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Color Types

Determine Your Color Profile & Palette

        The concept of a color profile is nothing new. For decades women have paid lots of money to have their "colors done" - to find out whether they were a "Spring", "Summer", "Winter" or "Autumn". Unfortunately, there were a number of unscrupulous (or in some cases, simply inept) "consultants" who classified people incorrectly. In fact, I have an aunt who had her "colors done" three different times one year and each time she was told that she was a different season.
 
        Ultimately, she decided that her "color palette" was determined more by the products the consultant wanted to sell than by any real sense of esthetics, and was put off by the concept of color profiles from then on. It's a shame really, because there is truth to the theory of "Seasonal Archetypes" and "Color Profiles". The trouble was that the old method of using Seasonal Archetypes was often complicated and confusing. Too often, this resulted in someone who wasn't sufficiently practiced mistakenly categorizing someone with the wrong color palette.
 
        Today, the methodology is much simpler and clearer. Instead of "Winters", "Springs", "Summers" and "Autumns", we have "Silvers" and "Golds". The categories are named, obviously, for the two most common precious metals used for jewelry, and a person's classification is determined by which of the two metals looks "brightest" when placed against her skin.
 
        The new system does have a correlation to the old one: If you were a Spring or an Autumn seasonal archetype, you would now be a "Gold". If you were a Summer or Winter, you would be a "Silver" now. The old categories of Spring and Autumn, and Summer and Winter have merged their color palettes, and their "bad colors" were merged as well. But, rather than talk in terms of the old system, let's look at how to determine which of the new classifications is yours and what they mean.
 
Determining Your Color Type:
 
        All you need to do this is two pieces of metallic jewelry - one of gold and one of silver. You can use metal stud earrings, neck chains, bracelets, or whatever you prefer, just as long as the item is mostly metal. To determine your color type, just put the jewelry on (or lay them against your skin) and take a look at them. The metal reflecting your color type will appear "brighter" or will "stand-out" more on you than the other.
 
        {Note: It is important to remember that there are a number of theories regarding color typing. The color typing theories have evolved over the last few decades and different “experts” will emerge with a new or varied theory on color typing from time to time.}
 
What the Color Types Mean:
 
photo of Gwyneth Paltrow photo of Julianne Moore         As mentioned above, the "Silver" and "Gold" types each include two of the old "seasonal archetypes". Here are the specifics for each of the "Metal Types".
 
Gold:
 
        The Gold type contains those persons who were formerly classified as Spring and Autumn season archetypes. The type is characterized by beige and olive-toned complexions. Hair colors range widely, from dark brunettes through pale blondes, but tend toward honeyed and red tones - from rich chocolate browns to pale honey blondes. The eyes may be any color, but are most often darker shades and tend toward shades of brown and hazel.
 
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