How to use colour analysis swatches, mini wallets or colour cards for shopping, make-up, hair colours and more.
I’ll take you through how to use colour analysis swatches, mini wallets or colour cards for shopping, make-up, hair colours and more.
Firstly, the colour swatch, mini wallet or colour cards are NOT colour matching tools.
You do not wander round the shops looking for the specific colours in the set.
If you did, you’d end up tired, grumpy and frustrated as fashion colours change each year depending on the season.
So, how do I use my wallet, swatch or cards? It’s very simple, you lay the swatch, wallet or card over the top of the item you’re considering, see below for a few examples.
How to use colour analysis swatches to see if they are in harmony with your chosen garment
The image above shows Autumn fabric of a Per Una long sleeve top, together with the Soft Autumn mini-swatch (top) and Bright/Clear Winter mini-swatch (bottom) laid over the fabric. You’ll see the Autumn fabrics are in harmony with the shirt (Per Una) and the Bright Winter colours stand out as if ‘sat on top’. This particular top, from Per Una, would suit a Warm, Deep or Soft Autumn.
How to use colour analysis swatches or wands over a fabric to see if it’s in harmony with your colours.
This shirt is a mix of spring pinks, yellows and peach tints with a white undertone, it is bright, warm and light.
I have laid my seasonal wands over the top of the shirt and can easily see that the left most wand (Spring) is most in harmony with the fabric. The other wands don’t work well with it at all.
The Summer colour analysis wand is disappearing (although some of the pinks work with the fabric, the lighter pinks) The Autumn colour analysis wand is too deep and rich. The Winter colour analysis wand sticks out like a sore thumb. This top would be wonderful on a warm, light or bright Spring lady. However, a light Summer lady might be able to wear this one as some of the pinks would suit both.
How to use colour analysis swatches to check a garment is in harmony with your colours.
This image shows the Autumn and Spring fabric mini wallets fanned out and laid over the fabric. While the Autumn colour swatch (warm/deep) are okay with it, the Spring colour swatch (warm/light) are truly in harmony and look made to match it.
Whether you have a fabric swatch, colour cards, a small card, colour analysis wands or fans, the item is easily held up to a garment or laid on top of it. Stand back and look at how harmonious the colours are, does it appear to sit on top or stick out like a sore thumb?
If the colours work well, then the garment is a good match, try it on – get an idea of how the cut, fabric and shape of the item work with your body shape. If it fits well and flatters your figure, buy it!
If the colours of the swatch stick out and argue with the garment, then it’s not a match to your colouring. If you love it and really want it, then treat it as a hard to wear colour and make sure you wear a scarf, necklace or other item between it and your face. If you don’t love it, it’s the wrong colour for you OR the fit isn’t going to flatter your body shap, then walk away! It’s not for you and will end up in the ‘Why did I buy that’ pile at the back of the wardrobe.
How to use colour analysis swatches when choosing make-up
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