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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend all books by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo. If you want to learn about personal style, personal color theory, and closet organization, read their books.Published 2 months ago by jhughes2020
I have spent all my life in the completely wrong color. Please don't even look any further. These powerhouses will finally help you to find, absolutely, the correct color. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Laura Wilson, ND
Color matters! (if you really wanna bring out your best looks). I find this book great as a guide to help you understand what colors may be flattering or not. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nomdeplume
I think the color matching system described in this book is better than the season-matching system of Suzanne Caygill. Read morePublished 23 months ago by baby9798
A lot of good information and photos. Different looks and colors from what I had been doing, will really help your tired wardrobe.Published on April 16, 2014 by rescueAdog
The color photos in this book make it fun to browse through. You may even be able to type yourself if you already know your color season, because that older system relates fairly... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by K. Russell
We love this book!Three generations took turns analyzing each other, including the two and three year olds. We intend to share with the fourth generation this summer. Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Deb
I think every single woman should know her color type in order to look beautiful and stylish without spending excess amount of money on clothes that won't flatter them. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by American Dream
This book is great. The authors give specific pictures and guides to help you figure out how to add color into your wardrobe in practical ways. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Sarah Luders