You may know whether your skin tone is warm or cool, but do you know your season?
Warmer seasons are spring and autumn while summer and winter are cooler color seasons. The delineation of your specific color season comes not only from the undertones in your skin (gold or peach?) but also from the overall level of contrast between your hair, skin, and eyes.
By dyeing your hair, applying makeup, or even wearing colored contacts, you can alter your season!
There is more than one place to start when identifying your color season.
For lighter skin, you might look for the veins in your wrist that appear blue, blue-green, or mostly green. Green signifies a warmer skin tone while blue means cooler, while the colors in between blue and green would indicate a more neutral tone.
For darker skin where you might not be able to see the color of your veins, you might compare the undertones you see when you hold up a sheet of plain white paper next to your skin. Do you see gold or yellow, red or pink, olive, or a mix of tones? The contrast from the white paper really makes your undertones pop.
Additionally, intuition is worth a lot! What colors of clothing and jewelry do you naturally gravitate more towards? Silver would indicate a cooler skin tone while gold or rose gold would indicate a warmer skin tone.
A note about contrast: the beautiful thing about being human is that your features may not fit 100% into any seasonal box, and even if they do, your season may change with the seasons! If this is the case, congratulations, this means that you look great in more colors than people who match only one of the seasons.
If this is the case, the closest approximation of seasonality will work well with your skin tone today, and another season might look better next month. It’s up to you to do some experimentation and find out which tones and hues and colors you like best.
Another tip: matching your skin tone to your wrist alone may not guarantee accurate results as sometimes that can be a good deal lighter than your face, so it’s better to look at all of you.
Let’s talk about contrast.
If your hair, skin, and eyes are similar in shade to each other and there is no stark contrast (i.e., brown hair, tan skin, and medium honey-brown eyes) you are most likely low contrast.
If there is a greater difference in the shades of your hair and skin (for example, dark hair, pale skin, and dark eyes) you are likely high contrast.
To find your season combine your contrast (high, low) with undertones (blue, yellow, pink, olive).
What is your season?
A spring person typically has higher contrast and usually warmer undertones. This person looks great in brighter colors and mixing and matching complimentary colors. Gold may provide an even brighter pop if you have golden undertones.
Summer people are low contrast peeps with typically cooler undertones, so look for cooler colors, pastels anyone? Look for colors similar in shade to your skin tone. Silver would look great on you!
Autumns have lower contrast and warmer skin tones, so they look great in gold jewelry and more muted colors – think earth tones – similar to their hair and eyes.
Winter is high contrast and usually cool, so silver is a naturally excellent choice. This season looks great in brighter or darker cool colors, sometimes called jewel tones, with high contrast from your skin. So if your winter skin is luscious and dark wear light and bright colors. If you have creamy pale winter skin wear dark and broody colors.
A note on colors – there are cooler and warmer versions of just about every color! Cool reds might have a blue base while warm reds have a yellow base. The difference between spring-green versus winter-green is built right there into the name!
One more classification
As if season science was not already complicated enough, there are an additional three sub-types of each season.
For Spring: warm, light, or clear.
For Summer: cool, soft, or light.
For Autumn: soft, deep, or warm.
For Winter: deep, clear, or cool.
This post has lots of excellent detailed information if you would like to look deeper into your seasonal type. However, even without knowing your subtype, as a general rule, you can rock all the colors from your seasonal palette. Trust yourself!
For Spring: 1640s Spanish currency to match your individual warmth (and sense of adventure).
For Summer: A soft cool silver mercury dime to align with your seasonal palette.
For Autumn: Silver with a distinctive warmth, a soft-toned silver that looks near-gold in warm light.
For Winter: A silver ring with antiquing that matches your deep contrast with intrigue all its own.
Hopefully, this post brought you one step further on your color journey.
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