After completing my color analysis (a process that took almost two hours and cost $220) Mayhew determined that I am, in fact, a winter. Then she draped me in all 36 of the winter shades to determine which where the best of the best. The standouts included colors that I already wore on the reg (like gray and ice pink), but others, like electric blue, felt way out of my comfort zone. I was also pretty overjoyed to learn that winters are the only group that can pull off black.
According to Mayhew, that’s one of the best parts of a color analysis. “It opens your eyes to the possibilities of many different colors and combinations,” she explained. In my case, it has inspired me to take risks with colors that I thought were too bold before. And while that may sound simple, the results are profound. “People cry, ‘Oh my gosh, I never thought I could look beautiful,’” Mayhew said of her previous clients.
The last part of the analysis involves getting your makeup done with House of Colour’s in-house makeup line. To be honest, this is the part of the process that I was most unsure about. I’m loyal to my BareMinerals tinted moisturizer, and I generally think my makeup looks pretty natural and flattering (if I do say so myself). But as soon as Mayhew swiped on blush in shade 22, which is a soft, dark pink, my doubts dissipated. I never look good in blush, but this one made my skin look bright and radiant. And yes, I bought it immediately.
Afterward, the idea is that you’ll shift over to wearing only your seasonal color palette. I’m not there (yet). But as I work on revamping my closet, I like being armed with the knowledge that these are my shades. Plus, it helps that every client is given a “color wallet,” complete with swatches of their 36 shades to help them sort through their closet or take on their next shopping trip. When I do wear my winter colors, I walk a little taller and feel better about what I’m wearing as I walk out the door. One Tuesday, I wore a deep purple sweater paired with bright pink lipstick to the office and found myself almost strutting to my desk.
Ultimately, that’s what a color analysis gives you: a foolproof guide to wearing something you’ll actually like, along with a confidence boost that lasts long after your consultation is over.