Monday, 20 June 2016

Your Summertime Skin Tone and Tanning

Vitamin D deficiency has become a popular health topic. Years ago, physicians would tell you to avoid the sun like the plague. Now, the case is being made for reasonable sun exposure. It is good for your bone health, mood, blood pressure, heart health and energy levels. can take Vitamin D3, but nothing substitutes for ol' Mr. Sunshine. If you want to know much, much more about the subject, please read this fantastic book. :

The other good thing about a natural tan not created by a bottle of self tanner or bronzer is, it will always be the correct undertone. Nature's way of developing your melanin will never turn you orangey or make your skin tone look dirty or thick.

The beauty benefits:

Here is what a little bit of color can do for you. You don't have to go the "tanorexic" route. (Please don't!)

Make you appear slimmer.
Your teeth will appear whiter.
You hair may get some nice, natural highlights.
Bring out your eyes.
Give you an inner glow.

All good things!

Let's break it down into how each seasonal category can look their best with some color. :

True Winters and True Summers have cool palettes. Bronzer and self tanners will be at complete odds with your palette, so stick to developing natural color if desired. You should get a nice rosy light brown glow if you do tan, depending upon your beginning skin tone. Your pinks, cherries, fuchsias and blues will stay in harmony with you as a result.

True Autumns and True Springs look great with tanned skin. True Autumns can freely indulge in bronzing powders. They are the golden goddesses among us! True Springs need to have a lighter hand with bronzing products, since it is easy for them to look muddy. Clarity and lightness are paramount in this case.

Dark Autumns and Bright Springs contain the most diverse group of women I have ever seen, so whether you want to use bronzers or self tanners is individual. I personally think Dark Autumns can better use bronzer than a Bright Spring. A Dark Autumn looks drop dead gorgeous with a tan. Bright Springs need to go easy on the powders, making sure the application is sheer.

Light Summer and Light Spring are truly "less is more" seasons. Chances are good, if anyone either has a hard time tanning or burns easily, it is these two seasons. If you are able to tan, don't overdo it. A gentle application of the lightest bronzing powder you can find is a good bet.

Dark Winters and Bright Winters are very close in palette to True Winter. Bronzers and self tanners in general are too warm and heavy on you. Opt instead for your natural undertones. You can insure your palette will stay in harmony with you as a result.

Soft Autumns can't successfully take on the metallic glow of their True Autumn sister. Because your palette has that bit of Summer influence, if you do want to use bronzer, bring your palette with you to double check for harmony. Soft Summers need to steer clear of self tanners and bronzing products, because it is at odds with the muted, rosy undertone they are known for. Go for your natural color, in this case.

If you DO decide to tan (your choice, of course) how do you use your palette? The warmer pinks, corals, greens, oranges and golds will be great places to try colors you may have not given a thought to before. You may be able to wear colors a little bit brighter in tone than your color space. You will have to experiment to see what works best for you. 

It is officially Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Don't be fearful of some safe, moderate sun exposure! Your health and well being depend on it! The physical enhancements are merely icing on the cake! 




Monday, 18 April 2016

An Answer To A Long Standing Question.

How could someone be blonde or have light brown hair, yet be a Winter, Dark season or a Bright Spring? 

The answer to this question threw me off kilter for a while. How could either myself or my fellow members in the color and style community , fit palettes that seem our polar opposite?

Christine Scaman, the author of has a post in her blog that mentions this is a very frequently asked question. Please check out the link below and you will gain some insight.

Let me tell you what I have seen happen when one of my fair haired sisters dips into the wrong palette.:

The hair loses shine and radiance.

Any natural highlights disappear.

The hair tends to look flat, ashy and dull. I have seen light blonde hair actually turn gray. (Mine does if I wear True Autumn.)

Silver and gray hair looks dirty and yellowed, making someone think they need Shimmer Lights shampoo when they just need to change their blouse and lipstick.

Here is a link to Amanda Robert's color story...a classic example of a Bright Winter who thought she would be a Light Summer. Anything less than her brilliant palette would not be a harmonic match to her radiance.

Bottom line....if you think your hair has anything to do with your season, it doesn't. In the right palette, your seemingly "dull" "mousey" hair will come to life.

Here is a Before and After, with no additional wording attached to it. Would this lady look any better in a softer palette? In the Before, she looks like any other young person at a coffee shop. In the other, we are ready to listen closely to whatever she has to say, because her image is compelling.

I hope the above links will give my blonde, beige and light brown haired readers much food for thought.



Saturday, 9 April 2016

How The Neutral Seasons Wear Iridescence.

Aurora borealis crystal, mother of pearl, opals, mercury mist topaz. Fire polished beads. Art glass. Mylar decorations, foil. Depending upon your seasonal category, how you wear iridescence will differ. 

I consider iridescence and opalescence the domain of neutral seasons because the stones reflect both warmth and coolness to varying degrees. True warm seasons might not be liking the blues and the pinks that twinkle forth. True cool seasons will take issue with the peaches, yellows and golds that are part of the shifting nature of iridescent jewelry. 

