Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Reader Request: Bright Winter vs. Bright Spring-An In Depth Comparison

This is likely an encore article I have written about a while back. If this sounds like a repeat of sorts, please forgive me for the repetition, but I am writing this again after learning more about the difference between both of these palettes. The bulk of my experimentation with color has been between Bright Winter and Bright Spring. Let's revisit these palettes:

In looking at Bright Winter, we can see slightly warmer versions of True Winter's red, yellow and blue. Black and white are not as pure. They look more crisp and brilliant in this selection of colors. The first rays of sunshine are apparent, yet everything is decidedly more contrasting and clear. Sharp grays, very jewel-like icy tones, brilliant reds, hot pinks, fuchsia, clear but cold purples, vibrant blues, wintergreens, cobalt blues, navy and intense blue blacks all comprise this part of the rainbow. 

Bright Spring is quite different. It is closer and higher to the sun. The palette is not as contrasting and stark as Bright Winter. 

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There is not as much red or blue in this palette as Bright Winter. Colors range from a clear ivory white to a warmed black. Light warm grays, clear navy, icy but warmed pastel colors, yellows, bright gold, clear orange, many hot pinks, brilliant salmon pink, hot fuchsias, bright kelly greens, clear pool blues and blue greens, along with vibrant medium violet purples are the core of this palette. Not shown here are reds. Bright Spring reds have some orange and pink added to them, rather than the closer-to-primary reds Bright Winter has. 

Courtesy of Invent Your Image , here are some wardrobe collages that will help illustrate the differences:

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Bright Spring has a warmer, fresher look. Bright Winter by comparison looks icy cool and more contrasting as well as jewel toned. Bright Spring has a tendency to look more carefree and light while Bright Winter carries with it an air of formality. 

All this being said, how can you tell if you are a Bright Winter vs. Bright Spring?

1) Bright Winters have more contrast. They can get away with wearing black and white prints together, even if they are blondes. Bright Springs will find that black and white is too harsh on them and does not feel as comfortable. 

2) A Bright Spring's white is a clear ivory and it is so pretty on them. Bright Winters do well in a cooler very bright white, though not as blue toned as True Winter. 

3) Opaque lipstick formulas work better on a Bright Winter. Bright Springs may find that opacity sometimes looks heavy, solid and harsh. 

4) Bright Springs will look 10 years older and not as approachable wearing Bright Winter cosmetics. By contrast, Bright Winters will be yellowed and sallow around the edges with Bright Spring cosmetics. A great test is black eye liner. Though not foolproof, a Bright Winter can wear a shiny black eye liner. Bright Springs will find that dominating. 

5) Bright Springs can wear red, but their red has to be lighter and either have some pink added or a bit of yellow to create a poppy red or a warmer hot pink. Bright Winters have more leeway in choosing reds, since true red is a base tone of their palette. They can wear a bright true red all the way to a fuchsia red.  

6) Bright Winters can take two of their darkest colors and combine them together without too much trouble.  Even if a Bright Spring combines their darkest colors together, the effect is a bit heavy and solid on them and needs to be broken up with a lighter blouse or shiny jewelry. 

7) All solid black on a Bright Winter is not necessarily a bad thing. Bright Spring needs to show some skin or break up the wall of black with a scarf or accessories. 

8) Bright Springs can go wild with fun prints if their personality so allows. Bright Winters might find that bold prints are at odds with their comfort level. 

9) Bright Winters can wear all out spangly glamour better than anyone else. Bright Springs do much better in a spray or sprinkling of glitter and shine. Bright Winter can wear some pretty glitzy jewelry. Bright Springs for the most part do well in smaller, less substantial pieces depending upon body type and size. 

10) Chances are good, if you are a Bright Winter, the silver drape may be a little bit cool on you, but flattering enough to carry it. If you are a Bright Spring, the silver drape will not look good on you at may put white patches on your face. Gold will be too warm, but it will be much better on you than silver. 

My hope is that these comparisons can help you choose between Bright Spring and Bright Winter, They are indeed close sisters, but True Spring reigns supreme over the one while True Winter has a stronger influence over the latter. 



Monday, October 29, 2018

True Spring vs. Bright Spring: An In Depth Comparison.

The first foundation of the color wheel is True Winter. It contains all three primary colors of red, yellow and blue along with pure black and stark white. The next season on the 4 True Season axis is True Spring, radiating a friendly, positive outlook:

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My first thought at looking at this palette is , sunny, optimistic, bright and happy. There is a feeling of looking at color through clear, shiny glass twinkling in the rays of daylight. There is no white or black...cream ivory and warm nutty gray are the lightness to darkness boundaries. Yellows, yellow greens, melons, yellow orange, warm red, clear greens, warm teals and pure violet make up the beauty of this palette. Gold is the only flattering metal. I believe some True Springs can also wear rose gold, but on others that may be too pink. 

