Monday, 28 April 2014

Natural Glamour

To me, glamour is the ultimate mood lifter.  Whether I'm feeling a little down, or tired or ill, I can either mope around feeling sorry for myself, looking awful and bedraggled, or I can have a shower, do my hair, put on some makeup and some nice clothes and my whole outlook immediately shifts to become more positive and optimistic - more hopeful and less victimised, and that goes a long way towards my recovery!  I'm not suggesting it's a cure-all miracle potion, but if we at least feel more beautiful, it can make life's challenges a little easier to deal with!
Glamour may mean many different things to different people, and I guess there are levels of glamour, but to me, it is basically about feeling pulled together and trying to look your best in a manner that is befitting to the situation.  And nothing could make it more effortless than knowing your colours! 
I remember a time, before I knew that I was a Soft Summer, I used to live under the illusion that glamour was some artifice that I had to work hard for, something that was "other" than myself.  Of course, if you're constantly trying to correct your uneven skin as a result of wearing colours that don't really suit you, you're fighting a losing battle.  You start piling on the foundation, blusher, eye makeup, lipstick, until you look like a painted doll and hardly recognise yourself in the mirror!  As the day wears on, slowly but surely, all that makeup slides off your face, and you end up wondering why you look so unkempt when only a few hours ago you thought you had it down, looking all polished and perfected!  But when I wear my palette colours, even as the makeup wears off, I still look good, and sure, you still have to reapply your lipstick, but even if you didn't, it wouldn't matter so much, ha!
This suggests to me that really, there are two kinds of "glamour": a superficial, surface glamour, and a more integrated, natural glamour.  And it's quite easy to recognise which category a person falls into, because the surface glamour usually comes across as being a bit over the top, a bit fake,
like someone who's trying on a look but hasn't quite found themselves yet. 
The natural glamour comes out when you wear your palette colours, because all you're doing is coaxing forward what is already there, so your makeup and clothes are not competing with your natural beauty, they are enhancing it, perhaps, slightly exaggerating it, and that's what's so fun: because even if you are in full on glamour, as long as you're wearing your palette colours, people will still see your authentic self underneath it, they'll still recognise you as YOU.  A very glamorous you!  The kind of glamour that others would be inspired by, and would find kind of exciting.
And that's so much better, and more achievable than looking like a plastic dolly, or a person suffering an identity crisis.  There is no need to wear our insecurities like a badge of honour, they do us no favours.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Aspects of Nude

I read the most interesting article the other day, and I found it so inspiring that I wanted to write a little something in relation to the subject (click on this link: Olfactory Nudity - In the Mood for Nude)

The article talks about how different perfumes use the "nude" colour palette to convey their relation to a skin like scent - an exalted skin scent.  I really loved that whole idea, and it made me want to look at it from a 12 seasons point of view.  But just as you will not find a scent that smells exactly like skin, as it would only ever be a suggestion of skin, you cannot really find a colour that matches your exact skin colour perfectly, because your skin, like your hair and eyes, is many colours in one.  That colour nude that we perceive our skin to be is the amalgam of colours that all harmonize to create an overall effect.

Furthermore, that overall effect ends up being completely different things from person to person - from the palest alabaster through to the darkest ebony, spanning all the range of peaches, beiges, and tawny hues that represent skin.

But the skin is an alive, breathing organ, constantly changing, and not in any way uniform.  The illusion of uniformity is our downfall- we try to pin a living thing down to a dead one.  To sum up a multitude with a singularity.
Of course, we love to wear a "nude" colour so as to mimic naked skin to produce an innocently sexy, sensual effect.  But with the 12 seasonal palettes I have also learned that we all have a "nude" shade that may or may not seem like "nude"- nevertheless, it will be the next best thing (or should I say, a better thing?): a shade that both mimics and complements.  A shade that suggests nude.  That suggests nakedness.  And in the art of seduction, suggestion is the most powerful tool.  Your clothes could become a caricature of your skin if you try to match them too perfectly and you'd end up looking a bit like a dolly.  But choose a seasonal "nude" and you'll find that your skin glows in a mysterious light- there will be a certain ambiguity there that is very, very sensual.  You see, it's not the colour itself that means anything, it's the qualities inherent to it. 

