What are my colors? When good people do obsessive things with Photoshop…

Morning duck billed platypodes! Some interesting facts about platypadillos – there is no universally accepted plural form, and saying platypi is a hatchet job of inappropriate Latin endings on Greek words. Also, Platypodes (the technically correct plural Greek form, according to Wikipedia) are one of the few venomous mammals. And here I thought that it was only looks they had in common with Lucy the hound!

Science lesson over, let’s get down to business. Spurred on by my love of lists and fascination with capsule wardrobes as WELL as Mr. Bug’s recently finished camel overcoat, I have been plotting a ‘classic style’ wardrobe checklist. You know. One trench, one cashmere sweater, one men’s white shirt… all that stuff. You DO know, don’t you? Something along these lines. I’ve always loved the simple, clean lines of white shirts and trench coats – a look I associate in my head with Jackie O, although image searches of her yield more dresses than simple trousers. In any case, as much as I love the idea of stocking up on classic wardrobe basics, a lot of the items generally included in ‘wardrobe basics’ lists are not that flattering on me – a white button up shirt? Holy tent-like if it fits in the bust area. Black sheath dress? I will resemble a sausage wrapped in a trash bag. So I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a ‘classic wardrobe,’ using super fine materials and seizing the opportunity to work on fit and finally get a great white button up shirt with a menswear vibe that fits me properly. And then I started to wonder – white shirt or cream?

[Tommy Hilfiger seamlessly blends classic style and a duck billed platypus. Image Capitol Hill Style]

Ah! Now, finally, to the point of my post. Flattering colors. Prior to making my own clothes, I was often at the mercy of a rather limited selection of clothing options – if I liked the way something fit, I’d often buy it even if I didn’t like the color that much. Now is the perfect time to finally figure out what colors look great on me! I was flipping through Me-Made-March photos and pulled these two pictures – on the left, I’m wearing a creamy white sweater. On the right, a bright white blouse. Notice anything?
              

Here’s what I noted – I look sort of corpse-like wearing the cream sweater. Yellowish skin and seemingly brown hair. Lately more than one person has informed me that I’m not a redhead. Apparently, my hair has faded as I’ve gotten older. I’d like to do as much as I can to hold on to that red appearance!

This morning I suited up to start my color research. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Color Me Beautiful method of splitting people up into the different seasons based on their hair, complexion and eyes and suggesting the most flattering colors from there. I haven’t read that much about it, I just had a vague idea that I’m an autumn and should wear terra cotta, brown, olive green and NEVER wear bright white next to my face, only creamy whites. I even pitched a small fit to order my wedding dress in the ‘ivory’ color. I loved my dress, but never really thought it did much for my hair. In my wedding photos, my complexion can be somewhat discounted, as the nice girl from Bobbi Brown had me so plastered with makeup-that-wasn’t-noticeable that I’m surprised I could move my face. She eradicated all rosy tones from my normally rather pinkish face…
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Since I opened up the wedding folder, here’s a completely unrelated photo of my bridesmaids. Aren’t they adorable? I made my maid of honor’s dress – the black polka dots – and was almost ready to make her wear the ivory dress with the gaping neckline and let me have the polka dots. Also, note the ostrich feathers on the back of her heels. Sigh.
thegirls

Back to colors. I aimlessly tried to adhere to the autumn color scheme for a lot of my 20’s, thinking that those were great colors for me. Plus, I really love rich fall colors! The thing is, I never loved the way my skin looked in some of my favorite colors. Today when I started reading up on color palettes, I saw where part of my problems were potentially located. While I certainly have red hair, which immediately puts me into the ‘warm’ seasons (spring and fall), I don’t really have the corresponding eye and skin tone. My eyes are blue-ish grey and my skin seems to me to have red undertones, not the gold and peach of the warm palettes. I raided my fabric stash and opened up the window to take some rather alarming photos of myself in natural light. First, white versus cream – supposedly the baseline test to check for warm versus cool complexions.
                                 

Gah! I have a sort of googly-eyed kooky look in a lot of these pictures! Also, I’m posting sans-lipstick. I hate seeing myself without lipstick and wear it even if I’m home with the platypus all day. But I’m partial to a particular shade of red with blue undertones that changes the game a bit. We’ll get to that.

I saw the same thing in these photos as the other ones. My hair looks more mousey with the cream silk (oooo… it’s charmeuse!) and my face looks yellowish, my eyes dull. Compare this to the white – my hair seems a bit more vibrant, eyes sparkly and complexion, while definitely looking more pink, in general looks a bit brighter. Thoughts? Anyone? Ok. Let’s move on to another neutral test: grey, black and brown.
   

