Zyla color theory

“You have 8 basic colors. Here’s what they are.
And here’s how to find them.


Essence: Your vulnerable color, your version of white, a skin tone that harmonizes the colors in the palm of your hand — light golden, oyster white
Romantic: Your passion color, your version of red found by gently pinching a fingertip—or the color of when you blush. Dark warm rose. Warm vintage rose. Medium warm brownish rose.

Romantic of course features red. But so does Energy. Or is Energy yellow? It is to me? Yellow meaning creative, curious, intelligent. Why not any version of yellow? Or does yellow belong to version of white? No, that was essence color. Light gold. White: oyster. No: my yellow is Mustard. That should be found in my hair!

Dramatic: Your “look at me” color, your version of blue, found in the color of the veins in your wrist. Teal blue, warm turquoise. Dramatic? Should be black. Version of black!  Maybe blue, then.

What is dramatic about vein colors? They are rather subdued. Turquose, blue, green, lilac? – in any case they ought to1.  be filled in sharply to be enhanced and 2. seriously Darkened to become Dramatic!

Energy: The color that supports you when you need a pick me up, taken from the darkest part of your iris (but not the ring around the iris) Oh, that might be difficult to name just one color: warm grey-green. Teal. Jade! No. Where is the energy in green being a calm color! Energy should be red!

Energy to me is represented by strong, sparkling, vivid colors. Like in my case turquoise, jade and clear green brought out when wearing pumpkin and jade.

Tranquility repr. by  calmer eye colors like sober green, blue, teal. Clothes matching those are dark warm tomato red, denim blue, olive and moss. 

Tranquil: Your peaceful color, taken from the lightest part of your iris.

Shouldn’t peaceful be a green version color? Anyway:

Light transparent blue, turquoise, warm green, grey. Depending.


First base, formal, your version of black, taken from the ring around your iris . Version of black. Ought to be Dramatic, I think!

Second base, less formal but still serious, your version of brown, taken

from the darkest part of your hair [tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair]

Third base, casual, your version of khaki, taken from the lightest part of your hair (tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair)

Brown and khaki, and olive/moss. What more?


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  1. I think you’re missing the point. You have many preconceived notions about particular colors. The point of Zyla, partly, is to let go of preconceptions. Plus his definitions of ”dramatic”, ”energy ”etc is different than yours. Don’t get stuck in the words (or colors).


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