Tips for a Successful Color Analysis
After you've bought a virtual color analysis from my store and sent in your questionnaire, you need to send me some photos of yourself.
Obviously the accuracy of my analysis will be dependent on the quality of your photos.
Now is not the time to try to "look your best" by wearing makeup or showing you in only soft flattering light. I need to clearly see your eyes, skin (freckles and all) and hair. Absolutely no colored contact lenses please!
CRITICAL: I need at least one large photo of you that is:
*A head shot looking straight ahead
*Hair off face
*Good lighting (no shadows)
*As high resolution as possible (clear and large!)
AVOID CELL PHONE CAMERA, iPHONE, OR iPAD PHOTOS please! Even the best cell and iPhone cameras cannot pick up the subtleties of one's skintone like a digital camera.
Essentially I need pictures that clearly represent your coloring. Here are some tips.
The more you of these types you can send, the better:
- *The larger the photograph the better, but clarity is most important.
- *Ideally photos should be without makeup but I have found that pictures from different eras, from different lighting, with different makeup and hair color actually can help me. A bad color choice is just as revealing to me as one where you are wearing your best colors. However, daylight is the most accurate but NOT direct sunlight since it can wash your colors from your face.
- *If you have a clear photograph of yourself when you were a child, I find those helpful, particularly ages 5-12 or so.
- Professionally taken photos like those from Glamourshots, school photos and wedding photos are helpful, but not if they have color altering filters applied to them.
- *Photos that show your hair color before you started coloring it (if applicable) or before it changed due to hormones or age are helpful.
- *A specific picture of just your eye color helps, though any good photo that shows them clearly is sufficient.
Following the tips above will help ensure an accurate analysis. Send me what you can and if I need more or need to ask more questions, we can proceed from there.
Below are some typical types of photos I get and whether they are good or not and why.
Clear and high definition. Light is good. Minimal makeup. You can see the subtleties in her skin. Eye color is clearly seen.
Ok, but not great
Size is good. Hair color can be seen pretty well. But she must be facing away from light (shadow) and it flattens her skintone. I can't see eye color very well at all.
Size is good. I can see eyes ok. But it is backlit, so like the photo to the left, she is in a shadow and I cannot see skintones well at all.
Too far away.
Ok but limited
I can't really see her eye color and makeup seems to cover her skin. But it does show her natural hair color which is important. So along with other photos, this will help in my analysis.
Large and clear. I do ask that I get at least one closeup without makeup. But sometimes the makeup can really 'stick out' as being out of place, like this orange/brown colors do on this Deep Winter. Helpful, but would need to confirm things with additional photos.