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frequently asked questions

do you think most people know what colors look good on them?

I think most people have an idea of a few colors that they know look good and they are drawn to. The personal color analysis identifies not only those colors, but a whole range of colors in every shade.  Most clients feel a connection to their colors when they see the swatch book for the first time, and are not aware that there are so many colors that work for them!

i’m afraid you will tell me I can’t wear black.

I don’t like to tell anyone they can’t do anything! Personal color analysis is ultimately a freeing experience rather than a limiting one. Black is actually an asset for many of my clients and less so for others. There are many misperceptions about black – “it makes me look thinner”, “it goes with everything”, etc. However, black does not harmonize with many other colors and can actually make certain body shapes look larger rather than thinner. The color analysis will include strategies for incorporating black into a wardrobe depending on the clients preferences.

how does a tan affect a personal color analysis?

Having natural color on your face from regular exposure to sun does not affect the outcome of a personal color analysis. However, if you have a deep tan from a tanning salon, I prefer that you wait a week or two before doing a color analysis. Our harmonious colors don’t change when you have a tan, but you may find you will be more interested in wearing certain colors when you have a tan and others when you don’t.  

do our colors change as we age?

Due to the fact that most of clients who had their colors analyzed several decades ago were analyzed with the more limited 4 season system, we don’t have good data yet to be sure if the colors are different or if the more fine tuned 12 season system just has created different results.  However, it seems that most people agree that what once worked for them does not necessarily work anymore…there seems to be a softening process as we age. The seasonal tone might not change, but you may wear different colors within the palette for best results.

what age do you recommend for a young person to have an analysis?

Color analysis can be beneficial to men and women of every age, but because so much is changing and evolving during the adolescent years, I prefer to wait until a young person is in his/her teens. 

is this my color?  (frequently heard at social gatherings)

This question is asked of me nearly every time I meet someone new and they find out that I am a color analyst! During a color analysis you will see that there are thousands of colors in our natural world and a shade or two off can make all the difference. While you may look lovely in a color, we can find a shade that is just a bit brighter or just a bit darker that looks so much better than the first. So, it’s nearly impossible to be sure if a color is the best color for you without a color analysis. 

why does a color analysis take so long?

The scientific testing that we do during the color analysis is very fine tuned and requires comparing and contrasting many versions of different colors to be sure that the perfect balance of dark vs. light, bright vs. soft, and warm vs. cool is achieved. Once we determine your harmonious colors, we spend some time on how to wear the colors, what colors will work in your hair, what cosmetics are best for your coloring and features, etc.

do you also do personal color analysis for men?

Yes!  While women seem more likely to come in for a color analysis, men should be equally interested in knowing what colors work for them. Men of all professions can benefit, but especially those in management, sales, teaching, or any profession that requires speaking, leadership, selling etc.  

do you do color analysis for groups?

Because of the detailed and thorough way a color analysis is done, an ideal group is 2-3 people.  A group of 3 should plan on at least 3 hours for the entire session. Groups of 2 or 3 will be offered a discounted rate on the cost of the color analysis.

what is the cost of a personal color analysis at indigo tones?

A personal color analysis for females is $225. The color analysis is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. It is the equivalent of a couple of hair color appointments, one massage, two sweaters that might sit in your closet unworn…….etc. The personal color swatch book valued at $85 is included in your analysis, as well as a hair color consultation, a cosmetics consultation, and a personality style consultation. Wearing the colors that harmonize with your coloring means that you will need fewer clothes, fewer cosmetics, and will save time and money by only shopping for what works for you.

do your cosmetics have SPF?

Sun protection is a natural gift of mineral powders. mineral products range from an SPF of 17 to 24 depending on the method of application. Micronized titanium dioxide reflects ultraviolet rays from the skin while micronized zinc oxide absorbs light, shielding the skin from the suns harmful rays. Iron oxide in combination with zinc oxide enhances the effectiveness of zinc oxide's sun protection abilities, boosting the SPF factor even higher. Many plastic surgeons and dermatologists look to mineral makeup for sun protection because minerals protect (and do not irritate) the skin. Mineral powders give essential protection without the risk of an adverse reaction. Additionally, mineral powders are extremely water resistant making them an ideal product for humid climates and active lifestyles.

are indigo tones products paraben free?

Yes Indigo Tones Cosmetics products are paraben Free.  Know that words like "natural" and "organic" does not mean paraben-free.  Parabens have been replaced with ingredients like grapefruit seed extract and Vitamin E in many cosmetics and essential oils like cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon and tea tree are being distilled and turned into natural preservatives.

are indigo tones products talc free?

The minerals are talc-free, bismuth oxychloride-free, fragrance-free, dye-free and non-comedogenic.  They provide long-lasting coverage with a lightweight, natural look and feel.  Their exceptional adherence and crease resistance will keep makeup looking fresh all day. 

are indigo tones products gluten free?

Indigo Tones do not contain, nor are manufactured with gluten (wheat, barley, rye, or oats).

do you test on animals?

Indigo Tones is committed to creating cosmetic products of the finest quality. To that end, our products are made from naturally derived ingredients with a long history of safe use. Prior to our uses of them, many of our ingredients have already been thoroughly tested for safety and are present on the FDA's list of "generally recognized as safe" substances (the GRAS list). 
Our products are not tested on animals. When it is necessary to test new ingredients, we utilize in vitro testing protocols, which have been, and continue to be, developed as alternatives to the standard animal models. In vitro ("in glass") means that tests are performed in a laboratory simulation and not on living subjects. Additionally, we have had customers and employees test products for us after preliminary in vitro tests on these products have confirmed their safety.   

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do you use preservatives?

Indigo Tones takes pride in its high quality cosmetic formulations. Preservatives play an essential part in maintaining the integrity of these formulations. We utilize a "broad-spectrum" preservative system to protect against oxidation as well as contamination. Preservatives will always be necessary in any product that contains water. Water is highly attractive to microorganism growth and requires a preservative to ensure that it remains safe to use. Additionally, environmental contamination can be introduced to cosmetic products in many ways including makeup brushes, storage methods and storage locations, just to name a few. Even products made in a pristine manufacturing environment can become a health risk when they are exposed to the yeast, mold and bacteria common in the home environment if they have not been properly preserved. Lastly, preservatives increase the product shelf life to a reasonable expectancy. There is a natural botanical extract that has broad spectrum antimicrobial properties. It exhibits rapid, microbicidal activity against gram-negative, as well as gram-positive bacteria, yeasts, and molds. This preservative is used in all Indigo Tones cosmetics products.