Let's start with Bright Winter and Bright Spring. 

Bigger, more dramatic pieces set in shiny silver are such a great look any Bright Winter can wear with confidence, depending upon their style archetype. Some ladies might prefer a small set of stud earrings. Others might want to go for more opulence. 

Bright Spring might prefer something set in shiny metal that is more playful and fun. Sometimes a spray of sparkle or accents of it are more flattering than all out drama. 

Not every Light Spring wears small, delicate jewelry. Some need pieces that take up a little bit more real estate, yet don't have a heavy, ornate look to them. These earrings are perfect. They don't have a weighty outline and still fit within the seasonal category's parameters. Pastel toned opals? Perfect!

Light Summer softens down this look with tumbled, yet smooth gemstones. A little diamond accent is fine. It represents shine from the sun hitting a rain drop. Since Light Summer has a True Summer base, the feel of the jewelry can reflect the sun, sand and sea much more. 

No one wears Mother of Pearl better than a Soft Summer. In all of the Summer influenced seasons, the aura of shells, the changing tide, clouded sunshine and images of water all come together as one entity. 

Soft Autumn:

Soft Summer's beachy feel begins to wane. Earthiness and warmth without glittering too much or shouting for attention are hallmarks. I really like pearls with texture for Soft Autumns. Note how great these pieces look against a woven background. 

Dark Autumn. 

Winter is making herself known. Heaviness, opulence, depth and richness are all essential parts of how this palette works. Throw in a smattering of  gemstones and you have an awe inspiring look. 

Dark Winter:

True Winter is shouting a little bit louder. The margins are more clear cut, the sparkle more obvious, the drama even greater, yet a "grounded in the earth" feeling is still retained. 

If you have not experimented with iridescent or opalescent/pearl jewelry and you happen to be a neutral season, try some out! The great thing about jewelry is, it takes up a reasonably small amount of real estate, unlike a blouse or dress. Should you decide it is not for problem. There are a myriad of other jewels with all manner of different finishes that are just begging to be worn!



Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Light Spring, Soft Autumn Satellite Season Discussion.

Bright Winter and Light Summer. Dark Winter and Soft Summer. I call them satellite seasons because they are parallel to each other on the Sci/ART color wheel. The aforementioned seasons have been discussed and compared before. 

One satellite season grouping has not really been given the attention it deserves.

Now, it is time to give Light Spring and Soft Autumn the spotlight.

What these two seasons have in common.:

The hue of each overall palette is warm/neutral.

Both have a small dose of True Summer added to their hues.

They are the lightest color groupings of their respective parent seasons.

There is not a lot of contrast in either palette. People who are either season look great in monochromatic or blended looks with analogous colors.

Neither season looks good with pops of color, as their native design does not support that type of look. 

Black is one of the worst colors they can wear.

The differences. :

Soft Autumn has as it's base True Autumn. The colors are textured and heavier in weight. Terra cotta, pebble, stone, soft gold, putty, olive green, copper, dusty denim blue, antique rose, warmed plum and loden green comprise the color selections. 

Light Spring has as it's base True Spring. The colors are light in weight, floaty, ethereal. Clear ivory, light nutty brown, clear warm gray, light gold, clear peach, pistachio, pastel aqua, popsicle pink, daffodil and periwinkle make up their rainbow. 

So, the question comes up...since both palettes contain some True Summer, and both are the lightest in their categories, can either of these ladies borrow from their satellite season palette? 

The answer to that is, "No.", and I will explain why.

1) A Soft Autumn needs depth. She looks so good in medium to deeper tones with a blended landscape. A Light Spring would look like she was wearing a horse blanket in the Soft Autumn tones. Her face would look shadowed, dusty and heavy. Her sunbeam light would be extinguished.

2) Conversely, Light Springs need a little bit of brightness and clarity, but they also need a bit of milky soft white to take the intensity down a bit. If a Soft Autumn tried to wear the Light Spring palette, she would look like the rest of us if she were wearing candy colored baby clothes. Furthermore, the relative brightness of the Light Spring rainbow would make this woman's complexion look moon faced and oily.

3) Springs in general have absolutely no tolerance for Autumn, or any season that is blended with Autumn. It makes their skin tone look very muddy and thick. Pores look larger and lines deepen. 

4) Autumn's can't go near Spring of any type. It makes their skin look ruddy, oily, irritated and grays the eye color. The brighter color will push the lady into the background. 

Soft Autumn color equations: Medium value, warm/neutral hue, low chroma. 

Light Spring color equations: Light value, warm/neutral hue, medium-high chroma. 

For a more in depth discussion on each of these seasons, please click on the links below. :

If you are a Soft Autumn or Light Spring, feel free to admire your satellite season while at the same time, meditating on how alive and refreshing you look in your own palette.  



Monday, 28 March 2016

Quick Glance: General Chroma Levels For The 12 Seasons

True Winter: High. 

