Silver or Gold? Black or No? Color Expert Jill Kirsh Answers Our Questions
The Jill Kirsh Color system makeup portfolio. Click post title to see banner photo and all the goodies inside.

The Jill Kirsh Color system makeup portfolio. Click post title to see banner photo and all the goodies inside.

After featuring the Jill Kirsh Color system last fall, I was curious to hear what you all thought.  Did you agree with her concept that when choosing makeup and clothing colors all that matters is your current hair color?  No need to figure out undertone or skin tone.  Forget about eye color or natural hair color.  Just go with what you have now, choose one of four categories and get a selection of your best colors.

Some of you liked the idea, some of you had questions.

With apologies for the delay, here's Jill's answers and my review, plus a peek at the colors inside the makeup portfolio and swatch book. 

 Silver or Gold?  What jewelry looks best with what hair colors?
JILL KIRSH:  Deep Brunettes, Salt & Pepper,  Ash Blondes & Grays - wear Silver.
Golden Brunettes, Deep Honey Blondes, Redheads & Light Warm Blondes - wear Gold.

A reader commented that she feels for this concept to work you have to be happy with your hair color and it should be close to what nature intended.  What do you think? 
I have experienced via working with thousands of clients from all over the world, that most any hair color can work when it’s supported with the right shades in fashion and makeup. For example, if someone has reddish brown hair and then goes gray, the wardrobe and the shades she used for the eyes, cheeks & lips no longer work. The fashion and makeup that looked so great for so many years just fall flat with this hair color change

How can you tell if your current hair color is NOT the most flattering? 
Again, this question goes back to the core of my system. I’ve had clients who have never colored their hair, but have been wearing the wrong hues in fashion and makeup and it makes their natural hair color look dull, lifeless and like a bad dye job.

Please share your advice on how to wear black if it’s not in your color palette.
We NEVER take black away from anyone! We love black.  But if you’re not a deep brunette or have salt & pepper locks, black can be very demanding and solid. Wearing the right makeup shades immediately makes black work better. Wearing the right metal up to the face (earrings,necklace, eye wear), enhance the black and draw the attention up to the face. Also, my clients use the swatch book as their guide for finding the gemstones that are perfect for them and make black work as a backdrop rather than the main event!

So, what do you think?  

Personally, I have always thought black looks best with a contrasting hair color -- blonde or red -- rather than brunette.  I don't know if I agree about makeup overcoming a really bad dye job.  But, I completely agree that choosing a flattering color is all about the right hue.

All that aside, the colors Jill chose for me work.

Golden Blonde/Brown & Redhead Swatchbook with recommended hues in purples, teals and greens.

Golden Blonde/Brown & Redhead Swatchbook with recommended hues in purples, teals and greens.

Golden Blonde/Brown & Redhead Swatchbook with recommended hues in reds, corals and browns.

Golden Blonde/Brown & Redhead Swatchbook with recommended hues in reds, corals and browns.

The fabric swatches correlate to clothes that flatter.  I discovered I can wear green -- a color I'd never liked on me.  It has to be a deep olive green; even better paired with cognac (as in this pic from my interview in Society magazine).

In makeup deep green surprised me as well with how pretty it looked. Along with peacock, copper and gold, the shades make my eyes pop and skin glow.  The formulation in the Jill Kirsh Color palettes are just sheer enough to layer these deep shades without looking costume-y. 

The brown mascara was a revelation and my new everyday shade.  I've always liked a coral lip; her copper lip pencil really makes my blue eyes beam (see how I wore it to enliven a black dress in this photo from the XIX Most Fashionable Women awards.)

The Makeup Palette in use. As you can see the golds, peacock and copper are faves.

The Makeup Palette in use. As you can see the golds, peacock and copper are faves.

Copper lips make blue eyes pop; brown mascara is a softer alternative to black for day.

Copper lips make blue eyes pop; brown mascara is a softer alternative to black for day.

Best of all, Jill's palette encouraged me to play and experiment.  After all, if you don't like a lipstick you can just swipe it off.  And while I'm never going to give up black, her system and swatches reminded me how much I truly do love color.  

Thank you to Jill for your generosity in sending a Jill Kirsh Color complete makeup collection and scarf to review.  It's been a pleasure bonding with you over our shared love of color.

Have a colorful comment to add to our conversation? Please post below!

Photos by Doreen Creede

Jill Kirsh Color scarf swarch makeup portfolio photo by Doreen Creede STYLE MANIAC.jpg

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