Virtual Color Analysis With Joan Kosmachuk

Happy Thursday ladies. Today is part four of my series on virtual personal color analysis. I will share my thoughts in a wrap-up post next week because I want you to see what I was presented and decide for yourself. This week it’s my Suzanne Caygill method virtual color analysis with Joan Kosmachuk.

Joan trained and mentored in the Suzanne Caygill method of Seasonal Color Analysis who’s underlying theory is that our hair, skin, and eyes create a beautiful inherent color harmony. This intersects with our energy, personality, facial structure, and other physical characteristics. All these factors are taken into account to determine your most flattering colors.CLOSE UP OF EYE

This analysis worked slightly differently. I sent Joan two photos. One of my bare face in bright light with my hair covered and one close-up of my eye. We spoke on the zoom for about an hour so she could see me, ask questions, and get a feel for my energy/personality. Several weeks later we did a zoom call to discuss her conclusions.

soft bright color palette


Here is some of what Joan sent me-

“You are dominantly cool and neutral with a little warmth. You are low-medium contrast. Your colors are middle value, clear or milky. Your classic (and casual) style has an elevated simplicity, with a touch of lighthearted piquancy.” – Joan

fashion blogger Jennifer Connolly wearing cool clear colors
“If we compare cool, clear, tinted, or milky colors (above) on you versus those that are pure colors below, we see that in the above photos YOU are seen first. These colors connect to and express your energy without overpowering you.”- Joan
fashion blogger Jennifer Connolly wearing pure colors
“Some of your colors are softer, milkier,(below) but they still connect to your strong, bright energy and we still see you.” -Joan
Joan decided that even though my coloring is soft and somewhat muted, I have the energy of a Spring. She typed me as a Sophisticated Spring who wears the coolest of the spring tones. She believes I need to wear clear, tinted colors. I can wear softer colors but if they’re too muted they won’t connect with my energy/personality and tend to make me look invisible.
You can read more about Joan’s Virtual Seasonal color analysis here, and the rest of her services here.
So what do you think?

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  1. Louise
    September 20, 2020 / 10:53 am

    I recently had an online analysis with the “Style Yourself Confident” gal in the UK. Very reasonably priced! She does the seasonal analysis along with also tonal analysis which I had never heard of before. If you don’t fit into the seasonal summer or spring, autumn or winter, she has the warm or bright or cool, soft/muted, light or deep families which can give a larger variety of flattering colors.

  2. Lesley
    September 20, 2020 / 7:00 am

    I’ve been following this project with interest and of the four sessions I think this is probably the best yet. However, I am coming down on the side of the fence that (as we say in the UK) says,”this is money for old rope”. I would be very interested to know the cost of each session when you report back on your final findings.

    I have seen Colour Me Beautiful used by the company I used to work for. The subject in question was a male who it was thought would never reach his full potential unless he had some help – it was more to do with how to dress for all occasions rather than colours but they did a splendid job of turning the man from a shy duckling into a self-confident swan and ever since I’ve always thought kindly of the company when the subject of “finding your colours” comes up.

  3. Pam Sledge
    September 19, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    This is the winner for me!

  4. Julie Traxler
    September 19, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Hi Jennifer ,
    Those first pictures are amazing! The pink and periwinkle really make you look alive. Incorporating your personality is genius. Cute, cute, cute!!!!

  5. Mary
    September 18, 2020 / 4:25 pm

    I agree that you received the best news from the last colorist! You shine in all the outfits from the first set of photos. You are wearing the clothes, they are not wearing you. You look fantastic. May I say, even younger. I had my colors done 4 years ago and it has made shopping so much easier and I feel good wearing the colors of my season.

  6. Diane S.
    September 18, 2020 / 6:10 am

    This is the best one of the four! Very interesting how she had you send a close up of your eye. Looking forward to your wrap up post next week to hear your thoughts.

  7. Carrie
    September 17, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    I first read your post when I woke up this morning at 6. I studied all of your pictures carefully and then decided to think about it for the day and came back and looked again.

