Monday, December 4, 2017

The Good and Bad Effects Of Colors......Guideposts to Deciding Your Season

Rachel Nachmias of Best Dressed US told me that when it came to deciding one's season, you automatically have a 1 in 12 chance of getting it right. A few fortunate ones hit it on the head the first go round. The rest of us struggle. 

My hope is that, with this post, you won't struggle quite so much. If you don't find your seasonal type right away, you will at least be in the ballpark and will be able to narrow down the choices. 

First, you have to know what the bad effects of color really are. At times, they can be more subtle. At others, they really stand out and make you feel almost a little sick to your stomach, or make you cringe. 

Here is what you do not want to have happen:

1). White mustache and white patches, particularly around the chin and under eyes. This happens quite frequently when colors are too cool. Common with someone who is a warm-neutral or warm season. 

2) Stone-like gray complexion. Common especially in warm seasons.

3) Sallowness. Yellow patches or an overall yellowed appearance like jaundice. The whites of the eyes may even yellow and dull. Frequently seen in those who are cool or cool-neutral. 

4) The iris of the eye becomes less defined. 

5) The margin of the lips can look messy or smeared. 

6) Yellowing or graying of the teeth. 

7) Facial planes blend into one another, making the face look puffy and undefined. This can happen if the colors are too light and muted. 

8) Graying of hair. I realize that your draping will be done with hair covered. Once the hair covering is taken off, you will see how hair may have a gray appearance to it. 

9) Emphasis on crow's feet or lines around the mouth. 

10) Dulling of eye color. 

11) Instantaneous gut reaction that can even make you feel nauseous. 

12) The drape itself may look powdery and dull. Or conversely, the drape can look so bright it will hurt to look at it. 

13) The color in question may make you look and feel tired, sick or depressed. 

14) A "pinching in" of facial features. Everything tends to go to the center. When Bright seasons or Springs wear Winter colors, this is a common effect. 

15) Beards, moles, hyper pigmentation and marks on the skin become more obvious. 

16) The color looks like it is wearing the person. There is no harmony between the person and the drape. 

Second, take a look at the 4 parent seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Narrow it down to that first before looking at the 12 seasons as a whole. You could knock out 4-6 seasonal categories off the bat, because you know you will not look your best in that parent season or any palette with that undertone. 

Using myself as an example, I know that Autumn of any kind is not me at all. Instinctively, it is not a fit for me. I am sure of that 100%. So, that automatically eliminates any Autumn season or it's blends:

Soft Summer
Soft Autumn
True Autumn
Dark Autumn
Dark Winter. 

I also know from experience that True Winter is way too contrasting for me, so I also say goodbye to that one. 

This leaves me with 6 seasons. 

True Summer
Light Summer
Light Spring
True Spring
Bright Spring
Bright Winter. 

2) Take a look at the base tone of the remaining seasons:

 True Summer and Light Summer have mauve as their base tones, along with blue gray, sky blue and rose pink. 
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Light Spring and Bright Spring have clear yellow, pink toned orange and peach as their base tones. Light Spring is very pastel and Bright Spring is vivid. 

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True Spring has grass green, yellow, yellow orange and clear peach as undertones, with clear yellow being the strongest.  

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Bright Winter has the paintbox of red, pink, blue, green and black and white as base colors, with a distinct blue base tone. It is vivid and contrasting. 

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If you see an overall base tone you know you do not look good in, eliminate that seasonal category. 

The base tones of gray, mauve, rose and blue gray are not flattering on me. This is one thing I know from previous experience, so I will have to nix True Summer off the list. 

This leaves me with:

Light Summer
Light Spring
True Spring
Bright Spring
Bright Winter. 

Light Summer and Light Spring contain a lot of pastel colors. Pastels do nothing for me. Furthermore, Light Summer also has that mauve/gray toned base I had a problem with earlier, so Light Summer and Light Spring are gone. 

I am now down to:

True Spring
Bright Spring
Bright Winter

In looking carefully at the base tone of True Spring, I can see it has a lot of yellow added to it. The warm browns it contains won't work on me, since brown of any kind is a menace to my complexion. There is also no pink to be had. I know from previous experience I look great in several shades of pink, so now I am left with:

Bright Spring
Bright Winter

I don't look great in the warmest of the Bright Spring tones, but the coolest and darkest of the Bright Winter colors are also not my best. I have the option of wearing both seasons  to see what looks best on me and can take my time experimenting. At least I know Bright is my "most important thing." 

