Did you know that colours are over 60% responsible for the first impressions when someone sees us or meets us for the very first time?
The colours’ effects on human psychology, impressions and communicating messages (and/or ideas) r have been observed since ancient times.
Paintings have been discovered that were drawn by artists 40,000 years ago were a combination of soil, animal fat, burnt carbon and chalk.
They created a basic palette of five colours: red, yellow, brown, black and white. Since then, the history of colour has been a constant discovery.
In his dissertation “ABOUT COLOURS” Aristotle notes that when light rays fall on a coloured surface it becomes a combination from which a new hue emerges.
The German poet, Goethe, presented in 1810, his own theory where he states that the two basic colours that have the greatest contrast between them are blue and yellow. And between the two colours, through a process that he called ‘growth’, a third colour is born, red.
The colour theory was developed drastically by Johannes Itten, the Swiss art theorist who taught at the School of Applied Arts in Weimar, which later became known as the Bauhaus. J. Itten developed the “colour chords” and modified the colour wheel.
According to this, the colour circle was based on three basic colours: red, yellow and blue and included twelve shades.
The colours are divided according to their individual elements into cold (based on blue) and warm (based on yellow). Then in bright, neutral, dark, soft or pastel and shiny.
It is a fact not all people see colours in the same way, but anyone who can see them clearly is able to distinguish a yellow that does not fade or a yellow that does not turn green.
That is why there is not only one red, one blue or one yellow in the colour wheel.
For example, some shades of reds are, red carmine, burgundy, poppy or vermicelli.
Some shades of blue are, china blue, electric blue and navy blue.
Some yellow shades are, the canary yellow, the mustard and the lemon yellow.
Have you ever heard someone say to you that “this hair colour makes you look paler”?
Have you noticed that with some lipstick colours your teeth discolour and look more yellow?
Have you ever tried a top or a lipstick shade that makes your eyes and face look more vibrant and fresher, while another in almost the same shade makes you look tired and your skin dull?
All these are signs that you do not know which colours suit you because you have not identified your undertones.
There is an explanation for this, and it has to do with the surface and tone of your skin colour.
In case you don’t really know the difference between the surface tone of the skin and the undertone it means that you just have not heard until today the HOUSE OF COLOUR and the colour analysis seminars!
When it comes to fashion and beauty, there are some keywords that dominate as “cool colours” and “warm colours”. In fact, as much as we know how colours affect how attractive we look, we still find it difficult to distinguish them.
The undertone of your skin is the colour below the surface. You can have the same skin colour with someone, but a different background, which is separated in the following way: cold and warm skin!
Finding out if your skin is warm or cold is a very important piece of information as you will find out which colours flatter you the most, but also which shades of make-up, shadows and lipstick you should choose.
A wrong foundation or a wrong concealer may look foreign to your face and not be incorporated into your colour base. Using the correct products,creates a more natural effect that can cover and illuminate at the same time, in the right places.
Some colours have the power to make you look much more beautiful according to whether your skin undertones are warm or cool.
Broadly speaking, women with warm tones are more suited in yellow, orange, brown, yellow-green, ivory and warm red, while women with cool tones should wear blue, ruby green, pink, eggplant, magenta and reds based on blue.
You will find various online tests and “tips” that are circulating, on how you can find out what suits you. From sources like these, wrong impressions are created and you receive a half right/wrong or even a totally wrong diagnosis.
A big misconception is that women with light skin cannot have warm undertones as well as women with dark skin that it is not possible to have cool tones.
Another one is that there are neutral skins, which would mean that you do not have a colour identity, something that can’t even happen!
But how do you really know in which category you belong to? As for that, we are here to help.
That is the reason why in House of Colour we use special tools and techniques, to help you through a process of external self-knowledge, to discover your own tone!
Skilled colour analysts and public image consultants around the world can diagnose you accurately and efficiently.
Based on the history of colours and the wheel of Johannes Itten, they conduct a colour analysis seminar, where they discover your skin type and help you find the colours that will highlight your features and will not undermine your image.
This seminar is addressed to those who seek knowledge in the composition of colour combinations and the application of modern fashion trends in their own data.
You will receive information about your own colour palette when it comes to colours in clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, hair and everything else related to colour.
This way you will get a harmonious image and you will save time and money by looking for and buying things that will be left unused in your closet.
And do not forget that colours are directly related to our emotions, symbolize them and cause them by affecting our mood accordingly.
So, if you want to be refreshed, I am here to help you on this journey of external self-knowledge!
With love and lots of colour, Aristea Korkovelou