This "Real Client" page is where I showcase actual clients I have had the pleasure of analyzing. This is is in contrast to celebrity women and men, who are, yes, I know, real people too. But most regular folks (like you and me) don't have retouched photos and have not been styled by professional makeup artists, fashion stylists, etc.
These clients have graciously allowed me to use their photos so you can learn from their coloring and get a glimpse of how I conduct an online color analysis.
Case Study #1: Paige
This is Paige. The first thing I noticed about her is her beautiful deep eye color, high contrast level, and lovely olive skin tone.
Her eyes are a deep brown with cherrywood tones and are mostly solid in color. I don't see a lot of flecks or patterns in them and they don't seem to change (lighter or darker) in the light.
Olive skin can be a bit tricky to analyze because it has a warm overtone that is either yellow or yellow-green. In Paige's case, her skin has a slight yellow overtone to it. However, She has visible pink in her cheeks and cool rosy beige tones beneath the yellow.
Her natural hair color is brown-black with some soft cool tones from what I can see and from how she described it to me. Her hair is currently died red.
In some of the photos (such as the eye color photo above) her skin appeared quite warm. However, in the other photos I could see some warmth and some coolness. The best way to tell someone's overall undertone and color type is to drape.
I put Paige in test drapes from each of the four seasonal color types to see how her skin reacted to each color and then I added a little bit of lip color to help confirm (color applied directly to the face is a great gauge).
At first I thought the Autumn colors looked best but the more color testing I did the more I could see that her deep coloring comes alive in the cool and bright colors of the Winter palette.
Case Study #2: Shannon
This is Shannon. She has light skin, big beautiful hazel green eyes, and medium golden-brown hair with red highlights (which is currently dyed blonde).
Her skin has peachy tones and warm brown freckles. Her eyes are a fairly clear hazel that shift from a golden/amber brown to warm green.
At first glance she has the typical characteristics of an Autumn. But going by initial first looks and by what seems 'typical' is a good way to get someone's season wrong. The only true way to tell is to put the person in several different colors and to compare. Sometimes people really do have typical coloring for their season and therefore my first initial impression of their coloring is correct, but from my experience most don't. This is why I never assume.
In this case, Autumn is not correct. While the colors aren't horrible on her they are too deep and too muted overall. Summer colors did absolutely nothing for her skin tone and dulled her eyes and hair. Winter was too cool and deep.
Case Study #3: Elizabeth
Meet Elizabeth. She was kind enough to lend me her photos to use for this case study. She is a great example of someone who doesn't have the typical or should I say often stereotyped coloring for her seasonal color type. Because of this it would be very easy to mis-type her as the wrong season. If you are thinking she is an Autumn then you are mistaken.
Elizabeth does have warm coloring. Her skin has an obvious golden-yellow cast, her hair is dyed but I see a bright golden gray coming through at her roots. Her eyes also contain warm shades of brown and golden yellow. At first glance she does look someone who would fit into the Autumn or Warm tonal palette. This is why you can never ever color type someone based off of first impressions or a cursory glance at their coloring. If I did that then I would incorrectly assign her or someone with similar coloring to her's to the wrong set of colors.
After a careful examination of Elizabeth's coloring I can see that her skin, natural hair that is peaking through, and her eyes are clear and bright. If I were to put her in colors that are warm, soft, and deep they would muddy her complexion and dull her hair and eyes. They would be way to heavy for her. She is most flattered by colors that are warm and bright.
You can really see how clear her eye color is in this close-up photo. Her eyes contain high amounts of golden-yellow. Which actually is very typical of her color type. Just because someone doesn't have blue or green eyes doesn't mean they can't be warm and bright.
As you can see in the photos above, the Autumn colors are not very flattering. They don't look terrible, but they don't harmonize with or enhance her coloring. She looks a bit drained and tired in the deeper more brown-toned colors. Whereas the bright corals and coral reds from the 'Spring' palette look lovely on her and bring her to life. Her skin looks healthy and bright, her eyes glow, and the golden highlights in her hair stand out. She looks fresh and awake.
Final Verdict: Spring Color Type
About these Real Client examples
While everyone loves to see celebrity examples, many people want to see ‘real people’ who are typical examples of particular seasonal color types. Not everyone has typical coloring so that is why these examples can be really helpful.
I do ask clients if it is okay to use their pictures and most politely say no. Many don’t like me using pictures of them without makeup, and without their hair being styled, which I totally understand. I often feel like a complete hypocrite asking people for photos since I don’t even like showing photos of myself on my own website or on social media very much, and these are even pictures of me with makeup on or my hair done! Let's face it. I have issues just like everybody else.
But for an accurate color analysis, it is critical for me to see women without makeup on in very candid photos taken in the often unforgiving harsh light of day. Well not too harsh... This way I can see their true skin tone and natural coloring. So I am especially grateful to the clients who volunteer to be posted on here so others can see ‘real people’ and their seasons.
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.