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. 



Monday, June 19, 2017

Losing Your Level of Contrast: Real Advice on Cosmetics. Part II

Beauty gurus have all kinds of advice on dealing with life after 40/50. I find it odd that most of the ones who give this advice are under the age of 40. They have no first hand knowledge of how to deal with applying cosmetics when you have matured. 

Some of the "rules" are spot on. Others are just ridiculous and need to be ignored. 

Let's get started. 

1) "No sparkle or frost after (insert age here)." 

OK. I completely agree with sparkle on the face. I think it is a pretty editorial type of look, but it comes across as juvenile. If you are over the age of 18, save it for a holiday party. 

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A much better choice are pearl finished eye shadows. Combine them with mattes to soften down the effect. 

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2) "Don't wear matte cosmetics."

I think this is false, especially if you are a Winter influenced season, like Dark Autumn and Dark Winter. You may need to wear a matte lipstick to better define your lip line.

If you are more mature and still have oily skin, that matte foundation you have been depending on will still be something you are in need of. I would change the application. Use a Beauty Blender or sponge to apply it so it doesn't settle into lines and look heavy. 

The one thing I will may have to go a little bit lighter with your lipstick colors. Sometimes that really cool "goth" color you could pull of at 35 might need to be dialed back when you hit your 40's and 50's. 

3) "Don't wear black/liquid eye liner."

This one I agree with, to a degree. If you are or were a brunette True Winter, black may be the only thing that will show up on you! What I don't like is a shiny black finish. It will be harsh and aging, no matter what your seasonal category is. 

I see no reason to stop wearing liquid eye liner, especially if it works for you. Just be very picky about the color. Stay within your seasonal category and you should be just fine. 

4) "Wear a softer lip color after (insert age here)."

This advice drives me nuts!!! I completely understand that our lips change a lot when time marches onward. They get thinner over time and we will see vertical lines appear. You will have to change the formula (e.g., exchange glittery glosses for satin finishes), but PLEASE do not dilute the color tone. Few things look worse on a Bright season than a pinky shade of mauve, as an example. And, no....there are no universally flattering lipstick colors. Save all of the rose and mauve colors for Soft Summers....they are the only ones who will look good in them. 

5) "Do not wear face powder on more mature skin." what do you do when you are 50 and you still have oily skin? What if you want to seal down your makeup so that it has some chance of staying during the day?

Personally, I avoid pressed powders. They are way too cakey looking and heavy. I wear a thin veil of loose face powder to combat shine. (My personal fave is Cover Girl Professional loose powder.) Use a big, soft powder brush with loose face powder. It won't settle into lines and will also turn down the glow. 
CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder Trasnlucent Fair 105

If your skin is drier, than by all means skip the powder if you are able to. 

6) "No waterproof mascara after (insert age here)."

Lashes do tend to thin out over time. I don't personally think waterproof mascara is an evil thing. If you live in a humid environment (think coastal Texas or Florida in July), then waterproof mascara is a must!!! Just be a bit more gentle at removing it. Use a lash rebuilder at night, like this one from Majestic Pure. 

7) "Toss the gloss, and if you DO wear it, go for a color close to your skin tone." 

I don't agree with this, either. Some women who are lighter seasons (True Spring, Light Spring, Light Summer) do better in lip gloss than they do in actual lipstick. I do not like really shiny patent leather types of glosses on anybody, regardless of age. I would look for a thicker gloss formula and avoid the really thin "roll on" types. 

As for the "wear a nude shade" advice....NO. Nude lips do not look good on anyone, unless you are a Soft Autumn or Soft Summer. Even then, you have to choose the right shade. 

8) "Powder blush is a no-no."

Again, not entirely true. It depends upon your skin type. Blanket advice is to avoid using powder blush because it can settle in fine lines. This may be a fact for some and not for others. Whatever you do....please don't fall for the advice you need a "pop of color" on your cheeks if your seasonal category demands you wear something softer in tone. Not everybody looks great in a Light Spring pink or peach. 

9) "Don't put mascara on your lower lashes."

