David Zyla gives you a personal colour palette that is derived from the colours found in your body; the colour of your natural flush, your eyes, your hair and your skin. For the first hour or so of your session, David builds your palette, holding up paint chips to your face as he selects and refines your palette. The final hour is spent discussing your colours and how to use them, which of the 24 seasonal archetypes you belong to and style guidelines for the way to dress to flatter you best.
When he started selecting the wine and rose colours for my Romantic shades I could see I wasn't in the realms of Bright Winter any more. The Energy and Tranquil shades (taken from colours found in your eyes) sealed it. I wasn't terribly surprised when he revealed that in I am a Soft Winter. It's got very little in common with the SciArt Bright Winter colours, and the colours are the colours I have always been drawn to and liked; our living room is painted in my Energy colours and our bedroom in my Tranquil shades.
Romantic - the colour taken from your fingertips, natural flush or the inside of your lip. Your version of red. Mine is port.
Energy - taken from your eye (not the limbal ring). Your friendly and supportive colour - what you wear when you want to be there for someone or an occasion but not dominate it. Mine is a cool golden green, like a light olive. I knew I could wear this kind of colour well, and always found it hard to square with Bright Winter. Zazie - if you happen to read this, I think my lightest Energy is the kind of golden beige colour you are always trying to get me to wear as eyeshadow.
Tranquil - also taken from your eye. You at your most relaxed and laid back. Mine is slate, going down to a muted sea green.
Dramatic - taken from the colour of your veins. Your version of blue. One of your 'look at me' colours, along with your Romantic. Mine is peacock.
First Base - your most formal neutral, from your limbal ring. Mine is black, and can we have a 'heck yes' for black because it is very easy to find.
Second Base - from the darker shades in your hair, your version of brown (which for some people is aubergine, gold, rust etc). A more relaxed neutral. Mine are rose-beige shades. I'm pretty sure my hair goes darker than this, but David doesn't always follow the guidelines in his books literally when he picks palettes for clients and anyway I love these shades - hello taupes.
Third Base - the lightest shades in your hair, your version of khaki, your most relaxed neutral. Mine is platinum.
Pastels - lighter versions of your 'colours' - good for summer holidays etc.
Metals - to be used as accents/ for accessories etc. I can wear silver and platinum, brushed or etched are better than shiny. Organic shapes and textures.
You can try to find your own palette with the guidance of David's Book, The Color of Style. You may not get the exact same colours as David would chose for you (sometimes he doesn't follow the guidance in the book exactly and might pick a lighter Energy and darker Tranquil from the eye for example - if those colours feel more energetic/tranquil to him) but you can get to a palette that is better than wearing random colours. For me, it was worth paying to see him in person though; it confirmed the softer colours I'd always loved were right for me, but also explained how I could be a winter but still suit the softer shades. I had a number of sweaters and tops I just couldn't bring myself to let go of following my Bright Winter draping and they all match my Zyla colours.
I think my skin is Bright in SciArt terms, but the Zyla Soft Winter palette fits better with my overall colouring, preference and personality.