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Life in Color: The Visual Therapy Guide to the Perfect Palette--for Fashion, Beauty, and You! Paperback – Bargain Price, December 3, 2008

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About the Author

Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo are the founders of Visual Therapy Luxury Lifestyle Consulting, based in New York City. They've been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine; Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, In Style, and Elle.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811865231
  • ASIN: B0030ILW8I
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know practically nothing about color. I love fashion and style and own several books regarding these topics, but very few of them address color, and if they do at all it's in passing. For someone with as rudimentary knowledge as I have, Life in Color has been a great help in understanding what suits me and why. The color type quiz is fun and easy, and the four types, Sun, Moon, Earth and Star, are pretty and inspiring; much more so than seasons if you ask me! The palettes are varied, and I particularly enjoy how the authors also went on to describe various iconic styletypes and hair and makeup options and how to blend them with your palette.

It's true that when they feature before and after pictures of women wearing the wrong colors versus wearing the correct ones that the "before" pictures are always without makeup and boring poses, while the "after" ones are done with flattering makeup and dynamic poses. However, this is true of every book I've ever seen that has before and after features, and as far as I'm able to tell the lighting hasn't been changed at all, which is really the most crucial element in photography. And the women still look pretty in the "before" ones, if you ask me. I'm certain they've been photoshopped, but it's only the cynic in me, not because it's overt. For all of the women the "right" colors certainly do look better on them than the "wrong" colors, with or without makeup and editing, and that's the real point.

However this book does have its flaws. Personally, I'm a little confused about their color typing. One of the authors classes himself as a Star (cool tones) when he looks warm toned to me. They claim that it's because the undertones have nothing to do with ethnicity, but then perhaps I'm bad at reading undertones.
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I had a terrible time trying to determine my color type according to their guidelines. I found myself in three different categories! It was very frustrating. In general I look better in warm colors, but there are many cool tones that are also beautiful on me. Their palettes simply did not work for me. I also agree with the reviewer who pointed out the "dishonest" photos and silly and irrelevant digressions. Don't spend good money on this book. Borrow it or wait until it hits the bargain bin.
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This book puts a fresh new spin on the concept of choosing colors that suit your personal body and hair coloring. Without totally abandoning the concept of warm/cool, and seasonal color types as first revealed in "Color Me Beautiful", "Life in Color" goes beyond yet is somehow more specific, tying in the colors that suit you with your personal style. After reading and studying every book I could find on the subject, and even working as a color consultant, I finally found a book that made absolute sense, and gave a new clarity to choosing the colors in your wardrobe. Lots of great photos, well-written, a really enjoyable read.
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This book starts out with a brief description of the science behind color. However, unless you're an art student with a background on color theory, this section will probably feel too brief and unclear to you.

Next, a quiz is supposed to help you determine which ColorType you fall under: Sun, Moon, Earth or Star. It's supposed to help you determine whether your skin tone is warm or cool. However, I found the quiz confusing and ended up falling into 3 categories...when you're only supposed to fall into one.

Luckily, I know my skin tone is warm, so that leaves me being either a Sun or an Earth, however, they were both so similar, I'm still not sure I got mine right. The ColorTypes Moon and Star felt very similar, too.

Once you discover your ColorType, you'll be presented with colors that complement your skin tone. Some I already knew look good on me, but others surprised me, so I'm curious if they indeed complement me. I disagree with the authors, though, that black is universally flattering. When I wear black, my face looks washed out.

Next, you're shown models wearing the wrong and right colors for their ColorType. However, this is very misleading since, in the before photos, the models aren't wearing makeup, they're sitting under harsh lighting, and they're not smiling. In their after photos, they're wearing makeup, they're sitting under flattering lighting and they're smiling (some are even laughing). So, of course, the after photos look better....though on page 54, I actually thought the before model looked better.

The section following ColorTyping is StyleTyping. Here you take another quiz to decide which of the following styles you fall under: Chic, Bohemian, Avante-Garde, Classic, or Whimsical.
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This is a very fun book but I am still feeling a bit clueless. I can't tell the subtle differences between some of the colors in the book, and I'm still not sure what color type I am even with the book. Plus the style types were a bit confusing, and seemed like a plug for the authors' other book. The style types all seemed kind of unusual to me - I didn't feel like I fit into any of their style categories. So over all, a fun book, perhaps for a coffee table book or for a gift to someone, but not as useful a book as I had hoped for.

UPDATE: I like the authors' other book, "Work It," much better. It clears up all of the ambiguity and confusion that I found in this book. "Work It" includes the same color types and style designations as "Life in Color," but I found the material much easier to process. If you only buy one book from Jesse Garza, I'd choose "Work It."
http://www.amazon.com/Work-Visual-Therapys-Ultimate-Wardrobe/dp/0811865223/ref=asap_B001JP2R74_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417704099&sr=1-2
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