Downloaded some apps to try in my smartphone.
Some better than the others. Will try and comment
on them here:
Modiface Makeup – Traditional looking makeover tool. Some photos to choose from or you can upload your own. Which I did.
You can makeup eyes, lips, face and recolor hair. Choose a few looks and hairstyles – not
many, though. Is to begin with. Not enough choices.
When clicking a look color splots appear on the screen. You move your face down and
up in the Oval and suddenly the splots are captured by your eyes and lips.
Funny. But strong colors mostly for school girls.
Skin tone not right in the mirror. It looks greyish pink. Makeup splots are bright
n does not look natural against that fond.
Makeup Genius – commercial tool from l’Oréal. Opens an oval space on the tele screen
a mirror where to put your face. Scan face then pop up Looks. They want you to choose among those and when you press a look, the products used in this look comes to forward.
As I did not like any of the looks so much, this was nothing for me.
Found some makeup colors that suited me, though. But doubt if they look
as good on me here as they did on my phone screen!
Makeup Mirror: At once metamorphoses screen into a mirror. Face tone looks
cold and greyish purple-rose. Yack!! You can lighten n darken the light, and
magnify-minify your face in the mirror. Press the Snowflake to freeze picture.
Possible to change face by adding a row of filters. For fun. Kids could like.
No good for taking photos.
MakeupPlus. Immediately opens your photo album and shows your pics.
Choose from some filter looks and/or test makeup on your photo. This
app delighted me. Enough possibilities of choice.
MakeupWizard is an app from Oriflame. Some looks to choose from,
but I prefer to work with my own face in the Oval mirror window.
Take one look and splashes of color emerge in the mirror. You pick
them up by nodding and lifting your face. Take photo on which you
will be able to test some – not all – of Oriflames’ products.
Promising app that can be better!
ON ColorMeasure. You can either take a selfie or catch another pic. from the Gallery.
Photo of quite high quality mimics my natural coloring well. Move the straw cross with a finger around the picture. Down the screen there emerges to the left a quad showing the color of the middle of the showing-mark. The RGB values. And the Name of the Color!
This is superduper! This little app finds any color hidden in my light skin tone, eyes and lips.
Hair: Brown. BrownBramble. IrishCoffee. Potters Clay. Orange-looks very browned. Fallow brown=light, sanddrift brown=light. Yellowish brown. Barley Corn. Sepia Brown. Baker’s choclate. Dark choclate.
Naural brows: Yellowish brown -very light. Light wood.
Eyes: Havana brown. Willow grey. Dark grey. Mortar grey. Irish coffee. Lunar green. Charcoal grey. Dark grey. Dim grey. Silver. Bole brown.
Forehead: Yellowish brown-very light. Wheat. Pale Goldenrod. Light pink. Silk brown. Fallow brown. Sanddrift brown. Brandy rose. Light wood.
Eye area: Brandy rose. Light wood. Rosy brown. Light pink. Careys pink. Yellowish brown. Havana brown. Irish coffee. Barossa violet at tearducts. Bole brown. Sepia brown. Wheat. Pale goldenrod.
My eyes look greyish blue
in this light. But obviously, I did not see before the photo changed a whole deal published on the blog. Was not THAT BAD as original. Skin pinkpurple here, not on original. Eye color much darker than original.
Shopalong with Lora at Pretty Your World! has added a new feature to her ColorBreeze system. A range of clothes you can buy from her site. Hit the picture showing your main color season and shop away! There’s lots and lots of items. Some of them are labelled with subseasons they’re specially suited for.
I advise you to skim through the clothes to see which colors fit you. See names of colors when clicking the garments you want to know more about. Alas, not always appliable.
Lora disclaims: ”Our current collections are for the 2016 Spring Shopping season (not to be confused with the color analysis ”Spring” season).”
2016 Spring Shopping Season Collections
Lora Alexander at PrettyYourWorld has completed her ColorBreeze color analysis system.
Wondering what order to put them in.
What does Dusty, Smokey and Toasted mean?
