As I sit here writing, I am looking into my wardrobe at its groaning contents – a miss match of hanging ensembles begging to be worn but never making it to the streets of Hong Kong. And the reason for this? There are many – the outfit I bought for that special occasion and spent a fortune on but only wore once. The little tops which are either cut too low or cling too tightly that do not match with anything else in my wardrobe and just hang there like ‘Billy no mates’ and, of course, there is the trusty pair of jeans that I live in which look so worn and tatty, and really need to be replaced when I get round to it. And then there is the work wardrobe that cold just easily be the wedding and funeral kit too. Sound familiar?
We are all fashion victims with an occasional fashion victory. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here is how to improve your all-around look in only one hour, which in the long term will save you thousands of dollars.
I was lucky enough to be invited by Eve Roth Lindsay, owner and creator of Savvy Style Hong Kong’s representative for Colour Me Beautiful. I was attending a Full Colour Analysis consultation, which promised to banish bad shopping days forever and includes a colour analysis and makeup lesson which will educate and assist me with all future colour decisions. Fabulous!
My consultation started with Eve removing all my makeup so she could take a clear look at my skin tone. A special light was used to give a true daylight reflection, which does not distort the colour swatches being used. Eve explained that the colours we may choose everyday often work against us and we end up having to over compensate with makeup to look good whereas other colours seem to lift the complexion and instantly make us look brighter.
The Colour Me Beautiful concept divides us all into one of four colour seasons and once you know your colour season, you know which shades of colours to choose to make you look good. To find my season, Eve and I assessed how the different colours affected my complexion. I always go for browns and oranges but it was clear that these colours drained colour away from my face and made me look quite drawn. After assessing several swatches and finding the right season for my skin tone, I was shown to the makeup counter where Eve started to apply a foundation, which she also matched to my skin tone. I was so relaxed. Eve has a calming aura and I found her instructions for applying makeup simple and straightforward. I was concerned that I might forget all of this new information but Eve gave me a colour file and makeup details at the end of the session. Armed with my colour palate, I headed for the Mall full of confidence that I too will now be able to choose the perfect top in just 10 minutes.