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The True Summer Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of True Summer

True Summer, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These True Summer celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

True Summer Hair Colors: These can range from shades of pale blonde to shades of medium-dark brown. The average natural color is probably medium brown, which may, but may also not, appear obviously cool or ash in tone. Darker hair can create the appearance of a darker season due to contrast with the skin.

True Summer Eye Colors: Blue eyes are seen most frequently in people with this coloring, very often in shades of true blue, blue-grey or blue-green. Green eyes are also common and tend to have a blue cast. Brown eyes are uncommon.

True Summer Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, True Summer skin tones range from the fairest to medium-tan, but are most commonly light. Very fair tones may have high contrast with brown hair, giving the false impression on a winter person, while deeper skin tones can give the impression of a warmer person.

True Summer Color Dimensions

True Summer’s predominant color quality is coolness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only cool shades like blue and purple, or that they don’t have a range of warmer and cooler choices within a hue (i.e. warmer and cooler pinks) but simply that of all of the palettes other than True Winter, True Summer people have the least tolerance for warmth in color.

In addition to being light, True Summer is also moderately soft. They can balance a range of softer or brighter colors, but overall their best colors are moderate and leaning slightly towards softness.

Finally, Light Summer colors are medium-light. Members of this season suit a range of lighter and darker colors, but overall their best shades lean slightly towards lightness.

True Summer Colors

True Summer’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but specifically include raspberry, boysenberry, cool coral, pastel lemon, jade, sea foam green, pool blue, lavender, and iris. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Summer Neutrals

True Summer’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Soft black, medium navy, plum brown, pine green, blue-grey, medium grey, lavender taupe, cool beige and pearl white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Summer Makeup

True Summer has a wide array of mauve, pink, watermelon and berry lipsticks to choose from. Medium shades of cool pink, watermelon red and violet berry are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the True Summer color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Light Summer Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Light Summer

Light Summer, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Light Summer celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Light Summer Hair Colors: These can range from darker shades of pale blonde to shades of medium-dark brown. The average natural color is probably light brown, which can appear more golden or more ash. Darker hair can create the appearance of a darker season due to contrast with the skin.

Light Summer Eye Colors: Blue and green eyes are seen most frequently in people with this coloring, very often in shades of blue-green, though blue eyes can look very cool. Brown eyes are uncommon.

Light Summer Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, Light Summer skin tones range from very fair to medium, but are most commonly light. Very fair tones may have high contrast with brown hair, giving the false impression on a winter person.

Light Summer Color Dimensions

Light Summer’s predominant color quality is lightness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only light colors, nor that they do not have darker choices, but simply that of all of the palettes other than Light Spring, Light Summer people have the least tolerance for darkness in color.

In addition to being light, Light Summer is also medium soft. They can balance a range of softer or brighter colors, but overall their best colors are moderate and leaning slightly towards softness.

Finally, Light Summer colors are cool-neutral. Members of this season suit a range of warmer and cooler colors, but overall their best shades lean towards coolness.

Light Summer Colors

Light Summer’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but specifically include cherry, medium pink, coral pink, pastel yellow, jungle green, soft turquoise, robin’s egg blue, sky blue, blue-grey, and iris. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Light Summer Neutrals

Light Summer’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Charcoal, light navy, mink brown, blue-grey, plum brown, medium grey, lavender taupe, cool beige and marshmallow white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Light Summer Makeup

Light Summer has a wide array of warm and cool pink, coral and cherry lipsticks to choose from. Medium shades of petal pink, coral pink and cherry red are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Light Summer color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Light Spring Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Light Spring

Light Spring, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Light Spring celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Light Spring Hair Colors: These can range from darker shades of pale blonde to shades of medium brown. The average natural color is probably medium blonde, which can appear more golden or more ash. Red hair is seen in this season, but more commonly lighter, softer variations. Darker hair can occur but is less common.

Light Spring Eye Colors: Blue and green eyes are seen most frequently in people with this coloring, very often in shades of blue-green. Wearing cooler colors can make the eyes appear to have a grey cast not there in the correct hues. Fully brown eyes are uncommon, though green eyes may have some brown. Eyes of any color often contain bits of yellow.

Light Spring Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, Light Spring skin tones range from fair to medium, but are most commonly medium-light. Very fair tones can be seen, but more moderate skin tones are more common. Skin in this season may often be prone to flush, which may create a false impression of cool undertones.

Light Spring Color Dimensions

Light Spring’s predominant color quality is lightness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only light colors, nor that they do not have darker choices, but simply that of all of the palettes other than Light Summer, Light Spring people have the least tolerance for darkness in color.