Choosing the wrong shade of "nude" can have disastrous effects.  It can make you look ill and tired and anything but sexy!  So what to do? Well, if you're a warm season, no problem- there will be some shade of beige or peach or tawny gold or even brown that will adequately mimic your skin for that sought after head-to-toe effect.
But what if you're a Cool season and your palette doesn't seem to contain an actual "nude" the way you're accustomed to seeing it?  Well, let me tell you, it's better to choose a shade from your palette that looks like an aspect of nude, rather than to cheat and wear a colour that isn't in your palette, which can be very risky: unless you're incredibly advanced at recognizing colours that fit perfectly into the harmony of your palette, the chances of choosing the wrong tones are very, very high.  Sure, by all means, pick a nude you like and wear it, but then you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't interested in truly understanding how to use all the amazing colours that you already have!

Wearing an aspect of nude will be a powerful thing!  What do I mean by that?
Look, I know it sounds like I'm trying to make you compromise, but I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.  I don't want you to compromise, not even slightly - why should you?  But what is it that we're compromising here exactly?  Wearing a colour that doesn't suit you is quite a compromise in my opinion, considering that you're spending your hard earned cash on something that won't make you look or feel anywhere near as gorgeous as you could, and should!

To illustrate what I'm trying to say here, let's take for example the Cool Winter palette:

Not a nude shade in sight.  And yet!  If you are the proud owner of such a dazzling complexion, why would you want to muddy it with some ubiquitous shade of beige, when you can instead bring forth the crystal clarity of your skin far more effectively with one of those icy pinks, or pale greys, or even pure white?  Or hey, why not even the icy yellow?

Remember the story of Snow White?  Skin as white as snow, hair as dark as ebony wood, lips as red as rose?  Ok, so that's a bit of a caricature, but if you're a Cool Winter, your "nude" is going to be a more extreme colour, depending on the depth of your skin colour.  Say you're very pale, you may decide to use the palest tones of pink or white, but if your skin is a deep chocolate brown- how about using the deepest inky purple, or the pure inky black instead?  How's that for NUDE?  Do you see what I'm driving at here?  Suggest nudity.  After all, we do not wear clothes to pretend that we're naked- we wear them to cover our nakedness, and if you want to suggest and mimic your naked skin, it is far better to mimic an aspect of that skin- in this case, the pure milky whiteness, or the vast purple depths, rather than wear some beige or brown colour that will not only detract from your natural, naked sensuality, but will DILUTE it.  You don't really want to dilute your beauty, do you?
You see, the qualities, as in, the characteristics, of your natural colouring speak volumes about your "style" of nudity, and your beautiful naked skin radiates its very own kind of light and sensuality.  
 Perfection and uniformity are two different things.  A rainbow is refracted white light.  What we see when we look at you is many colours refracted and then reconciled in our field of vision.  The result is harmony. 

Do you see what I mean? When you wear your correct colours, you are actually showing others how to see you.  They will see YOU, and not only that, they will see the best you, the you that you want them most to see!  That is seduction.

Let's have a look at another palette that is "missing" nude hues:

Light Summer:
So let's say you're a Light Summer, and you really want to wear your best shade of nude.  Well, first of all, have a look at your skin and swatch the palette against it.  You will be surprised to find that some colours look almost like a metaphor of your skin - and the beauty of it is in the realisation that rather than a colour looking good because it is a blend of your colours, it looks good because of how it causes your colours to blend together - the harmonising effect.  This means that the shade you choose to represent your skin is more than just another shade of nude, rather, it's an EXALTED nude. 
You might be surprised to find that your lovely, luminescent, light summer skin is closer to that pale taupey grey (third one down, far left) than to some kind of peach or beige, but then again, you might find that your skin is more evocative of one of those soft, wheaten golds, the ones that look like the spun gold version of beige.  Or the pale pink hue, a blushing rose!  You may find this notion strange, preposterous even, but give it a chance to settle: we are so used to looking for the obvious, but if we want to cultivate that "Je ne sais quoi", that mysterious pizazz, we need to be looking elsewhere than the mainstream!  Think always of what you can equate your palettes colours to in the natural world: in this way you will see them for more than just the little square block on a silly page.  And if your nude is the pearl grey of a doves wings, think of how romantic, how delicate, how angelic you will seem to others when you allow your version of nude, of nakedness to shine through!

