1. What do I need to do to prepare for a personal color analysis appointment?
Dress in comfortable clothing, preferably in layers.
Do not wear makeup to the appointment – this can skew the results!
If you own makeup products, I encourage you to bring them – we can go through them together to determine which colors work and which don’t.
Feel free to bring water, coffee, tea, and/or snacks so that you stay hydrated and energized.
2. Where are you located?
My home studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The address will be shared closer to the session.
3. What forms of payment are accepted?
Cash (at time of appointment), PayPal (in advance of appointment), or Venmo (in advance of appointment).
4. How long does it take?
Plan for about 3 hours. It may take less time or slightly more time, depending on a variety of factors.
5. What happens during an appointment?
- We'll start with Color Theory 101 to briefly go over the properties of color.
- Next, we'll do the draping process – a systematic sequence in controlled lighting and a neutrally colored environment that allows us to compare the effects of different colors and find those that are most flattering to you.
- Once we discover your personal color palette, we will talk about how to find your best colors as you go through your closet or shop for clothes, accessories, makeup, etc.
- For those interested, I will do a makeup application in your best colors.
6. What will I receive?
- A compact color swatch book with 65 of your most flattering colors.
- A lesson in harmonizing colors using your swatch book.
- Access to a guide with helpful information and tips about your personal color palette.
- An optional makeup application.
7. Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Contact me to learn more.
8. Why does personal color analysis have to be done in person?
To ensure accurate results. Some color analysts offer online services, but the results are significantly less accurate because colors become distorted on computer screens, photos, and videos. Furthermore, online services do not allow for the personal and interactive guidance that Colors by Hope provides. The 12 Blueprints approach utilizes a meticulously developed system involving a series of carefully calibrated fabric drapes, full spectrum lighting, and a neutral background, in order to ensure precision and eliminate guesswork.
9. Do I need the swatch book?
If you want to start living in your best colors, a swatch book is the way to do it. If for some reason you decide you do not want a swatch book at the time of your consultation, I will take $50 off the total cost – no questions asked. If I do not have your swatch book in stock, I will mail it to you as soon as possible and cover the cost of shipping.
10. Aren’t there some colors that look good on everyone?
I sometimes wish this were true. However, each color palette is different. There are some colors that are more “neutral” than others (not too warm or cool, light or dark, muted or bright), meaning more people can wear them and look reasonably good. But don’t you want to wear the colors that really make you shine?
11. I already know that I look good in red and bad in green, so how can this help me?
Actually, color is more subtle than that. Not all reds, greens, blues, yellows, purples, etc. are the same – some are light, others dark. Some are cool, others warm. Some are muted, others bright. Everyone has a version of the rainbow. Your red might be fire engine red, while another person’s red might be brick or burgundy. Your handheld swatch book will help you identify your best reds, greens, etc.
12. Will my best colors change from one season to another (e.g., from summer to winter)?
No – your skin's undertone and how it relates to hue, value, and chroma does not change. Your skin may darken in the summer and become paler in the winter, but it the undertone will remain the same.
13. Will my best colors change over time?
For the majority of people, the answer is no. In rare cases, an individual's coloring may become softer or cooler with age to the extent that their most flattering color palette has changed.
14. Are your services just for women?
No! I believe my services have value for all genders. Don’t you think most people want to look their best and feel confident while saving time, money and energy?
15. Was color analysis designed for white people?
To its detriment, personal color analysis has been (and largely continues to be) white-centric. In its original conception with just four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter), virtually all people of color were told they were a winter. However, personal color analysis has evolved significantly since then – thank goodness – and continues to evolve. In the 12 Blueprints system, in which I am trained, your season is not determined by your eye color, hair color, or how dark or light your skin is. Your season depends primarily on how your skin tone reacts to different colors – and this in turn affects how your eyes and hair appear. There are examples of people of different races and ethnicities in many different seasons.