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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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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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  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lot of good information and photos.
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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.
Citygirl
Like cutting your own hair...I'm not saying it can't be done.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mailee on February 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. K. on February 22, 2009
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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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Citygirl on December 27, 2008
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth on May 18, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toby Winter on February 5, 2010
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First I want to say that I disagree with the previous reviewer that claimed that before and after photos were done so that models in before pictures looked sullen and devoid of any makeup while after photos had smiling models with full makeup. I thought the before and after shots were pictured surprisingly even handed. Because I am passionate about this topic, I read every book someone writes about finding the best colors to compliment your personal coloring (and have done so for over 20 years) and this one did not change my opinion that it is very difficult for most people to figure out their best palette by reading a book that provides color charts and quizes to help you pinpoint where you fall. I consider myself far more color aware than the average person due to my profession and I could not put myself into any of the color or style categories in this book. I think it is a shame that people often buy a book like this for the purpose of self-analysis and as a substitute for seeing a professional color consultant. They are looking at printed color charts (never very accurate) and answering questions to quizzes that are supposed to help you figure out the color and style type that you are. Like cutting your own hair...I'm not saying it can't be done. I'm saying it is difficult. People would be better off spending their money on a professional color analysis by someone who has studied personal color theory in depth and can provide them with color swatches (preferably made of fabric) to use when they shop. It's not that I don't believe in color 'types'. Types are just related harmonies. They can be called anything. Sun, Moon, Summer, Winter, Diamond, Sapphire, Water, Metal......it doesnt matter. These are just labels.Read more ›
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