Like I said previously, suggest nudity, and your seasonal nude might end up being a completely different animal to the socially accepted nude.  After all, we've done it with black and white, so why not nude also?  I am a Soft Summer, and when I look at my palette against my skin, it is surprising even to me that the so called nude shades don't seem to match MY nude as much as the grayish yellows, which is such an odd thing to even say out loud, because it's only when I look at the actual swatch on my arm that I can slightly accept the truth.  But like I said, it's not about matching, it's about suggesting, and if I'm going to suggest my concept of nude, maybe I'll use a different colour altogether.

I know this post seems more like asking questions than providing any substantial answers, but if there is one thing that colour analysis has taught me to do, it is to always question the status quo, and look only for the truth, because ultimately, the truth is so much more perfect, with all it's inadequacies, than any sanitised uniformity, however appealing it may be at first.  I don't want airbrushing, I want to see real, naked, nude skin, elsewise, it is impossible to see the person underneath :-)

Monday, 17 February 2014

Emilia Fox - Born to be Blonde?

Wow, is it really February... 2014???  Ok, I do apologise for not posting nearly as often as I'd like, alas, the constraints of working full time and having a million other things to do means that I rarely get a moment to myself, and with all the emails that I receive from readers, I prioritise helping people figure out their colours over blogging, which means that I have to grab these creative bursts when I can and put them in black and white before it's too late!  And I can assure you that I do not lack inspiration, on the contrary, if I blogged about everything that I get an idea about, I'd be doing this full time.  Now that would be fantastic!  Blogging is time consuming, and I'm a frustrated perfectionist, which means that I'm never happy with the end result and it's very hard for me to press "publish".   So I guess that's an extra hurdle too, but hey, it's good to recognise these things about oneself.

Anyway, after all the rest and relaxation of the holidays, and with the Christmas festivities now well and truly over, I was afraid that the month of January would be nothing but cold bleak weather, minus the pretty lights and the exciting sense of anticipation.  How wrong was I!  Little did I know that some of my absolute favourite programmes would be starting in the New Year, such as Sherlock Holmes (where we finally received an explanation for his mysterious staged death) and Silent Witness, which had left us last season with the tragic loss of Professor Leo Dalton, and a much bereaved Nikki Alexander, the forensic pathologist portrayed by the actress Emilia Fox (who I adore!)  In this season, she chopped her long blonde locks into a sexy bob - one that no doubt will be requested by many at the hairdressers! - and I couldn't help but wonder what her season could be.  Since it would be selfish of me not to share my musings with you all, I thought it would be an ideal post :-)

Now, of course, this is not her natural hair colour - it's very, very rare to have hair this blonde naturally into adulthood (it does happen, but it really is the exception).  But Emilia Fox is one of those people who carries it off BEAUTIFULLY.  Not wanting to get ahead of myself too early in the game here, I must mention the fact that if you look "natural" with the lightest of blonde hair, then it's very possible that you're a Light season, so, either Light Spring or Light Summer (Light neutral warm or Light neutral cool). 
It wasn't easy, but I managed to dig out a picture of Emilia with what seems to be her natural hair:
It's not always easy to tell, especially with a poor quality, grainy picture like this, however, I don't see any root regrowth, and the colour matches her complexion perfectly.  Also, she looks very young here, so that increases the chances of her hair being natural.  Pictures like this are a lot of help, because it allows you to see the foundation of a persons colouring.  Here you cannot help but notice warmth, so already, I'm leaning towards a warm rather than a cool season. 
Another very important thing to note is that her eyebrows are very light, almost invisible, which would also sway me towards a light season (this is not a light season rule, it's just that the more "light" characteristics you visibly have, the higher your chances are of being a light season).
Let's look at a clearer picture, and see if we can confirm our previous observations:
Well, this warm white coat certainly looks amazing on her!  And the light peachy nude lipstick and blush are both neutral and warm, complementing her skin tone perfectly!  The black around the eyes is too heavy, but as we all know, black around the eyes is THE makeup uniform when it comes to wanting to "stand out" and look all grown up.  It's also an overcompensation for what we perceive to be too much lightness (so, not enough contrast). 