In addition to being light, Light Spring is also medium bright. They can balance a range of softer or brighter colors, but overall their best colors are moderate and leaning slightly towards brightness.

Finally, Light Spring colors are warm-neutral. Members of this season suit a range of warmer and cooler colors, but overall their best shades lean towards warmth.

Light Spring Colors

Light Spring’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but specifically include coral pink, coral, pale peach, daffodil, pistachio, jade, turquoise, cornflower blue, lilac, and periwinkle. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Light Spring Neutrals

Light Spring’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Warm charcoal, light navy, mink brown, latte, yellow grey, pale olive, light grey, sand, and cream. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Light Spring Makeup

Light Spring has a wide array of warm pink, apricot, peach and coral pink lipsticks to choose from. Medium shades of petal pink, peach and vivid coral pink are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Light Spring color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The True Spring Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of True Spring

True Spring, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These True Spring celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

True Spring Hair Colors: These can range from darker shades of pale blonde to shades of medium brown. The average natural color is probably medium blonde, often with very exaggerated golden undertones. Red hair is seen in this season, but more commonly lighter, softer variations. Darker hair can occur but is less common.

True Spring Eye Colors: Blue and green eyes are seen most frequently in people with this coloring, very often in shades of blue-green. Wearing cooler colors can make the eyes appear to have a grey cast not there in the correct hues. Fully brown eyes are uncommon, though green eyes may have some brown. Eyes of any color often contain bits of yellow.

True Spring Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, True Spring skin tones range from fair to medium, but are most commonly medium-light. Very fair tones can be seen, but more moderate skin tones are more common. Skin in this season may often be prone to flush, which may create a false impression of cool undertones.

True Spring Color Dimensions

True Spring’s predominant color quality is warmth. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only warm shades like yellow and orange, nor that they do not have warmer and cooler choices within a shade (i.e. warmer and cooler pinks), but simply that of all of the palettes other than True Autumn, True Spring people have the least tolerance for coolness in color.

In addition to being warm, True Spring is also moderately bright. They can balance a range of softer or brighter colors, but overall their best colors tend to lean towards brightness.

Finally, True Spring colors are medium-light. Like all palettes this season contains lighter and darker options, but in general colors lean towards lightness.

True Spring Colors

True Spring’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but specifically include vivid coral, peachy pink, tangerine, butter yellow, leaf green, kelly green, turquoise, aqua, and periwinkle. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Spring Neutrals

True Spring’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Chocolate brown, medium navy, medium brown, warm taupe, copper brown, yellow grey. sand, yellow beige and cream. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Spring Makeup

True Spring has a wide array of apricot, tangerine, peach and coral lipsticks to choose from. Medium shades of peachy pink, tangerine and vivid coral are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the True Spring color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Bright Spring Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Bright Spring

Bright Spring, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Bright Spring celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Bright Spring Hair Colors: These can range from medium-light blonde to medium brown. The average natural color is probably a medium-light brunette. The hair colors in this season are clear and translucent, often with coral or golden undertones, though may appear ash brown or blonde next to darker or duller colors. Red hair can occur in any season, but is especially common in the bright seasons, as red is the brighter of the two pigments that naturally give hair it’s color.

Bright Spring Eye Colors: Green and blue eyes occur frequently in this season, and eye colors that sit between blue and green may be most common of all. Brown eyes are less common, and tend to be lighter with bits of green and gold in them. Eyes of any color in this season commonly have a bit of yellow in them at close distance.

Bright Spring Skin tones: Bright Winter skin tones range from the fair to medium, in almost equal amounts, with medium-light tones being perhaps a bit more common. Cheeks may often be flushed with pink, giving the impression of a cooler person. Those who appear lighter may be taken for summer blends, as the influence of winter in the person is not always obvious. Conversely, those with brown hair and eyes may often be mistaken for either winter due to their higher apparent contrast or autumn due to their apparent depth and warmth.

Bright Spring Color Dimensions

Bright Spring’s predominant color quality is brightness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only very colorful looks, or that their colors are overbearingly neon, but simply that of all seasons excluding Bright Winter, this coloring has the least tolerance for softness in color.

In addition to being bright, Bright Spring is also medium light. They can balance both lighter and darker colors, and suit a moderately high level of contrast, but overall their best colors do tend towards lightness.

Finally, Bright Spring colors are warm-neutral. Those with bright spring coloring can wear a range of colors where some choices will be warmer and others cooler, however overall the suit colors that lean towards warmth.