Out of the three of these, I think I like the grey best. I still love me a pair of wide legged black trousers and a black ribbed turtleneck, but I don’t think my hair looks that great with the black. Conversely, my hair seems much deeper in the warm-neutral brown in the center photo (where I’m rocking the friar tuck look), but my skin seems to have that same flat tone against the brown. The grey appears to me to add the most sparkle to my eyes and skin, while not totally washing out my hair like the black. Again, is this wishful thinking on my part? Is a life spent wearing athletic grey sweatshirts not in the cards for me? I think it’s time to pull out the big guns.

I read a lot of sites with a lot of ‘how to determine your season.’ Again, I kept having trouble because my red hair put me so adamantly in the warm camp, even though I’m lacking the chocolate brown eyes, olive complexion and general earthiness that the autumns seem to reflect. I’m a little Scandanavian girl who should probably have been born with the same mop of fair hair that everyone from back home tends to have (I’m from Northern Minnesota. There are a lot of Norwegians, Swedes and Finns there. I’m Norwegian with a wee bit of native American – a true Iron Range mix!)

I stumbled upon this site which proved the most useful to me. There were nice cheat sheets of each season (and did you know that the seasons are further broken down into “deep”, “clear” and “soft”? So much to consider!) I read through and picked out the most likely suspects for my coloring and made these OCD little test boards in Photoshop. I think they’re pretty self-explanatory – on the top is the name of the season, then my big mug surrounded by “the” colors for that season. On the bottom are samples of my hair, complexion and eyes (slightly creepy, I’m aware) with the same samples from the season cheat sheet for comparison.

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Clear Spring is probably one of my favorites. My eyes and skin tones aren’t really a match – but at least this is a ‘warm’ palette that allows blue eyes! These color swatches are colors that I’m really drawn to.

deepautumn_nolips

Deep autumn also is a palette with colors I love. I didn’t test any winter palettes (think Liz Taylor or everyone’s favorite blogger Gertie!), but the skin tones and eye color of deep winter are similar to mine (although red hair is NOT ALLOWED) and the deep autumn palette has some crossover with deep winter colors.

softsummer_nolips

Summer is another season I’m banned from due to my red undertones in my hair, but I sampled it anyway because the eye and skin tones are exactly what I (think) I have. Once I put it together, I was really drawn to the colors. I think they draw out my eyes and all those pinks and magentas are up my alley and I actually like them with my hair!

warmautumn_nolips

Warm autumn is the palette that usually came up for me if I went through a questionnaire to determine my season. This doesn’t make that much sense to me, as the eyes and skin are completely off – I supposed I could have ivory skin tones, but honestly, you can see in the sample that I have a lot of pinks and reds in my skin – characteristic of the cool seasons, not the warm. Also, I think all these colors are mealy mouthed, like Rita from Dexter. I hate them. I think I look like a washed out train wreck with all those swatches. I hope to god this is NOT my season palette!

warmspring_nolips

Warm spring is the final board I tested, and it may very well be the closest match to me. That porcelain skin tone could be close to mine. Blue eyes are mentioned, and the hair swatches look close to my hair swatch. Also, each of the cheat sheets had photos of celebrities with the coloring of the cheat sheet and Christina Hendricks was listed as a warm spring, and apart from my mess of freckles and darkening hair, I’ve been inspired by the colors she wears, as we seem to have close-ish coloring. Of course, the colors I love her in (emerald, fuschia, eggplant, teal) are nowhere to be seen in these swatches, and she totally rocks them!

Oh yes! About my lipstick. I have worn this shade for years. I occasionally try out something different, but I like red lips and this seems to work for me the best. It’s a very deep, blue red. Totally NOT something that should work on a “nice warm, autumn” like me. Here’s the white and cream test with and without lipstick.

                          

                                

And here’s the soft summer board (a no-no palette for me) with and without lipstick. I just love these colors so much, and think the lipstick makes ‘em even better.              

                                        softsummer softsummer_nolips

And that brings the OCD Photoshop segment of this post to a close. So where does this leave me? Alone, bereft. Doomed to wander the earth in ill-suited shades of white, loyal platypus by my side? Likely. Of course, this project is equal parts pure stubborness (I WILL NOT be relegated to wearing terra cotta for all my days) and vanity (people WILL acknowledge I’m a redhead!) Of course, I’ll still wear pink, purple and teal because I think those colors look good on me. And I love hot pink. I’m not looking to find my palette and cruise around with a swatchbook in my bookbag, measuring all clothing and fabric purchases against them to make sure they’re ‘my’ colors; but I would like to get a handle on what works for me and use (or abuse) that knowledge at will. What’s your guys’es take on this – your colors, my colors, the confusing mix of cool complexions with warm hair. The willfull blindness and/or ignorance of girls unwilling to accept their innate sallow skin… share!

In closing, while Lucy can obviously wear a bright, clean white, we think that she’s clearly a warm autumn. Look how those shades bring out here eyes….