I got this advice in my early 40's. I never liked the look of it. My eyes looked like I didn't finish the job. I think that you can soften the look with maybe a coat of mascara instead or two or three. It will balance your eye shape better than if you didn't put anything there. 

10) "No heavy concealer after (insert age here)."

You may feel you need a heavy concealer. The key to this is application and choosing the right shade. Use a Beauty Blender or other sponge or light touches with your fingertip. You will still get the coverage you want without it being cakey. 

Some things I highly suggest you DO:

1.) A good skin care routine.

This is the time in your life where an esthetician or spa technician with a medically based background can get you on the right pathway. 

One thing I will say....exfoliation at this stage of the game is crucial. You don't want flakey, dry skin to cause cosmetics application to be more of a challenge than necessary. If you prefer to DIY this, Paula's Choice products have gotten rave reviews. Don't forget your lips, either! A gentle lip scrub will make lipstick application far easier. 

2.) Be mindful of your lashes and brows. 

These are two things that tend to change shape and thin over a period of time. You don't have to spend a lot of money on growth serums with side effects, either. I would look on Makeup Alley for product reviews to point you in the right direction. Just remember, whatever you use, you will have to use for the long haul as hair goes through three growth cycles that last from a few weeks to a few months. 

3.) If your seasonal category is still working for you, stick with it. If not, now may be the best time for a redrape.

Most women don't have to worry about this, especially if you are a True Cool season to begin with. However, if you are having particular challenges with your palette, now may be a great time for a revisit. 

4.) Think about growing out your hair color, if you are ready to go for it. 

I have seen many women go "au naturel" and it ends up looking better and more youthful than their previously dyed hair color. True, not everyone is ready to take this step and it can be a big transition...but the change can end up being worth it!

I hope you enjoyed the two parts to this series. Since I have just turned 50 recently, much of this advice is something I am much more seriously considering. 

Turning the corner into a new decade is indeed a blessing. Embrace this and know that to get to this stage in life is a precious privilege not everyone gets to experience. 



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Losing Your Level of Contrast...What Happens When We Go Gray. Part I-Palette Colors

During the transition between our regular, pigmented hair and when our hair goes white or gray, we have the false illusion of losing our natural level of contrast. It can be a frustrating experience because how we used to see ourselves has changed radically. The truth is, as our hair changes our skin tone also changes. That brown or dark blonde hair that looked so nice on us 20+ years ago might in reality be too harsh for us right now. 

Taken from advice I learned a long time ago from Bernice Kentner who developed Color Me A Season, here is how to get used to a whole new color scheme. 

Consider that you may have actually changed seasons. This does not happen to everyone, but it can happen to some women. When your hair and skin tone change, you might drop into the next seasonal category cooler:

If you are a Dark Winter, your cooled down skin tone and gray or white hair may shift you into the True Winter palette. Dark Winter colors may look a little too browned on you. 

True Winters look beautiful in their gray or white hair. You might not feel as comfortable in your red or yellow any longer, but at this stage of the game, your remaining colors will look stunning. 

Bright Winters might not feel so good in their lime greens, yellows, corals or warmer reds. The intensity of the palette may feel like it is a "little too much". That being the case, True Winter would be the next logical place to go. Should your coloring soften, Light Summer would be worth trying. 

Bright Springs may do better with the cooler end of their palette and move away from using the yellows, yellow greens, rusts and more orange colors. Borrow from Bright Winter if you have to, but remember that Bright Winter is darker overall. If your coloring really softens down, experiment with Light Spring. 

True Springs are the ones that, for the most part, retain a warm hair color even later in life. Your gray may look like a very light blonde. If you find your coloring has softened and lightened a bit, a move to Light Spring may be prudent. 

Likewise, if you are a Light Spring and have transitioned to gray or white, experiment with Light Summer in order to see if it works for you. The darker end of it might be a little bit too dark for your delicate complexion to handle. 

Since True Summer is markedly darker overall than Light Summer, it is unlikely that you will switch to it. As per Bright Spring, center your Light Summer wardrobe and cosmetics around the cooler end of your palette. 