Bright Spring Colors

Bright Spring’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Coral red, warm fuchsia, tangerine, sun yellow, lime green, kelly green, teal, aqua, grape, and medium pink. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Bright Spring Neutrals

Bright Spring’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include light black, vivid navy, espresso, green grey, clear grey, sandy taupe, yellow beige, sand beige, and ivory. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Bright Spring Makeup

Bright Spring has a wide array of peach, hot pink, coral and coral-red lipsticks to choose from. Medium shades of peach, coral-red and warm fuchsia are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Bright Spring color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Bright Winter Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Bright Winter

Bright Winter, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Bright Winter celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Bright Winter Hair Colors: These can range from medium ash blonde to black. Hair here can be, but as often isn’t particularly dark in appearance. The average natural color is probably a medium brunette. Members of the season who are truly blonde as an adult are less common, however those who were towheaded as a child and have maintained a blonde look via highlights as their base has darkened are seen frequently. Red hair can occur in any season, but is especially common in the bright seasons, as red is the brighter of the two pigments that naturally give hair it’s color.

Bright Winter Eye Colors: Brown, green and blue eyes all occur frequently in this season. Brown eyes may be fully brown with a slight red or yellow tinge or they may be lighter with a mix of several colors. Blue eyes can be very cool in appearance, or often have a slight green cast. Green eyes may have a very distinctive cool tone, though those with brown at the center and a more common overall color are also seen. The latter can create a false impression of warmth or Autumn influence in the person. Eye whites can be extremely bright, giving the impression of high contrast especially in darker eyes.

Bright Winter Skin tones: Bright Winter skin tones range from the fairest to the deepest, in almost equal amounts, with fair to medium being perhaps a bit more common. Olive or yellow tones occur often in the skin and may be mistaken for warmer seasons. Those who appear lighter may be taken for spring or summer blends, as the person does not always present as either particularly dark nor particularly contrasted in initial impression. Conversely, many members exist with dark brown or black hair and dark eyes with medium to deep skin and may be mistaken for a darker season.

Bright Winter Color Dimensions

Bright Winter’s predominant color quality is brightness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only very colorful looks, or that their colors are overbearingly neon, but simply that of all seasons excluding Bright spring, this coloring has the least tolerance for softness in color.

In addition to being bright, Bright Winter is also medium dark. They can balance both lighter and darker colors, and suit a high level of contrast, but overall their best colors do tend towards darkness.

Finally, Bright Winter colors are cool-neutral. Those with bright winter coloring can wear a range of colors where some choices will be warmer and others cooler, however overall the suit colors that lean towards coolness while avoiding only the most extremely cool shades.

Bright Winter Colors

Bright Winter’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Strawberry red, fuchsia, coral red, vivid gold, emerald green, deep teal, icy mint, sapphire, blue violet, and sugarplum. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Bright Winter Neutrals

Bright Winter’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include light black, vivid navy, espresso, aubergine, steel grey, cool taupe, stone beige, icy grey and winter white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Bright Winter Makeup

Bright Winter has a wide array of hot pink, blue-red, coral and fuchsia lipsticks to choose from. Medium-dark shades of hot pink, coral-red and fuchsia are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Bright Winter color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The True Winter Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of True Winter

True Winter, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These True Winter celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

True Winter Hair Colors: These can range from medium ash brown to black. Hair here can be, but as often isn’t particularly dark in appearance. The average natural color is probably a medium-dark brunette.

True Winter Eye Colors: Brown, green and blue eyes all occur frequently in this season. Blue eyes can be so cool toned they appear slightly grey, or they may have a slight green cast. Green eyes may have a very distinctive cool tone, though those with brown at the center and a more common overall color are also seen. The latter can create a false impression of warmth or Autumn influence in the person.

True Winter Skin tones: True Winter skin tones range from the fairest to the deepest, in almost equal amounts, with medium to deep tones being perhaps a bit more common. Olive or yellow tones occur often in the skin and may be mistaken for warmer seasons. Those who have less contrast between skin, hair and eyes in this season may often be mistaken for autumn blends, and those who appear lighter may be taken for spring or summer blends, as the person does not always present as either particularly dark nor particularly contrasted in initial impression.

True Winter Color Dimensions

True Winter’s predominant color quality is coolness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only cool shades like blue and purple, or that they don’t have warmer and cooler choices within each hue, but simply that of all seasons excluding True Summer, this coloring has the least tolerance for warmth in color.

