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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.

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