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Bright Spring is quite different. The level of contrast is significantly  higher. Notice how the colors are cooler. Icy without being completely frozen over. A clear light ivory white and a warm black represent the distance in color contrast. Yes, there are some yellows and yellow greens, but there are also deeper warmed grays, clear navy, warmed pastel tones, orange, lots of hot pinks, bright leafy greens, warmed teals, bright blues and clear violets that are more intense and deeper than what True Spring has to offer. 

The biggest difference between the palettes is color intensity. True or Pure Spring is on the brighter side. Bright or Clear Spring is dialed all the way up. 

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How can you tell if you are a True Spring vs. Bright Spring?
I feel like the Shibboleth test on that is simply one color: Pink. True Springs do not look their best in pink. Salmon is a great color on them. The neutral/cool pinks are too intense and chilly looking. Have you ever had a too-cool color make your un-made up face look like you are wearing a mustache of milk? That is a pretty good indication that a color may be too full of blue undertones for you to balance. 

Another color True Springs have a tough time with is silver metals. The face turns ashy gray and loses all life. Yes...this effect can happen to a Bright Spring as well, but on a True Spring, that silver drape is the kiss of death to their lively complexion. Even a shiny silver metal just won't mesh with their skin tone. 

As mentioned before, intensity plays a role. A Bright Spring needs to wear her colors dialed up high. Brilliant, warm neutral jewel tones are the wheelhouse of the woman who can carry them. True Springs do need brightness, but they don't do well with any Winter drama added to them. 

Clear, warm browns and tans look very nice on a True Spring not just as eye shadows but clothing neutrals. As you can see on the Bright Spring palette, brown is not a big player. It is a more muted color by nature and Bright seasons don't do muted anything. 

Yellows and yellow greens are some of True Spring's best shades. Many a Bright Spring might have problems wearing those colors, including orange, because there just isn't the drop of blue or pink added that they need for balance. 

True Springs won't look so great in neon colors. It is too much. A Bright Spring might still be a bit overwhelmed by them as they are beyond natural human coloring, but if anyone can wear a neon pair or sneakers or a t shirt/athletic wear, Bright Spring and Bright Winter can step into the gym and look amazing. 

Take a look at these collages by True Colour International for inspiration and as a form of comparison. These colors represent the warmer end of both palettes, but definitely illustrate the differences:

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Notice how True Spring looks like it is "closer to the sun" and Bright Spring is much more full of pigment and shine. 

Here are two other perspectives from Invent Your Image

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Both palettes are certainly beautiful, but True Spring's choices are what we imagine when running through a flower garden at high noon. Bright Spring still has an inviting warmth but the cocktail hour drama is quite apparent. 

Notice also that True Spring is as light as air and refreshing without being too hot. Bright Spring is the chill that is just beginning to melt in the early morning before the day begins. 

Another thing to be aware of.....Bright Springs sometimes have to build colors up on their face when wearing cosmetics in order to get the intensity they want. True Springs don't do so well in opaque finishes and fare better in clear or watercolor forms of applications. Bright Springs can take some darkness and depth to a degree. They won't look horrible in black, though it may not be their best color by a long shot. True Springs will look their absolute worst in black and need to avoid it like the plague.

I hope this helped you out in determining whether you may be a True or Bright Spring. All three Springs are delightful seasons that radiate joy. However, all three have requirements of hue, chroma and value that are unique unto themselves. 



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jen Thoden: Discover Your Color Style

If you have dabbled at all in color analysis, chances are pretty good you have DIY'ed it quite a few times. If you are wanting to try another DIY method at home, I highly recommend Jen Thoden's I have tried many other online "find your season" quizzes, and they fall pretty flat. Jen's is a really big help and the process is very well explained. 

Her method is easy and cost effective. You can glean a LOT of free information from her website and YouTube channel, or take a look at her shop and see what kind of tools interest you.  You start out with two main color wheels. There is one that is Bright and one that is Soft.  

Jen believes it is easier to choose between Bright and Soft first......THEN worry about tonal values and darkness and lightness later. The reason being? If you have figured out brightness vs. softness, you are already 75% of the way there. If you sign up for the free color quiz through your email, this article pops up and gives you the first step.

What I really love is she is SO willing to share her knowledge on YouTube with everyone and she gets you thinking. Many other analysts keep things shrouded in a bit of mystery. I don't feel like Jen does that...her method is very transparent. Furthermore, she is very welcoming and inviting with her online persona. It makes you feel so much more at ease in a process that can sometimes be anything but fun. If at any point you get a bit stuck, scroll through her YouTube library for some great answers. 