In addition to being dark, True Winter is also moderately dark. They can balance both lighter and darker colors, even in the same outfit, but overall their best colors do tend towards darkness.

Finally, True Winter colors are bright. Those with true winter coloring can wear a range of colors where some choices will be brighter an others softer, however overall the suit colors that lean towards brightness while avoiding only the most extremely bright shades.

True Winter Colors

True Winter’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but include True red, hot pink, lemon yellow, emerald, icy mint, aqua blue, sapphire, fuchsia, royal purple and ice pink. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Winter Neutrals

True Winter’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include black, midnight navy, espresso, aubergine, steel grey, cool taupe, stone beige, icy grey and white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Winter Makeup

True Winter has a wide array of hot pink, blue-red, fuchsia and wine lipsticks to choose from. Medium-dark shades of hot pink, berry and red-violet are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the True Winter color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Dark Winter Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Dark Winter

Dark Winter, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Dark Winter celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Dark Winter Hair Colors: These can range from medium ash brown to black. Hair here can be, but as often isn’t particularly dark in appearance. The average natural color is probably a medium-dark brunette, with the more defining character being the rich pigmentation and undertones of red or violet.

Dark Winter Eye Colors: Completely brown eyes and eyes that mix brown and green are seen frequently in people with this coloring. Blue and blue-green eyes do occur and can mislead one to think of a different season even when hair and skin present very typically. Eyes can range from cool or contrasted to slightly warmer and softer in their immediate impression.

Dark Winter Skin tones: Dark Winter skin tones range from the fairest to the deepest, in almost equal amounts, with medium to deep tones being perhaps a bit more common. Olive tones occur often in the skin and may be mistaken for warmer seasons. Those who have less contrast between skin, hair and eyes in this season may often be mistaken for autumn blends, and those who appear lighter may be taken for spring or summer blends, as the person does not always present as either particularly dark nor particularly contrasted in initial impression.

Dark Winter Color Dimensions

Dark Winter’s predominant color quality is darkness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only head to toe dark looks, or that all of their colors are dark, but simply that of all seasons excluding Dark Autumn, this coloring has the least tolerance for lightness in color.

In addition to being dark, Dark Winter is also cool-neutral. They can balance both warmer and cooler colors, even in the same outfit, but overall their best colors do have a cooler quality.

Finally, Dark Winter colors are moderately bright. Those with dark winter coloring can wear a range of colors where some choices will be brighter an others softer, however overall the suit colors that lean towards brightness while avoiding the most extremely bright shades.

Dark Winter Colors

Dark Winter’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Christmas red, deep pink, red-violet, golden yellow, chartreuse, emerald, sapphire, military blue, royal purple, and icy violet. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Dark Winter Neutrals

Dark Winter’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include black, deep navy, espresso, aubergine, forest green, steel grey, taupe, stone beige, icy grey and white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Dark Winter Makeup

Dark Winter has a wide array of deep pink, red, red-orange and wine lipsticks to choose from. Deeper shades of neutral pink, classic reds and deep red-violet are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Dark Winter color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Dark Autumn Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Dark Autumn

Dark Autumn, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Dark Autumn celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Dark Autumn Hair Colors: These can range from lighter shades of auburn or brown to black. The average natural color is probably a medium-dark brunette, with the more defining character being the undertones of bronze-green or rust.

Dark Autumn Eye Colors: Completely brown eyes and eyes that mix brown and green are seen frequently in people with this coloring. Teal blue eyes do occur and can mislead one to think of a different season even when hair and skin present very typically. Typically, one can make out some warmth to the eye, though some blue eyes here may appear cooler, and dark brown eyes may be hard to distinguish from more contrasted seasons at first glance.

Dark Autumn Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, Dark Autumn skin tones range from fair (sometimes even very fair) to deep, but are most commonly medium. Those who have more contrast between skin, hair and eyes in this season may often be mistaken for winter blends, and those who appear lighter may be taken for spring or summer blends, as the skin does not always present with an obviously warm overtone.

Dark Autumn Color Dimensions

Dark Autumn’s predominant color quality is darkness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only head to toe dark looks, or that all of their colors are dark, but simply that of all seasons excluding Dark Winter, this coloring has the least tolerance for lightness in color.

In addition to being dark, Dark Autumn is also warm-neutral. They can balance both warmer and cooler colors, even in the same outfit, but overall their best colors do have a warmer quality.

