they can really ‘learn’ it, but no, they do not actually GET it in their palette from me. I tell them that they should wear their best yellow with one of their best colors (actually in their palette) and in a style that is FANTASTIC for them.
2) If someone’s palette feels at odds with a person’s environment (let’s say they work in a very corporate environment and their palette feels sweet and girly) or their personality doesn’t mesh with their colors (perhaps they are very quiet and their palette goes loud) then when it comes to how to actually USE the palette, I help them do that successfully so that they feel and look fabulous (and appropriate).
3) If someone is very fair in skin and has light/soft (in color) hair and they NEVER wear make up they’d get a different palette than their identical twin sister who LOVES makeup and doesn’t leave home without filling in her brows and at least wearing mascara, blush and lipstick too.
4) If someone wears a color they love daily, for instance, as glasses or hair color then I’ll work treating that as though it is a fixed fact – a part of their own natural coloring. That’s what I did for this client who keeps her hair colored pink and wears her two tone glasses all day (not just for distance or reading). Bear in mind when I choose such colors, like with selecting any client’s “body colors” (meaning, colors that relate to their hair, skin, eyes, blush), the colors I pick may not be literal translations. They are colors the MAGNIFY beauty of the entire being when worn as clothing, makeup and accessories.
Another shot of the palette – here you can see, from far right working in: glasses colors , green eye colors, pinks (after the magenta of freshly dyed hair fades slightly) then her natural hair colors as they start coming through before she re-dyes…and her rainbow!
Q. “Do you name all your palettes?”
A. If clients want a name then, yes, we name the baby! Usually I suggest a handful of names based on enticing things the colors make me think of, hear or smell. Working with clients online, I’ll have often had a lot of conversations with them and get ideas also based on their interests, location, etc. Sometimes clients love one suggested name and selection is fast. Other times one or two suggestions feel ‘almost right’ so we fuse, modify or keep searching from there. Occasionally clients want to name their own palettes.
Bear in mind that my brain is trapped and temporarily detained in color-selection-mode at an in person appointment (and when I am working on palettes for online clients) right after completing your palette. It needs time to decompress and switch gears to name-creation-mode. Think of the excitement of learning your best colors and – if you want a name for your palette, getting that name pinned down as two distinct, fun events!
Q. Will you be in London seeing clients in summer, 2016? If so, when and how long is an appointment?
A. I would love to work in London in the summer of 2016 but it’s not confirmed yet. It’d be the end of July/start of July in Wimbledon over a couple of weeks. Let me know if you are interested! Seeing clients face to face, the color analysis takes 1-2 hours. (Online takes me much, much longer as I have many ‘targets’ (you in each photo) rather than one (you in the chair)! For those of you wanting style too, that is done based on meeting you and then online photos of your in outfits -so I can see what you own, how else you might combine items, what’s missing, your proportions, etc.
Don’t forget, if you have questions not yet answered, drop me a line! I love hearing from you!