How Does Your Colouring Change As You Age?


Last week, Jill and I discussed how personal colour analysis systems work and some of the changes that have been made to them over time.  In this video, Jill Chivers of Shop Your Wardrobe and I discuss how our colouring changes as we age.

How have you noticed that your colouring has changed?  I’ve noticed that my skin is much darker now (though I’m still pale, I used to be snowy white).  My hair is now fairly grey, though it used to be almost black, and my eyes are no longer as bright and blue as they were when I was younger.


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  • You have fantastic blog. It has taught me a lot. The way we change as we grow older, is that a uniform change? I mean, do all springs turn into autumns and winters change into summer?

    • Josephine, the reason I don’t use the seasons as they are way too limited. People change differently. Some people just become a more muted version of what they were. Some become lighter too. Others change from warm to cool as well as becoming more muted. Then as we keep ageing, some become a little brighter and lighter. So the answer to your question is no. Some springs will mute down and become light autumn, some may become more like summer. Some Winters will stay dark and then become smoky, others will lighten.

  • Hi Imogen,

    Reading the above comments, I was wondering, naturals are generally put into autumn colours. What if you are a natural type person, ie: generally don’t wear jewellery or nail polish and prefer your hair soft, free and flowing and yet are have changed from golden brown and golden toned skin to an elegant palette? As in your discussion on texture of skin, ie: sheen, matt etc., I have a matt skin and my skin tone lends itself to warm stones and wooden bangles which I wear on occasion, yet these are considered an accessory for autumn toned or warm toned women generally. Yet, when I was at a jewellers recently with a lovely voucher given me, I looked for a long time and then asked the elderly assistant with a good deal of knowledge what she would recommend for me and she took me to Cognac diamonds, smoky quartz, beige pearls, muted pink pearls and wood & stone elements. How do you incorporate these into a elegant, muted winter palette and still maintain a natural style? Questions, questions, questions…

  • I always had dark brown eyes and now they look more hazel. Years ago when I was in my 30’s/40’s, I had my colors done by Color Me Beautiful and came out to be a high contrast COOL. Now many years late in my 70’s, I am a WARM.

  • Hey!
    If you could enlighten about how the needs in hair coloration vary with age.
    Also, what differences are there between coloring of darker shades of hair, like black and brown in comparison to coloring of lighter hair colors like Blonde?

    • Hi Simone, I’m not a hairdresser so can’t give you specifics about the chemical reactions that happen – I suggest you ask your hairdresser. I do know from my own experience that grey/white hair doesn’t take colour as easily as hair with pigment does – which changes the formulas hairdressers use.

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