But one thing that really, really works here is the hair: even though you can tell that it's clearly artificial, it just suits her SO much!  In my earlier post about Gillian Anderson, I was saying how women often dye their hair platinum to look younger and fresher (I think of it as the Marilyn Monroe effect - although to be fair, Jean Harlow did it before her...)  BUT, in the case of Emilia Fox, she has been dying her hair light blonde for years, and it has always looked right.  This suggests to me that she has always instinctively tapped in to the importance of lightness in her look, and it matches the lack of definition in her eyebrows well too, making them into a really romantic feature, so why not?  Anyway, like I said, if there is a season that can carry off light blonde hair artificially, it has to be a Light season.  Just look at Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow: they both look amazing with really light blonde hair, even though they're naturally a darker shade, more like a light brown/dark blonde.

One of the dangers of trying to artificially create your "natural" hair colour, is that the result is never as delicate and luminous as the reality:

I'm not saying the colour isn't shiny and lovely, but somehow, I feel we've swung a bit too much the other way now, everything seems a bit too warm.  And I guess also, a bit too muted.  I'm not loving the mustard dress and the harshly yellow gold earrings - it's very autumn, and it overpowers her delicate beauty.  The hair might work, but it would have to be in a different context.  Probably best stick with the blonde!  Also, notice the texture of her skin, a very important part of colour analysis is being able to recognise how the skin behaves.  Emilias skin is very fresh and naturally dewy, almost like some sort of plump berry, which does not go well with the dustiness that comes from more muted colours.  Colour and texture go hand in hand - you simply cannot have one without the other (otherwise we'd be immaterial beings of pure rainbow light, which is a lovely thought, but our reality IS somewhat denser than that!)

I really love the following photo, because it shows how wonderful she looks when she wears a much more subtle eye makeup.  No harsh black lines, just a faint halo of light brown liner to give some soft definition.  You can really see the spring like qualities coming forward here!  I even love her roots - they're certainly very well blended- makes the light blonde hair look almost natural!  It's also interesting to note that while a Light season suits light colours best, they do not necessarily have to have light eyes to qualify.  There is something really smouldering about her beautiful brown eyes, an intensity that you simply wouldn't expect to see in a Light season.  It's one of the things I love about colour analysis though: every one of us shows the world a totally individual expression of what a season can be.

So in answer to the question I asked in the subject of this post- whether Emilia was born to be blonde - let me say this: although I love and adore natural hair colour, there are some people whose "adopted" hair colour enhances them beautifully, and I think she is one of them.  The blonde hair lends her this aura, as though she's surrounded by a halo of golden light, and for a Light Spring, I would look at it as more than a "hair colour", it's almost like an accessory, like finding the perfect shade of lipstick or the perfect earrings.  It's not absolutely necessary, but it sure is a lot of fun, and maybe she was born to be blonde, and rectified that herself :-)  I mean sure, I'd love to see the true depth of her natural hair colour, but at the end of the day, what really counts is how a person feels most comfortable, because that is the key to being happy within ourselves.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tis the season to be Bright Winter!

