When I was a little girl in the 80s, my mother one day brought home a thin book that introduced me to the seasons of color. In this book I found (mostly because that’s what I wanted to find) that I was a “summer” and was able to better decide what colors I looked good in. As my hair color has gotten increasingly darker over the years and my skin has stayed a pale very contrast, I’ve decided that I am a “winter”. But finding your color season is not just about your skin and hair color. There are many different things that go in to play when determining what your color season.
The first consideration in finding your color season is your skin undertone. Is it cool, warm, clear or muted? To discover the undertone of your skin, dress in white or hold white paper up to your face. Make sure that your face is free of any makeup. In the most natural light possible, look at your skin. Yellow undertones indicate a warm undertone. Blue undertones are cool. Those with clear undertones have more of a translucent quality to their skin. People with muted undertones find their undertones are softer.
Winter=cool and clear undertones. Spring=warm and clear undertones. Summer=cool and muted undertones. Autumn=warm and muted undertones.
The second part of finding your color season is to determine which eye pattern you have. This is a very interesting part of finding your color season and requires you to discover something about your iris that you may have never noticed before. Each season has a characteristic eye pattern. The brighter the light in the place you are in, the easier it will be to see your eye pattern.
Winter=a spoke pattern. Spring=a round sunburst. Summer=delicate cracked glass. Autumn=an Aztec sun with swirls and spots.
Your combination of hair and color will help you in finding your color season.
Winter=Hair is black, dark brown, chestnut, lacking highlights. Eye color tends to span the normal brown, blue, hazel or green. Spring=Hair is golden brown, blond or red and the eyes are blue, blue-gray, green or turquoise green. Summer=Hair is without highlights and is typically ash blonde or ash brown. Eyes are blue, brown, green or hazel. Autumn=Hair is golden and brown, red, auburn or chestnut and eyes are dark brown, hazel or green.
One of the most ways of finding your color season is to check out the personality traits of each season.
Winter=loyalty, perfectionism, analytical, dependable, truthful and reserved. Spring=Friendly, energetic, optimistic, curious, witty, smiling. Summer=practical, neat, easy going, gentle, understanding, good listener. Autumn=self-discipline, confident, leader, organizer, dependable, loyal.
So now you that you have taken the steps necessary for finding your color season, what colors should you wear?
Winter=avoid earth tones. Richer, more intense colors like black, navy blue and red look good on winters. Icy blues and pinks will also compliment the winter coloring.
Spring=do not wear dark colors. Better suited for spring coloring are peach, coral, aqua and ivory.
Summer=no intense colors. Powder blue, pink, and other pastels look good on those with summer coloring.
Autumn=bright colors do not look good on Autumns. Warm colors like beige, orange and brown work best with Autumn coloring.