Words by Renée Palkovsky | Photos by Ashley Batz
Vérité means truth. To be true about your colors, is to be true with yourself. When you let go of what the outside world expects, demands or enforces on you, you let go of resistance. You come back to the roots of your tone and you are your authentic self. Authenticity is a word and a state that is rare to be witnessed in today’s day and age. From a deeper level, the subconscious longs to have that kind of connection with oneself, to feel in harmony between your inner and outer world. To be truthful to yourself.
We sat down with Brenda Cooper, Emmy award winning Stylist and color expert to shed light on why one must live within their shades.
Being in touch with your colors does not have to stop in the clothing department. In fact, it is encouraged that you live, breath, and eat according to your chroma as it influences your mood. If you fall under “soft autumn”, truly embody the blossom of the palest lilac with strokes of it throughout your apartment, and your core will instantly feel at home. Or if you’re a “true winter”, indulge in a bowl of delicious raspberry sorbet to lighten the mood. It is a scientific theory that color is a vibration, and that everything in our world holds vibration. When you synchronize these waves with your colors, that is when you will truly discover its power.
A white walled room occupied with trestles of hanging color-coordinated garments sit alongside copious options of hue-specific drapes; this is the humble abode of a color expert. The nature of ones eyes are engaged by curiosity. The wonderment of where one lives in the world of color, where one’s sanctuary lies. But the answer has already been given and the key to finding one’s color is a simple process. The answer lies within, and your immaculately composed complexion will guide you to your harmonious color palette.
The process goes as such: every color in the world has a place in mathematical space and every person in the world has a different place in that mathematical space. Albert Muncul even arranged color into mathematical order. Therefore there is no one right color for the human race, despite what fashion’s trend forecasters may try to persuade you. Through this process, one will discover that it isn’t about wearing the colors that you are told to wear by the greater fashion gods or even the colors that you are drawn towards. Yes black, we are talking to you. In the studio of a color specialist, you and the specialist wear a specific color of grey (this grey provides a neutral color space) as you are taken through multiple steps. The exploration begins with putting your hands on color cards to start to familiarize and identify the changes that occur to your skin’s appearance as you filter through a variety of colors. Ever noticed that some days you look in the mirror the bags under your eyes are extremely prominent even though you hit the pillow before the double digits? The palette you are wearing is most likely the culprit. Along with those unwanted big, dark circles, the colors you wear can also age your face by emphasizing wrinkles and creases. The wrong ones can suck the life from that brilliant natural pigmentation. Once found, there is no limit to where you apply this life hack. It’s encouraged to start fresh with your cosmetics and think again before dying your hair the wrong color tone.