Moderate colour qualities
Colour characteristics with qualities that can be expressed modestly without dominating are known as moderate colour qualities.
Hue, tone and variable saturation can all express themselves modestly within a person’s skin, hair and eyes.
Moderate contrast can also expresses itself modestly within a person’s colour expression.
A combination of moderate qualities within a person’s skin, hair and eyes is known as co-moderate qualities.
One or all three of an individual’s colour characteristics may have co-moderate qualities.
When the majority of a person’s colour characteristics have a similar level of moderate qualities, moderation can dominate a person’s colour expression.
Not all people have colour qualities within their skin, hair and eyes that produce a moderate level of expression.
However, most people will have colour characteristics with moderate qualities at some stage in their life.
Moderate colour qualities vary in their level of intensity and expression.
They range from the ambiguous point of perceptible expression, when they become noticeable and are no longer recessive, to the ambiguous point at which they overshadow other colour qualities and become dominant.
Human colour tone generally expresses itself moderately when it is at a medium level.
It is worth noting that not all colour characteristics with a medium level of tone are moderate in their expression.
Medium tone can dominate a person’s colour expression when it is present across all colour characteristics.
Hue expresses itself moderately if its tone is light–medium and its saturation is relatively moderate. The hue and contrast of juxtaposed characteristics will influence how a moderate hue expresses itself and how its perceived.
Moderate variable saturation expresses itself in many ways, such as a moderate level of freckles, wrinkles, blemishes, muted skin tones and discolouration of the hair and skin.
For people whose colour characteristics have clear, even, high saturation without blemishes or characteristic variables, this type of variable saturation can also be moderate or co-moderate.
Moderate colour qualities most often create moderate contrast, with juxtaposed colour qualities.
Moderate contrast includes a broad range of contrast levels, usually determined by the tone difference between a person’s skin and hair.
Most often the skin is lighter than the hair in naturally occurring moderate contrast.
However, juxtaposed moderate colour qualities have a wide range of colour expression outcomes, including co-dominant low contrast.
Some colour qualities that dominate within a single colour characteristic are perceived as moderate within a person’s overall colour expression.
Human eyes are the colour characteristic that provide so many unusual colour combinations and unique colour expressions.
Moderate colour qualities undergo changes throughout a person’s life, as they age and through health, lifestyle and superficial changes.
The intensity of pigment in a person’s colour characteristics changes with age, their hair lightens, their skin blemishes, wrinkles and other skin variables appear, changing the moderate colour qualities within a colour characteristic to dominant or recessive.
The changes within an individual colour characteristic also changes the person’s colour expression.
Recessive colour qualities
Recessive colour qualities are concealed within colour characteristics – they can be masked by the dominant quality and are most often unable to perceptibly express themselves.
The perception of recessive colour qualities can be determined by the level of influence the dominant or moderate colour qualities have across a person’s colour expression.
Most people have recessive colour qualities that are most often the same across all colour characteristics and within their colour expression.
Tone of any level is not recessive, it’s always visible, given that the level of lightness to darkness cannot be concealed.
For most people, hue is recessive across all of their colour characteristics and is difficult to determine.
For some people the hue of their colour characteristics is not recessive but moderate or dominant, such as coloured eyes and red/orange-based hair.
Variable saturation can be recessive; however, it is a point in question, given a person’s characteristic variables and levels of saturation are most often visible.
Variables such as acne, blemishes, age spots and skin conditions, including dry muted and sebaceous skin, can be recessive and concealed by the depth of tone in a person’s skin.
Variables such as acne, blemishes and wrinkles may be recessive, concealed by healthy, vibrant, glowing skin due to regular skin care, hydration and purifying the skin.
High vibrant skin saturation may also be recessive, concealed by dull, listless skin that has a build-up of dead skin cells, impurities and such variables as acne and blemishes.
Recessive hue colour qualities subliminally balance and harmonise human colouring; they inadvertently affect the perception people have of one another.
They are an intrinsic part of a person’s unique colour expression, adding character, depth and continuity.
Superficial changes, such as make-up, hair colouring, cosmetic surgery and facial tattoos, can further mask natural recessive skin and hair hue or variable saturation.
As people age the pigment in their colour characteristics changes and new recessive variables may develop.
As the aging process continues, the recessive colour qualities of the skin and hair may become moderate and eventually dominate or co-dominate a person’s colour expression.