(Please note: I am reposting some of my older posts from a different blog I had many moons ago. Some of the content may not be new, but information is still relevent).

8 August 2019

Does an In-Person Draping GUARANTEE an accurate analysis?

Answer: NO

After receiving some feedback from a person (not my client) telling me that a virtual color analysis can never be accurate because of the lighting variations, monitors, etc., I feel the need to again address the question: just how accurate can a virtual color analysis be? Or put another way: Does having an in-person draping GUARRANTEE an accurate analysis?

The answer is NO.

I know this because I have had many clients who spent hundreds of dollars on real live drapings only to come to me and ask for a second opinion. Actually, I have had too many to count who have had multiple drapings - average is around 3-4 by the time they come to me - ( I think I need to advertise more)!

Not only were the draping results different than my results, often they are so off the mark, it’s startling. Most of these startlingly wrong analyses are done by one company or system. I will talk about that topic more in a future post.

But for now, we need to ask how this can be?

There are several reasons. First, the person might be using a system that just is not accurate. How many women were draped in the 80’s? Some were correctly analyzed many more were not, simply because the system had major limitations, namely it only had 4 seasons.

Other systems are just more accurate than others. I, of course, think that the my ColorBreeze System is the most accurate system available.

But a system is accurate only if the analyst knows what they are doing.

Some people, even if they are fully trained and certified, simply do not have an eye for color. Some cannot even distinguish warm from cool skin, much less identifying one’s chroma. I don't say this to be mean; I say it from experience.

Some people have a gift for style, putting together looks for people, and knowing what is fashionable in the moment. This is not one of my strong suits. Some people have absolute mastery when it comes to makeup application. I’ve been out of the loop in doing actual makeup applications so I wouldn’t consider myself a pro at this time.

My strength is color analysis: determining which categories they best fit into with a palette that will help them look their best. So my point, again, is to just emphasize that some people do not really have an eye for color analysis.

Are there limitations of virtual color analysis? Of course.

First, if the photos are not accurate, I most certainly cannot do an accurate analysis. It is the responsibility of the client to send accurate photos, because I of course do not know which ones are and which ones aren’t. Lighting can alter skin tones significantly. I am aware of this and rarely ever do an analysis from one or two photos. In fact I think on average I get about 10 to 20 photos, sometimes more.

Here is a link for some tips on ensuring an accurate virtual color analysis with me.

I think I’ve mentioned before in my newsletter that having done over 6000 virtual color analyses, there have been maybe 3 or 4 that I could not determine. This was mainly due to half the photos showing her skin to be warm and the other half cool. This is definitely the biggest limitation of virtual color analysis. So it would not be a good option for someone without lots of accurate photographs, and I have turned down a few clients who simply did not have enough good photos.

But if photos are clear and accurate, my virtual color analysis is as accurate as they would be if I did them in person.

Back to in-person draping, I’ve heard from several analysts who use a different system than I do that their drapes are “calibrated” to be absolutely accurate and fool-proof. This is non-sense and here’s why: while a good set of drapes are very important, there are none that can independently determine a client’s season without human interpretation coming into play. You can have the best ‘power’ color on a client and if you don’t have the eye to see it, the drape is really pointless.

I hear it all too often from clients who were draped multiple times that different analysts came up with different conclusions. So how can in-person draping be touted as absolutely necessary for an accurate analysis?

I’ve had several people tell me they were draped by different analysts from the same company –for example, the same company who say they are fool-proof and who is one of the biggest critics of virtual analysis – and STILL they came up with different results! So much for fool-proof drapes.

So how does one increase their chances for an accurate analysis? Testimonials are important, but I would also ask to see some before-and-after photos. Because the whole purpose of color analysis is to look better AFTER the draping than before. Otherwise what is the point of being analyzed at all?