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Frequently Asked Questions
Personal Color Analysis is a process of measuring human natural pigmentation. Using a set of 112 drapes, carefully selected and calibrated with Sci\ART palettes, I measure temperature of your natural coloring (warm, neutral, cool), its lightness/darkness range and intensity of pigmentation. Parameters identified this way are translated into a color palette that harmonizes with you in the most beautiful way. Repeating these colors in clothing, makeup and hair color gives your look the most natural and appealing effect.
You look better – younger, healthier, slimmer and more professional.
You feel more confident and beautiful in your own skin. You get compliments and are more satisfied with the way you look.
You become a smarter consumer – you take over your own image and buy things that really look good on you, not the ones that fashion industry wants you to buy.
Saves you time and effort when shopping – you are able to ignore clothing in colors that does not enhance your natural beauty.
You make less shopping mistakes, which translates into less returns, less unused clothes at the bottom of your closet, less lipsticks put in trash – therefore saving you money.
You purchase clothes and cosmetics that are perfect for you and fully harmonize together.
Every piece of your clothing perfectly works with the others – composing a capsule wardrobe is simplified and quick.
You spend less time on arranging ‘looks’ and morning clothing dilemmas are eliminated – I am sure you have more important things on your “to do” list.
Your closet and makeup bag become easy to purge once you see during your PCA what some colors do to you, you will unscrupulously eliminate them from your life.
Season, or Tone, is a term describing coloring with certain parameters: hue, chroma and value. In other words, coloring can be a) warm/neutral/cool, b) bright/medium/soft and c) dark/medium/light.
These parameters are slightly different for every Season, therefore colors of their palettes do not overlap. 12 Blueprints system that I use distinguishes 12 Seasons. 4 so called True Seasons are True Spring, True Summer, True Autumn and True Winter. There are 8 so called Neutral Seasons between them: Bright Spring, Light Spring, Light Summer, Soft Summer, Soft Autumn, Dark Autumn, Dark Winter, Bright Winter.
Human eye recognizes colors best by comparison. That is why color analysis process involves comparison of drapes in different colors to the natural pigmentation of a client. When you sit in front of the mirror I stand behind you and change drapes under your face. Do not worry, at the beginning I clarify what exactly we are going to look at and during the analysis I explain what we see happening in the mirror. I want you to understand how we get to your best Season and see with your own eyes the benefits of using these colors.
We start with 4 Key Drapes which represent the most characteristic colors of Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. At this stage we study your face and learn how it reacts to colors – no Seasons decisions yet.
The next stage is about the True Seasons. I use 4 sets of drapes (5 colors each) belonging to True Winter, True Spring, True Summer and True Autumn. Every time we compare 2 Seasons and decide which one is better – we might (but don’t have to) start eliminating less flattering ones at this point.
In the next step we concentrate on narrowing down only one parameter of your pigmentation – hue (temperature). With 4 sets of 4 drapes in different versions of red we try to identify if your undertone is warm, warm neutral, cool neutral or cool. The worst option is eliminated.
The rest of the analysis is about comparing drapes (5 colors in each set) of all the Seasons that have not been eliminated in any way so far. Every comparison involves looking at 2 Seasons and eliminating 1 of them until we are left with only 1 Season – the best one.
As you can see, the analysis process is thorough and therefore time consuming, it typically takes about 2-3 hours. I addition, I spend some time on the theory, discussion about the characteristics of your Season, color palettes harmonizing, makeup and your questions. It is good to assume 3-4 hours for the session but please try not to plan anything right after, in case it takes a little longer (it was 5 hours in case of my first 12B analysis!). My goal is to give you the knowledge and the tools to improve your life – I would regret if we had to wrap up in a hurry leaving you confused and with unanswered questions.
With cash when you come for the analysis or via bank transfer at least 3 days before. PayPal option is available for international payments.
Currently I do not accept credit card payments.
Skin is the most important factor in 12 Blueprints system – it is the biggest and the most color reactive surface of your body. The aim of the PCA is to find the color palette that makes your skin look the healthiest, the freshest and the youngest. Hair and eye color are secondary factors and they do not determine your Season – every Tone can have every eye and hair color.
For the purpose of 12B analysis we use full spectrum lighting, i.e. very similar to natural sunlight. Why is it important? Natural light (and full spectrum bulbs) includes full range of light waves, which allows for more accurate perception of color. This can not be achieved with regular artificial light. If you ever had bought something and then realized that it had a different color in daylight, than in the store, then you probably know what I mean.