Finally, Dark Autumn colors are medium-bright. Those with dark autumn coloring often believe they may be a winter or spring blend because very muted, pastel shades wash them out, while colors most people would consider relatively bright look healthy and balanced. This is true, however normal for the season. It is equally true that they are not at their best in the most extreme bright shades.

Dark Autumn Colors

Dark Autumn’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but include Cabernet, chili red, terracotta, mustard, bronze-olive, forest green, deep teal, orchid violet and blackened plum. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Dark Autumn Neutrals

Dark Autumn’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include bronzed black, marine navy, espresso, aubergine, olive green, green-grey, taupe, camel, papyrus and candlelight white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Dark Autumn Makeup

Dark Autumn has a wide array of terracotta, rust, red-orange and burgundy lipsticks to choose from. Medium to deep shades of terracotta, bronzed red and Cabernet are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Dark Autumn color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The True Autumn Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of True Autumn

True Autumn, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These True Autumn celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

True Autumn Hair Colors: These can range from darker shades of soft blonde to shades of darker brown. The average natural color is probably medium brunette, with the more defining character being the softness and undertones of golden caramel, bronze or rust. Very dark hair can occur but is less common.

True Autumn Eye Colors: Green and brown eyes are seen most frequently in people with this coloring, however deeper blue eyes with a teal cast are possible. Hazel eyes are common, and eyes often mix brown, green and medium gold. Fully brown eyes do present here, and can create enough contrast to give the impression the person is a winter blend on first glance.

True Autumn Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, True Autumn skin tones range from light to deep, but are most commonly medium. Those who have more contrast between skin, hair and eyes in this season may often be mistaken for winter blends, and those who appear lighter may be taken for spring or summer blends, as the skin does not always present with an obviously warm overtone.

True Autumn Color Dimensions

True Autumn’s predominant color quality is warmth. This doesn’t mean that they must wear only warm shades like yellow and orange, nor that they do not have warmer and cooler choices within a shade (i.e. warmer and cooler pinks), but simply that of all of the palettes other than True Spring, True Autumn people have the least tolerance for coolness in color.

In addition to being warm, True Autumn is also moderately soft. They can balance a range of softer or brighter colors, but overall their best colors tend to lean more soft.

Finally, True Autumn colors are medium-dark. Those with true autumn coloring often believe they may be a winter blend or a darker season, because head to toe pale pastel looks are too light for them. This is true, however normal for the season. It is equally true that they are not at their best in extremely dark shades.

True Autumn Colors

True Autumn’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but specifically include tomato red, coral, pumpkin, mustard, olive, hunter green, teal, periwinkle, grape and burgundy. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Autumn Neutrals

True Autumn’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include warm charcoal, marine navy, sienna, army green, green-grey, cognac, khaki, soft olive, warm beige and parchment. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

True Autumn Makeup

True Autumn has a wide array of apricot, terracotta, rust and red-orange lipsticks to choose from. Medium dark shades of peach, terracotta and tomato red are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the True Autumn color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Soft Autumn Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Soft Autumn

Soft Autumn, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Soft Autumn celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Soft Autumn Hair Colors: These can range from darker shades of soft blonde to shades of darker brown. The average natural color is probably medium brunette, with the more defining character being the softness and undertones of golden caramel, bronze-green or rosewood (though these can be subtle, and hair may, in many contexts appear neutral or ashy).

Soft Autumn Eye Colors: Blue, green, and brown eyes are all seen frequently in people with this coloring. Typically, one can make out some warmth to the eye, though some blue eyes here may appear cooler.
Hazel eyes are common, and blue or green eyes in this season often contain a bit of brown or gold. Fully brown eyes do present here, and can create enough contrast to give the impression the person is a winter blend on first glance.

Soft Autumn Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, Soft Autumn skin tones range from light to deep, but are most commonly medium. Those who have more contrast between skin, hair and eyes in this season may often be mistaken for winter blends, and those who appear lighter may be taken for spring or summer blends, as the skin does not always present with an obviously warm overtone.

Soft Autumn Color Dimensions

Soft Autumn’s predominant color quality is softness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear all neutrals or only the most muted colors that can be made, but simply that of all seasons excluding Soft Summer, this coloring has the least tolerance for brightness.

In addition to being soft, Soft Autumn is also warm-neutral. They can balance both warmer and cooler colors, even in the same outfit, but overall their best colors do have a warmer quality.

Finally, Soft Autumn colors are medium-dark. Those with soft autumn coloring often believe they may be a winter blend or a darker season, because head to toe pale pastel looks are too light for them. This is true, however normal for the season. It is equally true that they are not at their best in extremely dark shades.

