I’m not afraid to admit that I spent the last weeks with obsessive photo collecting, explanations and colour charts, sucking out as much information as I could. Even though I learned about them in college, and I think I have a good eye to them, I didn’t care too much, except for this this piece of course, where the whole thing now rather consciously started. Quite frankly, I totally forgot about everything, and I have to say, the minimalistic and monochromatic trend didn’t help either.
Then something started to change. In the beginning I noticed it mainly in home decor by moving from bare Scandi style to Mid Century Modern, or at least something in between. Than I realised it’s happening in fashion too. Of course the two of them were always connected, but while fashion has headed with unstoppable wide strides, then interior was always like a snail or turtle if you will.
Not just the burst of vivid and complementary colours but the speed has changed too, which made me overthink my fashion choices, my whole style. It’s still obsessive, but more daring and colourful. Everything has started with the clothes – as usual – but now, as I’m pretty satisfied with my wardrobe, I’m more interested in the bigger picture, including my hair, nails and makeup too! Yes, even my attitude to makeup.
But as maximalist as I tend to be, I had to start learning again. So did I. If you’re following my Pinterest board, you already saw the changes and the growing number of inspiration folds and pictures in them. And if you’re following me here, you know I started my experiments with simple beauty products too. It’s not just because of new challenges or feeling excited for something again, it’s the recognition, I’m not getting any younger, so simple cheats to look better will do. It’s better later than never I say, isn’t it?
So after this rather long prologue, here I’m to teach you what I’ve learned so far.
1, Maybe there’s 4 main type, but that’s barely enough, on the other hand 16 seems a bit too much. The 12 type one is the one which I’m the most comfortable and less confused with.
This picture can be so confusing if you not fit either of them, because you have different hair or eye colour or you’re simple between season, as I am. So while it’s great to show the differences between the seasons (Spring is bright, warm and light, while Autumn is muted, warm and dark, or while Summer is cool, light and muted, Winter is cool, dark and bright), if you’re really interested, use a bit more complex system than this one.
2, Go for 12!
Which is the easiest to show and understand with this picture:
Here it’s shown clearly there is way more type than 12, but you can also see the connections between them. Because every one of them is connected trough brightness/softness, warmness/coolness, or deepness/lightness, probably you’re somewhere between two of them.
3, How to identify yourself.
Well, there is more than one approach, but I think it’s better to do with someone, preferably a caring woman over your hubby or boyfriend (in most of the cases they don’t have either eyes or patience to do it). 🙂
- Look at your veins on your arm. If you have greenish veins, golden or peachy skin, you’re warm. If you have bluish, purplish veins and more pinkish skin, you’re cool. If you have neither of these/both of them, you’re neutral, which means you’re soft or clear.
- If you (and others) prefer golden jewellery and warm colours, you’re warm, if you prefer silver and cool colours, you’re cool. And again, if you can go with either of them, you’re neutral.
- One, more thing; if you observe yourself check the overall picture too. Contrasts can say a lot. Springs and Winters usually are high in contrast (for example fair skin, light eyes and dark(er) hair), while Summers and Autumns are more toned down.
- I think the easiest way is to look for your main characteristic, which can be light or dark/deep, soft/muted or bright/clear, cool or warm. If you have crystal clear eyes, you bet you’re either bright Spring or Winter, if you have a really warm, golden complexion, you’re warm (Spring or Autumn), if you don’t have anything to stick out then probably you’re soft (Summer or Autumn). If you have dark eyes and hair, you’re deep (Winter or Autumn) and so on.
Here are some contrasting example to practice a bit.
If you look at Amy Adams the first thing you notice is the golden warmth, so she is a warm, but because she has light warm blue eyes and pretty bright skin, she’s a Spring.
On the other hand Emily Blunt has pink skin and light cool blue eyes, therefore she’s cool, and because every feature of her is pretty light, she’s a Summer.
Now observe these women. Both of them have one main characteristic. Cate Blanchett is light, hands down. The porcelain skin, pinkish cheeks, light steely blue eyes and ashy blond hair means she’s Summer.
While Eva Longoria is deep in colouring. Dark brown hair and deep brown eyes with olive skin. But she has a warm golden skin, so she’s an Autumn.
And last but not least here we have Zoey Deschanel and Emma Watson. Yes, both of them have darker hair and pale skin, but notice the saturation. Zoey, with her bright blue eyes and dark hair, plus clear skin is high in contrast, and because of the dark hair and pink cheeks, she’s a Winter.
While Emma Watson is pretty low in saturation. Yes, she has pale skin, but both her eyes and hair is dark, she has freckles and a muted skin colour which make her a soft type. Her skin seems pretty neutral, but more on the yellowish side, so she’s an Autumn.
4, If you’re deeply lost, try this site, it has a pretty good comparing program. All you need is a good picture of you preferably with natural lightning, and good eyes.
5, Or study the iris.
The eyes have almost everything, and it’s the easiest to identify somebody, even so because hair can be died and skin can be tanned or changed by makeup. Ok, there is coloured contact lenses too, but the chances are significantly smaller.
Flower prints = Summer, shaker = Autumn, stream = Winter and Jewel = Spring, but don’t forget it can be a mixture too. Also, as a thumb of rule, you know if somebody has golden warm eyes, then it’s either Autumn or Spring, aka warm, if bluish, then Summer or Winter, if both of them, mixed hazel for example, then bright or soft.
7, Or study the colours themselves.
Most of the time we learn blues are cold and reds are warm colours, but it’s hardly the total truth. In this case, the undertone what matters, which could be either warm, golden yellowish or cool steel bluish.
The difference is striking, isn’t it?
If you have this, all you need is to understand softness and brightness, as I think lightness and darkness are pretty clear. When we’re talking about bright colours, we think the purest, fullest and vividest form of a colour. Soft colours, on the other hand, are more closer to grey and therefore they’re more neutral.
+1, Having learnt so much, now I know I want red hair (again). I always wanted, and had once, but I was too afraid and lazy in the last couple of years, especially since we’ve moved away from Budapest. But now my decision is definitive. Being a warm Spring, between somewhere Spring and Autumn (I definitely have warm complexion, but I’m neither too dark or light, plus rather bright than soft, case solved :)), it feels stupid not too. Last time I was true henna red, this time I want something a bit closer to my natural hair colour. Not too light or dark coppery hue, and I cannot wait for it.
These ladies Holland Rhode, Amy Adams, lil girl, whose name I have no idea, but she’s beautiful anyway, Jessica Chastain and a bigger, probably model girl, who is equally gorgeous. Btw, the lil girl seems more like an Autumn because her dark eyes and more muted skin, but as you can see the difference is not that big.
Yes, I know this is a lot, but I promise it gets easier by time. So don’t give up. And when you’re pretty sure which type you falls into, then it’s time to identify your most suitable colours in hair, makeup and clothes, which make you even more beautiful. It’s so exciting, isn’t it?
If you have questions, let me know, I’ll try to answer. 🙂