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36 Comments
  • Leota
    July 16, 2014

    I think you are a soft summer!

    • Leota
      July 16, 2014

      I think you are a soft summer strawberry type of girl!

  • Alyce
    February 20, 2014

    I think you look STUNNING! in Soft Summer colors. In my personal opinion, I think everyone should erase all thoughts that redheads have to be a warm season. It’s crazy. Just because someone has red hair doesn’t mean it is a warm red. And I’ve known plenty of redheads who have cool skin, thus making warm seasons a little harder to fit them. From what I have seen of your pictures, all the warm palettes washed out your skin and dulled your eyes and hair. In the Soft Summer colors, your skin looked alive and radiant, and your hair had the most dimension and was the most rich looking. Your eyes finally looked clear and in focus. Take a look at at the right side of your nose (on the left side of the picture) by your eye where the light hits the curve. Right there I see the pale yellow in the palette. Your eyes have many of the teals on the side. Your skin has a lot of those look pinks as an undertone. And that second darkest red on the right, that would look amazingly natural on you, from what I see at least. Just lovely!

  • PamelaViktoria
    February 8, 2014

    Wow! I love this post! I’ve been in love with color for as long as I can remember. But sometimes it is difficult to find our own colors.
    My ‘gut’ says that many of the colors you love, are in your season somewhere.
    I can tell you what you are not: a clear spring. The reason I say this is because I am haha There are no similarities in our coloring. (You can look at my colors on my website.
    I think it is also interesting that there are 3 colors on my palette that I would never wear: the 2 greens and the orange. Whereas my favorites are lavender, periwinkle, cobalt blue, royal blue, and navy.
    So even when you do figure out your colors, some will just talk to you:) When these colors come into the stores, I buy them out haha All the best.

  • Babs
    August 7, 2013

    You’re definitely a warm spring. And ditch that blue-red lipstick for a tomato red or coral!

  • Lisa
    May 21, 2013

    I’m a Scandinavian girl (from Sweden) and I have the exact same hair, eyes and skin tone! You should try the “soft autumn”, works great form me. Earthy colors are to earthy, cool colors too cool. Totally trying that shade of lipstick!

  • Lora Alexander
    January 10, 2013

    As a certified color analyst and owner of PrettyYourWorld.com, I wanted to mention that there are now 16 seasons and I think you are one of the ‘new’ seasons. Either a Soft Autumn Light (or as it’s called “Toned Autumn”, or a Light Spring Soft (or “Toned Spring”). I’d be happy to do a free color analysis on you if you are interested? If so just contact me….thanks!
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  • April
    October 25, 2012

    You are a spring! That’s why you can wear the brighter colors and they look better with your skin tone. In summary, wear what makes you feel good and look your best and don’t despair over trying to fit yourself into a chart! You are your own unique person.

  • Babz
    July 30, 2012

    Get rid of that deep lipstick and go for a clear, bright, true red, if you want a red one. You, IMHO are a clear spring. It brings out the sparkle in your eyes, the little dusting of freckles, and brightens your hair. Rock the red hair. And, breaking the rules every now and again is good for you. I don’t think the color analysts are color nazis. Embrace your beauty.

  • erica
    May 11, 2012

    we have very similar coloring. i, too, am scandinavian and my family hails from the northern midwest (northern wisconsin). just tonight i found a post that is helpful in including our warm/cool mix, particularly in regard to the golden-red hair tones: http://www.thechicfashionista.com/seasonal-color-analysis-misplaces-redheads.html

    i most identify with soft summer in general.

  • Suzanne
    March 9, 2012

    You are totally a warm spring! No question. The particular color palette displayed here for warm spring doesn’t have enough of the coral/red colors otherwise you would totally see it. And the lipstick you have is too dark and brown. You need a true red, coral red, or peachy red lipstick instead and you’ll look absolutely fantastic!
    Soft summer doesn’t look bad on you, but if you want to look great, stick to warm spring.
    I love this stuff! (p.s. I also geek out with photoshop)

  • C
    February 23, 2012

    For you, I’d look at the Light Spring or perhaps Soft Autumn palette. You’ve got the Spring “bounce” to you, so check Light Spring 1st.

    Some of the soft summer colors really flatter your eyes (that is the closest palette here to soft autumn), but you’ve got quite a bit of warmth, and the ivory looks so much better than the white on you, denoting a warm season, not a cool one. Soft summers tend to have an ashy look, which you definitely do not.

    Freckles are usually a warm spring or warm autumn give-away. Only, to be a warm spring or warm autumn, everything needs to be warm (there are warm blues). The warm spring palette doesn’t appear to be embracing you as much as the soft summer one does. But some of those colors look too cold. And you’re far too delicate toned to be a warm autumn.