True Summers are a True Cool season and will likely stay in that palette for life. You may look better in your colors at this stage than ever before. Move away from mauve browns and use your grays and navy colors as neutrals. 

I have found that Soft Summers going gray stay pretty true to their palette. Soft Autumns, on the other hand, may indeed find that Soft Summer may be a better fit as they go gray. 

True Autumns have some really gorgeous gray hair that looks very striking against their palette. However, if the colors seem a little harsh for you, Soft Autumn may be a great place for you to start over. 

Dark Autumns retain their contrast well into later years. If you feel the warmer end of your palette is not as comfortable as it once was, or if the whole color scheme feels off, try Dark Winter. let's say your seasonal category has not changed at all. If anything, you had a draping done again and everything has stayed the same. It may be frustrating to hear that, BUT how you use your palette will change. 

1) You may have gathered this from reading the above, but your neutrals will change. Your browns and beige might not be so great any longer. Make the switch to gray, navy, your version of black and white. 

2) The warmer colors of your palette, like yellow, orange, peach, yellow green and gold might not be as nice on you as before. Try working with the cooler end of your palette, even if you have never done so before. 

3) The high contrast seasons are:

True Winter
Dark Winter
Dark Autumn
Bright Winter
Bright Spring

If you are one of these seasonal categories, keep dressing in a high contrast manner. Even though your hair may be lighter, there are still strands of your darker color entwined where you may not be aware. Wearing your clothing in a high contrast manner will make your hair come to life and it will look more three dimensional.  You may find that wearing bright or dark eye glass frames gives you balance and helps accentuate your contrast level. 

Even as we age, our eyes retain their level of contrast unless we get cataracts. There are few things less flattering than wearing clothing that is too muted or drab for us. It will dull our eyes and make our skin tone look either ashen or dirty. If you were formerly in your youth a high contrast person, continue to dress in that manner. Your eyes will look much more crisp and sparkling. 

The Medium to Low contrast seasons are:


True Spring
True Summer
True Autumn

Medium contrast is one of those enviable looks that not everyone can carry off. You are the one that has the world's greatest "mix and match" wardrobe. By using your lightest palette lights and your darkest palette darks as neutrals, you will create visual interest while not appearing too harsh. 


Light Summer
Light Spring
Soft Summer 
Soft Autumn

If you are a Light or Soft season, trying to create contrast that was never there to begin with will be incredibly aging. Don't go there. Your Light and Soft colors will put a glow on your complexion. A more harsh combination may erase or harden your features. As per above, Lights and especially Softs have ease in creating a fantastic mix and match wardrobe. 

Everyone is individual regarding the adjustments we have to make. I am hopeful that the above suggestions point you in the right direction!



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

True Summer Makeup List-High End/ULTA

True Summer has the most challenging time shopping for cosmetics. Most colors available as of right now have neutral bases to them, or they are quite intense. That is what is "in fashion". Things contain too much blue or red, putting them in the True Winter category, or other items have a more browned base that places them in Soft Summer.

When examining each of these shades carefully, I placed an image of  the True Summer dot chart on my smart phone and drew from my own knowledge of the palette based on previous associations.

Lipsticks, liquid lipsticks and balms:

Mally Beauty H3 Gel lipstick in Hibiscus

Lorac Pro Liquid Lipstick in Wisteria
Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color in Magenta
Lorac Alter Ego lipstick in Cat Lady
Lorac Alter Ego lipstick in Pageant Queen

Stila Stay All Day Matte lipstick in Soiree
Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Aria
Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Bacca

Buxom Full On Lip Cream in Berry Blast
Buxom Shimmer Shock lipstick in Supercharged
Buxom Full Bodied lipstick in Swinger

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Madison

Too Faced Melted in Melted Berry
Too Faced Melted Matte in Bend and Snap
Too Faced Melted Matte in Unicorn
Too Faced Melted Matte in Jawbreaker