The one thing I have discovered in the classic 12-Tones method is a disregard for your natural level of contrast. I never have believed a dark haired, light skinned True Winter wears her colors the same way her blonde sister does, as an example. I really feel that your natural level of contrast makes a big difference in how you put together your wardrobe, even your cosmetics. If you know you've been placed into your correct season but feel like certain colors in your fan are either too dark or too light, that's no mistake. Your hair color and skin tone really DO matter. 
Discover Your Color Style takes that into account. 

If you already know your seasonal category and would like to purchase another fan, no problem! She has an entire array of them available. Simply click on the"by season" tag and it will take you to her store. However, I must give you the head's up that in her system, don't be surprised if you might have to purchase a fan from a slightly different category. For Mom would need the Bright, Warm and Medium fans. I would do better in Bright, Warm and Light. The key here is going more by your outer appearance and hair color. 

I could make this post about ten pages long going on and on about all of the info Jen has on her web page. Should you be one of the many who have tried to shoe horn yourself into the 12 Tones method and have found it wanting, Discover Your Color Style might be the thing that works best for you. 



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Light Spring Makeup......Some Ideas.

Shopping for cosmetics can be a challenge for Light Spring because the trend right now is for heavier colors. If I were a Light Spring, here is what I would do:

1) There are a lot of good neutral colors in the Light Spring palette. I would find one or two eye shadow kits with those shades.

2) Be willing to do some mix-ology. I would purchase some lipstick that is too pigmented initially and either wear it as a stain or blotted and layered over with lip gloss. Apply with a lip brush over balm.

3) Transparency is your friend. Try to avoid matte or opaque anything.

4) Mix moisturizer with foundation, or use BB or CC cremes.

5) Nude lip liner to keep glosses and balms from feathering should be a mainstay in your kit.

6) Since a little bit goes a long way on you, be mindful of the makeup brushes you use. Natural bristles pick up much more color than artificial bristles do. I love Eco Tools brushes and IT Cosmetics. You can control powder better with these.

7) Eye liner will be your toughest find along with mascara. Use powder eye liner for a softer, lighter look. You may have to settle for brownish black mascara since brown can be hard to come by.

8) Brands to look at:

Too Faced
Urban Decay
Wet and Wild

9) A little bit of sparkle or a pearl finish is pretty and will look good with your coloring. Highlighting powder can be used in a very light veil on your face to keep from looking too matte and flat.

Within the next two days I will be going to Sephora and Ulta to share my finds. I have a True Colour International Light Spring fan, so it is off to the races!



Monday, August 6, 2018

Makeup Window Shopping

I enjoy looking around at Ulta to see what is new. Many times, makeup palettes are not cohesive. There are always one or two colors that just don't jibe. In these cases, I think the color selections are pretty good. I feel that the color palettes for Summer 2018 are heavier than in season's past. Then again, Fall 2018 is right around the corner, so it is no surprise that colors are getting deeper and richer.

First up is Juice Beauty creme blush. If you are a Soft Autumn, take a look at these. They are so pretty, and great for dry skin.

Next up are these nude collection eye shadows from Bare Minerals. Soft Autumn to True Autumn wins this round.

Urban Decay's newest palette is going to be a real winner for Dark Autumns.

Morphe's offering this season includes a palette that is going to be mostly pretty great on a True Autumn. Just mind the royal blue and cool greens.

Are you a Soft Summer who does better in lighter colors? Maybelline has some great eye shadows to choose from.

 I really love this Lemonade Craze palette for Light Springs. I think it is darned near perfect.

L.A. Girl cosmetics has a shadow palette on the left for Soft Summer and a grape toned one I think will work for True Summer.

UD knocks one out of the park for True Autumn.

 Here we have some UD lip gloss.These really cool toned grape shades may be great choices for a True Winter who has an edge.

These shades, also from UD are great for just about every Spring season:

Dose of Colors has a great range of shades I hope they expand. The Brights have maybe one or two choices, but if you are Soft Autum, Soft Summer or Dark Winter , you will have lots to choose from.

New from UD. These are lip mousses and I think Dark Winters will love mixing and matching with these.

L.A. Girl lipsticks. Dark Winters hit pay dirt here.
Here is the nude lipstick end of Dose of Colors. Their formula for liquid lipstick is by far the best one I have worn, even though they only have one coral color that will work for me. Wah!

I will be taking more photos in the future and sharing my finds. I apologize in advance for not typing in exact color names since I am doing this via mobile. Hopefully by next month, the PC will be online!



Monday, July 2, 2018

On Being Bright Spring....Four Years Later

This month it will be 4 years since I have visited Invent Your Image for a color analysis. The biggest lesson I took from my session was, I never would have figured it out on my own. Bright Spring was the very last category I would have chosen for myself. Even though I amassed quite a bit of knowledge, I was myopic in my own view of what I saw in the mirror. Lisa K. Ford showed me a whole new way of looking at things and my perspective was forever changed.

