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making faces :: can't somebody else do it?

i like to keep track of how people find their way here, both because i find it interesting for me and because it also helps me see what posts have the greatest power to draw interest from people who otherwise wouldn't know this blog existed. on such a check yesterday, i noticed a lot of referrals coming from one post.

this post.

i've played around with a number of ways of looking at colour analysis and what works for different people, but i don't know that i've ever done something as clear and informative as what this writer has. beauty bloggers, of course, make great subjects for study as to what works on certain skin tones, because they're constantly trying on all sorts of different things. so it's a great starting point to look at different bloggers wearing different shades and comparing what works the best versus what doesn't.

the post is specifically to do with choosing lipstick shades, but the idea could easily be extended to other items. it uses a slightly different system for evaluating colour than i have, but it's every bit as valid and extremely well explained in the post.

i like that the author makes it clear that going against your inherent colouring doesn't make you look bad, it just doesn't look as harmonious. [i think the high-contrast look from nikkie tutorials is striking in a way that i like and at the same time, the lower contrast look is clearly more at home on her natural colouring.] it's also an excellent object lesson in how appearances can be deceiving: look at all the different skin tones and how those that are closest on the surface can be opposites in terms of what works for them.


so after reading through this article, i have come to one clear decision: playing around with doing your own colour analysis can be fun, but it's actually way easier without being less rewarding when someone else does it for you. like most things in life.

Comments

That post really is informative, but did the writer consult you before using your photos? If not, I think it's a little weird that she went to a bunch of blogs and downloaded photos of other people for her own post without asking first...
Kate MacDonald said…
Actually no, although I have to admit I didn't even think of that until you mentioned it. (I'll even go so far as to say that I liked the kind of "surprise" element, but that's clearly a personal thing.)
Bellyhead said…
That WAS a really interesting and informative post. Very clearly written and illustrated, too.

But to AB's earlier point, I immediately thought about photo copyright and usage. I know temptalia doesn't allow hotlinked photos going to other sites either. Wonder what savvyist's policy is on photo usage.

as long as you're here, why not read more?

long suffering

i've been meaning to write this post for a while, but, every time i get started, something happens that makes me rethink portions of it, to add or subtract or consider a different way of looking at things. the post was originally going to be my take on a #metoo statement, but i ended up making that post on my personal facebook page. [it's not that i don't love you all, but there are a few things i'm not comfortable putting in the entirely public sphere.] but beyond joining the #metoo juggernaut, i wanted to write something about the wave of sexual assault revelations that continues to swell over the north american media landscape that wasn't about me. then i realised that that was a little more complicated than just writing "so, lotta sex rapes happenin' these days, ain't there?" or whatever it was that i was going to say.

so i tried writing something about just a part of it: the media coverage or the entertainment industry or the politicians or …

jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…