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Crystal Ethereal – Olga Brylińska Image Consultant
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Crystal Ethereal


Luxury in good taste, feminine classics, gentle minimalism. Crystal Ethereal style is a combination of subdued, classic style and the commonly understood romantic style. However, the Crystal-romantic is refined, sophisticated, always perfect, and it allows for tighter forms and slightly sharper lines than in the Mermaid Ethereal.

Crystal Ethereal style draws from the guidelines for Classic, Soft Classic, and Romantic. It is gentle but not overly romantic. More solid and always elegant. It is based on subdued colors and introduces monochrome and light colors. It excludes any patterns and expressive, decorative elements. The exception in this matter is jeweled necklines, although they also cannot be too visually heavy or theatrical.

The balance of aspects – Classic, Soft Classic, and Romantic – depends on the entire Ethereal configuration.

Crystal makeup is essentially based on the Soft Classic guidelines. The appearance of red lipstick means, for example, the influence of French or Slavic Ethereals.

Crystal hairstyles are based mostly on shoulder-length and long bob haircuts. Maximum length – hair reaching the middle of the back. Wavy hair is characteristic of the Crystal Ethereal. The hairstyle needs to be polished. There should be no mess and wind in your hair. For the evening and special occasions, Hollywood waves will be ideal.

The following types have the highest degree of compatibility with Crystal Ethereal:

  • Soft Classic
  • Classic
  • Romantic

The second degree of compatibility – Theatrical Romantic (a romantic aspect of the TR style).

The common points of the Crystal and other Ethereals are as follows:

It is worth discussing the strong connection between the Crystal and Retro Fairytale Ethereal separately. When it comes to beauty features, the Crystal and the Retro Fairytale share mainly a similar figure type and color softening. However, the faces are a bit different. In Retro Fairytale Ethereal, we will not notice Crystal’s subtlety, sometimes associated with Luminous Ethereal. The facial features of the Retro Fairytale are a bit sharper, and the faces are more characterful, reminiscent of the beauty of the stars of the 1930s and 1940s (see photos of facial features).

Therefore, although based on forms similar to the Crystal style, the Retro Fairytale guidelines do not duplicate the full Crystal Ethereal guidelines. The Retro Fairytale style is more complex, richer in details, visually heavier. Yes, you can see a clear echo of Crystal’s recommendations, but as a whole, these styles are different and, accordingly, adapted to the corresponding beauty features.

The essential elements of the Crystal style are listed below.

  • soft lines
  • curved lines
  • straight lines combined with curved lines
  • classic tailoring in a feminine version
  • perfectly tailored clothes
  • subtle waist definition
  • slightly flared cuts
  • soft A-line cuts
  • dresses and skirts made of gussets widening at the bottom (perfect cut for pears)
  • bias-cut dresses and skirts
  • wrap dresses
  • pencil cuts (never tight)
  • above knee, knee, below knee length
  • classic fabric pants
  • classic cigarette pants
  • fitted, tapered pants legs
  • straight legs only with heels
  • no creased pants 
  • clothes cannot have patch pockets
  • feminine cardigans with buttons
  • soft, fitted coats
  • elegant leather jackets (beige, gray-beige, taupe)
  • winter jackets only in neutral colors (never too sporty)
  • classic beanies with a plain weave, without decorations
  • beanies can have a cuff
  • hat and scarf must be a complete set
  • the pink color can never look infantile or girly (see Alabaster Ethereal) 
  • lack of patterns
  • minimum amount of decorative elements
  • jeweled necklines (never overly decorated)
  • small, transparent, colorless rhinestones
  • pearls (e.g., buttons)
  • round necklines (never too large)
  • wrap necklines
  • cowl necks
  • draped necklines
  • classic turtlenecks (never too tight)
  • shawl necks
  • optional soft and small lapels (jackets, coats) 
  • classic sleeves
  • narrow sleeves
  • cap sleeves
  • slight butterfly sleeves
  • raglan sleeves are acceptable as long as the item is not oversized
  • narrow cuffs only
  • fabric belts
  • thin, leather belts (never contrasting)
  • fur collars in coats (short-cut fur matching the color of the coat) 
  • high quality
  • elegant
  • fine
  • smooth
  • thin
  • medium thickness
  • slightly transparent fabrics
  • fabrics with a slight sheen
  • flowing fabrics
  • silky fabrics
  • slightly fluffy knits (only sweaters and winter accessories)
  • smooth suede
  • smooth genuine leather
  • patent leather (only shoes or handbags in neutral colors)
  • light pink
  • shades of beige
  • neutral shades of white
  • only in neutral colors
  • no expressive, decorative elements
  • perfectly matched with the rest of the outfit
  • not standing out from the rest of the outfit
  • classic, elegant handbags
  • stiff handbags
  • defined cuts
  • handbags based on the rectangle shape
  • handbags based on trapeze shape
  • never too angular
  • shoes must not have platforms
  • classic but always feminine designs
  • almond toe shoes
  • pointed toe shoes (never too pointed)
  • narrow heels (never chunky)
  • no lacing
  • small
  • medium size
  • classic, feminine
  • never geometric
  • never very ornate
  • no handmade jewelry
  • bright, precious metals (including rose gold)
  • light pearls
  • transparent gemstones
  • rhinestones
  • transparent stones
  • light pink stones
  • classic makeup in muted colors
  • the lines cannot be sharp, expressive
  • classic shaded eyelids (never too expressive)
  • subtle, delicate makeup
  • never lack of makeup
  • lips in soft pinks (never dark)
  • balance of eye-lip accents or slight accent on the eyes
  • slight illumination in makeup
  • satin shadows are preferred
  • lipsticks with a slight gloss or satin effect work well
  • hairstyles based on longer hair
  • long bob
  • maximum length – up to mid-back
  • the hair must not be messy
  • hairstyles cannot be smoothed out too much (this is the Sun and Crimson Ethereal domain)
  • pin-ups – classic / French buns
  • no bangs or curtain bangs
  • elegant waves

The individual style elements should be adapted to the beauty features and the entire Ethereal configuration.

Crystal – and all other Ethereals – can function as an independent element that makes up our type of beauty. In such a case, we are talking about the Ethereal type of beauty. We omit Kibbe typology and classic color analysis.


  • softening, lightening, and optional warming of colors 
  • physiognomy with a predominance of Yin features
  • body type – moderately strong
  • body lines – slightly curvy
  • height – moderate
  • shoulders – narrower than the hips
  • waist – moderately defined
  • bust – medium size 
  • musculature – low level
  • limbs – not too long
  • eyes – medium size
  • nose – small
  • lips – thin
  • cheekbones – not defined
  • lack of expressive beauty (regardless of individual colors)
  • classic facial features
  • Crystal Ethereal likes to couple with Retro Fairytale Ethereal or Luminous Ethereal

The above list presents the beauty features that Crystal Ethereal is responsible for in its pure form. Please note that how we ultimately look is the result of several Ethereals combined together.


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