The new black – how to find the right colours for you
“…this year I’ve made a positive resolution: I’m going to wear more colourful clothes…Colour Me Beautiful, a 25 year old company…claims to bring happiness and reinvigorate confidence by changing what we wear… Having your colours ‘done’ means finding a palette that suits you based on skin tone, hair and eye colour. Colour consultants used to divide people into ‘seasons’. Now the art is more nuanced… I leave feeling inspired. There’s just one problem – now I really need to buy some new clothes”.
Make-up Lessons – Make-up lesson by Colour Me Beautiful
My make-up artist says my brown hair, blue eyes and neutral skin tone make my dominant colour type ‘soft’…I suit jade, olive and rose-browns… She holds swatches next to my skin and I can see her point… I discover olive-green pencil makes my eyes bluer and I’m using lip pencil for fuller lips. I’m thrilled. It’s all easy to recreate and I look a million times better.
How can I encourage sales without discount? [by colour me beautiful]
Image consultants can provide insightful and genuine advice to consumers helping to make their purchases justifiable… our [colour me beautiful] consultancy have been involved with many in-store events such as fashion shows, seasonal presentations, mini consultations and personal shopping events… these events enhance the consumers shopping experience, turning it into an event.
Colours to keep you young
Your hair, skin and eyes take on a different appearance depending on what you are wearing and, specifically, on the colours you wear near your face. A new book from Colour Me Beautiful image consultancy, which has 1,000 studios worldwide, describes the six basic colour types to help you achieve a younger, fresher, more vibrant look…
Blueprint for beauty
Colour me beautiful advises Carola Long, deputy fashion editor, which of this season’s vibrant colours to go for.
"Most of the advice to me was illuminating – to both my taste and my complexion – especially that of swapping black for navy, which is more chic anyway.'
‘Favouring colours that suit you over trends might seem like an old-fashioned concept, but as the ideas of developing an idiosyncratic, lasting style is becoming more popular than slavishly copying celebrities, what could be more individual than having a unique colour profile that won’t change with the seasons."
“Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t matter what you wear to exercise in as long as it’s comfortable”… “Wear a top that fits well and doesn’t look like you’re hiding in a tent!”… “If you wear something in an uplifting colour that flatters your body shape, you’ll feel better about the way you look”.
How to get on in the real world – Dressing
According to image consultancy colour me beautiful, ensuring your working wardrobe is, er, working, isn’t as hard as you might think.
“If you’re required to be suited and booted, it really does pay to buy the best you can afford… fit is the most important element. If it’s not perfect find something else”… [pay] attention to the finishing touches – a quality watch…top notch shoes…making sure everything’s properly ironed. “Take care of your clothes and they’ll take care of you”.
An easy way to spruce up a festering wardrobe is with colour… colour me beautiful gives tips on what colours suit you. Fair features You look wonderful in medium charcoal or pewter shades… Dark features You can wear a dark suit: yes to black, charcoal, chocolate and navy… Somewhere in between… Stick to neutral colours as much as possible.
Business or Pleasure Makeovers
Richard Trevaskis, UK-based sales and marketing director of German industrial piping business Georg Fischer, decided to seek an image consultation with CMB Image. ‘I do a lot of presenting and go to a lot of meetings. Before, I had just put anything on without really thinking. But dressing properly makes you feel right for the part and far more confident. Ninety per cent of my clients never visit our plants. I’m all they ever see – so for them I am the corporate image’.
How to get on in the real world – Dressing
“The key point, according to CMB Image [corporate division of Colour Me Beautiful], is not to show too much flesh, because it will send the wrong signals. Short skirts, low-cut tops and trousers that are low-rise or not kept up with a belt are too revealing for any industry…CMB Image also emphasises the importance of grooming, because if you make an effort with your appearance it suggests that you will make an effort at work. Good grooming will give the impression of confidence. Tying long hair back will remove the temptation to twiddle it neurotically, and wearing make-up looks polished and suggests you get out of bed early enough to apply it…”
‘It was the speech he had waited all his political life to deliver and, when the moment came, it was clear great efforts had been made to make sure he looked the part. His performance was given a guarded thumbs-up last night by Colour Me Beautiful, one of the country’s leading image consultancies. They argued that Mr Brown could get away with a shabbier look at the Treasury. Indeed, it reinforced his image as a parsimonious Chancellor. “Now that he has taken the top job, he needs to power up his image. He’s going to be on the world stage now, and needs to look the part” they said.’