Have you ever tried this method of deducing your season? Yes, it takes a little bit of time and some thinking in order to narrow it down, but you may indeed find your best seasonal category or categories this way. 

Take a close look at the prevailing undertone of each season. If you know that undertone doesn't work, scratch it from the list and keep moving forward. 



Saturday, November 11, 2017

"Can Colors Be Too Soft.....or Too Bright?"

Being a Soft Summer or Soft Autumn, you may wonder if you can go *too* soft. Finding yourself in the category of Bright Winter or Bright Spring, you may be deep in thought as to whether a color may indeed be too bright for you. 

The entire color spectrum does go much softer and brighter than human coloring allows for. Pushing the boundaries, for the most part, works very well because the color saturation in question is emphasizing who the person is. There are exceptions to everything. 

Take someone who is a True Winter, for instance. They have a very fair skin tone and quite dark hair. Put them in the purest black and the iciest white. Even though their natural pigmentation does not outwardly appear to go to those extremes, the pure black and icy white underscore who they are, and we cannot take our eyes off of that individual. 

Here is a perfect example of this.

A Bright person in neon colors? No one is neon in color, in real life. Bathe that individual in brightness and they look more authentic than anyone else can. 

I love this....sure. The colors are bright, but your eye goes directly to her face and hair.

Here is where things get interesting. When it comes to the Soft seasons, I really do think you can go TOO soft. The effect of color that is too muted or powdery is grayness or dullness to the complexion, less sparkle in the eye and an addition of 10 years to your overall appearance. I feel that Soft Autumn and Soft Summer have complexions that are pretty darned unforgiving, since their color palette is of a low saturation to begin with. HOWEVER.....low saturation of color does not mean NO saturation of color. 

Could this young lady go softer with color? I suspect if she did, we would start losing her. 

This blog post goes much more into detail about Soft Summer's color saturation aspects. This one  delves into the finer points of Soft Autumn, and shows you it's potential. 

My thoughts? Bright seasons are pretty extreme to begin with. That is why they can really push the envelope. Soft seasons don't have much leeway. Anything too this-or-that will have a pronounced negative effect. 

In both cases, going more muted than your palette allows will not be your best choice. The bottom line is....everyone needs a little color, some more than others. 



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Light Spring in the Autumn.

Can we just stare at Light Spring and breathe a sigh of delight? 

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Photo: Elea Blake Cosmetics

Delicate, beautiful, ethereal, magical, clear and friendly. I have a personal affinity for all of the Spring seasons and their blends. Light Spring is no exception. It's just plain pretty!

Now that the seasons of nature are changing, those of you who live North of certain latitudes are contemplating a Fall wardrobe segueing into Winter. Pantone has offered us their up to date fashion color palette:

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Here also is the London version of what is in for Fall 2017:

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2017, London

What colors are going to be good choices? Before I head in that direction, here are my thoughts....

I really like how Pantone has gotten away from the traditional, heavier colors we associate with Fall/Autumn...whatever is proper terminology in your locale. The feeling is much lighter in weight and less shadowy-looking. Some people get very depressed during the change of seasons due to graying skies and lack of sunshine. I think both of these color collections will keep everyone perked up.

If I were a Light Spring, here is what I would examine. (PLEASE NOTE: It seems like when Pantone chooses colors, they get interpreted by designers in many different ways as far as undertone goes. Stay clear rather than browned or muted in this case. )

Grenadine! How I love "lipstick" colors! This color has a bit of an orange "pop" to it. Look for a lip balm or gloss in this shade. You are so fortunate that you can be a makeup minimalist due to your delicate coloring. 

Butterrum could be a good fit as a neutral color, but compare it in person to the rest of your palette. I see a bit of a mauve base to this color. If it is too mauve, it won't be harmonious. 

Shaded Spruce appears on my computer monitor to be a great match for your relatively darker greens. Teal greens like this look very nice on various complexions. Be certain not to go too dark with this one.  

Marina is also another delightful color. Who would not want to see this optimistic looking blue on a day where there is no sun to be seen? I think many Light Springs forget about that bit of Summer in their palette. Marina is a nice reminder. 

Lest I forget about wardrobe basic colors, I think Neutral Gray is a fantastic choice. It is difficult to find warmer grays. This one could end up being a real winner for you. 

