Zyla Analysis: Eyes

I think that the work that David Zyla has done with narrowing down your best colors from your season to your shortlist of fantastic shades is amazing.  I’d like to show you a little of what this looks like and discuss how I’ve changed things up a bit.


My best colors are in the turquoise and jade green families, which should surprise no one.  According to Zyla, my “first base” (version of black) should be the ring around my iris.  Not that ocean isn’t a great color on me, but it’s not the most basic color in the world.  I prefer to go with the *impression* that my eyes give you from afar, which is aqua surrounded by bright navy, and I use the navy as my base color (along with ivory – which you can see touches of in my eye).

I do use pretty much all the mid-range aquas as my energy color, and the soft blueish greens as my relaxation color.

These are the colors that work best on me, from my personal pinterest page:


If you want a color analysis, contact me… and feel free to rummage around on my personal pinterest to see the ones I’ve created in the past, for former clients and friends.


Living works of art

The courage to be a living work of art is the courage to allow yourself to be beautiful.  To allow yourself to be truthful.  It is the courage to allow yourself to be fully, authentically, whom you were created to be.

Beauty is truth.  Beauty is a window to the transcendent.  Beauty is not for the weak of heart!

We all want to be beautiful, but at the same time, we all want to be invisible, to be like everyone else.   We only want to be a little prettier than the next girl – if even that.  We just want to fit in.  We want youth and vigor… but BEAUTY?  Transcendent truth?  That’s scary.

It feels dangerous.  It feels arrogant.  It feels vulnerable.

Truth is always vulnerable, and blending in is always safe.

So then, it takes courage to reveal the woman behind the curtain, the living work of art that each of us is.


Beauty is a window to the Transcendent

We all crave Beauty.  And our lives saturate us in faux-beauty.  It’s like feeding a starving man a stack of Pringles instead of an honest potato.   It’s gotten so that we conflate one with the other.  And yet.  And yet.  Beauty, because of its ability to show us transcendence, cannot truly be counterfeited.

We hunger for that touch of the wild, the touch of the pure, the touch of the reality-beyond-reality that true Beauty brings us.   The hunger for Beauty cannot be fed by anything except Beauty itself.    The hunger for Beauty is part of our hunger for God.

So they ask us to define Beauty – is it red lips or pink, roses or eagles or the sound of a violin?  And the answer is … perhaps.  Because Beauty is a window, how can you define it by what you see?  The view is ever-changing.  The definition of Beauty is in the piercing of your heart, the joy that robs you of breath, the definition of Beauty is found in the soul – not in the mind.

Because Beauty opens us to God, opens us to our desperate hunger for His presence in our lives, Beauty is important.  Beauty invites the observer into a place where he can experience awe, can be touched by that which is outside of himself, therefore the creation of Beauty is an important pastime.

Because Beauty is transcendent, it is not always easy to create.  But if we cannot create Beauty, we can at least reduce ugliness.  We can repudiate lies.  We can restore order.  Beauty is true.  It is in truth.  Falseness can never be beauty.

I cannot imagine a culture more fed to the gills with faux-beauty than our own.  The battle to create Beauty, in small things or in large, is important.   Our culture is Laodicean at its core.

Revelation 3:17  Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,

Feeding the hunger for the Transcendent God by opening the window of Beauty and letting His light shine through is a worthy goal, and one in which we can all share.

Pursue Beauty.  Pause and give Awe room in your life.  Allow the sight of the Almighty to transform your countenance, to fill you with joy.   Allow yourself to become Beauty, that others can see Him in you.

Beauty is an intrinsic good.