Colour clients obviously take great pride in their appearance and will want to know more about what suitsheir hair
Clothing and make-up play ae in someone’s appearance, and getting it right is not something that comes naturally to everyone. So, to help you advise your clients on what colours they should be wearing, top make-up artist Rupert Kingston, creative director of new id cosmetics, shares his knowledge, as does leading clothes stylist Sallyb Gallagher, on what colours your clients should be opting for. “The key to understanding the clothing colours that suit your clients perfectly, can be unearthed by the use of four simple category types:cool, warm, light and deep”, advises Sally. However, getting the perfect colour match is about much more than simply looking at your clients existing hair colour. “Judging your client’s colouring on their (current) artificial hair shade can be a disaster. We can all achieve different hair colours on ourselves – but that doesn’t mean they always suit us”, explains Sally.
SALLY’S TOP TIPS TO UNDERSTANDING YOUR CLIENT’S COLOURING…
Check the re-growth and eyebrow shade. Is it predominately cool or warm, light or deep?
Observe your client’s eyes. This is an excellent indicator. Do they look cool or warm, light or have depth? As a general, althougg not exclusive rule, greens and hazels can denote warmth, while grey tone indicates cool.
Study their skin tone. Does it have a pink or dusky undertone ore is there definite warmth – usually indicated by freckles and rosy cheeks? Don’t be fooled. Sometimes pale skin can actually indicate warmth. The archetypal copper (think Julianne Moore or Sarah Ferguson) can look pale under some harsh lights (particularly salon lighting) and can have bright cool eyes. The secret is to check the re-growth colour and ask the client what their original colour is, especially if they have since gone predominately grey.
Beware of fake tan and foundations. These will be your enemy and coupled with an artificial hair colour can really fool the expert. If your client is wearing fake tan or excessive make-up – always make your decisions by observing the eye colour and natural hair colour (albeit from the eyebrows).
Never trust the salon lights. Some salon lighting can mute out subtle tones found in the skin and eye colour. Therefore, to get a thoroughly accurate diagnosis – take your client into natural daylight.
WHAT KEY COLOURS TRANSFORM BRUNETTES INTO SOMETHING SPECIAL?
Cool. Think Catherine Zeta Jones, Lily Allen, Victoria Beckham and Cher.
Bright, deep colours will suit.
Key colours – hot pink, royal purple, electric blue, emerald.
Best neutral colours for coats, trousers and key items are black, navy and occasionally white.
Avoid salmons, olives, bright yellows and muted tones such as taupe or beige.
Warm. Think Jennifer Lopez, Cherly Cole and Beyoncé.
Rich deep colours will suit best.
key colours – mahogany, burgundy, golden brown, tomato red.