Continuing on to the London version of the Pantone Fall 2017 forecast:

Flame Scarlet is STUNNING!!!!! Look for a gloss, lip balm or semi sheer lipstick in this shade. This would be pretty as a blush if you can find it in one of those sheer gel formulas. 

Primrose Pink looks warmer than Ballet Slipper, which is certainly within your realm. I can see this in a knitted angora sweater, a rain coat in some crisp fabric or a fun pair of socks. I happen to like both of these colors for Light Springs, just being cautious that Ballet Slipper does not go too much on the cool side. 

Toast is a really nice neutral color. Just don't go more pink toned than your palette's limits. Some eye shadow this color might make for a really nice all over or transition shade.

Copper Tan appears on my screen like it would mesh quite well with the peaches and peachy neutral colors of Light Spring. If it appears heavy or drab looking next to your colors, give it a pass. Better yet, buy something in this shade for your Soft Autumn sister or friend should it not be a fit for you. 

Lemon Curry would have to be interpreted lighter and fresher looking in order to be a great choice for you. If it is off by even a little bit, that could throw it into Autumn territory, so tread cautiously!

As you can see, the Fall 2017 Fashion Forecast as published by Pantone has a wealth of possibilities for Light Springs, which is so nice for a change of pace. 

Are you a Light Spring looking forward already to...well....Spring 2018?

Click here to see all of the great things coming up!



Your Smart Phone: A Great Tool For Shopping.

Smart phones have come a long way. They used to be these little flip gadgets that took awful photos and did not allow you to get onto the internet with any form of ease. Now, many of us have high tech devices that can do everything from pay bills to comparison shop with digital coupons and scan QR codes. We can even book a ride from Lyft or Uber to get us moving. The Tinder dating app? Well.....only if you are brave. 

Did you ever stop to think that your smart phone can be used to help you do color matching? If you reason to read this article any further. BUT...if you have not, now is a good time to start. 

Owning your color fan is a great first step in getting to know your season. However, fans wear out around the edges and if you have used one for a really long time, it will eventually start fraying unless you have a nice case for it. Fans can easily get makeup and nail polish stains that are next to impossible to remove. (Ask me how I know this! )

The advantages to having a photo of your color palette in your phone:

No fading!
If a stain happens, wipe the glass. 
By having your phone display on the brightest setting, you will get the truest color. 
It will always lie flat against a garment. 

For those of you who are not super tech savvy, please follow these instructions in order to download your color palette into your phone:

Android phones: (PLEASE NOTE: Each phone model will have differences.)

1). Open up your web browser, which will be an app that says "Chrome" or a little purple planet that says "Internet".

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2.) As soon as the browser opens up, type your seasonal category into your address bar, then tap "Go".

3) The next window you will see will show your results. 

4) Tap the blue phrase that says, "Images for bright spring" 
(Using my season as an example)

In my case, the color dot chart comes right up. 

Tap on the color dot chart in order to enlarge it. 

5) Take a screen shot. Each phone model varies as to how this is done. On my particular phone which is a Galaxy Note 5, all I have to do is hold down the Home and Volume button simultaneously to wait for the "click". 

If you are not sure how to do this, please click here.

6) Hit the Home button and go back to the main menu for your apps. Tap "Gallery"

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7) Next, tap on the photo of your color dot chart. 

8) Tap on the photo and look at the bottom screen for a pencil that says "Edit". Tap on the pencil. 

9) On the bottom left you will see a square that says, "Transform", or it may say "Crop". Tap on that. 

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10.) You will see little frames on the corners of your photo. Move them up or down with your fingers until your photo is the size that you want. 

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11.) When you are done, tap the check mark at the bottom of your screen. 

12.) On the upper right hand corner, you will see the word that says, "Save". Tap that. 

You are done!!!

Now, all you have to do is click on your Gallery and the photo of your dot chart will be right there at your finger tips!


1) Click on the Safari app:

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2) Follow Steps #2-#4  above in order to enlarge the dot chart. 

3) Take a screen shot. If you do not know how, please click here.

4) I found these really nice ladies on YouTube that explain in detail how to edit a photo to your liking on Apple devices. Please click here to view the link.

5) Make sure you save your edited photo! :)

6) All you have to do now is click on "Photos" in order to access your dot chart! If you are not familiar with the iPhone "Photos" icon, it looks a bit like this:

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A word on color accuracy:

My suggestion is to make sure your phone display is turned to a setting that will match the brightness of your color fan in person, side by side. If it isn't, you won't get color accuracy at its best. The last thing you want is for your color dot chart to look too grayed or too saturated. 