‘… “Whether you’re attending your best friend’s wedding or you’re off to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, a hat or fascinator brings the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. But how do you choose the right one?…
Matching your hat to your outfit always seems contrived. Use your hat to make a statement by choosing one in a complementary or contrasting colour to your outfit. Remember height and scale. The rim of your hat should never extend beyond your shoulders…
Fascinators are great if you’re not sure about a hat. They might only be a frothy concoction of a few feathers attached to a hair comb, but they’re the perfect way to dress up a pretty summer dress.” Colour Me Beautiful.’
'Be Canny with your colour'
…'What you wear with your colour can be [just as] important. Some complexions look better with tonal outfits; others benefit from opposite-end-of-the-spectrum contrasts. Colour Me Confident (Hamlyn £14.99) with its six basic categories – soft, clear, warm, cool, deep or light… it’s a useful eye-opener for the 90 per cent of us who stick to the same three colours and the other 10 per cent who wear lots of them, none of which work on them. So go forth and consult it…’
Gone are the days when ‘getting your colours done’ – being categorised into a colour bracket by style advisory service, Colour Me Beautiful - had a stranglehold on British women’s wardrobes… Colour Me Beautiful, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, has given itself a makeover to address women’s changing attitudes.
“There’s so much that can be done with colour that having very defined categories of what suits women doesn’t work”… “These days you can’t tell a woman that she’s a ‘spring’ or a ‘winter’. Nobody wants to be categorised into a little box; we have completely departed from all that in the last five years.”
“Our consultants are now trained to work with women on a very personalised palette, taking into account their character and the signals they want to give as well as what suits their looks.”
‘Here’s what to do, Gordon [Brown]’
Colour Me Beautiful: ‘…A man of his stature should have his suits made for him. With his dark hair and eyes he needs a strong colour but one that appeals to voters… The jacket should be single-breasted to counteract his heavy chest… Single pleated trousers will give him room to move… His pink ties may make him seem in touch with his feminine side but as a prominent politician he needs something bolder to remind us that he is in control…But most of all he must smile and stand up straight. There is a lot of work to do.’
“Winter requires a change of contrast. Bright clothes set off tanned skin in the summer, while brown (and its smooth soul mates beige, ecru and cream) should be your choice for winter… “ Wear chocolate brown if you have dark hair and eyes” says image agency Colour Me Beautiful, “and opt for a lighter shade if you are blond and blue-eyed”… “With globalization and the mixing of cultures, brown is acceptable in virtually all professions.”
February / March 2008
Groom SOS: Take a look at Image Matters for Men: How to Dress for Success…, in association with Colour Me Beautiful image consultants. It will show you how to pick an outfit for your big day to complement your colour and body shape – no stylist required! It’s so full of inspiration, it will have you looking good and feeling great, even after your wedding.’
‘After a winter wrapped up in black the thought of wearing colour is scarier than running out of chocolate digestives! But while black may be slimming, brights can do wonders too. Colour Me Beautiful explains how to make colour work for you…’
Company Life Guide – life rule no. 1 – Colour Me Stylish by Colour Me Beautiful
Want to sizzle on a date or wow your boss? The colour you wear can decide if you’re a fashion flop or a style sensation, says Colour Me Beautiful… Hot date… wear red or pinky tones… brunettes should opt for rich scarlet… Job Interview… wear blue… blue conveys trust… Meeting his parents… wear taupe and stone… neutral shades make you look more approachable…’