Updating your “Season” of Makeup

It was long but fun weekend shooting an ad campaign for a wonderful new hair product to help restore youth to your hair. I will definitely be sharing more with you at a later date…but for now just know my fellow thin stranded friends…there is hope beyond spending a fortune on hair extensions!

We had the opportunity to shoot at one of the more prominent resorts in town, and darlings, I never tire of doing a little people watching. After spying drones of women parade from meeting to meeting I started to notice a pattern, the red heads all dressed in salmon, peach and shades of moss, the blondes seemed to dress in shades of pale blues and summery light pinks, while the raven haired women were sporting some awfully bright shades of purple and fuchsia.

Then it dawned on me…the corporate woman’s guide to dressing, the wardrobe staple of the 80’s. It was clear that several groups of these women were wearing “their seasons”!!

If you don’t have the slightest inkling as to what I am talking about let me introduce you to “Color Draping” Ta-da! It was all the rage when I was in high school and college and has been updated a gazillion times over to help the fashion challenged to figure out what colors flatter her most. The premise is that your undertones determine your season. Are you a warm or cool undertone? And if so are you a more bold Winter (jewel tones) or a more subdued Summer (cool pastels)? Okay, so I am paraphrasing and editing big time but you get it right?. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that there is merit to this system. It is definitely a good way to know what to stay away from and to this day I will never wear an orange blouse or a pea green dress…. but really, would I have worn them any way? Now please, I plead, just because you are an Autumn or a Winter doesn’t mean that you have to stick tooth and nail to only those colors, and I find that so many women who get caught in the box also get caught in a time machine and nothing is more frustrating than trying to convince a “Winter” that she doesn’t have the wear that bright fuchsia lipstick anymore, now that it’s the year 2010.

If you are still working the system, it’s time to step back to the future and try a few small things to at least update your makeup bag.

Autumns/Springs – toss that too orange blush, lipstick and green eye shadow, go for softer slightly muted shades and warmer shadows that will give you a glow without aging you. Try the Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals lip and eye palette. With so many shades you can mix and match until your hearts delight. Bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Springs – Forget about coloring up your face with pale subdued shades, yes you can break out of the doldrums and add a bit of unexpected color. Trish McEvoy’s Picture Perfect Palette is a gorgeous mix of shadows that add a little pop of color along with a bronzer and pretty pink blush to give you a glow. trishmcevoy.com

Winters – Even though most of the over forty dark hair girls I know feel they need a little bit of lip color, the Nars Everlasting Love palette will give you a new lease on life with a smokey eye look and sheer nude lips. You may have to do a little bit of playing around to get it just right but, this combo can work for you! Narscosmetics.com

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