Picks and Pans Review: Color Me Beautiful

updated 11/05/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Color it gray—dull gray. This book-and-video set goes on forever about the colors you should wear to "find a more beautiful you." The author of the book, Carole Jackson, who opens the tape, is strikingly pale and ghostly in her own coloring, and so is the hostess of the show, Cindy Howard, who introduces viewers to four women and has the nerve to say that they are "not as attractive as they can be." Of course she vows to transform them from "okay" into "absolutely smashing" simply by finding out whether their coloring is summer, spring, winter or autumn. "Michelle," the hostess gushes, "you are a lovely summer," Gosh, thanks. Rainbows of synthetic colors are held under the chins of each woman as they "ooh" at a pale pink or "aah" at a putrid purple. Once the women are assigned seasons, they are typed again by their bodies: from sporty natural (well-suited to boots and leather) to gamine (with a "bubbly personality and a go-for-it attitude"). Michelle is dubbed natural. "I still feel romantic inside," she protests. Sorry, Michelle. Not to say that there isn't something to picking your right colors, but is it worth a whole breed of consultants, a tedious book and a rambling tape? (Kartes Video Communications, Inc., $34.95)

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