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How to Prepare your Colour Client

Before giving a colour consultation it is important to determine factors such as skin tone and colour type, learn the basics to give an honest, professional diagnosis.

Observe your client’s overall look, are they wearing the clothes or are the clothes wearing them? The correct colours should enhance natural features and colour type and not detract from them.

A good tip is to use a cape or large piece of fabric in a neutral colour to wrap around the upper body of your client; this will ensure that your diagnosis is not influenced by the colour of your client’s clothes. Using a variation of warm and cool coloured fabrics in the same way should also help to identify colour type; the correct colours should be immediately obvious.


Take note if your client is wearing yellow, rose, white gold or platinum; if the colour stands out then they may actually be the opposite colour type. Jewellery should normally complement the natural skin tone and not contrast with it, for example if a client is a cool colour type and they are wearing yellow gold, the colour will be the first thing you notice. If possible, remove large chunky earrings or other jewellery that may get in the way before proceeding.

Remember that a client’s personal taste may not be consistent with their colour type. Be careful not to openly disagree with a client or tell them that they are wrong. Suggest trying an alternative colour, and then leave them to draw their own conclusions! Remember to always be supportive.

Strong make-up (bright lipstick or eye shadow) can be a distraction and ideally should be removed to give the best possible diagnosis, however a client may be uncomfortable with this. Always analyse skin type by examining the neck or inside of the arm where the skin tone is likely to be unaffected by make-up or sunlight.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can influence the natural colour of the eyes and should be removed if possible.