Soft Autumn Colors

Soft Autumn’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but include rosewood, soft peach, spiced apricot, goldenrod, pistachio, pine, jade, marine blue, and periwinkle. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Soft Autumn Neutrals

Soft Autumn’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include warm charcoal, marine navy, sienna, army green, green-grey, khaki, soft olive, taupe, beige and dirty white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Soft Autumn Makeup

Soft Autumn has a wide array of peach, apricot, terracotta and rust lipsticks to choose from. Medium dark shades of burnished pink, spiced coral and soft rust are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Soft Autumn color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Soft Summer Color Palette

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This post is part of a series outlining the basics of each seasonal color palette. If you’re looking to become acquainted with the palettes, this is a good place to start.

Common Presentations of Soft Summer

Soft Summer, like all seasons, has a huge range in terms of what they can look like. These Soft Summer celebrity examples are merely a guess, since we can’t know what they would look like in real life with every season tried following proper methodology, however in photos they resemble exemplars I have personally seen. Please keep in mind that any season can present with any hair, skin and eye color.

Soft Summer Hair Colors: These can range from full on soft, muted blonde-as-an-adult to hair that gives off the impression of being black (but is actually several shades warmer, lighter and softer than actual black). The average natural color is probably medium brunette, with the more defining character being the softness and undertones ranging from lavender-mauve to pink sand.

Soft Summer Eye Colors: Probably the most common feature of Soft Summer eyes is that, like the colors themselves, they are rarely just one color. Any combination of blue, green and grey is common. Typically, one can make out some warmth to the eye, though some blue eyes here may appear cooler. Fully brown eyes with no other color in them are rare, however those that blend brown with green are often seen and may appear predominantly brown from a few feet back. Soft Summer often believe their eyes to be a colorless grey, and their eye whites never white enough, though this is a misunderstanding of this season created by the optical illusion of their eyes next to too-bright color.

Soft Summer Skin tones: Like hair and eyes, Soft Summer skin tones range from fair to deep, but are most commonly medium. Often, the skin has very apparent “warm” overtones, which create speculation that she is an Autumn or Spring coloring.

Soft Summer Color Dimensions

Soft Summer’s predominant color quality is softness. This doesn’t mean that they must wear all neutrals or only the most muted colors that can be made, but simply that of all seasons excluding Soft Autumn, this coloring has the least tolerance for brightness.

In addition to being soft, Soft Summer is also cool-neutral. They can balance both warmer and cooler colors, even in the same outfit, but overall their best colors do have a cooler quality.

Finally, Soft Summer colors are medium-dark. Those with soft summer coloring often believe they are not a summer or some kind of darker version of summer, because head to toe pale pastel looks are too light for them. This is true, however normal for the season. It is equally true that they are not at their best in extremely dark shades.

Soft Summer Colors

Soft Summer’s best colors include all of those that fit withing the color dimensions mentioned above, but include raspberry red, soft coral, pastel yellow, sage, pine, teal blue, petrol blue, periwinkle, burgundy, and mauve. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Soft Summer Neutrals

Soft Summer’s best neutrals include all of those that fit within the color dimensions mentioned above, but include off-black, medium navy, green-grey, taupe, lavender-grey, mink brown, stone, pink beige, and dirty white. Please note that color names are subjective and may yield colors not in this palette.

Soft Summer Makeup

Soft Summer has a wide array of pink, mauve, berry and soft red lipsticks to choose from. Medium dark shades of berry, violet pink and cool rust are among the most successful choices.

I hope that you’ve found this helpful in learning about the Soft Summer color palette! If you’re struggling to figure out your coloring, I would be happy to set up a time to talk and see if I can help.

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The Ruby Slippers Were On My Feet the Whole Time

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THE RUBY SLIPPERS WERE ON MY FEET THE WHOLE TIME

I remember taking this selfie sitting on my bed in my then-new apartment in Philadelphia. I didn't use Facebook much but wanted to change from my previous profile picture, which I believe had my blonde hair still over a year after I dyed it back.

It looks like I'm not wearing a stitch of makeup, but it's entirely possible I have some mascara and light powder foundation on. If you look closely, you can see the remnants of the chunks of blonde highlights I had put in my hair in an attempt to look less boring. And yeah, that's a cycling jersey I have on (Fortunately, my lack of interest in social media at the time means there's little record of my bike phase - I went through a lot of phases then). I remember wrestling with the neckline to take the photo because as soon as I pointed the camera at myself, I realized how unflattering the high neck was to my face.