If there is truly a time of year that perfectly represents the Bright Winter palette, it has got to be Christmas!  All those perfect landscapes of gleaming white snow, and houses adorned with a thousand multi-coloured lights!  It's not only a moment of festivity and shared moments amongst loved ones, it's also a relief from the darkness into which we have been plunging headlong for some time now.
Of course, we still have a few months of darkness yet to come, but embracing the Christmas season is such a wonderful way to celebrate the depth of winter, when nature has gone to sleep for a while, and we have this amazing contrast between the stark cold, darkness, and the joyous, scintillation decorations!  It's truly magical!  And how about Santa Claus?  Truly a great representative of the Bright Winter palette if ever I saw one!  With his shock of snow white hair and beard, and the brightest red velvet outfit you ever did see, he is the epitome of Cool, Bright colours, and with his jolly demeanour and being the representative of ultimate generosity and kindness, you can see how befitting the Bright Winter palette is to such a character!

Artwork by Dean Morrissey

And I guess that in many ways, that's how the Bright Winter person is, a blend of striking bright, cool beauty with a heart of gold.  An effusive inner warmth, barely contained by the outer layer icy bright colours :-) 

Could there be a more dazzling array of Technicolor beauty?

Now, the stereotype we tend to see in our minds when thinking of a Bright Winter is black hair, bright blue eyes, and pale skin.  Now, although there are many representatives of the Bright Winter palette who do conform to that picture - think Megan Fox, or Sophie Ellis-Bextor.  However, and I like to remind everyone of this fact as often as possible, your season is NOT determined by your apparent hair and eye colour, but by which colours make your skin look most smooth and vital and vibrant. 
A lot of people who have been analysed within the SciArt method can become a little frustrated, because they want to be able to match their hair and eye colour to their palette, and if this proves impossible, they decide to give up on the system altogether, and turn to one that allows them to wear their apparent hair, eye, skin and lip colours as part of their clothing.
Now look, to each their own, and I'm not disputing that those kind of systems have their merits - we're all different, and we all have our preferences!  However, this is part of the reason why I blog about this: because I just feel that this 12 season system deserves to be fully understood if it is to be utilised properly.
A colour looks the way it does as a result of several factors that brought it into being in the first place.  Any season can have brown eyes, but yes, brown, I mean, what's brown?  Who cares?  SciArt does not preoccupy itself with an exact match to your eyes or hair because there are so many colours in your eyes and hair, all perfectly blended together to create this finished result which changes according to the light!  I cannot for the life of me find a flat, cloth like equivalent to my hair colour, and believe me, I've tried! 

Back to Bright Winters then.  And let me just say, a Bright Winter is not a Bright Winter because they have piercing blue eyes and dark hair and cool skin.  There are Bright Winters who have hazel eyes, with light brown hair.  In fact, those characteristics are actually probably more widespread then the blue eyes/dark hair combination.  No, whatever your hair colour, eye colour and skin colour, you have those apparent characteristics because of the season that you are, not the other way around- meaning that the qualities of colour inherent to you are expressed with the final result that others see.  Whatever colour you choose to wear, as long as it's from your skin enhancing palette (the SciArt variety) your eyes and hair will look distinctive and beautiful, whatever colour they appear to be.   In fact, I can give you an example, well, sort of. 

Alex Polizzi "The Hotel Inspector"- I was convinced she was a Dark Autumn till I saw her wearing deep olive!  Then I did some virtual draping and realised that she needed the brightest cool colour available, something that only the Bright Winter palette could satisfy!  You just cannot judge a book by it's cover.  Strangely enough, she does have a love of neon colours, which had never actually jarred me when I saw them on her. Now that's telling!

But maybe we're looking at an altogether different issue here?  Maybe not all Bright Winters want to stand out from the crowd, in the way that their colours seem to force them to do?  After all, it's only natural to want to blend in from time to time!  Anyway, who am I to tell you that you can't wear Dark Autumn brown if you so choose to?  It doesn't really matter, just so long as you know that regardless of your outer attributes, if your skin looks glowing and smooth, the rest will fall into place. 
I think that being a Soft Summer myself, I sometimes suffer from "Bright Winter envy".  In fact, I can tell you that a lot of people do, judging by how many people of softer colouring try to "sharpen and define" their image by dyeing their hair an outrageous colour - the thing is, for all those who try to look like a Dark Winter when they aren't and end up looking "gothic", those why try to look like Bright Winter when they're not end up looking "punk" (or worse, gaudy).  And yet if you're a Bright Winter, you can wear the most neon looking colours and still somehow look "natural". 

