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Training the "Good Eye"

At FSI we train our consultants to have a “good eye” and to have an immediate, instinctual recall of a visual subject or object such as an historic dress or a certain body type. In this article we are going to look closely at how one develops a good eye for color.

Star Essay "Why I Want to Be a Color Analysis Consultant"

Editors note: As part of their certification course FSI students are asked to write short essays.  This week Carol Parker Walsh shares her essay with us.

Color is a powerful phenomenon. Color can inspire a mood, increase an appetite, evoke nostalgia, create tranquility, promote trust, move energy, and build the foundation of a wardrobe. These are the things that drew me to learn more about color and color analysis. I want to be a Certified Color Consultant to gain a solid foundational understanding of the use of color in fashion styling and how it can serve as a vehicle for my clients to find their best color.

The impact of finding the right color can be transformational and life changing. It will not only influence how you move and present yourself in the world, it will influence others’ perceptions of you as well.  With an enhanced self-image, clients will gain greater self-confidence and self-esteem. This in turn will help them achieve their desired goals. Color can truly be powerful. In the short time I’ve been in this course I’ve shared what I’ve learned about color and what wearing the right color can do; the reception has been quite positive.

My goal is to incorporate color analysis in my overall Image Consulting practice in order to provide a full and complete service to my clients. I also hope to create seminars on the power and use of color in wardrobe planning for professionals, college graduates, and teens.

Thank you Carol for sharing your words with us! Team FSI

Preview My New Book

Greetings consultants and students, I am so thrilled to let you know that my new book "How to Do a Color Analysis" is going to press and will be published by April 5th, 2011.  It will be available at on that date.  Here is a teaser excerpt for you from Chapter 3!!

.....Begin your color analysis practice by investing in high quality tools and supplies.  In this chapter I detail the tools you will need, and where to get them.  Have everything ready before you start working with clients.

 Your work space needs to be clean, quiet and private.  You will need natural lighting or natural light fluorescent bulbs if working indoors.  Have all your forms ready for the client and have a clipboard for her to use.  Make sure the room isn't too cold or hot and provide drinks. 

 Make sure that you have set up a private space with natural lighting for the color analysis.  I use a swivel chair and place the client in front of a large mirror.  I work from behind so I can reach the color drapes over her head and under her chin. 

 Be sure to advise your client prior to her session not to wear any makeup and to set her appointment with  you when her colored hair has at least a half inch of grow-out at the roots.  These two key points help you to make a correct analysis.  You'll find a complete list of pre-appointment "to-do's" in the forms section of Chapter 5....