Is a smart phone photo as good as a fan? In my opinion, I happen to think so. If you follow the instructions in the above paragraph regards lighting, I think you will find your phone to be a valuable tool!



Monday, August 7, 2017

The Difference Between Dark Autumn and Dark Winter

On some individuals, the neighboring neutral seasons are both acceptable palettes to dabble in. One will always be better than the other, but choosing from the "sister" palette won't be a deal breaker. 

For others, it is paramount to stick to their "one best" palette and stay put. In studying both Dark Autumn and Dark Winter, it is easy to discover they are both quite different from one another, despite being neighbors among the 12 seasons. 

Dark Autumn has, at it's core, colors with a base of coffee brown. The lightest color is white with a bit of latte added to it. The darkest color is black with a roasted espresso base. The range of colors never approaches pure black and white. Light colors veer towards medium tones. Everything from roasted cherry, terra cotta, warmed plum, rich turquoise and leafy olive greens can be richly discovered and welcomed. Reds carry with them the richness of their True Autumn sister. Gold and copper are burnished.  

Mental image: Everyone is gathering around the fire for one last song and a sip of cider. The waning sunset and the hooting owl signal that it is time to go inside before the wind gets colder. 

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Dark Winter is much more blued and reddened. The holidays are approaching. The embers of Autumn's fire are just about ready to fade. Even here, white has a touch of charcoal added. The darkest black isn't patent leather shiny. It has texture to it, like a nubby coat or calf skin. The pastels of this palette are icy but not neon. Wine, cranberry, plum toned pinks, chocolate cherry and violet rose exist here. Peppermint greens, blue tones that approach the freezing point, dusty but dark violets and navy as well as rich burgundy find their home. 

Mental image: The harsh, bitter cold evening wind picks up in intensity. The icy lake is beginning to haze over with crystals and the clouds are moving away from a brilliant moon while branches of bare trees begin creaking. 

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Both of these palettes are high on the level of intensity, but not at maximum brightness. With True Winter being at 85% brightness, these two neighbors are at 60-75% brightness. 
Still quite strong, but with a rustic edge to them. 

Any time the Autumn realm is entered into, the ease of finding clothing and cosmetics is heightened. Ask anyone which palettes they like best, and I am willing to wager, Dark Autumn is going to be at the top of the list, followed by Dark Winter, Light Summer and Bright Winter. If you are one of the Dark seasons, cosmetics companies are already in love with your palette, so you will be spending lots of time narrowing down your selections. 

After reading the above, if  you are deciding between these two seasons, try these suggestions:

1) Of the two, Dark Winter will be darker overall and you will be able to handle looks that are very high contrast. Just don't go looking for True Winter's icy blue white and pitch black. 

2) A Dark Autumn won't look her best in black and white. It is just way too blued, harsh and chilly. A creamy off white and a warmed, blackened brown are much more friendly against your face. 

3) Best lipsticks for a Dark Autumn will be bittersweet, terra cotta, warm rich red, deep red orange and coppery plum. 

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4) Best lipsticks for a Dark Winter will be cranberry red, dark red, plum berry, chocolate cherry, red coral, burgundy and wine. 

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5) Dark Autumns look exceptionally well in copper, bronze, deep gold and pewter. Being an Autumn, texture is very flattering, rather than all out shine. Coral, raw emeralds, garnets, jade, topaz, turquoise and warm toned pearls are great choices. 

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6) Dark Winters do have gold in their palette metals, but they fare better in platinum, silver and white gold. A Dark Winter can handle shine a whole lot better than a Dark Autumn can. Rubies, amethyst, sapphire, onyx, marcasites and diamonds have your name on them. 

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7) The differences are quite apparent in wardrobe selections:

Dark Autumn:

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Dark Winter:

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Some colors to try:

A Dark Winter will look really great in pink, blue greens, violet purples and dark navy blue. 

A Dark Autumn will look lovely in a strong olive green, copper red, warmed plum and velvet brown.

I could go on and on delineating the differences between Dark Autumn and Dark Winter. Hopefully, the above images will help you in deciding which color scheme fits you the best. 



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Your Individual Color Range....Are All Of The Palette Colors Flattering 24/7/365?

The human eye is very critical, and not in a bad way. Once you have seen an example of something in a state of perfection, or close to it, anything else is just second best. If you have had a color analysis done correctly and have seen for yourself how brilliant the after effects are, you really won't be able to go back to "before" without feeling an inner sense of discord or even out and out discomfort. 