Ah natural!  When it comes to colour, "natural" is one of the most misinterpreted words!  For most, "natural" means some kind of beige colour.  A bit like the ubiquitous "nude".  No, natural does NOT have to mean some sort of rustic hue (rustic hues, by the way, only appear "rustic" if they're not worn by an Autumn - on an Autumn, they'd look fresh and lovely).

I love this below picture of Megan Fox, because it shows that a Bright Winter person does not necessarily look as "bright" as you'd expect them to - usually they're quite "amped up" with additional makeup, but really, they don't need to amp it up, because they're already at maximum volume!  So I ask you: how would it benefit Megan here to wear some sort of "nude" hue, when her natural appearance has such brightness that it eclipses even this relatively muted lipstick she's wearing?  It wouldn't!  To bring out your "natural" beauty, you want to bring forth those characteristics that brought your appearance into being, and in Megan's case, those characteristics are Cool brightness with a tiny touch of Spring warmth.

And when you put the Bright Winter palette under her face, you can see how there isn't a single colour that competes with her natural beauty:

Normally, if you looked at a Bright Winter palette next to someone's face in this manner, your gaze would just be constantly drawn to the palette, but here the harmony between the person and the colours is so fluid, that her features are strengthened by their mere presence.
 Something that needs to be appreciated here is that the correct palette will have the same effect on everyone, regardless of their season, and regardless of whatever the accepted criteria of beauty is at the time - sure, Megan Fox may be considered one of the beauties of this world, but when it comes to the realm of colour harmony, we are all enhanced, strengthened and magnified to our very best advantage - it's a great leveller isn't it?  What I love about this too is that we can appreciate this beautiful woman for all her feminine gorgeousness, and not feel threatened by her apparent perfection, because we are all able to shine as brightly as she does, if only we give ourselves the chance to!  So this Christmas, let's all celebrate our own beauty and be grateful for whichever fabulous colour palette Mother Nature has chosen for us.  As they say, Mother knows best ;-)
Merry Christmas to one and all!
Lots of love,
Sonia xoxo


Sunday, 10 November 2013

Two Autumns

I'm hanging on to the fact that it's still autumn at the moment, even though it's really starting to feel like winter, and with Halloween and Bonfire Night over and done with here in the UK, everyone's talking about Christmas.  Now I love Christmas as much as the next person, but it's just too soon for me.  There is still a profusion of beautiful reds, oranges, yellows and browns out there in nature for us to enjoy, and I'm not about to let it pass me by!

I was inspired to write this post because I came across the below picture, and realised that it would be perfect for both a paper doll exercise, as well as a side by side comparison of two neighbouring seasons.  Though it didn't' start out that way!  I'll explain what I mean by that in a minute.

