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Colour Me Beautiful: Expert guidance to help you feel confident and look great Paperback – 1 Mar 2010


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600620808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600620808
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fully revised and updated edition of the hugely successful Colour Me Confident, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Over 1 million British women and men have used Colour Me Beautiful as image consultants since 1983. The expert authors from Colour Me Beautiful are frequently called on to give style advice in the national media.

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Colour Me Beautiful is the recognized leader in personal and corporate image consulting, with over 1,000 studios around the world. Established in 1983, Colour Me Beautiful constantly researches the image and style needs of today's women and men and updates its advice to meet ever-changing demands.

Colour Me Beautiful is the recognized leader in personal and corporate image consulting,with over 1,000 studios around the world. Established in 1983, Colour Me Beautiful constantly researches the image and style needs of today's women and men and updates its products to meet ever-changing demands.Pat Henshaw, MFIC, has worked in the image-consulting industry for over 30 years and joined Colour Me Beautiful in 1988 as its senior trainer. She has been instrumental in developing the corporate and men's divisions of Colour Me Beautiful. Pat is co-author of Colour Me Beautiful, Colour Me Younger, Be a Beautiful Bride and Image Matters for Men.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Mar. 2010
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When this arrived in the post I chastised myself for buying yet another beauty book on a whim. But, I was pleasantly surprised.
I've tried to figure what "season" colouring I am before, but none seemed to fit. This book is different. There are six colour groups (light, deep, warm, cool, clear, soft), all with two further sub-categories. Each category has clearly laid out palette of 30 colours to suit your complexion, with 12 further shades in your subcategory, a guide for choosing make-up & a brief demonstration on putting it all together.
I also like that the models they use though out the book are ordinary women you'd meet on the street.
The second half of the book has an excellent guide on dressing for your body shape (I've bought Gok Wan's book, but this one chapter is far better), a guide to finding your style personality (creative, dramatic, romantic, classic, natural, city chic), making the most of your face shape & putting it all together.
An excellent guide for anyone who's unsure about what basic colours & styles suit them. Geared at a 30+ market I think, but I'm 25 & loved it.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DJ KING on 2 Jun. 2011
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Firstly, what is a man doing reviewing a book entitled Colour Me Beautiful? Many years ago, before I was married, I paid for a Man's Image consultation and was "diagnosed" as being a Cool Summer. Actually I had been wearing all the wrong colours. Anyway I was impressed with the consultation and the lady's knowledge. However, some years later I attempted to contact her again and discovered she had become very disgruntled with Colour Me Beautiful and had moved on to "better things" hence they put me in touch with another of their consultants nearer my home. I booked a revision with her and she stated that I had never been a Cool Summer but instead a Cool Winter!
After meeting my wife I suggested she have a consultation but instead we decided to buy this book. I then discovered that Colour Me Beautiful have changed their system and now include such characteristics as "soft, pale, clear, muted etc. etc." making it more confusing than ever. Another problem is that, in my copy of the book, many of the colours seem not to have printed well. For example, I still have my swatches from my consultations and the colours frequently differ from those printed in the book. Therefore, as most people have commented, I would recommend investing in a consultation with a suitable Company rather than relying on this book. Its main use would be as a revision guide if you have already had a professional consultation.
Most ladies seem far more intuitive than men when it comes to choosing the right colours and styles of clothes to wear although, of course, glaring mistakes can often be seen along any High Street. Another idea to make a consultation cheaper is to book as a group. Admittedly you would receive less one-to-one time but at least you would determine your colour Season. Only afterwards would I suggest buying this book. Hope this helps.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 7 April 2014
Format: Paperback
This 2014 edition of the UK Colour Me beautiful book is a good reminder that we may have to search around for style advice before finding what works well for us.
The main emphases here are on colour, body shape, personal style. I think the advice is poor.

Colour advice.
There doesn't seem to be any underlying reason for the different colour groups. i found earlier editions more helpful as they explain the differences, with types which include a secondary colour effect, such as warm colouring, mainly light, or warm colouring, more muted. Though for some reason they didn't include all the possible combinations (and I'm one of the ones they leave out).

As in 'Colour Me Younger', they barely mention people with grey hair, and completely ignore people with grey hair and warm-toned skin.

I find working directly with my hair, eyes, skin, blush, veins colours works much better for me than trying to fit myself into a set colour category. (And those colours don't appear in the CMB colour charts.)

Body shape
Some of the style guidance for body shape is very odd. Just one example : that poor girl who has to wear several striped tops which strain across her hips and droop everywhere else. Not in my view a good way of giving width to smaller shoulders. Makes me think the authors didn't actually look at people while writing.

If knowing what looks good on your body shape is an issue for you, the Flatter Your Figure workbook by Jan Larkey goes into much more detail and gives much better advice.

Personal style.
I like the inclusion of City Chic style - something that's important in Europe, and US stylists don't mention it.
Otherwise, for the styling in this book, they appear to have 'lost the plot'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blodwen on 13 Dec. 2011
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This book was recommended to me and I was a bit sceptical at first . Not for long ! It has given me assurance that I was already doing things right albeit unknown!! But has now given me new options and confidence to try new things . I have also started to be ruthless with clothes I don't wear or need ! Favourite : if you are a different size and haven't worn it in a year you don't need it!
The illustrations and colour plates are realistic and it is an easy to read and understand book once you determine what type you are and the photos of women are a miixture of glamour and ' normal ' with illustrations you can recognise . It is a book I would recommend for most ages but certainly to older women in their 60's like myself who no longer have the money to spend on impulse purchases !! A good investment .
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