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Color Me Beautiful's Looking Your Best: Color, Makeup and Style Paperback – April 1, 1995

3.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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elaborates on the season-based palette concept and addresse figure problems and image-enhancing wardrobe selection (Miami Herald)

the system has been revamped....and the original "four season" categories based on your natural coloring have been broken down to more specific groups...The new book also has sections on personal style, body enhancement and the power of specific color families. (Jackie White Lexington Herald-Leader)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Madison Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568330375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568330372
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Russell on July 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
As some of the other reviews here indicate, this book would probably be more helpful to the reader whose personal coloring is a seasonal blend, rather than to the reader who can easily identify herself as a Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter. If you don't seem to fit a seasonal type, you might find the expanded classifications in this book helpful. That said, I must agree with the reviewers here who complain about the shoddy color palettes and inconsistencies in the text. Considering the fact that the original COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL gave rise to the international CMB industry, one would think they could have allotted a budget for a book as esthetically appealing, not to mention as well written and edited, as Carole Jackson's books.
But wait -- there's plenty more to this book than the section on color classifications, including a genuine improvement over the chapter on style in the original COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL (the most dated chapter in that book). Like Jackson, the authors of this book identify different body types, offering recommendations for each on fabric and design, but Spillane and Sherlock don't link body types to specific styles as Jackson does. This book does have a section on styles (e.g. Classic, Natural, Dramatic, Romantic, Creative), but it has a separate section on body types, which I've found especially helpful. (I was never sure what my body type was until I found it clearly described and illustrated here.) On the whole, the book does not replace Carole Jackson's, but with the above-mentioned reservations I do recommend it.
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By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a pretty good overall guide to color, style, and makeup, but it doesn't have the simplicity and timeless appeal that made the original Color Me Beautiful so useful. The expansion from 4 color "palettes" to 12 is not especially helpful; it just leads to more confusion. I also think the authors' cavalier advice that anyone can wear black is harmful to those women who simply will never look their best in black and need to learn how to look formal without relying on that color crutch. I bought Carole Jackson's Color Me Beautiful in 1987 and kept it until the covers were falling off; I bought this version, read it, and gave it away to a friend. Another thing that ticked me off about this version was its bias toward career women; much of its advice (like "honestly, can you really afford to be seen in just a scrubbed face and a touch of lipstick?") doesn't pertain to students, stay-at-home moms, blue-collar workers, home-office workers, or even people with a casual office environment.
Bottom line: if you can still find the original, get it instead; some of the styles shown are a little dated, but most of the advice is as sound today as it was ten years ago. But if you can't find it, or if you really need something with a focus on dressing for success in the business world, then this version is a decent substitute.
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By A Customer on June 18, 2001
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The only thing I didn't like about this book is the fact that the colors aren't realistic. Other than that, I think it's a great book. I read the original "Color Me Beautiful" book first, but was unable to determine whether I'm a Summer or a Winter. This updated version is much better, because they've expanded the 4 basic seasonal color palettes into 12 (3 for each season). This made it much easier for me to figure out which colors I look best in. I now know that I'm a Clear Winter, not a Summer.
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It's the end of 2007. I live in L.A., where staying on the cutting edge of fashion is practically blood sport (pun intended), and I can't believe I'm saying this: I bought this book on a whim. I found a cheap, used copy and thought, "Why not?" When I found tons of useful information, including the first correct "diagnoses" of my season AND my body type, I just about fell out of my chair.

I've tried the original CMB, and the supposedly new-and-improved methods by Doris Pooser and Leatrice Eisemann. They don't hold a candle to this method of finding your best colors and styles. Instead of three color palettes (Eisemann), four (the original CMB), or six (Pooser), Spillane and Sherlock give us twelve to choose from, and a simple rule for expanding our palettes as designers present new colors. If, like me, you don't fit comfortably in the more limited seasonal/time-of-day systems, you'll find yourself here (people of color are included and well represented).

When you find your best colors, wearing an actual color (instead of the ubiquitous black) makes you look and feel sophisticated, stylish, and au courant. This method even works when you want -- or need -- to blend in or present a conservative image. What a relief, and what a pleasure!

Spillane and Sherlock don't just give advice on finding the best clothes for your figure; they actually include a formula. All you need is a tape measure to figure out your bodyline. Then, just follow their advice, and you're on your way.

Other reviewers have mentioned the outdated illustrations and the crayon-style swatches. The bad news is that books, like styles, go out of date.
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