Real Women Case Studies
This "Real Women" page is where I showcase actual clients I have analyzed. This is in contrast to celebrity women, who are - yes, I know - real women also. But most don't have photoshopped glamour photos styled by professional makeup artists, fashion stylists, etc.
They have graciously allowed me to use their photos so you can learn from their coloring.
This next “Real Women” example shows how much lighting can affect one’s perceived season.
It is something I deal with working with virtual clients and one must always be aware of how it can affect your coloring.
The first thing I noticed when I saw “Kayla” was that her dominant trait was Light. I love it when I can definitely identify a dominant trait because that narrows things down significantly.
So she’s either a Light Spring or a Light Summer. Well, in my ColorBreeze Complete, she could be one of 4 seasons (all-cool Icy Light Summer, traditional Light Summer, traditional Light Spring, all-warm Sunlit Light Spring).
Here are some of the photos she sent me and my initial reactions to them.
This was the first one I saw and immediately I see a little warm and a little cool.
The next two below look more warm than cool.
This one above looks especially Light Spring-like.
If this was the only photo I saw (and rarely do I ever want to say with assurance one’s season with only one photo) I would no doubt say she’s a Light Spring. But she is in sunlight and sunlight can bathe a person in warmth, whether she is naturally warm or not.
This photo above in particular struck me as summery because of the fact her new hair growth looks ashy to me, and I see a bit of pink in her skin. This light and somewhat dusty blue would look pretty flat on a Spring. I think it looks good on her.
What this photo above confirmed was that she is definitely a LIGHT season. Hair roots are light. Lashes are light. And eyebrows are very light.
Her hair roots are ashy and her skin looks a little pink.
She sent me lots of photos. And it was challenging to find which undertone seemed to be more dominant.
But before I tried any of my Face Flash Cards, I found a set of photos she sent me which were essentially two critical cool vs warm test colors:
hot pink and bright orange.
In my opinion, the hot pink was more clarifying and overall flattering than the orange.
Since she was not all-cool, I eliminated the Icy Light Summer as a possible choice for her.
Results: Light Summer
Client "Janice" told me she was debating between two seasons: Soft Summer and Clear Spring. How can two very different seasons -nearly polar opposites - be mistaken for each other?
It's those clear-looking eyes I talk about in my trainings. Some seasons can have eyes that look clear (dark rim, light iris) but they are not a Clear season. But just for the record, all Clear seasons like Clear Spring and Clear Winter (whose dominant trait is CLEAR WILL always have clear eyes. If they don't, they are not a Clear season.
But Summers in particular, most often Light and Soft Summer lights, can have eyes that look clear, too.
In Janice's case, her skin looked cool. And her hair seemed ashy. While she didn't look dreadful in yellows and oranges, they did not light her up like they should if she was truly a Spring.
On the other hand, a soft blue shade puts her face in focus and makes her eyes even more noticeable.
Final assessment of "Janice" was:
Sunlit Soft Summer
When I analyzed Alexis, I knew she was very warm. But she was way too deep to be a Warm Autumn. At the time I was using my ColorBreeze System, but there was only a Deep Autumn season and the newest soft autumn deep that was very warm (see case #2) called the Toasted Soft Autumn.
Still, I felt she was too deep to be even the Toasted Autumn. So I chose the Deep Autumn season for her, feeling that her dominant trait of Deep overrode her need for warmth. There was no other option.
Alexis wasn't completely happy with the assessment, because she knew she needed more warmth than the Deep Autumn season provides.
Plus, she really did not seem to flow into Winter. If she flowed anywhere, it was into Warm Autumn.
However, at this very same time, I was formulating the theory for the 'missing' seasons that eventually completed my ColorBreeze Complete system.
And one of those was the Hot Deep Autumn season, which is, essentially, a hybrid of a Deep Autumn and Warm Autumn.
While I was trying to think of celebrity examples for this season, actress Raquel Welch came to mind (below).
I thought perhaps Sophia Loren is one, too, but one of my Italian colleagues swears Sophia is a Winter who just colors her hair. I won't disagree. But I knew Raquel is an Autumn. A very warm one.
Alexis was thrilled to find the perfect season!
She's contacted me several time to tell me how happy she is with this season, and it makes me very happy when one of my clients is, too.
As you can see in her most recent photo, she is warm yet deep. She can handle a lot of depth but has to make the colors warm for the best effect.
Here is one of your comments she sent me not too long ago:
I just wanted to provide some feedback on my post analysis experience.
Dark Autumn 2017 - didn’t work out and wasn’t feeling attractive at all or in my skin with colours and makeup (struggled to accept it but there was no other season I could be).
2018 Hot autumn - all my colours are working even without colouring my hair. the copper makeup is perfect and even the accent colour mustard can work as a fashion colour (tweaking jewellery etc) I never thought I could look so beautiful last year was the worst as a traditional neutral DA.
With blonde I used your toasted autumn e-book makeup recommendations (have swatch book too) but everyone’s traditional DA recommendations repeatedly failed and made me look ugly. The purpose of this feedback is people should know when they are working well and if they are on track.
Well done Lora (can we have what to follow if hot autumn goes blonde too in the new ebook?).
Boo to 12 seasons am not happy with them."
Alexis - England
Elena was an important case for me because I got her wrong! Well, with the system I was using at the time, I chose the best season for her from what was available. See her coloring below.
I've seen coloring like this before. Rich, heavy Autumn coloring that struck me as either a Deep Autumn or a Warm Autumn.
Clearly an Autumn, but with a definite heaviness to her with the dark brown eyes and rich auburn hair.
Additionally, of the many photos my client sent me, the majority had varying shades of red hair, though some, like the one below, had almost black hair.
Because of the heaviness, I labeled her a Deep Autumn, but said she was almost a blend of both Deep and Warm. I advised her to wear the warmest colors of the Deep Autumn, or the deepest colors of the Warm Autum palette.
Note, I did not consider the deeper soft autumn, since at that time, the deeper soft autmn season was deep but muted. Elena clearly needed warmth.
Long story short, she contacted me again for some more clarification about her season. At the time she contacted me, I had the seed of the ColorBreeze system growing in my mind. In the end, because of my brand new ColorBreeze season "Toasted Autumn", things made since to me about these deep, very warm Autumns who were not deep enough to be Deep Autumns, but too deep to be Warm Autumns.
This made sense to her. Here is her response after getting her new Toasted Autumn swatch: "Let me say it's really a beautiful object. You added a lot of information and I like the shiny paper even more than the satin version. But I liked my new colors above all. When I opened it I finally felt to have found my home. Neither the shaded nor the pure Autumn swatches gave me this feeling. Thanks thanks thanks! Elena, Italy
Thank YOU Elena, for helping me learn something brand new!
About these Real Women examples
While everyone loves to see celebrity examples, many people want to see ‘real women’ who typify particular seasons.
I do ask many clients if it is ok to use their pictures and most politely say no. Many don’t like me using pictures of them without makeup, which I totally understand. I feel like a hypocrite asking people for photos since I don’t even like showing photos of myself on my own website, and these are even pictures of me all made up! I have issues.
But for an accurate color analysis, it is critical for me to see women without makeup so I can see their skin and natural coloring. So I am especially grateful to the ladies below who volunteered to be posted on here so others can see ‘real women’ and their seasons.
By the way, I don't come right out an ask anymore, unless they mark that they may be interested in being a model on my site on their questionnaire.
If you would like to volunteer to be a model, (feel free to share a link to a website, charity, business, etc) just let me know.