Bright Winter: Very high:

Bright Spring: High/Medium:

True Spring: Medium/High:

Light Spring: Medium/High

Light Summer: Medium:

True Summer: Medium:

                                     True summer palette. Her palettes seem more extemsive than others I've seen.:

Soft Summer: Medium/Low:

                                      The Soft Summer Color Pallet~ please do take in to consideration that the colors may vary slightly from the original due to the translation from the canvas to your computer screen.:

Soft Autumn: Low:

                                      Google Image Result for

True Autumn:  Medium:

                                      Warm Autumn skin tone colour palette:

Dark Autumn: Medium/High:

                                       Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color: January Jumpstart & the Deep Autumn 30 for 30 Remix:

Dark Winter: High/Medium:

                                      Dark Winter - December:

An In Depth Discussion on Contrast Levels, AND.....The Mysteries of the Blonde Dark Winter and The Fair Bright Spring.

The idea for this post was inspired by a reader who questioned politely my Bright Spring color category and suggested I might be better off in Soft Summer.  In the photos you have seen of me here, I don't look like the typical high contrast person that can handle brilliant colors. I have dark blonde hair and very fair skin with medium to light eyes. Going by first impressions alone, I indeed look like I could be either a Soft or Light season. In reality, any category that includes Summer or Autumn turns my eyes gray and turns my facial planes into dough. 

                                                                                   Photo: Copyright 2014

Your skin and how it reacts to color is absolutely KING. Put the correct colors on, and the hair and eyes automatically look their best. I am going to share some links down below from Facebook. Please feel free to take a look at all of the beautiful draping photos. You will see people of every level of coloring/ethnic group/age group and contrast level represented. 

Moda In Color: Heather Noakes is now stationed in South Korea. I love her sense of style and enjoy seeing what new Light Summer outfit she has put together. Click on the Photos section of her Facebook page. She has an extensive collection posted. :

Cate Linden Chromatics: I love this page as well, and keep my eyes peeled for new photos. Cate's color story is one of a complete transformation. She was pretty before, but in her Dark Autumn palette, she is breathtaking.

From the UK....we have Gabriella Pusztai of Chromology and her fabulous photos. She has straightened out many a confused client and helped them find where in their palette they belong. She is so kind, patient and talented.

There is a point to all of this. 

You don't have to have dark hair or a high level of contrast to wear a Winter or Winter/Spring blend palette! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of value contrast, compare the photos below. 

Someone with a low, or blended value contrast will look like this. Light to medium light hair,  fair skin and light eyes. 

At the opposite side of the spectrum, we have the high contrast woman with her dark hair and strong eye color. 

Medium contrast implies just that. No strong jumps in between their hair and eye color, yet they do not have a fair, blended look to them. The hair, skin and eyes might all be neutral in tone. 

Is your hair gray? You have varying levels of contrast as well. 




Your outer level of contrast only plays a small part. It matters the most AFTER you have your seasonal category all sorted out. Dark Winter's palette is a great way to demonstrate this. 

A Dark Winter woman who is blonde or light brown haired loses something in translation if she thinks she belongs in a softer palette, say her tonally close season, Soft Summer. The eyes don't look as crisp and the facial planes look a bit grayed down or fuzzy. Click on this link below in order to see what a "low contrast" Dark Winter looks like. I can guarantee, in the wrong colors, her features and facial margins would not even show up. Can you see from the photo that a softer palette would not be strong enough for her?

When she goes home and assembles her wardrobe, it might look something like this, depending upon her style type. 

"Deep Winter Soft" by expressingyourtruth on Polyvore:


A high contrast Dark Winter would assemble her wardrobe choices differently. She looks better combining her version of white and black together, as she can balance this look, since it mirrors who she is. 

"Deep Winter looks" by sabira-amira on Polyvore:

Polyvore: sabira-amira

Going back to Bright wardrobe choices will look something like this. The lighter and more medium colors of the palette are better suited to me. 


"Clear Spring - dresses" by adriana-cizikova on Polyvore:

My high contrast Bright Spring sister will feel more at home in color combinations like this. :

Medium contrast women who are Bright Springs and Dark are by no means forgotten! Here are some wardrobe ideas and color suggestions for you as well. :

"Bright Spring" by nyrvelli on Polyvore:

The seasonally correct white and black don't show up that much. The colors are all medium to deeper...perfect for a medium contrast coloring in the Bright Spring season. Solid colors on you are where you feel most at home. 

Here is a great Polyvore for a medium contrast Dark Winter. This may be where you naturally gravitate towards when choosing clothing colors for yourself. You more than likely feel a real affinity for your neutrals. 

Deep winter looks:

So many women, post color draping, end up getting a custom color palette done, because the way the Sci/ART palettes are represented does not take into account their natural level of contrast. The 12 palettes represent the lightest, darkest, brightest and softest colors that are possible within that grouping. They show the chromatic confines....not every conceivable possibility. 

If you would rather not be bothered with fussing over your natural level of contrast, it is perfectly OK! The whole point of your color palette is to enjoy putting it together as you wish. Many love to take their colors and go about assembling them in a creative way. Should you want a further refining, match up to who you are on the outside as far as first impressions go. You'll never go wrong!