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So here are some examples to see what was working well from one Award Red Carpet to the other…











More comments later, but just wanted to get these up and posted for everyone!


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So there were actually more “good” here than the Golden Globes…

But they were all in the Fire or Ice categories:


These are absolutely the best Fires from the group.  Two of these I will compare to previous bad colors in them, so you have a context for later in this post…





SAGBestIceSo many great Ice ladies here!  All are working it very well!






Comparisons will be in the post after this one!

For now enjoy all these that did great!

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I’m posting this, because there have been a lot of questions to me (and confusion) regarding these two dresses in particular…

Giving all of my readers some background information on how these award shows and the press work…

The press/media get some notes about each person/dress from either that person’s Pubic Relations Team and/or the designer themselves.  They are just reporting according to the crib notes they have on hand that have been provided from one or both of those sources.  They want things to sound “glamorous” or more exciting, so create extra adjectives to describe things that may or may not be the actual situation.

Two cases in point here:



I know, I know.  The press and media were calling these dresses “Eggplant” or “Aubergine”.  Fancy words that weren’t the actual color or tones of these dresses.  They were BROWN!  Worked for both the Fire on top and the Earth below.  I was there and saw them in person with my own Color Expertise eye.  They are BROWN dresses.  😉

Just so you know.

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Just putting this post up here for now…

I will be editing and adding to this later – but this point and question comes up continually – so let’s starts showing how it works!


People get confused when seeing different fabrics on TV or in magazine pictures.  The exact same fabric can look very different depending on the specific camera, lighting, or angles that are used for the specific shots.  The thing is that the person’s skin tone will also adjust accordingly – so you can’t judge a specific fabric you see on TV, Magazine, or on the Internets based on that personal view-screen level that you are seeing.  Just look at the overall balance and tones – then you’ll see if it’s working or not.

Please let me know if this opens your eyes a bit more, or if I need to answer more specific thoughts or questions regarding this.


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Well it’s a New Year and therefore a new Award Season!

First up is the 2013 Golden Globes.

There is some memo to the stylists out there that Cool and Powdery colors are “in”; so they dressed their clients in that. Once again – not taking their skin tone  into consideration, or if it complimented them to their best.

But there were a few standouts who were in great colors and tones for themselves.

Best FIRE:

Golden Globes Best Fire 2013

Great warm dress tone, makes her skin and hair tone all look great and blended!

Best Fire Runner Ups:

Best Fire RunnerUps

On the left – Don’t “love” the fit on the top, but overall the dress is a beautiful warm tomato color for her skin tone.  The top needs to fit her bewbs better.

On the right – This is a good example of a dark chocolate brown dress that is a good “neutral black” dress for warm Fires.  Fires should just consider this color and tone their “little black dress”.

Best ICE:


Don’t love the clear strap on the shoe, but otherwise all around great ICE dress on great Ice skin tone!

Best Ice Runner Ups:


On the right – Doesn’t matter what age you are – if you are wearing the proper color/tone then it will flatter you all around!

On the left – for her, it’s great!  My only nitpick is that the highlights in the hair are too warm, and should be toned to a more neutral/cool brown.  Otherwise, brava!



The coral/salmon color on her Earth features is perfection.  I also give her kudos for going with a warm Earth lipstick.  My only nitpick here is that I wish she would have had this necklace where the metal backing was a Rose Gold or Gold/Bronze.  Or something in Turquoise!  Either of those would have been stunning.


I know, I know…

Many of you might not “get” my choice here.  But, even though she is not a standard “Hollywood beauty”; she looked great, cute, and classy on the Red Carpet.  This deep warm brown was soooo perfect on her skin tone that I had to include a closeup picture so that you could see how much the lighting reflection made here eyes just POP their natural warm golden brown.  Up close and personal – this was stunning color and tone.

Best AIR:


I know that not everyone out there “get’s” her hair tone.  But it is a perfect soft cool AIR tone, and therefore works on her perfectly in combination with the dress.  Her skin looks great, her eyes look radiant.  This is how bright and glowing an actual Air can look in the right Air tones.

On the other hand, there were a TON of ladies wearing AIR tones that were not Airs, wearing Air tones – and it just washed them all out!  Such a wasted opportunity for all of them who should have been wearing warm FIRE or EARTH tones.  So here I present the Golden Globe 2013 Washed Out Queens:


In another direction, there was a beautiful AIR lady who also would have looked stunning in any of these dresses above – but she want with an ICE black look that was “okay”, but nowhere near what she could have rocked in one of these AIR toned dresses which would have kicked her up a notch from “Okay” to “incredible”.


Then there were ladies who are definitely warm toned, who just overwhelmed or “meh”d themselves in Ice black:


More later, but wanted to get these posted ASAP for y’all!


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Ice to Air

Jessica is a very talented Fine Artist – who spent so much time focusing on her artwork subjects, that she could never quite really see “herself”.

She came to me with these statements:

“I just kept dying my hair different colors hoping to find one that suited me, but I’ve never been able to find the right one”.

“You know, when I told my husband I was having a color analysis done, his response was “But you’re an artist. How can you not know what colors look good on you??” And quite honestly, I thought the same thing too, but when I came across your website I realized I had absolutely no clue! Kind of embarrassing to admit. But the evidence is in my closet! At least 90% of my clothes are the wrong color and I realized there was an issue when I noticed I always wore the same few things and never really felt “good” in them. The other items are just sitting in there getting permanent hanger creases in them”.

She was a pretty woman before, but got caught in that rut that so many women do…

Black is flattering on everybody.  Black is a neutral that works on everyone.  Those of you who know my color theories know that is soooo not true.  The dark hair and dark clothing was just too harsh on her, and overwhelming her own natural skin tone and eye tone.

So after working with Jessica and diagnosing her as an AIR – she was able to fully embrace and understand her natural tones and coloring.  The transformation is incredible!  With the right colors and tones, her full potential beauty comes out!

She has transformed from pretty girl next door, to stunning movie star quality!

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Awards Season 2012…

So the Award Season begins again this year with the Golden Globes.

It’s always a good opportunity to look at and learn the Color Tone successes and disasters each year.  This way you have real life examples to compare, contrast, and learn from.  I’m busy with consultations this year, so I’m going to be much slower with these pics and comments – but they will still apply as I get to them throughout the year – so keep checking back for updates and info.

That being said – wow!  It was really, really dismal this Golden Globes regarding ANYONE wearing their best or proper colors.  I’m literally straining to find “good” examples.  As the main point of this blog is about finding the best colors and tones that work for YOU personally – I’m again hugely disappointed at all of the stylists and actors in Hollywood blindly following whatever the color or “trend” of the season is; rather than what actually looks good on them.

I’ll have lots of examples of people where they just were either completely bad or just missed the mark on their colors in a later post.

For now, let’s get to the best ones:

So many more comments to come, but I just wanted to show you the best of the crop of people who were all in bad drab, non-flattering colors…

More later – stay tuned!

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