Color Seasons

Color Seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – are used to break down cool and warm colors further.  Summer and Winter are “cool” seasons; Spring and Autumn are “warm” seasons.

Your color season is based on the intensity of your coloring. Catherine Zeta Jones, Oprah, Sharon Stone and Michelle Pfeiffer are all cools, but CZJ and Oprah have more intense coloring (winters) than Stone and Pfeiffer (summers). You should match the intensity of the color you wear in fashion and cosmetics to the intensity of your coloring.

Winters would both look stunning in a true red (blue-based) gown, while summers may be overwhelmed by an intense red, they would be lovely in a softer version – a true pink.

Using the same example, Nicole Kidman (Autumn) would look great in an orange-based red and Molly Ringwald (Spring) in a coral pink.

Cool Color Seasons

Summer Colors
Summer is a cool tone with blue or pink undertones and a low level of contrast between their hair, eye color and skin tone. They need soft neutrals and pastels, as well as muted colors with cool undertones. Powder blue, dusty pink, mauve, lavender, plum, and pale yellow will complement them. Avoid intense, vivid hues because they will look harsh. Earth tones, black and orange will also drown out the skin.
Summer celebrities: Denise Richards, Eva Habermann, Jeri Ryan

Winter Colors
Winter profiles have a lot of depth to their coloring and a lot of contrast between their hair color, eye color and skin tone. Winters need hues that are sharp, stark and clear to complement their skin. They look best in intense, rich colors, like black, navy blue, red, and hot pink. For lighter colors, wear bright white or icy pastels, such as cool blues, pinks and yellows. Avoid earthy tones and subdued colors like beige, orange and gold as they will make the skin look unhealthy.
Winter celebrities: Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Kristin Kreuk

Warm Color Seasons

Spring Colors
Springs can wear very pale, soft colors, such as peach, camel, golden yellow, golden brown, and aqua. They also look good in ivory, bright greens, true reds, clear blues and coral. Avoid colors that are too dull and muted or too dark. Avoid black and white, which are also too contrasting.
Spring celebrities: Gillian Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Evangeline Lily

Autumn Colors
Autumn profiles have a lot of depth to their warm skin tone. Rich golden, spicy, and earthy colors will accent the complexion. Autumns can wear both muted and rich warm colors that are seen in autumn leaves such as camel, beige, olive, orange, gold, and dark brown. They also look great in a rich warm grey.
Autumn celebrities: Jessica Alba, Natalie Portman, Aishwarya Rai

Need More Help?

Visit Mineral Hygienics Choose your skin tone tutorial if you need help selecting the correct foundation and makeup colors.

Visit the PurMinerals Makeup Planner – Take the quiz to determine your Mineral Makeup shade and your most flattering blush, eye and lip colors.


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