Let’s begin with Lora’s own presentation:
Lora says following:
Lighter Soft sub-seasons will be either Dusty or Sunlit. (The Springs and the lighter Soft Summers and Soft Autumns).
Deeper Soft sub-seasons will either be Smokey or Toasted(The Winters and the deeper Soft Summers and Soft Autumns).
Lighter Soft sub-seasons will be either Dusty or Sunlit. (The Springs and the lighter Soft Summers and Soft Autumns).
Deeper Soft sub-seasons will either be Smokey or Toasted(The Winters and the deeper Soft Summers and Soft Autumns).
Clear Spring=Warm, Light, Clear
—-Best Colors: Clear Red, Hot Turquoise, Lime Green, Hot Coral, Bright Yellow.
Light Spring=Warm, Light, Clear
—Best Colors: Camel, most Yellows, Light Lime Green, Peach.
Warm Spring=Warm, Light, Clear
—Best Colors: Clear Red, Coral, Marigold, Orange, Clear Teal.
No diffrence between Clear, Light, Warm??
Sunlight Soft Spring=Warm, Light, Soft
—Best Colors: Amber, soft peach, butter yellow, pea green, sand and soft coral are key.
Dusty Soft Spring=Warm, Light, Soft
—Best Colors: Cocoa, French Vanilla, Turquoise, Light Lavender, Lemon Chiffon, Salmon, Soft Peach, Camel.
So what diffrence are those??
The original three Springs, Clear, Warm and Light are completed with two new Springs, one Sunlight Soft and one Dusty Soft. Obviously there are no Smokey nor Toasted Springs.
Original Soft Autumn=Warm, ? , Soft
Soft Sunlit Autumn: Warm, Light to Medium-light, Soft
—Sample best colors: Milk chocolate, pea green, warm sand, warm peach, butterscotch, banana, coral.
Dusty Soft Autumn: Warm, Medium-Light to Medium, Soft
—Sample best colors: Peach, Tan, walnut brown, light moss, oatmeal, cool sage, rich grey green, lemon chiffon and ivory.
Warm Autumn=Warm, Medium, Soft
—Sample best colors: Brown (most shades), Pumpkin Orange, Khaki, Mustard, Olive, Gold
Smokey Soft Autumn: Warm, Medium Deep, Soft
—Best colors: Rich, earthy shades of brown, terracotta, olive, teal, and tomato are key.
Toasted Soft Autumn=Warm, Medium Deep, Soft
—-Sample best colors: Chocolate brown, copper, tomato, forest green, deep teal, deep peach, coral, golden yellow.
Deep Autumn=Warm,Deep, Soft
—Sample best colors: Chocolate Brown, Tomato Red, Emerald Green, Rust, Burnt Orange, Avocado
Lora Alexander’s color tree, inspired by Munzell’s color theory. Little hard to read the signs though. Uppermost are the lightest, downmost the darkest seasons. To the left are cool seasons, to the right are the warms. From top to bottom signs read:
Numbers on the trunk are, I guess, valors from 10, lightest, to 1, darkest.
“You have 8 basic colors. Here’s what they are.
And here’s how to find them.
THE 5 THAT EXPRESS WHO YOU ARE
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.
3 NEUTRAL BASE COLORS
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?
Zyla describes very thoroughly his color theory in the book Color Your Style.
But, alas, the so called Archetypes, he hardly only mentions.
Pairing 24 subseasons of color with as many ”archetypes” – but how are those? Descriptions please!
Being an archetype is being in some special way. But no.
At last, found this on Expressing Your Truth, starring ………………… .
Pictures that at least give an impression of what the diffrent archetypes look like! Am curious about where I might fit in….
Much to my surprise, under the title:
a cool or deep winter
there was this little cutie Spanish princess from the 17th century. My o my, what I see is warmth. How did she end up among the dark haired and cool skinned Winters? She has my hair color. Margarita Teresia of Spain married at 15 to her uncle, the German Roman emperor. Died at 21. Velasques painted many pictures with her as motive. Here she is, painted by Jan Thomas or Jan Thomas van Ieperen (also Jan Thomas van Yperen) How could anyone mistake this young woman for a Winter? Here, anyway, is a real Zyla Classic Winter (dark and cool): Or is she? Some will have her being a Dark Autumn. Borders are flowing to and through!