    For me I have more questions. While I can agree that the first row of pictures you look great in, the second row of pictures are smaller scale for the most part and the deep red one is a bit blown out. I do notice the clothing more in those but is it because your head is so much smaller in those pics and the clothes have more prominence? The third row you don’t look as vibrant as the first but in most of those pics you aren’t making eye contact with the camera, in fact it’s only in the first row that you are making eye contact. Did you choose these pics or did she choose them from your blog? If a person was doing her consult and didn’t colour their hair would she allow you to leave your hair uncovered? If you don’t have access to a blog full of pictures of yourself would you be required to take and send some pics?

    I guess most of all I’m surprised by the colours I felt were missing from your new palette and I’m totally confused going by all I have learned over the years in seasonal colour analysis how you could be both a spring and a summer or cool and warm in this analysis. Wouldn’t that just make you neutral? I also don’t see/understand how being classified a certain season type gives us a certain personality? Personality is formed by so much more than our clothing and colours we choose in my opinion.

    Also your eye colour looks different on my iPhone to my mac computer. On one you have blue eyes and on the other they are more green. I guess because you do wear a lot of blue, I assumed they were blue!

    ACK! Unlike the majority here, I feel none the wiser! I can’t wait till I hear your summation of all you learned. So thankful you are doing this. Colour theory is an obsession of mine and this has really put my little grey cells to the test!

  8. Anne
    September 17, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    Totally agree! You really shine in the first row. (You can wear all the colors that I can’t wear – I’m an autumn and do best with olive and orange).

  9. Donna
    September 17, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    Thanks for doing this very interesting exercise for us. The last one is the easiest to follow online as the aha moment is visible. As a sister Spring, I was surprised to see your pallete as it is missing all the greens and yellow in your eyes. ( and why Red Leopard pegged you as Autumn). I always thought you had gray green eyes since your glasses are that color and you wear so much blue and many muted denim pieces. Your colors are clear but not too bright or pastel. My key take-away is how important your contrast level is here. Those really dark and saturated jewel tones do not relate to your coloring in any way. What is your “new” black? And should you have more contrast in your hair? You must flow into summer. Great fun. Thanks.

  10. Dawn
    September 17, 2020 / 2:29 pm

    Hi, I must agree with the majority of the ladies here and with the color consultant. I was typed as a “Light Summer” three years ago by a 12 Blueprints color analyst, in person. Many years ago, I was typed as a “Vivid Summer” by a Carole Jackson, Color Me Beautiful, analyst, in person. Those are basically the same thing, meaning the brightest of the summer colors. I have very similar coloring to you, except that I don’t have quite as much warmth in my eyes. We also have similar color hair. I can tell how light your hair is by the tone of your eyebrows. I think you look so nice and so vibrant in those brighter blues, pinks and greens. I wonder if you can wear yellow and some of the brighter and lighter greens, bordering on a pale lime? I also agree that your coloring is definitely cool, but a bit into the “spring” type colors. You look wonderful in those shades! I must say also, that this lady charges an arm and a leg for a virtual analysis. Mine was only half that and was done in person! Lol. Well, good luck buying clothes or continuing to wear what you like. 🙂

  11. Pat
    September 17, 2020 / 2:28 pm

    I’m so glad you did this comparison of color analysis. I think this is spot on for you

  12. Eve
    September 17, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    This one brought out your beautiful warm smile and friendly personality. She is right. I noticed you first and then how balanced everything seemed. She is definitely my favorite one. I think I’ll give it a go. It’s inspiring and a teachable moment to see the difference the right color can make.

  13. mimi
    September 17, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    When you take a picture without your hair showing & send off to these color consultants, do they ever suggest that your hair color needs to change to compliment your skin tone better? Do they suggest whether your eye glasses should blend in to your skin tone or stand out to be frames for your eyes? I ask because I’m not seeing this in the various posts. Also do they tell you to go with silver or white gold versus gold jewelry ?

  14. Denise Lampron
    September 17, 2020 / 10:51 am

    This is the best color analysis of the four. Joan did an excellent job of explaining her choices and giving you the colors that represent you, your energy and personality. Fantastic job, Joan. I’d definitely recommend you for a color analysis.

  15. Valerie
    September 17, 2020 / 9:03 am

    Wow! So according to these experts you are everything under the sun except Winter. I guess that gives you lots of choices.

