Color Selections Can Mean More Wrinkles…or Not!

I have never had my colors done…until this past weekend.  I know the identification of a woman’s best colors to wear has been around for over 20 years when COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL hit the scene, but I never really appreciated why I needed to understand it.  

Many of us know what colors we just do not care for, or believe we look good in!  So, it helps to meet with others and talk all things color.  The SOFT SURROUNDINGS where I work part time at THE SHOPS OF LA CANTERA brought in an image consultant to teach sales associates about color.

The most important lesson I learned and saw was how wearing some colors will actually darken the circles under our eyes and make the wrinkles look more pronounced.  That motivated me to sit in the chair.  It not only is important for clothing…but very important for selection of makeup as well.

What color am I??   I am a WINTER.  I guess I knew it, because these are the colors I usually wear…except for this pink in the color wheel below (I call it Pepto-Bismal Pink).  I am still perplexed about military-green and burnt orange…which I think look good on me, but are not in my colors. Still thinking about those…but, the orange I like is one of those which brings out the worst on my face!  Don’t want that! But I love the color.

 I did look up information on WINTER colors and I am most like actress Anne Hathaway…according to the experts…and I do like that! I think she is stunning.  I also headed into the excellent beauty area at the store and made some new cosmetic selections…I am not yellow based in my complexion, but pink…I did like what I saw from COSMETICS AT SOFT SURROUNDINGS.  The JANE IREDALE CIRCLE DELETE and AMARTE BB CREAM went home with me. 

Winters look good in all of my favorite neutrals and I do love that…don’t have to change my blacks, whites, grays or taupes. 

Here is a new version of the book I think I am going to check out and see if I learn anything REINVENT YOURSELF WITH COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL.

Have you had your colors done??  What do you think?  Have you ever considered how they make your facial features look?  The dark circle factor was very revealing to me!  All in all, I am glad I went to the seminar and happy for what I learned.

Tell us how you feel about color categories…

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


  1. I had my color done years ago and it changed my life — and saved me a lot of money. Once I started buying clothes in "my" colors, everything in my wardrobe started to work together. I am often complimented on how coordinated I look, but most of this I do without thinking as I am buying the right pieces in the first place.

  2. I had my colors done in the late 70s. I am a summer. If I wear the wrong color I know it immediately……my "moustache" becomes apparent!

  3. I also had mine done years ago and learned that I'm a Spring. I carried my little book of swatches with me for years and they really helped me shop for the colours that looked best on me. As I've aged and my hair has taken on more silver highlights, however, I've discovered that I can wear black which used to make me look completely washed out. Silver jewelry also looks much better on me than it used to.

  4. Another Winter here! I had my "Colours done in" 1981 and loved the concept and still follow it to this day. It made such a difference in saving time and money when shopping and everything I buy coordinates. And it makes shopping for cosmetics so much easier as I know exactly the right shades of blush and lipstick that suit me.

  5. Color can make a huge difference. I had my colors done back in the mid-80's and even tho I've turned grey, pretty much stick to the same colors (Summer). I agree with Miss Elaine who has discovered she can now wear black. Some of the cosmetic colors have changed so maybe it's time for another look at finding a person who does colors. P.S. I ordered the vitamin C serum and used it for the first time last night. Eager to see what it will do for my aging skin.

  6. I had this done with another source and how true this is. With the one I used, I actually got swatches of my best colors in a pretty little bag to carry in my purse for shopping, and believe me it goes everywhere with me. While I LOVE blush (the shade of pink, and the rose quartz color of the year), it makes me look completely blah and washed out. So in cases like this, if I keep the color away from my face or use it in accessories, I can still enjoy the shade. But being a "clear" (with the one I used), I look best in jewel tones and brighter shades, and it truly does make a huge difference in my complexion and also impacts my confidence level. This is not something to overlook, in my opinion! Great post!

  7. It is true about the circles under your eyes looking less if you wear complimentary colours. I trained in colour analysis way back in the early 80s when it first came to the UK and then worked as an image consultant both privately and in the corporate market for about 20 yrs. Some of the colours in the winter palette you show such as the browns and light olive look quite warm to me but it may be the photo. I am not surprised that you like the burnt orange as you have some warmth in your hair.

  8. Yes I had my colours done 20 years ago. Indeed most of the things you know yourself,but there were a few surprises: black and white (my favourite by far) is hard on me. I am an Autumn and B&W are for Winter types. The advice was to choose moss green and cream instead (as if that is available in the shops… Never moss green). I also learned that yellow and orange are my colours but pastels and jeans colour near my face are terrible. Even though I know I still sometimes "stray" as I did with my baby blue sweater. Which I gave away. Expensive mistake which I could have avoided. Now that I am blond instead of brunette, the colours yellow and lime are more tricky. But I think my hair colour doesn't even matter that much. Perhaps I should go in for another test. The good thing about knowing your colours, is that you can avoid waisting money. And Pam, if you like orange, use it as a secundary colour, in a belt, a bag, a skirt, trousers, anything which is not near your face.

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