The Romantic Poetess
a soft cool winter — Elisabeth Taylor a renowned representant: Likewise: Joan Collins.
The Passionate Leader — Are they really all Leaders?!?
a deep winter
The Earthy Philosopher
a deep or bright winter
So a Philosopher kind of woman can only be a Winter?!?
The Keeper of the Hearth
an even softer winter
a bright/clear winter —sliding in to the ballet floor, Come on, which ”ballerina” features does this lady have?!
The Glamorous Career Girl
cool deep summer — Mind you: all these woman are dying to make a carreer! They sacrifice home and children to become bosses over global companies. One is Andie MacDonald. Another is…who? Summer. Really? Light may be too evening-ish but rather Autumn, don’t you think?
The Elegant Bohemian
deep clear summer
I know this actress. E.R. and The good wife. Julianne Marguiles or something like that. Don’t look bohemian to me. Though this woman, NN, might. I can see her as a hippie.
The Earth Mother
soft summer Again, evening light. Not what I call an Earth Mother type.
The Drama Queen
soft summer, nearest to an autumn
Presenting Garbo: In golden light. But she’s sure a Summer. And a contribution from Rubens. Mark, the model is muscular, not fat!Might, de facto, be a male! We’re soon into Autumn, so the red hair is appropriate.
Zylas Iridescent Summer
The Mysterious Mermaid
Sweet. And recognizable. But no, her name is a mystery to me. Now for the Zyla Springs:
the Prom Queen
The Playful Princess
light spring Playful? No, brooding and angry at nobody knows what. Gwyneth Paltrow also represented.
The Wholesome Flirt
the Life of the Party
warm spring. Could be me. But a Maverick. What is a maverick? Says Free Dictionary: A person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she belongs. Characterized by or displaying independence of thought and action: a person of independent or unorthodox views.a person who takes a stand independent of others in a group.maverick – independent in behavior or thought; ”she led asomewhat irregular private life”; ”maverick politicians”
unconventional – not conforming to accepted rules orstandards; ”her unconventional dress and hair style”
Autumns of Zyla:
The Sensuous Backpacker
a deep autumn
The Sexy Librarian
a soft autumn Emma Thompson??? Librarian, really? More a Bohemic type, acc to me.
The Stylish Beatnik
soft autumn -Maybe she is:
The High Stakes Gambler
warm metal autumn One of may polar seasons. But am not a high stake gambler, really.
The Divine Diva
deep metal autumn. Sophiiiiiaaaa: Was she an Autumn from the beginning? Think she was a winter with dark hair she colored red. Her pale pink lipstick not neat on her. Looks sick-ish.
The Passionate Impressario
lighter warm autumn
Could be me, but with redder hair.
Wikipedia: An impresario (from Italian: impresa, meaning ”an enterprise or undertaking”) is a person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays or operas; analogous to an artist manager or a film or television producer. The origin of the term is to be found in the social and economic world of Italian opera, where from the mid-18th century to the 1830s, the impresario was the key figure in the organization of a lyric season. The owners of the theatre, usually noble amateurs, charged the impresario with hiring a composer, for until the 1850s operas on stage were expected to be new, as well as gathering the necessary costumes, sets, orchestra, and singers, all while assuming considerable financial risks. In 1786 Mozart satirized the stress and emotional mayhem in a single-act farce Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario). Antonio Vivaldi was unusual in acting as impresario as well as composer: in 1714 he managed seasons at Teatro San Angelo in Venice, where his operaOrlando finto pazzo was followed by numerous others.