There's nothing wrong with where I was, except that it wasn't where I wanted to be. I had a fashion degree, and I'll admit I could be stylish and put a look together when I wanted. But my wardrobe was a mosh mosh of things I settled for because they fit and I didn't hate them and year after year I put figuring out my personal style on the top of my goals list. Maybe it sounds like a dumb thing to fixate on, but as an artist and a designer, I felt like I just couldn't be ME until I solved this.

And yet years passed and I hadn't figured it out. I still wouldn't even begin to unravel it for another year after this photo. But what I did have was a vision of who I could be that kept me determined to keep trying.

And then one day a blog post sent me down a winding yellow brick road to the answer, which was nothing more than a clarified version of everything I already knew about myself and so obvious that it was almost disappointing. Everything I needed to know had been right there the whole time.

But what wasn't disappointing was the results - what I started to look like and even more so, who I started to become. Transforming into the woman in today's profile picture has opened so many doors for me, internally and externally, that I can't begin to quantify it. And after all that it just makes me wonder...

What would be possible for you if you realized the ruby slippers were on your feet the whole time?

(...because they are 😉)

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The industry doesn't care if you look good

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TOP TRENDS FOR FALL 2017

Yep, it's the middle of July, but Fall is just around the corner... if you ask the garment industry. Maybe an email or two has already even gone out advertising a little something we in the industry call "Pre-Fall". Once upon a time designers showed one collection per year. Now, fast fashion brands release as many as 52 microseasons each year. Yes, that's ONE PER WEEK.

Why so many? Is the industry just trying to help
you out by keeping you as up to the minute on trends as possible?

Mais, non.

Here's the deal - the garment industry puts out an endless supply of content letting you know what's new and now under the guise of making sure you look stylish and in the know and not like yesterday's news.

BUT THEY DON'T ACTUALLY CARE IF YOU LOOK GOOD!

I know this is going to sound like conspiracy theory, but it's just business. The garment industry profits tremendously when you buy things that don't work for you. The women out there who know exactly what works for them and have a streamlined wardrobe of those things (like, for example, my clients...) are literally the industry's worst nightmare.

Because once you have that wardrobe that just works effortlessly, you don't need to shop 52 times a year. When fall rolls around, you just wear what you wore last fall.

Just imagine what would happen to retailers if even 50% of women got their wardrobes figured out for good! If you can see what a disaster that would be for them, you can see why the industry actually WANTS to pump out a constant stream of hyper trendy items that are inappropriate and ill suited to most shoppers. It keeps women dissatisfied and buying EVEN MORE to try and solve the problem.

I hear from so many women who are embarrassed to admit that they struggle to shop and put together an effective wardrobe. They feel like they're just bad at style and wonder what's wrong with them.

If this is you, I just want to tell you - it's not your fault. You're playing a rigged game.

Even as a fashion insider, I once was trapped in a cycle of shopping and shopping and never getting a wardrobe that worked - and I blamed it on myself. Through years of experimentation and study, I finally figured out how to hack the system to my advantage.

It has become my life's mission to share what I've learned and to help women break free from the industry-imposed cycle of constant shopping. I work with women who are ready to hit delete on every email advertising the trends next season.

So I want to know...

Do you know what you're wearing this fall?

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The formula for Vogue Editor style

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THE FORMULA FOR VOGUE EDITOR STYLE

With Lucinda Chambers so much in the news, the question has come up regarding her personal style - what's the secret formula? How does she strike that perfect balance of bold prints, unusual proportions, oversized jewelry, unusual footwear and minimal hair and makeup and manage to come out looking so stylish and put together? 

Here's the short, unsatisfactory answer: There is no formula. Or, we COULD probably create an algorithm to produce with startling accuracy an infinite random generator of Lucinda-esque outfits. But here's the problem:

What works for her won't work for you!!

Lucinda's style doesn't work because she plots out logic trees of if X print than Y necklace. It's efficacy rests on the sum total of not only her expertise as a stylist (which is of course considerable), but also her personality, her lifestyle, her career, her features, her body type, her preferences and all the other factors that go into making her the woman who embodies her style. 

Style isn't something you put on, it's something you become. 

You can't find it on Pinterest and download it as a PDF, because the most important part of your style is YOU. This is why so many women spend their life seeking the magic formula to style and never find it. They're looking in the wrong place. 

Listen, I get that figuring out your version of vogue editor style isn't for everyone. You might not be good at it. You might be disappointed. Collecting listicles of things stylish women wear and dreaming about someday might actually be more fun. 