As I have stated before, your color palette represents the darkest, lightest, warmest and coolest you can go. The 12 Tones color charts were constructed to show what your personal tonal "extremes" look like. They were never meant to be custom color palettes. I liken the color charts to be guideposts, sort of like road signs. 

Let's use Bright Winter as an example. The lightest color is white. In seeing this color in person, there is a slight drop of bright yellow added to it. This is not the "blue white" of True Winter. The darkest shade is an ink black that has a patent leather type of shine to it. The warmest tones are some really great citrus yellows, and the coolest colors are blue violets and bright indigo blue. 

Light Spring is quite different. The lightest color is a soft, warm cloud white that has almost a vanilla ice cream base. The darkest colors are medium warm grays. The warmest contain some light golden "sun ray" yellows and the coolest colors look like the clear blue sky in the latest part of the morning. 

Because of your own individual coloring, your "extreme" shades as shown in your given palette may not be your best. Maybe your cool blues are a little bit too much. Maybe your darkest colors need to be tempered a bit with other colors to break up the effect of a "too dark" overall appearance. It could be the few orange tones or yellows might not work so great, but the cooler range on you is beautiful. All of this depends upon your hair, skin and eye color. How you wear your palette as a blonde may be completely different from your seasonal sister who is brunette with darker eyes. Your style type also comes into play, but that is an entirely different discussion.

Some women kind of get disheartened. They find out, within their palette they can't just wear "all of the lipstick colors" on their lips or cheeks. Only a certain narrow range of eye shadow is harmonious. If that is the case with you, please re-read the first paragraph. What's happened is, your eye has just gotten used to what perfection looks like. 

Another factor comes into play. Maybe you are not the adventurous type and have settled into a "comfort zone" of sorts with your palette. It could be that "all of the lipstick colors" may indeed look very nice on are just used to wearing a certain shade of pink or coral all of the time. A sort of familiarity sets in and "anything different" just seems a bit jarring. There is nothing in the world wrong with staying inside that "zone". If you aren't willing at this time to branch out, you could be missing the beauty of the other side of your palette, thereby unnecessarily  narrowing your choices. 

Then again, you "just know" by having your color draping done, your yellow green, yellow and gold/orange aren't your best, as an example. Or it could be the coolest pinks in the drape set may have been pushing the envelope too much. Those factors do NOT make the entire seasonal categories just means you can't go all the way to that particular boundary as easily as someone else whose coloring differs from yours a bit. Save those colors for accessories or in a print fabric. 

Cosmetics colors, by far, are the trickiest colors to get right on the first try. This article is the best one I have found which is a real help in selecting colors. Patience is also a key. I can tell you this much.....when (not if) you find your most favorite lipstick, eye shadow and blush colors, by all means stock up......because you never know when the Evil Mr. D. (discontinued!!!! AAARGH!!) will rear his ugly head!



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Does Our Coloring Change As We Age? A Missive on the 12 Tones

I found a really interesting video on how our coloring and the usage of our palettes changes as time marches onward. I have a great love for Inside Out Style Blog and this particular video spearheaded a desire to write this post. 

Imogen Lamport has her own color analysis system that she has expanded beyond the 12 seasonal groups. For those that have felt left wanting after having a color draping done, her method might fill in the gaps for you. That aside, let's address a question that comes up. 

"What happens with my color palette when I go gray, my eye color softens and my skin tone naturally cools down? Will it stay the same, or can I expect changes?"

The answer to that is, there is no hard and fast rule. Many people stay the same seasonal category for life. Others do indeed change to either their next cooler neighbor, or a softer toned selection. The below for each seasonal category is merely a suggestion, and not set in stone. Experiment with this as you see fit. 

True Winter: You are a True/Cool season. If you find you are losing pigmentation in your hair, a la going gray or turning white (lucky you!!) chances are good you will stay in the same palette. If you soften down and cannot handle the relatively bright colors of your palette, your best choice will be True Summer. 

Bright Winter: You have always needed intense colors throughout your life. If you were to cool down in your coloring and no longer instinctively feel comfortable in your Bright palette, I would try out True Winter for size. For those of you whose coloring has really softened, Light Summer would be another palette to look at, but this would really be a stretch. 