Alessandro Lanari (1787–1852), who began as the owner of a shop that produced costumes, eliminated the middleman in a series of successful seasons he produced for the Teatro La Pergola, Florence, which saw premieres of the first version ofVerdi‘s Macbeth, two of Bellini‘s operas and five of Donizetti‘s, including Lucia di Lammermoor. Domenico Barbaia (1778–1841) began as a café waiter and made a fortune at La Scala in Milan, where he was also in charge of the gambling operation and introduced roulette.
The traditional term is still in use in the entertainment industry for a producer of concerts, tours and other events in music,opera, theatre and even rodeo. Significant modern impresarios in the traditional sense include Thomas Beecham, Rudolf Bing, Sergei Diaghilev, Richard D’Oyly Carte, Fortune Gallo, Sol Hurok, Aaron Richmond, and jazz festival producer George Wein.
Application of term
Jacques-Yves Cousteau said of himself that he was an impresario of scientists as an explorer and filmmaker who worked with scientists in underwater exploration. Nicholas Wade described James D. Watson and E. O. Wilson in The New York Times as impresarios of Charles Darwin‘s works.
UNDERSTANDING THE STYLE PUZZLE – 9 KEYS TO UNLOCKING YOUR STYLE, MAY 12, 2014
Defining face features
Look how diversified the body types are! It is NOT true every skinny woman with a narrow waist automatically evolves with age into an Apple! Restrict myself to share with you Imogen’s description of two body shapes: the hourglasses X and 8 and her suggestion for clothing them. Because I seem to be an 8 shape, myself. Not an Apple as I had thought beforehand. If you are any other shape, please visit her website InsideOutside.
Take the Body Shape Calculator Quiz and discover your shape today.
Then sign up for a Body Shape Bible.
- 8 Shape (high hip hourglass)
- A Shape (pear)
- H Shape (rectangle)
- I Shape (boyish)
- O Shape (apple)
- V Shape (inverted triangle)
- X Shape (low hip hourglass)
According to your answers, your body shape is most likely to be 8 Shape – your shoulders and hips are most likely fairly balanced. You have a defined waist but your hips jut out like a shelf just below your waist. Keep your skirts and dresses straight in shape to streamline your figure.
Remember that body shapes are just part of the dressing puzzle and tell you where to add vertical details, shapes of clothing plus where to add horizontal details to balance your gorgeous figure.
To receive your body shape bible to learn to dress your shape please click ‘Get Body Shape Bible’
Inside your body shape bible you’ll discover more about how to dress your shape, examples of outfits such as the kind of dress shape and details you should look for, which kinds of skirts and tops to put together, and an outfit based on your best jeans shape.
High Hip Hourglass
Notice her high hip – I’ve marked it on this photo. They often feel they carry their weight in the behind.
A. She carries her curve high, not lower down on the hips, like X shapes tend to. Her legs are slim, and she doesn’t have saddlebags.
B. Here is another 8 shape, this one has similar width at the high and low hip. She also has narrower shoulder than her hips, so will dress her upper body like an A shape.
- Clothes that suit best have waist definition, and are straight through the lower half (not flared or A-line). Most 8s find that anything boxy or square, without waist shaping tends to be too tight across their high hip area.
- 8s can have either equal width shoulders to hips, or narrower shoulders to hips. If you have a narrower shoulder line, read up on the A shape for dressing your upper body (don’t take the tips for lower body from the A).
- You will find that straight or bootcut jeans work well. Avoid wide leg trousers and jeans.
- Slim, flat-front trousers work well. Avoid pleats at the waist as they will be pulled open and create unnecessary bulk.
- Skirts are best when they are straight, they can flare from the knee, but not from the hip to be flattering.
- Avoid skirts that are gathered or pleated from the waist, unless they are that 1950s flounce style.
- Cropped jackets work for you, as do belted styles such as trench coats. If you want to wear trends like the boyfriend jacket, leave open, then belt over it.
- Peplums were made for 8 shapes.
- Double breasted jackets and coats are not good for 8 shapes, there isn’t usually enough shaping and the extra fabric creates bulk.
- Try belting over a long line cardigan in a fine knit.
