There are hundreds of different roles and jobs within the style, fashion and image industry. So finding which of the many roles may be for you (and in which to make a career) can be a daunting task. Becoming an Image Consultant is just one of the many careers in the style and fashion world. So what is an Image Consultant – and is it different to a stylist?Continue Reading
Are your customers tired of the colour of their winter wardrobe? Now that spring is really around the corner, they’ll probably be desperate to add a new colour to their spring outfits. And this is where you can help!
At first sight, some of your clients may find Greenery, THE colour of the year from Pantone a little overwhelming. It can be ean eye popping shade of green but fortunately, it can be found in differing shades and tones so they’ll be able to find one that really flatters their own skin tone.
But the other colours?
Having had time to think about their colour choices I can see that it’s not going to be difficult to add any of them to an existing wardrobe. At £34 the denim skirt from Top Shop has 4 of the colours in one go – making it a very versatile purchase when paired with T-shirts and tops in matching colours. It won’t show grubby marks either for those clients with babies and toddlers. (Although watch where those colours hit on the thigh as it might have a “widening” effect.)
Macs are all the rage for the spring and with a quick look on line you’ll easily find one to brighten up a rainy day. Shoes and accessories are a good place to start with a colour you’ve not worn before and if you’re really not sure – why not treat yourself to a new nail varnish. Help your clients find new colours for an updated spring wardrobe by offereing a colour workshop…
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“This is definitely not just a coffee table “how to” book but a truly inspiring guide to cosmetics.”
As many of you know I am a fan of Lisa Eldridge and so am excited that her first book Face Paint: The Story of Make-up is now published and receiving 5 star reviews.
She has extensive experience having been the creative director at Boots No 7, Chanel and currently Lancome. Her creative work is frequently featured on the covers of Vogue and Harpers to name but two and she works with the top photographers in the world.
The passion that has driven her stemmed from the first time she picked up a box of vintage cosmetics for five pounds in a market in London, resulting in her amassing a huge personal vintage collection with some items dating back 2000 years.
Using her 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, she has created a book filled with the history and origins of makeup, colours, trends and influences.
This is not a “How to Book” which was expected from Lisa given her experience and her videos and blogs. This is a history book. It’s not linear – each chapter has a theme. This means that you can dip into it – making it an ideal coffee table book.
There are two sections: The first is Ancient Palettes – featuring the colours Red, White and Black and Section 2 The Business of Beauty.
Her book was launched at Liberty on 13th October – and to advertise the book she has made a number of videos.
If you have a couple of minutes you’ll love watching this one – The Best and Worst Moments of Makeup in History. (Click the photo to be taken to You Tube and the Video)
I’m definitely adding this to my Christmas list this year – but if you can’t wait you can get a copy here: Face Paint – Lisa Eldridge
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Mustard is a dark yellow color that resembles culinary mustard – it also is similar in colour to Flax. It’s a relative newcomer as colours go and was first recorded as a colour name in English in 1886.
It’s been out of favour as a fashion colour for a while but seems to be growing in popularity again and there are quite a few mustard items hitting the High Street at the moment – no doubt a reflection of the 70’s retro trends, which was when the colour was last popular.
Your autumn skin tone clients will love this shade and find it a welcome change from the orange and sage colours that they can wear so well. Here are a few ideas for adding it to their wardrobe to “spice up their lives”.
Author: Helen Kendall-Tobias
How one of our Consultants Uses Colour In Her Business…
Barbara Laws qualified in Advanced Colour Analysis with Colourflair in 2013. For her it was the next step towards launching her personal colour and bespoke jewellery design company, Gem and Tonic.
Barbara was born in Austria into a family of Jewellers. Her grandparents and both her parents were Goldsmiths/Jewellers. So there was never any question that Barbara would not also become a goldsmith and join the very successful and well known family business.
“My sister and I took over the family business where I looked after the workshop and completed my Master ‘Goldschmiedmeister’. Then life intervened and I married, had two beautiful children, which are by the way my “masterpieces” and focused on bringing them up while helping my husband with his business. As my children are now grown up I felt it was time to go back to my roots, back to the bench…”
Barbara believes that jewellery is and should be very personal. And this is what is lacking from the choice available on the high street. She has always been passionate about matching a gemstone with the right metal. But, since her training with Colourflair, has the knowledge to go further and be able to match metals and gemstones with the skin tone of her clients.
Gem & Tonic is an exciting concept which combines jewellery, design and colour analysis. ‘Gem’ represents the jewellery and ‘Tonic’ the colour consultancy. Her collections, Tints, Tones, Hue and Shade are named after the technical colour terms – and as gemstones come in all hues, tints, tones and shades combined with white- yellow- red- rose- gold or silver the possibilities for her jewellery collection are endless.
But that’s just part of the story. The jewellery in her brochure and on her website are examples of her skill. Gem and Tonic also designs bespoke pieces sourcing the gemstones and metal to meet a clients’ requirements – making totally unique pieces that are personal to her clients.
Barbara also upcycles jewellery that may have been handed down or left unworn in a jewellery box, giving it new life and a more contemporary design to suit the style personality of her clients.
You can see more of Barbara’s work on the website gemandtonic.uk
Oh and of course…if you’d like to book for a Colour Analysis, please contact Barbara here
A Grumbacher colour wheel is an essential tool when you are learning about colour.
Unless people paint, relatively few people have used the colour wheel, and so are interested in finding out more. I find it a really useful tool when shopping to find complementary tones and shades, especially for special occasion outfits. It’s helped many of my clients accessorize outfits in a more interesting way than adding safe neutral accessories.
Search “unusual colour wheels” on Google and you’ll find some fabulous examples: Here’s a jewellery colour wheel from stylerocks.com This company specialises in customising jewellery using different stones.
Then there are floral colour wheels, food colour wheels, ones made from books and even Converse Trainers!
And it’s not all about Colour as this Vintage Grumbacher colour wheel shows. It also gives valuable information on Value, Hue and Chroma Scales.
Helen – Colourflair Trainer
Each year the colour authority PANTONE decides on a colour palette for the year and chooses one to be THE colour.
For 2015 it is Marsala
“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
Whilst at first glance you may be forgiven for thinking this is a tricky colour to wear pantone says:
“Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”
A quick visit to Pinterest searching on Marsala will show you just how many colours it can be teamed with. It looks set to be a favourite for weddings – bridesmaid dresses and flowers, and of course this is a colour that works well in home decor.
Not sure about whether it suits you? Why not find a local Colourflair Consultant who will be able to helo you with your colour choices.
Author: Helen Kendall-Tobias