                                  Photo: Copyright 2014

Here is how things have evolved since then:

I don't wear anywhere near the amount of makeup I used to. All I need is foundation, powder, blush, a good mascara and some lipstick. No more concealer, eye shadow, liner or anything else. If I am having a good skin day, the foundation bottle gets put aside.

I can much better see when something is not a fit for me color or style wise. It is an immediate judgment. Many times I can walk right through a store and know at first look whether I will find something or not.

Black will likely always be a part of my wardrobe, especially due to my profession. On my days off, I enjoy color!

The range of makeup colors I can wear is narrow, from a warm pink to poppy red and coral. Knowing this has saved me time and money.

Getting dressed in the morning is MUCH easier.

I'm not meant to be any kind of redhead. It is such a pretty range of colors on the right complexion, but too far away from what I was given naturally. Blonde highlights are perfectly fine. I am better off not veering too far from what I was born with.

How I wear my jewelry has simplified. I wear 3 pairs of gold/stainless stud earrings and three small rings. Sometimes I do wear a necklace, but taking a cue from Light Spring I prefer delicacy and a little sparkle as opposed to decadent jewels.

Solid colors were a safety zone for me. It took a while, but I am no longer afraid of patterns.

I don't obsess over finding my colors any longer. Not at the cool end or warm end of Bright Spring, but right in the middle is my zone.

My interest in cosmetics (still fun!) has dwindled down into replenishing the necessities. The newest latest and the greatest does not interest me unless it fits my palette.

If MAC discontinues Fusion Pink lipstick, I will cry!

Collecting different palettes has paid off. My Indigo Tones plume fits me like a glove.

Above all else, finding my color category has made me feel so much more at peace. Sometimes it is a little frustrating to discover that choices are few and far between, but seasons are ever changing and there are good things to be had just around the corner.

If you wish to contact Lisa K. Ford for a consultation AND visit her beautiful new space located in the cigar factory section of Tampa, please visit her website.



Sunday, July 1, 2018

And I Am Back: Book Review: Return to Your Natural Colors 2nd Edition

An unexpected job change. Family illness. A major remodeling project complicated by black mold and being displaced from my home for 7 months. This has been my reality since November and things came to a head in February. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and the sun is indeed shining brighter each day. Such explains my absence.

A welcome respite to all of this is my love of reading. Christine Scaman's new book, "Return to Your Natural Colors" the Second Edition was the happiest thing to land in my PO Box for quite some time. I was in for a surprise. It is not the same as the original. Yes, there are similar passages as in the first, but for the most part this is an entirely new publication, greatly expanded. Since the First Edition, it is obvious that Christine has grown so much in her understanding of the 12 seasons. She shares this knowledge generously.

This is not the kind of book to read in a flash cover to cover, but rather one you savor in bite sized pieces. In classic Christine fashion, the language is poetic with the intention of fully engaging your imagination, which it does successfully. Even with reading a chapter many times, a new idea can be gleaned. It is much like looking at a delightful curio shelf and seeing a figurine or detail you missed out on so many times before. You likely will not find your season, but "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments are all but guaranteed.

My advice to get the most of this new book:

1) Read the Preface and Introduction. They open the curtains and shine a spotlight on what really is a "guided tour of personal color analysis." Also, don't miss out on the first four chapters: Appearance With Impact, 12 Seasons, Essential Elements and Your PCA. Should you decide to get a PCA, this book will serve as a great foundation and let you know exactly what to expect during your session.

2) Understand how the chapters are organized:


Time of Day

Season Relationships

Being Your Season

Natural Settings


Color Vocabulary

Season Snapshot

Wearing Your Season


Hair Color

Men's section


Each chapter is quite lengthy, which is great because there is so much information packed inside, one reading is not enough. You will vividly see in your mind's eye the variety and beauty of your color category. If you are looking for new ideas or some clarification, reviewing that chapter will be of assistance.

3) If you go right to the chapter of your seasonal category and block out the others, you are missing the whole picture. I find it very important to read the chapters just before and directly after your color type. You will gain a better perspective as to how your palette came to be. Your knowledge of color theory will be enhanced. A good knowledge of color theory can really be a big help in putting together a great outfit in pleasing proportions, for starters.

4) Don't think of the First Edition as wrong..,.simply see the Second Edition as a magnification of those principles with a greater eye to detail.

5) Enjoy the Seasonal Snapshots. They are the most fun part of the book and will give you some insight.

6) Use the Color Wheels and Palettes as rough guidelines, not literal matches. They are there as a tool to see how colors relate to one another and to differentiate each category as a unique entity.

RTYNC #2 is 457 pages crammed tight with a comprehensive and updated view of Kathryn Kalisz's reinvention of the seasonal spectrum. If you are a serious student of color and style, having Christine's book in your library should be a requirement.

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