Aby wyeliminować niepotrzebne bodźce kolorystyczne, które mogłyby wpłynąć na rezultat analizy – chcemy skupić się na Twojej twarzy i jej reakcjach w stosunku do chust. Studio pomalowane jest na neutralny szary kolor, podczas analizy ja mam na sobie neutralnie szare okrycie, a Ty szarą pelerynę i chustę przykrywającą włosy.
In my studio in the northern suburbs of Lodz. I currently work for a large international company so PCA appointments are only possible in the evenings Monday to Friday or on the weekends. Please contact me to find the best day and time for you.
If you can not come to Lodz, please contact me – perhaps we can find a way to arrange a PCA closer to your home town.
Please do not send me pictures. I do not do color analysis from pictures because I do not believe this method to be very effective. There are some factors that can not be calibrated properly remotely: neutral environment, lighting, color parameters of the materials you use for self-draping at home, etc. Besides, pictures would be filtered by a few devices and as a result their coloring slightly altered in comparison to the original. Are pictures of the people you know look 100% the same way as they do in reality? Have you ever ordered something online and when you opened the package you realized it did not look like you had expected? I hope that you understand my position.
First of all, please remember to not wear any makeup. None. Not even mascara or bb cream. I understand that you might feel uncomfortable. But please understand that our goal is to identify your Season properly. To achieve this we want to analyze your natural pigmentation, not your cosmetics. You can bring your makeup bag with you and apply it when we finish.
Apart from makeup, please avoid self-tanner and coming to the appointment with very fresh tan (wait a few days for redness and irritation to disappear).
Plan to wear clothes which would not make it difficult when we change drapes around your neck – heavy turtlenecks or hoods may not be a good idea.
Please do not wear contact lenses nor jewelry if possible (this includes ear, nose, eyebrow and lip piercing jewelry).
Do not spend too much time doing your hair – it will be tied and covered during the analysis.
I have a cat. If you are allergic, please let me know upfront. I will arrange our meeting in a way that you do not have to meet him.
I encourage you to take a few clothes and color cosmetics with you. When we get to know your Season, we will analyze them to see how they harmonize with your color palette. The matching ones will be a great reference point for your swatching at home later.
We spend a few hours together so you can bring something to drink or a snack.
A notebook might be useful if you are concerned about forgetting some of the information.
No. You can take a few pictures but I do not consent to filming.
Yes. You can bring a family member or a friend if you feel this person objectively and honestly can provide you feedback about the way you look. Unfortunately, I am not able to host more than 1 or 2 people.
If you plan to take a young child with you, please contact me upfront to discuss if and how s/he can receive proper care and attention during the appointment.
Please do not bring any animals with you.
You can not argue the fact that first impression matters. People draw conclusions (right or wrong) and form opinions about others based on the way they dress. Color analysis is for everyone, no matter the gender and age, who wants positive changes in the way s/he looks. If you want to improve your business image, look more professional when meeting customers, make a good impression in an interview or get rid of half of your clothes and build a capsule wardrobe – do not hesitate, color analysis is an invaluable investment, which gives you tools to master your image for many years.
We set in our natural coloring when we reach adolescence, so it is best to have your PCA after you come of age. Of course you can have it done earlier, but you should take into account potential further changes of your pigmentation and the need to have analysis repeated.
It is said that our coloring cools down a little bit when we age, gray hair being an example. So far I have not seen a change like this documented in 12 Blueprints system. 12B focuses on skin and its undertone, which do not change with age. However, it may matter in those color analysis systems where hair color determines a Season.
Please be open, try and give your Season a chance for a couple of months. Check what you have already got in these colors in your closet. Wear them for a while and notice how you feel. Pay attention to how others react. Try a new lipstick or a tie in your seasonal palette.
Ask questions. E-mail me. Make an appointment for additional consultation. We can figure out what does not work and how to personalize use of your palette.
If you still feel that it is completely wrong and these colors are not you, please let me know. We will repeat the analysis free of charge.
Short answer is: no, not 100%. Thanks to using full spectrum lights, elimination of color distractions that can influence analysis (background, covers of both client and analyst) and barriers to the correct result (makeup, analysis from pictures), margin of error is dramatically reduced. There is still a human factor though, which properly trained, has to correctly read and interpret interactions between a face and the drapes.