Kate Bosworth and Hilary Swank
And what do we have here?  The official red carpet uniform: the LBD.  If I had a pound for every celebrity I see sporting black on the red carpet, I'd be as rich as Cresus.  Now I know it's not that simple, and I really don't want to start criticising people for wearing black again because you all know my thoughts on the matter, but this actually benefits us greatly for it gives us the perfect blank canvas for some paper-dolling!  Or should I say black canvas?
In this particular scenario, Kate and Hilary probably have a good reason for wearing black - it must be related to the event they're at in some way, so I can't start saying "they should have worn this, or that", but this does give us the perfect opportunity to see how their face lights up when wearing their correct colours!
Now, when I first saw this picture, I didn't know either of their seasons for sure, I only had a vague idea.  They both look like warm seasons to me, and I wasn't sure if Kate Bosworth was a Light Spring or a Soft Autumn- I was leaning more towards Light Spring.  Hilary struck me as a True Autumn, so like I said, I wasn't sure how this was going to play out.  So I started with my first theory, and dressed Kate in Light Spring and Hilary in True (Warm) Autumn.  Have a look here:
So I looked at this and thought: Hilary looks awesome in True Autumn peach, but Kate... not sure what it is exactly but this Light Spring peach is not really working for me.  It's hard to put my finger on it, but I just don't know.  I need to try another colour.
Again, I'm pretty sure I made the right choice for Hilary, since she looks gorgeous: I love the harmony of this muted, rich, mid tone teal/turquoise hue, which just draws my gaze up to her wonderfully strong features and glowing eyes.  But Kate?  All I see is a too bright hue of turquoise, and that lipstick.  It's like I can't actually SEE her.  Let's try something different.  I'm going to put her in Soft Autumn hues and see what happens.  I'll start with the hues I tried in the Light Spring pics to see if we can correct what just happened there!
I just had to colour in Kate's lips as well, because that matte orangey red shade was just... distracting.  So now we have Kate in pure Soft Autumn peach, and Hilary in a slightly different shade of True Autumn peach (since you've already seen her in the other shade, nice to showcase other colours!)
I must say, looking at Kate in these Soft Autumn hues, I feel 100% better! I can see the freshness of her skin, and I realise that there is a sort of earthiness to her facial architecture (as there is for Hilary) that I hadn't quite detected before.  But most importantly, I am now no longer distracted by the clothes, and I can see HER, the person, as opposed to (ironically) another doll in black.
I'll try her in Soft Autumn turquoise now to correct the earlier too bright hue from the Light Spring palette:
A LOT better!  She's so soft and radiant, so romantic and just plain beautiful!  And... what's this?  Hilary has lost the diamond necklace and is now wearing a gold one.  I can see her beauty even better now, as it's not being sliced in half by a too cool and sparkly necklace.  Every detail helps!
Let's go back to the dressing room and change them into their seasons hue of violet/purple:
Here we have a perfect example of the difference between the shades of two neighbouring seasons: see how Kate's Soft Autumn violet is more blue based, more periwinkle in appearance to Hilary's True Autumn violet, which has redder tones in it?  If you had seen Hilary on her own without Kate standing next to her, you would have wondered how such a shade of purple could belong to the True Autumn palette when it seems such a cool shade, but this is to show how relative it all is.  Hilary's purple has just enough warmth laced through it to pick up on the warmth in her skin, yet at the same time it has sufficient coolness to be complementary to her skin tone, which is a very dramatic way of bringing out the golden tones in Autumn skin.  Autumns do complementary very well (colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel) because they look their best when giving an impression of texture.  Notice also how I coloured in Hilary's lips?  The lipstick she was wearing before wasn't outside her palette, however, it didn't match her blusher, which was a lot warmer and seemed orangey by comparison.  Call me old fashioned, but I am of the belief that your blusher and lipstick should match, if not exactly, at least approximately.  It's just unfortunate that Kate's blusher is slightly too warm, but there's nothing I can do about that :-(
In the following picture I want to show you just how cool a Soft Autumn looks next to a Warm Autumn:
Kate's cooler, tinged-with-blue Soft Autumn hues look positively mermaid like (i.e.: of the sea) in comparison to Hilary's glowing, unabashed warmth.  Notice how vibrant they both look, in their own individual way?  The Soft Autumn hues bring out Kate's Autumn warmth reminiscent of warm September evenings, and brings forth a very romantic, princess like vibe, whereas Hilary's glowing, straightforward warmth makes her seem a strong wild amazon.  You can see why she was such good casting for "Million Dollar Baby" where she played a boxer- strength, verve, passion, all things associated with True Autumn.   Now, I know that these colour overlays are a bit fake looking, but in a way I almost like that- because it actually allows me to see which overlays look the least fake when testing colours from different palettes.  If something can still look nice even when the outline is a bit sketchy and wrong, then you know you're on to something!
