Colour analysis - why? And how?
So you've been thinking about getting a colour analysis, you're wondering if 2020 is your year, maybe you've done some googling and found Kettlewell Colours. Or maybe you've been a customer for years, but never quite taken the leap to finding out once and for all what your own personal colour palette is.
Well, this is the year (maybe even the day) when things change for you. There are so many reasons to spend time and energy uncovering your own seasonal palette, and today I'm going to share the four most important ones. When you get to the end you'll be ready to begin your own journey into the world of colour, so as if persuading you to begin the process wasn't enough, I'm also going to finish up by telling you exactly how to go about doing it.
1. Look amazing
OK, this is what you're here for really, isn't it? Wearing your best colours means highlighting all your best features, making your skin glow and your eyes sparkle. Not only that, but lines and dark circles will be reduced, so you get to look a million dollars. Not a bad first reason, right?
2. looking amazing = feeling amazing
I know you're here for reason number 1, but reason 2 is actually what it's really all about; how you feel on the inside. And that's where the magic really happens with colour analysis. When you wear 'your' colours, it's not just that you look fantastic, it's that you suddenly feel right, like everything about you is in harmony and the real you is shining out. That, along with the confidence of knowing you look your absolute best, is pretty much a killer combination.
Our model Hannah looks washed out and dreary in soft Summer Beaujolais, but vibrant True Red brings out the beautiful brightness and clarity in her eyes and skintone.
3. Confidence with brights and with neutrals
Yes, brights and neutrals. Not just one or the other, no matter how bold or minimalist your usual look.
Knowing your best neutrals means always having the perfect foundation for any look, always being able to anchor even the boldest and most crazy bright shades, and always been able to look pulled together with zero effort. On the flip side, knowing your best brights means being able to really add the magic to your look. If you've ever seen bold colour clashing outfits, or looks which perfectly balance pops of colour with elegant neutrals, but felt unable to take the leap into braving those brights, then knowing your best brights will eliminate that fear. Knowing which brights will make your skintone sing, rather than make you look more crazy colour lady rather than colour queen, means rocking those brights with 100% confidence.
4. Less waste - the two in one win
I love this one, with its two benefits in one. Firstly, knowing your seasonal palette means no more wardrobe disasters. No more 'I must start wearing more colour' purchases which languish unworn. Instead you'll be in love with every single colour in your wardrobe, with no rogues hiding at the back. Not only does that mean significant quantities of money saved on disasters, it also (second benefit alert) spells good news for the planet - textile waste is a massive global problem, and anything we can do to reduce our environmental impact can only be a good thing.
Gorgeous Paula looks sallow, flat and boring in warm toned Camel (a great colour on Hannah, above!), but clear, cool and vibrant Sapphire brings her to life and makes her beautiful eyes sparkle.
OK, so I've persuaded you (I have persuaded you, right? If not, I insist you go back and read point two again. You will feel SO GOOD when you wear colours that make you look your best, that make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow. You'll feel more confident, more empowered, and more you).
But how do you go about discovering that palette of colours? The first part of the journey is simple. Go take our colour quiz. It will get you started on your journey of discovery with colour, and help identify the palette of colours that works for you. But if you really want to know it all when it comes to colour, a full colour analysis is the best way. A trained consultant will asses your personal skin tone using carefully selected coloured drapes, helping you see which colours make you look your best and which ones really aren't doing you any favours. Depending on who you choose, you may also being given style advice, introduced to your 'wow' colours and told which part of your seasonal palette you fall into (for more information on seasonal sub types, you're going to need this post). To find your nearest Kettlewell recommended stylist, visit our Find a Colour Stylist page.