I NEED TO SEE SOME COLOUR

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I don’t know about you but I’m sick to death of dark grey days, no sun and everyone walking around wrapped in layers of brown, black and more black.

Even The Oscars – the one red carpet even where you expect to see some real, old fashioned, knock ’em’ dead, Hollywood glamour – was a sorry parade of neutrals and pinks that were so shy they might as well have been white. Notable exceptions were the gorgeous Sally Field in Valentino Red, miles of skirt and demure sleeves and, two decades younger, Jennifer Aniston also in Valentino Red. Anne Hathaway – who decided against Valentino at the last minute – went for Prada and ended up looking sicker than Fantine ever did. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior was like a wee kid in her mum’s wedding dress and don’t start me on Jessica Chastain, all that wonderful hair and flawless skin and …… blaw, the totally washed out excuse for a gown.

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Why are we so afraid of colour and why does every woman in the world think that neutrals are safe and suit everyone? They don’t. Why are our wardrobes filled with black? Navy (French Navy this spring) is a million times kinder and really does suit just about everyone – don’t overload navy or you go from chic to granny in a time unit too short to measure. Why are we convinced that bright colours only look good on darker skin tones? Jessica Chastain in Emerald Green (another colour that’s big this spring) looks like the true screen goddess she is.

I’m not suggesting that we wake up tomorrow and go all out Mardi Gras, but spring’s coming (I hope) so could we just brighten up a bit?

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Unsurprisingly green is big this spring, from Emerald right through Light ‘new leaf’ to Soft, Dusty Grey/Jade. Blues are taking in French Navy, Blue/Black and Dusty Bright Blue. And Pale Sienna (almost terracotta but not as hard edged), Poppy Red, Citrus Yellow (not neon, never neon) and Pale Violet and Blush Pink are good accent choices.

Here’s the thing; if you’re colour phobic, start small. Experiment with a scarf or a shirt – you’ll be delighted by the reaction even a hint of colour gets. Once you feel a bit bolder, add more colour. It’s simple, we’ve all got a colour palette and that palette has endless shades, learn what works for you and, really important, what makes you feel good and then be creative.

So what’s going to work for you? A Colour Analysis is a really quick and effective way to get to know your personal palette. We’re all quite instinctive about colour whether we know it or not and you’ve probably already got things in your wardrobe you bought just because you liked the colour. And you’ll definitely have clothes you don’t wear because they feel tired or you’re tired of them. A Colour Analysis isn’t about throwing everything away and starting again, it’s about making everything work a lot harder and giving your wardrobe a new lease of life by adding ‘your colours’ into the mix.

And after all that finger wagging No. 1 on my Wish List this spring is a Linen Pink Chloe Jacket – rules are made to be broken!

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THIS WEEK I FOUND ……..old school still wins

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The Big 3 that took everyone through every Fashion Week this February whether they were in London, Paris, Milan or New York were Water Mists, Hairspray and Concealer.

Even the youngest and freshest models began to look about tired and frayed round about the middle of the month. Good old fashioned concealer was the go-to fast-fix for everyone’s dark eyes. One of the favourites for a real quick hit was L’Oreal BB Nude Magique Concealer, rolls on, matches all skin types and has caffeine for an instant de-puffing and brightening boost.

Coconut Water was just about everyone’s drink of choice, but the fall back for thirsty skin was tried and trusted water mist. Spray of choice was super kind, Avene Eau Thermale developed specially for sensitive skins and packaged to stay cool even in high temperatures.

And finally, hairspray, cans and cans and cans of the stuff. Nice to see that it’s still Elnette that holds a special place in just about every hairdresser’s heart.