Bright Spring: I have seen many a Bright Spring, including recently draped later-in-life Bright Springs maintain that brilliance. The only reason why I would say "no" to Bright Winter (a logical place, since it is cooler) is because it is a darker palette and wearing "too dark" colors can be harsh and aging. If you find that your need for color intensity has waned, Light Spring may work very well for you. 

True Spring: Gray or white hair can be a real challenge for a True Spring. Your warm toned wardrobe might not seem like it is a good fit any longer. Light Spring is a really nice next step for you. I would not recommend Soft Autumn as a possibility, because the base tone of Autumn is too heavy. You still need clarity. 

Light Spring: The Light seasons thrive on brightness and delicacy. Should you cool down in your coloring, I would take a look at Light Summer as a distinct possibility, BUT I would stay within the lightness and darkness parameters of your original palette. You have less darkness tolerance than a Light Summer would. 

Light Summer: It would seem an obvious choice that True Summer would be your next go-to, but I find that unlikely. True Summer is markedly darker than you would comfortably handle. Your best solution is to dress and wear your cosmetics as a cool-leaning Light Summer. Your yellows and corals might not be such a good fit, but the cooler berries and pinks may suit you more at this stage of your life than ever before. 

True Summer: If you are that lovely rose-petaled creature of habit that doesn't like change, I think you will be pleased to know, being a True/Cool season means your palette will fit you well for a lifetime. If anything, you may discover your palette looking better on you now that it ever did. Consider yourself very fortunate. 

Soft Summer: Your situation is much like that of True Summer. You likely won't cool down into a True Summer since those colors were a bit too intense and cool on you during your draping. How you use your palette will change. Instead of wearing browns, you may find yourself more comfortable in grays. Your yellows and warmer greens may no longer seem to fit. Experiment as you feel necessary. 

Soft Autumn: I have always felt the Soft seasons were very close sisters. Many neutral toned categories are. If you find yourself drawn to more pinks and blues and feel that your terra cottas and warm nudes just don't jibe, it may be time to visit Soft Summer and see how it works. If it is still a bit too cool, adjust how you use your palette.

True Autumn: You will genuinely have to go by how you feel with this one. Like True Spring, you will have a challenge with your hair turning gray. It may seem like it doesn't fit with your wardrobe quite so well. If your colors seem a little intense and imposing, try out Soft Autumn for size. 

Dark Autumn: I have noticed that Dark seasons maintain their intensity and need for depth throughout their lives. If your coloring has cooled and bittersweet, browned burgundy and red copper don't feel right, Dark Winter would be a nice new start for you. If your coloring has indeed softened to where the depth of Dark Autumn no longer feels right, Soft Autumn may be great new beginning.

Dark Winter: You have a couple of choices. One: you can gravitate towards the cooler end of your palette. There is definitely no harm in that. I recommend that for many people. That being said, if you find your colors feel a bit dark and heavy for you, try out True Winter. Should your coloring really soften down, Soft Summer might be a real possibility. 

At A Glance: 

True Cool seasons: True Summer and True Winter:

Stay within your category. True Winter may indeed soften down to True Summer, but not likely. 

True Warm seasons: True Autumn and True Spring. 

You may step into the category  of a Neutral/ Warm season. 

True Autumn: Soft Autumn
True Spring: Light Spring

Neutral/Warm seasons: Bright Spring, Light Spring, Soft Autumn, Dark Autumn. 

Your next cooler neighbor would be a good place to look, or staying within your tonal category (Neutral/Warm) but going softer or lighter. 

Bright Spring: Light Spring
Light Spring: Light Summer
Soft Autumn: Soft Summer
Dark Autumn: Dark Winter or Soft Autumn

Neutral/Cool seasons: Bright Winter, Light Summer, Soft Summer, Dark Winter:

As above, your next cooler neighbor is a palette to consider. In the case of Light and Soft seasons, I would recommend using your palette differently by selecting the cooler tones available. 

Bright Winter: True Winter
Light Summer: Stay within palette, use your cooler colors more. 
Soft Summer: Stay within palette, use your cooler colors more.
Dark Winter: True Winter. If your coloring really softens, use Soft Summer. 

My hope is that this guide has served as a compass into your next phase of life. Over time, hair for many of us begins to turn silver, salt and pepper or white. Our skin tone tends to become more pink as opposed to the ivory or peach of our younger days. Many of us will keep our palette forever. Others will need to choose something from another color category to better suit us. 

If you have to make a change into a different palette, don't jump in right away with both feet. Take time to experiment until you feel confident you are headed in the right direction.