  16. Kathy Campbell
    September 17, 2020 / 8:53 am

    I really like the way Joan explained her analysis. You look beautiful in the first row of pics…..just lovely. The second row shows how those strong saturated colors overwhelm you ( although they are my colors!) . The third row certainly works as well. Your research proves that color definitely has an impact. Of course we can all wear whatever we like……but some choices are certainly more flattering than others! Great job. Looking forward to YOUR conclusions.

  17. Dawn
    September 17, 2020 / 8:49 am

    She is spot on! You are wearing the clothes in the top photos, they aren’t wearing you! I have similar coloring, hair and eye color and I look best in blues, greens, periwinkle, grays and pinks. I favor navy over black. You look gorgeous!

  18. Mary
    September 17, 2020 / 8:39 am

    This all makes sense to me. I have the same coloring as you, and the colors shown are my go to colors!! I feel best in almost any shade of blue or purple.

  19. Francesca B.
    September 17, 2020 / 8:34 am

    Am I the only one “in the room” who finds this color analysis thing a bit limiting and dare i say it dull? Of course I make mistakes buying the wrong color sometimes due to fashion, or whim or where I am in the moment, but overall I trust my instincts more than some stranger and a computer analysis. I like choosing my own clothes and finding quirky, “off the beaten path” things out of the norm that say something about my character.
    I think you look wonderful Jennifer in all your choices, love your style.
    Vive la difference (somewhere on this keyboard is the accent) as the saying goes! Embrace life!

  20. marlene alves
    September 17, 2020 / 8:31 am

    Agree, agree, agree…TOTALLY right on…!!!!

    So glad you offered this “visual” as a teaching tool, Jennifer; would like to add: when one sees the outfit first and the person second (not so great). When one sees the person first and the clothes second (not so great). When one sees the “whole package” in a harmonious flow…just right!

    The right (flattering) colors makes all the difference when purchasing clothing & they will mix & match…..best use of $$$.

    The contrasting images in these photos is a terrific example…you look MAHVALOUS, my dear!

  21. Phyllis Hughes
    September 17, 2020 / 8:18 am

    I agree that this is the best one, but the colors given to you really seem more Summer colors than Spring colors. I was also struck that the colors you were given are pre-dominantly Blue and Blue-green with just a smattering of Pink and Grey. It is more limited than most color palettes I have seen. I am eager to read what you have to say on the different color palettes.

  22. Sharon Satterfield
    September 17, 2020 / 8:18 am

    Amazingly spot on!

  23. Krista
    September 17, 2020 / 7:49 am

    My sister, I and my mom had our colors done 45 years ago. Yes that’s right. Our consultant was spot on and I have used her analysis ever since when purchasing items for my wardrobe. This has actually stretched my wardrobe to twice the combinations I can wear.

    Your last analysis was spot on. As we age our skin gets thin and shallow so the colors she picked for your are true compliments to your undertones.

  24. Elizabeth
    September 17, 2020 / 7:46 am

    This one really is very clear, that first row of pictures YOU really shine! Can’t wait to follow your journey as you transform your closet!

  25. Suzi
    September 17, 2020 / 7:41 am

    I’m with the crowd! DITTO DITTO DITTO. First time I have ever considered a color analysis.

  26. Yvonne
    September 17, 2020 / 7:25 am

    I agree with the others, this was the best analysis yet. And probably the closest to an in person consultation, as she took the time and effort to go through all your photos to show examples. It also feels more personalized than the others.
    I just wish she hadn’t called this pallet “spring” as in my mind I think of the traditional warm, spring colours, which this is not. But, that’s just me.
    And yes, you shine in the colours in the first row of examples.

  27. Joanna
    September 17, 2020 / 7:20 am

    “Pictures are worth a thousand words” The series of pictures make it so obvious. Time to clear out your closet of all the clothes that are hiding you and focus on bright, clear colours that highlight your beauty.

  28. Linda Henderson
    September 17, 2020 / 7:18 am

    She’s right on the money!

  29. Fran
    September 17, 2020 / 7:08 am

    I love these colors on you.
    The explanations of color value are good. Now I see why although I buy strong, clear colored sweaters, I end up not wearing them. And when I wear too pale colors, they wash me out, making me unnoticeable.
    These are great photos to show me the difference. I’m looking forward to reading all about your final decisions!

  30. Rose
    September 17, 2020 / 6:49 am

    I agree with everyone that she really nailed it. Those colors really do show your energy! Looking forward to the next installment.

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