It Has Been Said That Purple People Are Easy To Live With But Hard To Know.

March 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

March 25, 2013

As we all know, color is a fundamental element in makeup choice, specifically the undertone of the makeup. To better understand undertone it is important to note that there are essentially three general classifications: warm, cool or neutral. Undertones denote an underlying color within any given hue.

With my Color Clock system every Colortime® palette has warm, cool and neutral colors, even though AM (Sunrise) tones are predominantly cool, PM (Sunset) tones predominantly warm, and Midday (Sunlight) is a balance of both.

The other day I read an article featuring Bobbi Brown on where she talks about her new Lilac Rose Collection. Brown states that “The Lilac Rose Collection isn’t just about purple. It features dusty pinks and heather grays, which are more natural shades of purple and are perfect for creating a feminine smoky eye. Plus, these shades have blue undertones, so they look flattering on all skin tones.”


Brown believes that a blue base of undertone is flattering to all skin types. This is a very interesting concept when there are actually three different undertones possible. But makeup, as we all know, is about experimentation and in the end, you really need to try before you buy to be certain that it’s going to work for you. And there are ways to “crossover” into any of the three classifications for special effects, which are discussed in my book, More Alive With Color.


My dear friend and colleague Judith August wrote a book called Gotcha Covered! The Compact Guide to Camouflage Makeup where she shares her makeup tips and techniques for using makeup to cover or hide areas that you may not want to be seen. In her book she has a whole chapter called Neutralizers and How They Work where she too sings the praises of Lavender as well as peachy orange and pink.


Judith suggests using lavender liquid foundation as a “neutralizer to even out discoloration. Lavender acts like a neutralizer blending the different areas and creating an even palette.” Pink is Judith’s secret weapon. She believes that “the surprising effect of the color pink is its ability to help us look 10 years younger.”

What do you think? Have you found that lavender is flattering on your skintone? Do you have the perfect shade of pink? What are some of your secret makeup weapons?

My advise is to let your Colortime® palette guide you to the best cosmetic colors for you. Click here to find out more about the Color Clock and Colortime®.


Wreaking Beautiful Havok

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

February 7, 2011

One of my former Color/Design students, Amy Anderson, shared this photograph taken by her neighbor. Amy heads Fleurish Partners and writes a lovely blog called What Feeds My Soul. Her neighbor, Laura Gardner, is an architect at GM Studio INC, and they both share a love of color.

“Winter shows off all the different berries so dramatically against the white snow!”

Photo taken by Laura Gardner

Thanks for sharing the lovely picture!

Purple isn’t just for Ravens

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

November 22, 2010

Lee was quoted about one of her favorite colors—purple—in her home town newspaper, the Baltimore Sun.  Donna Owens the reporter was curious about purple as it the hot color in Baltimore now because of the Baltimore Ravens— an equally hot team.

“Purple is very complex,” says Leatrice Eiseman. “It’s not a straightforward primary color like red, blue or yellow. You mix two colors to get it, so instantaneously there are opposing feelings. It’s the calmness of blue, with the excitement and dynamism of red.”

The Baltimore native said that last spring, when Pantone unveiled its palettes for 2011, the dazzling array of shades included several purples: Concord Grape, Dahlia and Wood Violet.

Eiseman said the color “is often chosen by very creative people, or those who are just a bit different.”

Having a boldly colored team uniform like the Ravens’ purple can also prove a powerful emotional catalyst that could help win games, she adds.


That said, displaying purple in the home can make some traditionalists wary. “People worry that they’ll be criticized,” says Eiseman. Yet she stresses that decorating is not about rules and regulations. “If you love the color, and if it suits your personality, surround yourself with it.”

For your listening pleasure!

Purple Turbine saves Collateral Animal Damage

November 15, 2010 § 3 Comments

November 15, 2010
Painting Wind Turbines Purple Will Save Wildlife
Timon Singh

Environmentalists have often criticized wind turbines on the grounds that they harm wildlife such as birds and bats who are caught in the blades. On the other hand, home owners have cited turbines as eye-sores that reduce the value of their property. Now, it appears that the wind turbine controversy is about to taken to a whole new level as researchers at Loughborough University in the UK announced that by painting turbines a different color, rather than the traditional white/grey, wildlife might not be affected. In short, they suggest that all turbines be painted purple.

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