The Hunt for the Perfect Colour

I’ve been on a hunt.  A long hunt.  An expensive hunt.  And I’ve nearly captured my prey – the perfect Shellac nail polish colour.

Now, I don’t know about you, but finding a signature lip colour and nail varnish colour is tricky and elusive.  Hands up everybody who has a cupboard full of lipsticks (or has thrown away virtually unused lipsticks) because they didn’t quite turn out to be the colour they appeared to be when you smeared a stripe across the back of your hand?  Not a surprise really, the skin on your hands and lips are two entirely different colours that will influence the way a lipstick appears on you.  Even when you let the assistants on the cosmetic counters in department stores carry out a makeover it doesn’t always seem to be the same colour when you get home – mostly because application using a lip brush isn’t as heavy as when you use the lipstick directly.

Understanding the difference between cool and warm colours and the undertone of your own skin is a huge step forward in finding a colour that works well for you, but, as with everything I ever say or write about colour, you have three elements to consider in colour theory:  the Depth, Undertone and Clarity of your personal colouring – and if you change an element, like your hair colour, you may need to reconsider clothes and make-up that previously worked for you.

Another factor in choosing a lipstick colour for many women is how white your teeth look when it is applied.  Your teeth will always look whiter if you choose a darker blue toned red lipstick – but that colour might do nothing for you in any other way – so forget that belief.  Part of the Colour Analysis consultation is to see yourself in Colour Me Beautiful make-up that complements you.  The number of times that I’ve had women saying “I normally can’t find a lipstick I like, but that really suits me”  – No shit!  It is the purpose of the consultation to find what works for you after all…. 😀

However, there are also a number who say “That’s not me” and that can fall into two categories: those who are very wedded to a particular lipstick colour (even if it is wrong for them), and those who don’t want to wear a lipstick which draws attention to their lips – nude tones are safe and allow you to hide, and a bright lipstick can be seen as very provocative (although not everybody can wear a very bright lipstick).  One thing is for sure, as you age, your lip colour fades which can be ageing, and a splash of lippy makes you look more youthful.

Another thing is for sure, find a lipstick or nail varnish you love (even a Colour Me Beautiful lipstick) and it’s likely to be discontinued at some point 🙁

So, back to my Shellac nail polish hunt….  If you don’t know what Shellac is, this is from their website:

“CND Shellac Power Polish™ is a breakthrough, patent-pending technology that combines the ease of polish with the performance of gels. No other products in the market can stand up to the claims – 14+ Day Wear. Mirror Shine. Zero Dry Time. No Nail Damage.* (Really!)”

Applied correctly, you do get two weeks of wear out of a single application – probably more but you end up with a lot of regrowth visible.  Shellac is a bit of a faff on to apply and remove from your nails, and expensive, but compare that to trying to get normal nail varnish to dry without smudging and chipping within a couple of days, it’s definitely worth it.  I decided to invest in my own UV light so the biggest cost now is my time – I can rarely complete my nails in less than two hours but that’s two hours every two weeks, instead of two hours every 3-4 days as you try to avoid picking anything up till normal nail varnish has set hard.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy blog post - "The Hunt for the Perfect Colour"

Comparing Shellac Fine Vermillion against Rimmel’s Potion – nearly there!

I have gone through several Shellac colours, thinking they looked good from the bottle, but knowing in my heart of hearts that they weren’t quite right because I’m actually looking for a match to a colour that I love.

Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Potion.

Another beautiful colour that was discontinued, but I managed to find a few bottles of it on Ebay and have stored in my fridge for the last few years.  It’s getting very gloopy now, and I don’t know what I’ll do when it finally runs out, but this is the colour that I always paint my toenails.  One coat dried with no risk of smudging within 5 minutes.  It is marvellous but there isn’t enough to use it on my fingernails too and it doesn’t have the same glossy finish and wear as Shellac.

Checking the latest colour collection, I was excited to find Shellac “Fine Vermillion” and I’d say I’m getting close to Potion.  If nothing else, it’s the perfect colour for a sunny summer.

Do you have a favourite or signature lip or nail colour?  Or have you never been able to find one?  Leave a comment below – or book in for a Make-Up prescription and we’ll find that perfect colour for you 😀

 

 

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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

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