There is something else that I really cannot emphasise enough: the correct colours should look FABULOUS on you.  There are no half measures.  There's no ho-hum feeling that comes from wearing them.  You put them on, you see the results.  You see the smoother skin, the scintillating eyes, the shinier hair.  You realise that yes, you CAN look a million dollars, and not in a haphazard, accidental way (we all stumble across the right colours occasionally, even if we don't know what they are) but in a systematic way.  So even though the above pictures are a bit crazy looking, all coloured in like that, what they bring forth is that sense of fun, the excitement that comes from dressing up in colours that come from the same palette that nature used to create you.  All these colours, they are aspects of us, of our essence as people, our personalities even.  So when we wear them, we not only show the world at large how beautiful we are, but we also show them WHO we are.  Our clothes become accessories to the main event, the piece de resistance, the beautiful work of art that Nature made: YOU.
By the way, something that needs to be considered with Kate Bosworth, is that the reason I initially saw her as a Light Spring is that I was misled by her hair colour, which is bleached blonde.  Now there's no doubt that it totally suits her, but it's not her real hair colour, which means that it changes the way she appears at first when you look at her.  But colour analysis forces us to look behind the image that is being projected, to see the real person underneath.  And just like tanned skin does not make a warm season necessarily (almost anyone can get a tan) since a tan is a visible overtone, blonde hair does not suddenly transform a person into a light season either, since the colours you wear need to enhance two things that CANNOT be changed, and they are your UNDERTONES, and the colour of your EYES.  Those are the two elements that need to be brought forward through the colours in your clothing, makeup and accessories, because they are the very foundation of your beauty.
Kate Bosworth is an especially interesting case, because her eyes are not both the same colour.  If we start from the premise that everything that nature creates is perfect and in total harmony, we can begin to understand that it doesn't matter whether they're the same colour or not, since they will contain similar tones.  Have a look-see:
One eye is blue, and the other eye is green or blue green, with a touch of brown.  The blue eye seems quite cool, whereas the green plus brown eye seems quite warm.  But then look at her skin, and her makeup: all the softest, slightly warm beiges.  There is a slight coolness present in her skin, but it's beautifully enhanced by her nude champagne gloss and soft tawny blush, with a lovely tawny eye shadow.  This is makeup made perfection for her.  The delicate gold jewellery further picks up the warm tones in her complexion and eyes.
Consider now the fact that when you look at this picture of her, there is absolutely nothing jarring about the difference in eye colour.  On the contrary, it's exciting and a little awe inspiring.  A Soft season is not the shrinking violet that everyone tends to believe.  Just because the colours that suit soft seasons are so soft and subtle that you wouldn't pick them out in a crowd next to the louder, brighter hues of Winter or Spring, doesn't mean that they're beauty is any less arresting.  But a soft beauty like this is a slow seduction: it draws you in, and then you're hooked.  Soft seasons, know your power!
Now, although Kate's eyes are different colours, look at how her mid tone to dark blue picks up on the same colours in both eyes?  Wearing her colours is going to actually harmonize and enhance her eyes in equal measure.  It's really quite astonishing, the power that the correct tones will have on you.
Now take this same picture, but with the top in Light Springs palest powder blue:
An amazing thing happens: the Light Spring baby blue picks up only the blue eye, and leaves to other eye looking less jewel like, and more subdued, because the common thread has been lost.  This effect is easily observable in a case like this, but this same thing is what is happening all the time, to anyone who wears colours from outside their palette/tones.  The overall effect here is slightly weaker and a little lopsided, which is just not necessary when you have such an astounding beauty like Kate.
This time, let's see what happens when she wears a top reminiscent of the green part of her eyes:
The effect is two-fold: the green part of the one eye is brought forward, and the blue eye is made slightly greener looking.  Both eyes are enhanced to look dazzling in their own way, and you can enjoy the difference between them, and what they have in common all at once.  It's just amazing.
Finally, let's pull forward that brown shade in her eye:
This is truly magical, for the brown in her eye is enhanced by the brown in her top, yet the blue tones in the brown top still enhance the blue of the other eye.  This is the power of colour analysis at it's very best!
Well, this has been quite an exciting post for to write all round, as I've been able to touch on several issues all at once, and what better way to celebrate the beauty of autumn than to talk of all this!
Till the next time!
Lots of love,
Sonia xoxo