Tarteist Lip Paint in Fly
Tarteist Lip Paint in Twerk

Butter London lipstick in !!!
Butter London lipstick and polish in Bodacious

Lipstick Queen in Saint Hot Rose
Lipstick Queen liquid lipstick in Decadence

Smashbox Always On liquid lipstick in Shockaholic
Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Publicist Matte

Urban Decay Vice liquid lipstick in Menace
Urban Decay Vice liquid lipstick in ZZ
Urban Decay Vice liquid lipstick in WSM
Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Bittersweet
Urban Decay Vice lipstick in PDA
Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Alpha

Julep It's Balm in Magenta Plum Crème
Julep It's Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in XOXO
Julep It's Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Pucker Up

Fiona Stiles liquid lipstick in Thrasher


Blush colors are next to impossible to find. Everything is either too browned or too warm with gold flecks. Both of these shades are a bit of a compromise. I think Rose Parade will probably be closer to True Winter....use a light hand.

L'Ancome Blush Subtil in Rose Parade
Fiona Stiles Soft Cheek Veil in Pomander Walk


It is difficult to find a cool toned highlighter since everything is so blessed WARM or earthy. This one did not perfectly match the True Summer palette, but it is champagne based with a cool iridescent undertone to it that I think is beautiful.

Stila Transcendence cream highlighter

Eye liner pencils:

Grays are either too warm, too browned or just wrong. The other eye liner pencils were too intense, leaning Winter. I thought these two looked great against the palette.

Stila Indigo eye liner
Stila Teal eye liner

The red herring of the bunch was eye shadow. At this point, my eyes were about ready to cross from doing all of the swatching and cross checking I needed to do in order to compile this list. I can tell you honestly....I did not see one single eye shadow collection that would work. Everything is either too browned, grayed, shiny or warm. You will have to bring your swatch book with you and purchase single shadows.

CAVEAT: Please, for the love of all that is good, swatch these colors to your True Summer fan before purchasing. Don't take my word for any of the above until you see everything with your own two eyes under the truest lighting you can find.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Makeup Basics For Soft Summer

If you have read my blog for any length of time, I  mentioned before that Soft seasons have the easiest time shopping for cosmetics. I think, in many cases, the choices are absolutely mind boggling. It is better to go for quality over quantity, so if your beauty budget will allow, be willing to spend extra and have a smaller selection of good products rather than a larger collection of mediocre quality ones. 

(CAVEAT: Please swatch these to double check. All colors are subject to availability and may be discontinued at any time. )

Let us start with the eyes. 

One of my all time favorite one-stop-shop eye shadow collections for Soft Summer is the Urban Decay Naked 3 collection:

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Soft Summers can get away with some depth. I also think the Urban Decay Smoky collection is a great option. Some of the shadows run a little on the warm side, but I do not find that to be a deal breaker. 

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There is no shortage of blush for a Soft Summer. Many women think they can get away with mauve or rose on their faces, since they are popular colors, but only you look your best in them. I think IT Cosmetics Ombre blush in Sugar Plum is gorgeous:

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Bobbi Brown also has a fantastic selection of softer shades made just for you. (Please note, Desert Rose has been discontinued and Pale Pink may be too bright):

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The list of lipsticks can go on for literally ages and ages. Soft seasons have the characteristic of drop dead elegance that no other seasonal categories can replicate in the same way. I think that is why so many women are drawn to those colors. 

Where to begin?

How about the Tarte limited edition lipstick vault? I is pricey, but I think you would only have to give away as gifts a few shades and keep the rest for yourself with ease. Lots of mixing and matching options abound.

You have everything from nudes to deeper more dramatic colors. Keep in mind....Soft Summer can take some depth. 

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NARS has some beautiful ones as well. Anna, Anita, Bridgette and Audrey would be worth your while checking out. If you have never tried NARS lipsticks, the formula is the cat's pajamas. 

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Prefer something more glossy? Butter London has a TON of options. Just about every shade available in this collection will work for you, with the exception of Come to Bed Red, Jaffa, La Moss and Snog. 

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If you have been draped a Soft Summer, choosing cosmetics will be easy.....maybe even a little too easy! Have fun trying out different formulas and enjoy!