It was long thought that a person’s colouring remained the same their entire lives. Once a Spring, always a Spring. That myth has been debunked. We now know that a person’s colouring does in fact change with time, beginning in midlife.
How and why does our colouring change?
There are a number of reasons why our colouring begins to change in our midlife. Firstly, and most crucial, our skin tone begins to change. Not only do we develop sun spots and wrinkles, but the colour of our undertone changes as well. Depending on the person, the undertone can either become cooler, or warmer, although it is typical for the skin to become cooler. This is the most telling sign of a persons changing colouration.
Other ways that our colouring changes in midlife is our eyes – they often loose their intensity and colour. We’re not talking about a green eye going grey, but rather a green eye dulling in hue. Also, our hair naturally greys, exhibiting another loss of colour. Yes, grey hair can be died, but there’s not much to be done about a changing undertone of the skin!
Queen Elizabeth is the perfect example of someone’s colours changing over time. When she was young, the Queen has rich auburn hair and bright blue eyes; she was Warm, Clear and Bright (or a Clear Spring). Over time and especially approaching her midlife, her hair began to grey, her eyes paled, and she lost her once high contrast between her skin and hair colour. Her skin has also “greyed” significantly and she’s lost some warmth in her skin. Due to this changing colouration, she no longer looks excellent in the bright colours she used to wear when she was young, but rather has switched to a more “Cool and Muted” wardrobe.
What does this mean for you?
Your changing colouration shouldn’t concern you or make you self-conscious. It is something that happens naturally over time, and can be boosted by wearing the right makeup. Many women fail to ignore this changing colouration, however, and continue to use the same makeup in the same colours that they have their whole life. Just like wearing the wrong colours clothing-wise, wearing the wrong colours make-up wise can make you look off, tired, and not your graceful self.
Don’t worry – that’s where I come in! As a specialist in makeup for midlife (and as someone who is very interested in colour analysis) I can certainly help you overcome this obstacle!