Dark Autumn-Dark Winter
Bright Winter-Bright Spring
Light Spring-Light Summer
Soft Summer-Soft Autumn
And, why not? Your neighbor season's palette may really catch your eye!
No secret here.....many of you who are long-time readers of my blog know that Bright Winter was my eye candy, along with Light Summer....there is a certain something about the cool neutral seasons mixed with Spring that I am in complete love with. Add in the drama of Winter, and I'm sold!
So.....what happened when I decided to experiment with my long time love, Bright Winter?
I was inadvertently pushing aside crucial differences of the neighboring palettes, reasoning that going a little off-center would be "no big deal". Here is what has to be remembered....
1) One of the two neutral "sister" seasons is always darker.
The other is always lighter. Note how Bright Spring looks sunnier. Bright Winter has more depth, courtesy of True Winter.
2) One of the two neutral "sister" seasons has more yellow added. The other contains more blue and red. See how Soft Summer has True Summer's blue and rose pink as an overlay, while Soft Autumn has a healthy dose of True Autumn's ochre yellow added to it.
3) One season will have a greater level of value contrast, which is the distance between pure black and pure white. The other will not be as contrasting. Dark Winter goes very close to dark, inky black and pure white. Dark Autumn approaches only as far as an oyster white and a deep espresso browned black.
4) One seasonal category will be slightly more clear and bright. The other will be just a little bit softer. The difference in clarity is subtle, but it does exist....again, because one palette contains more primary yellow and/or red than the other. The closer to Summer or Autumn, the more muted it will be. The closer to Winter or Spring, the brighter it will be.
So....what went wrong in my case?
1) Darkness. Because I am predominantly Spring, I have less of a darkness tolerance than does someone who is a bona fide Bright Winter. It is very easy for shadows to be cast onto my face in an unflattering manner, which is common with Spring seasons or Spring season blends in general.
2) I need yellow for balance. Too much blue is aging and makes me look a bit oxygen deprived. Bright Spring turns on my inner "light" and I get a glow from it that Bright Winter does not provide.
3) Bright Spring has contrast to it, but not to the degree that Bright Winter does. Too much value contrast on me reads as very harsh and unfriendly looking. It also puts 10 years on me.
4) Both Bright Winter and Bright Spring are indeed bright, but going back to point #2, I need that extra bit of sunshine.
Bright Winter is more intense, due to the addition of red and blue into the palette. That intensity on me makes me look unapproachable. The lighting in both photos varies, but the effect can still be seen.
Whether you should experiment with your neighbor or "sister" season or not is indeed a personal choice. Sometimes, if you are in need of Winter clothing, or there are few selections in the stores, you may have to purchase something less than ideal. It happens, and life is not perfect...which is the beauty of it.
The most important thing is to always make it a point to wear cosmetics that are as close to correct as possible. This can many times offset a color you may have to wear that isn't in your personal rainbow.