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On Color and Age

Sometimes, PCA seems like magic.

It's not, of course. We're simply analyzing optical effects. But it seems like magic. How can the right colors simultaneously make a person look more youthful and more mature?

During my training, I had the privilege of draping several older women. The goal was never to erase their age (long life is a gift!) but neither did we want them to look older than they actually were. Sometimes a drape can make a person look young, but if it's not the right color for them, it's a bland youth. You don't really see the face: the client might as well be made of wax, or sketched with a shaky hand. The same goes for drapes that can make a person look old. If it's not the right color for them, it's a tired and haggard look, not a distinguished one.

In their perfect colors, I saw these older women as they truly were: absolutely striking.

As you probably know from my introduction on Your Natural Design, or if you've seen me around on Facebook, I lived as a True Spring for several months before I was draped during my training. I thought the colors worked. I thought I looked young and fresh. In hindsight, I looked juvenile. Somehow I looked older, too, and not in a good way. Every wrinkle and blemish was accentuated.

In Dark Autumn clothing and makeup, I look more mature, like someone you might want to take seriously. I also look younger. The wrinkles I've gained from years of forgetting my sunglasses are no longer evident; I seem more awake. My eyes are clearer, and you focus on them.

It's almost like magic.