But for those who are ready to stop dreaming and step into what's possible, I have space to help make it happen for just 2 more women this month. If this is you, you know where to find me 😘

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In between a rock and a hell no I'm not wearing that

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IN BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HELL NO I'M NOT WEARING THAT

Women ask me all the time, cringing a bit, in hushed tones, like it's a secret:

"Am I to old to wear this?"

It's a question no woman *really* wants to ask, lest they receive an answer. On the one hand, the horrifying prospect of looking like you're trying too hard to look young. On the other hand, a one way ticket to being a sexless doily for the rest of your life. Between them, a balance beam.

It can feel better not to try. Just play it safe. Disappear. Don't wear prints, or anything shiny. Cover your knees, legs, arms, chest. Stay far in the background, beyond reproach.

But the problem with playing it safe, with following every rule to "dressing your age" is that you also end up dressing to be invisible. And then you really are.

The answer to dressing as a dignified, stylish, elegant woman of a certain age whose presence commands she be seen and heard can't be playing smaller, but it might be playing smarter. More sophisticated, not more conservative.

Sophisticated makes a bold statement about who she is, conservative says nothing and offends no one.

Sophisticated dresses as well as she can afford to, conservative dresses as poorly as she can tolerate.

Sophisticated wears her life experience as a badge of honor, conservative apologizes for it.

I know what I'm having. If sophisticated sounds like what you want but you're struggling to make it happen, email me, I'd love to talk.

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Lipstick is f-ing magic

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LIPSTICK IS FUCKING MAGIC

I know, I know. It's a pain in the ass. It comes off when you eat, and in a ring on your cup and you have to reapply like 626378494 times a day, or else face the life-sucking dryness of something that wears all day.

Just hear me out.

I hear a lot of style gurus talk this way about high heels, or occasionally lingerie and hosiery. And those things can absolutely give you that spring in your step, that sly smile, that confidence of being a powerful woman of style.

But lipstick is so much more than just that. Because the RIGHT shade of lipstick doesn't just make you feel like a badass. The RIGHT shade of lipstick ignites the natural beauty and fire in your eyes and seduces the viewer's eye into them.

And when someone looks into your eyes, they feel the full force of your being and truly SEE you. And when someone truly sees you, they are ready to hear you, and you command respect before you've even said a word.

Fucking MAGIC.

So my question is, do you know YOUR shade?

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Overweight is not a body type

Me, an overweight person.

Me, an overweight person.

Possibly the single most common question prospective clients ask me is whether I will be able to work with them at their current weight or if they should hold off until they lose weight. Here's the thing - assuming the most optimistic outlook that you are definitely going to lose weight and soon, you will probably change shape a lot less than you imagine. There are exceptions, like weight loss over 100 pounds or extreme body building efforts, but for the most part, it's your SIZE that changes, not your SHAPE. Women of one size range are as variable in shape as any other.

Here's why the belief that you will diet your way into a new body type is so toxic: it gives you the impression that the day will come when you wake up and hit that magic number on the scale that allows you to look like anything you want. So you wait. And meanwhile, days and weeks and years of your life are passing you by.

Don't wait. There isn't a pot of gold at the end of the weight loss rainbow. You aren't secretly not you under the weight. You're that same height, with the hips that are always wider than your bust and that same funny tilt to your smile. You're ready to create the style of your dreams, or anything else you want in life. And today is a perfect day to start. ✨

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Practical Wardrobe Wisdom

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Practical Wardrobe Wisdom

Typically when a client comes to me, it's fundamentally because they are dissatisfied with the way their wardrobe is working, and they want to do better. A simple trip to the mall becomes a battle zone. Getting dressed in the morning can induce panic attacks. An invitation to a formal wedding feels like a personal insult from the person who so presumptuously assumed you'd be able to find what to wear. It's just getting dressed, right? Why does it have to be so hard? I hear you. So, what to do?

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The Winter Natural, The Natural Winter

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The Winter Natural, The Natural Winter

Woman #1 walks in for her Total Package appointment (I always feel like I'm starting a guy walks into a bar joke when I tell these stories..). Long curly hair that's very flattering to her face, a cute casual outfit, like maybe a vest over a t-shirt and jeans and short boots in perfect True Autumn colors. Except, she's not True Autumn, or any kind of Autumn. From the minute I met her, experience has allowed me to see even in regular lighting with no comparison available yet that her face is being extremely sallowed by her clothing. I don't know what her season is yet, but I know it's probably going to come as a surprise to her.

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