- Make sure that you don’t have obvious pocket detail over your high hip area, look for coats and jackets with pockets set into the garment, rather than stitched onto the outside.
- Wide waistbands work well on trousers and skirts.
- Feel free to try a variety of belts at your natural waist, if you have a shorter waist try a thinner belt, if you have a longer waist you may be able to do a wider belt.
- You may or may not have a rounded bottom, though rounded bottoms are more common amongst 8 shapes. If you do, avoid flap pockets on jeans.
- Open necklines look great on 8 shapes, they draw attention up toward your face. Look for detail around the neckline to help do this.
- If you have narrower shoulders, look for puffed sleeves, shoulder detail and ruched sleeves to balance your bottom.
For more about dressing your 8 shape body read here.
Celebrities with an 8 shape body include Catherine Zeta Jones and Beyonce.
- It’s all about highlighting your lovely waist. Wearing a well supporting bra will help to enhance your waist and make it more defined. Don’t to forget to adjust your bra straps every 3 or 4 washes.
- Don’t be afraid to tuck and belt.
- Try belting over cardigans and jackets as well as tops.
- The wrap dress is ideal for you. Dresses in general can really enhance your feminine figure. From sheath dresses to shirt dresses, try them on for size.
- Bootleg jeans are ideal for your shape. If you want to wear skinny jeans, wear with knee-high boots over the top to balance, or a tunic top to mid-thigh.
- Avoid whiskering and distressing of jeans.
- Patch pockets on pants or coats should be avoided.
- Avoid low-rise jeans – commonly X shapes have a longer rise, and need a higher rise so that when they sit down their underwear is not exposed.
- You will often find that wide-waistbands sit better on your waist than narrow ones.
- A-lines are your friend – whether in dress or skirt shapes. Make sure the fabric has as soft drape so that it doesn’t sit stiffly away from your body.
- Skirts with pleats and gathers that fall from the low hip are flattering.
- You will often find that more open necklines are the most attractive, they draw attention up toward your face.
- Gored and trumpet shapes can work well. Look for fabrics with some weight (but not stiffness) that doesn’t cling.
- Keep tops to just under your high hip bone, avoid pulling your tops down to hide your bottom or thighs, as this will actually draw more attention to them.
- Darker bottoms and lighter tops are more flattering for you than the other way around.
- You will probably find that skirts that end around the knee are the most flattering length.
- Single breasted jackets are more flattering than double breasted. Avoid ones that end just under the bottom, keep them either shorter, or 3/4 length.
- Many X shapes have shorter legs, and will find it hard to buy trousers that don’t pull across the crotch. Skirts can often work better for your shape, especially if you have a longer rise.
- To elongate your legs when wearing trousers, match shoe colour to your trousers, and keep the hem as long as possible, without dragging on the ground. Cropped trousers are not as flattering on your figure.
- Creases down the front of your trousers will also help elongate your legs.
- Look for denims with a vertical weave.
- Boxy shapes are not a good fit for your body.
Celebrities with X shaped body include Fergie, Halle Berry and Scarlett Johansson.
For more on dressing your X shape read up here.
It’s not in the picture of the puzzle, but to me is an integral part of choosing a flattering garment for you. Colours either harmonize with your natural colouring, or they create a dissonance, which can be unpleasant, or even make you appear sickly.
Somatype is the Greek word for Body Type. It relates to how your flesh is arranged over your bones. So have nothing to do with body shape, but if your are bony, cushioned or muscular.
— Mesomorph=hard and muscly
—Endomorph=soft and cushioned
You may also well be a mixture of two of those, or even three.
Your Somatype will tell you which will be the most flattering and comfortable fabrics, both weight and drape to choose.
Scale tells you how large or small your accessories and clothing elements need to be to create a harmony and balance.
There are so many different sorts of fabric textures. Thick, chunky, fine, furry, smooth, soft, buttery, just to name a few. The textures you choose will be influenced by your personality and your body shape, but also by your appearance.
Another fabric element that reflects your personality as well as your natural appearance.