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.



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!


Emmy Awards 2012

Hey Everyone!

It was a super hot and humid day in Los Angeles today – so everyone was understandably melting on the Red Carpet.  That being said, I have some initial calls on who were bad in their colors and tones and who were good to great!

I will have more in the next few days, but wanted to get these up initially for my blog readers to start off the discussions.  Please remember that I am not commenting at this point on dress cut, fit, or silhouette – only on good or bad color tone for their particular skin, hair, and eye tone.

These are the BAD:


These are the GOOD to GREAT:

Stay tuned – lots more comments and specifics later over the next week.

Have fun learning and educating yourself!


Earth to Ice

Amore is a beautiful young woman who was thinking she was warm and Earthy.  She had just put henna on her hair and it was too warm for her. For her Color Intervention we took the henna out, then added cool brown highlights to take advantage of her naturally curly hair.  We also gave her a haircut and shape to take advantage of her curly hair, and accentuate her face and features.

This is how you incorporate cool highlights into Ice or Air hair!  Her skin looks bright and clear, and the bright cool pink top just compliments her completely.  Please note that there is absolutely no foundation or any makeup on her skin.  She has some lipgloss, and some eyeshadow – and that is it!  Clean face, wash and go hair – and looking bright and beautiful…

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!

This is a great Earth Blue option in the Old Navy Women’s Department called “Tropical Storm”:

The following three Earth Purples are “Lavish Lavender”, “Dark Purple”, and “Plummy Mummy”:

All good Earth options that are rare to find in the current marketplace!

This is a quick time sensitive ALERT for all of my Earth clients out there!

I know, I know – it is so difficult and hard to find true Earth Blues in the current marketplace – but right now at Old Navy there are a couple of Earth Blues!  There are also some Earth Purples!

Check this out:

These are two polos that are available at Old Navy right now that are the best Earth Blues I’ve seen in ages.  They are in the Men’s Department and called “Pollywog” and “Pirate Cove”.  They are so perfect that for any Earth men out there, I would go now and buy two or three to have them for now and the future.

For any Earth women out there, I will put a post later on what is available that is good for women directly – but alas there are not these two Earth blues in the women’s department.  BUT – They are sooooo good and perfect – that for an Earth woman – I highly, highly recommend…

Go to the store, and get a Men’s size (Medium, Large, XL, XXL) whatever fits your chest comfortably.  Get two or three.  THEN, go to a tailor and spend $10 or $15 to get the waist nipped in to a female hourglass shape!  If you need to pay a little extra to get the sleeves slimmed then do that as well.  I don’t think that you are going to find such a perfect Earth Blue basic for a long time, and it will be money well spent.  For an Earth woman, I would even suggest to get these, and have them tailored into a V-Neck Sleeveless Top!

Think outside the box, and you will be so happy that you listened to me!

Please stay tuned for more actual Earth women’s options, but in the meantime – I seriously can’t recommend enough for you to go out and get these – or at least look at them to get your Earth Warm Blue mind wrapped around an actual visual of the colors!

PS The Earth Purple that is good right now is “Purple Heather”: