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If I close my eyes I blend into the wall.
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Date: 9/24/13 1:07 PM

I was looking at some recent pictures and even though I was wearing appropriate makeup, and a red jacket, my hair (white) and skin color look the same color! I looked like a body with a white blob on top This wasn't an isolated incident.

I'm still working and I need a polished, professional look. I thought as I got older that brighter makeup would make me look harsh--but now I don't know...

Anybody got any ideas? I don't want to color my hair. My hair used to be dark brown, and there was a big contrast between my hair skin and brown eyes. Now, there is No contrast. If I'm standing in front of a white wall and close my eyes I disappear!

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Date: 9/24/13 1:14 PM

Having a makeup makeover might be a good step. That and having your colors done. Wearing the right colors can help give a nice glow to our skin, whether we wre older or young. The wrong colors can make me look like a corpse. Graphic, but true. Mauve is the worst for me.

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Date: 9/24/13 1:36 PM

You want to underline as much as possible a bit of Natural red color in your face.
?That works best with the complement color for red, That is green. Experiment with green scanvenster which schade of green works for you

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Date: 9/24/13 3:01 PM

Yep this is the challenge for women with gray or white hair.So how do you replace the drama of contrast?Make sure if you use make-up that it is in the right skin tone.You are either pink[red, rosy ect.] or yellow in the skin undertone.If you are using the wrong undertone it makes you look pale and colorless or over-painted. Then you create the contrast just a little further down with the colors of your top half.All focus goes to draw attention to the face.So clear,deep to mid tone colors[like your dark brown hair did for you] ,fascinating jewelry at the neckline,earrings in the right metal.Golds go with the yellow undertones, silver or white gold with the pink toned skin.If you wear eye make-up, get a pro to come up with a color palette to really add emphasis.In the structure of your garments go for vertical lines that again lead to the face. No rounded lapels,asymmetrical closures,horizontal or fluffy prints or strong horizontal hems,cuffs or necklines. These all take attention away from your face. Consider showing a little more skin like deep Vee necklines which create a line directly to the face.Your hair style also can add focus to the face.Layers that point towards the cheekbones,jawline will frame and shape the contours of the face. This is all something I've been experimenting with too since I can't depend on my red- blonde hair anymore,I think it helps. carry

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Date: 9/24/13 4:36 PM

I also have gray hair which I recently stopped coloring. I went to a department store and found a make-up person to help me out. I told her that I liked a minimal make-up look and didn't like to spend a lot of time applying make-up. She listened to me and made up my face. Although I didn't get any pressure to purchase the products I bought most of them. She also gave me a sketch of a face and wrote down the order to put the various products on as well as instructions in how to apply each product. For a novice as I was it was very helpful. I use MAC cosmetics but there are many other make up companies in the department stores.
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Date: 9/24/13 5:39 PM

No need to color your hair. I do agree on getting modernized makeup routine and a good cut.

Maybe some of my Pinterest board's hair/makeup pins will be inspiration

I recently cleaned out my makeup drawer and that made me realize it is time for some makeup tips also. I used to throw it all out once a year and update.
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Date: 9/25/13 4:16 AM

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I was looking at some recent pictures and even though I was wearing appropriate makeup, and a red jacket, my hair (white) and skin color look the same color!

I have been "low contrast" my entire life. That is, fair skin and blonde hair so very little contrast between the two. You are right. It is easy to blend in with the wall.😄 In your case you were once a high contrast individual but you have now changed to being a low contrast individual.

The answer is pretty simple once you understand how colours work. High contrast people can wear red jackets for example, low contrast people can't. It's the red jacket that is making you blend into the wall. Red is a high contrast colour, just as black, white and any vibrant colour is.

Think of the primary colours. They are high contrast. Take these colours, add some white and it tones the colour down. Add too much white though and you get pastel colours that are considered low contrast colours. Same if you add black but rather than clear colours you get murky, muddy colours. A low contrast individual should always wear medium contrast colours. Not high contrast and not low contrast.

In addition to this you also need to determine if you have warm or cool undertones, and stick with this colour palette.

To get started though there are a few colours everyone can wear. Two examples are warm pink or watermelon and aqua. You could try wearing either of these colours to start with.

The best advice I can give you though is to pay a colour consultant to do your colours. It's really worth the money if you are struggling to understand your new colouring. HTH

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Date: 9/25/13 7:12 AM

Sew4Fun, what a great explanation! You should go in to colour consulting.

I've always read that as people get older the brighter colors don't look as nice on them, and now I understand why - they usually have less contrast.

As my profile picture shows, I am high-contrast (undyed hair - we gray late in my family). And yes, I look good in aqua.

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Date: 9/25/13 8:07 AM

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I've always read that as people get older the brighter colors don't look as nice on them, and now I understand why - they usually have less contrast.



As my profile picture shows, I am high-contrast (undyed hair - we gray late in my family). And yes, I look good in aqua.


You are so right! Our ASG chapter had Nancy Nix-Rice come and give a one day workshop, a few years ago. She is great and color is her specialty. Most of our chapter members are approx. 50+ years old and Nancy told us the same thing; stay in your color palette/season but go with the softer versions. (I highly recommend her for ASG programs. If you are ever at an ASG convention and she has a booth with her ever-so-affortable scarves, DO let her choose for you. )

I have the 'winter' coloring, but am now half gray haired with faded skin tones.
I truly fade into the background. I am still drawn to those high contrast jewel tones and it is really hard to find soft versions. Especially when the world of fabric and RTW seems to be everything but a 'winter.
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Date: 9/25/13 9:02 AM

Thank you, Ladies! All great thoughts.

I think I may have discovered another part of the problem! The issue is with the photography itself.

I spoke with a professional photographer who told me that if I was using a foundation with an SPF in it, that it can cause a flash back and your face shows up as ghostly even if you aren't really that pale. Then I watched a Wayne Goss video that said the same thing. Somewhere on the page it showed pictures of celebrities who had used different products, with and without an SPF, on different parts of the face and the camera revealed obvious white patches that were not visible to the naked eye.

I agree, though, that I am used to wearing high contrast colors and I may need to soften them up a bit. Years ago, Cynthia Guffey and I went to a thread counter where she picked out all of the colors that were best for me. I purchased all of the spools of thread and took them with me when shopping for fabric and it made things really easy. I think it must be time to do that again!

Thank you for all your great suggestions

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