    Your hair and skin look right for warm spring, but your eyes are very cool (although it may just be the photos). They appear to have a lot of grey in them. If they do not have as much grey in real life, then I’d stick to “Warm Spring”. (I’m a warm spring, which was a complete surprise to me when I got draped.)

    If your eyes do have the coolness they do here, then I would look to “Light Spring” (Spring with some Summer characteristics) or “Soft Autumn” (Autumn with some Summer characteristics).
    So much of the accuracy depends upon the lighting, so what I’m seeing in the pictures may not be true to what is in front of you.
    That dark wine lipstick you’re wearing looks pretty bad (sorry).

  • Emily H.
    January 13, 2012

    I have also spent the last several days obsessing over this, including photoshop color layouts. Did you look at “light summer”? You have the same coloring as my also no-longer-very-red-haired Norwegian husband, and he is a light summer or a true summer. He won’t let me get more specific that that, but when his mom made him get his colors done in the 80′s he was declared a “summer.” IMHO “soft summer” gets too gray for you and better suits people with more neutral skin tones. Say NO to spring and autumn- you definitely have a cool skin tone. (I match foundation colors for a living, and you are a cool. I also have a BFA in painting). That leaves winter and summer, and you are not a winter. Try your tests with “light summer” and “cool summer” (also true summer in some systems) and I think you will be surprised at the results. Hope that helps.

  • Toodles
    December 22, 2011

    I love this :-) IMHO you should un-ban yourself from soft summer. It is so much better than all of the other palettes on you! And you love the colors, so it’s win win, right? There are quite a few analysts out there who would argue that hair tones can be very misleading in finding your season. Soft summer all the way!!

  • jkitten
    November 14, 2011

    I think soft summer was the best,the red lipstick was a little harsh. The best advice I will give you is look at the website 12 blueprints. and you can have any haircolor or eyecolor how the skin reacts is the only important thing.Ignore the hair/eyes and find what helps your skin/face and the hair and eyes will follow trust me. Yes there are winter and cool summers with red hair and winters with blonde,there are deeps with blue eyes,and deeps with dark blonde hair. Or warm spring with cool haiir. Its so amazing. Plus you should be proud to wear cool colors like soft summer and have red hair one show chases the other. Im a red head summer myself.

  • Esther
    October 15, 2011

    Loved reading about your exploring the seasonal palettes! And as far as I can tell from my screen, I reckon you should go with the Soft Summer :)
    Does the Summer personality ‘click’ with you as well?

    I am in a similar boat, that I have trouble deciding which of the 12 palettes is best for me. My hair is/was a cool medium brown (no red highlights whatsoever, before I went grey LOL)while my eyes are warm brown. My skin still puzzles me, I think I’d call it beige. My veins look turquoise…
    I was typed as a Winter some 2 decades ago but now I’m wavering between one of the 3 Spring palettes or possibly a Soft Summer? I’ve asked 3 experts online and got Soft Summer/Soft Autumn/Bright Spring.
    AARRGGHHH!!!! Like you, I don’t seem to fit the usual descriptions you find online.

    Maybe we are too unique?!? ;)

  • Estelle Hargraves
    September 19, 2011

    Hiya! Love your blog, vicarious sewing for someone who wishes they could make dresses! Just wondering what is the make/colour of the lipstick? It’s lovely.

  • Emily B.
    May 3, 2011

    I just read this post (I have so enjoyed reading about your sewing adventures that I am reading all your older posts) and I had to add my comment.

    It's not true that redheads can't be a "summer." Basically there are two skin tones for every skin colour under the sun – warm and cool. Look at your wrist in the sunlight. Are your veins blue or green? If they are blue, then you have a cool skin tone and if they are green, then your skin is warm in tone. My sister and I are both cool – she has auburn hair, freckles and pale porcelain skin. I am typically English looking with medium ashy blond hair and grey eyes. We wear many of the same colours – except that I look better in smoky-blue-grey and she looks better in pale shell pink. Our cousin has strawberry blonde (almost red) hair and forget-me-not blue eyes and she also looks great in the same colours as we do.

    So the reason the cool colours of summer look good on you is that your skin tone is actually blue – that's why that blue-red lipstick looks so great on you. I hope this helps!

  • Kimberly
    April 27, 2011

    I'm totally going to take pictures of myself with each color wrapped around me. I wonder why I haven't thought of this before. I think the white and gray not only look nicer on you, they make you look younger, too, which I'm pretty sure I read the opposite was supposed to be true. Probably a summer tan would make a difference in the best colors, too.

    My sister was a bright auburn when she was young and it's a dark brownish auburn now (at 33). It wouldn't surprise me if she was completely a brunette in another five years. My oldest daughter is a strawberry blond and at only 3 1/2, you can tell it isn't going to stay red into adulthood. I have almost the opposite problem in that when my hair gets dry or too much sun, instead of having blond highlights, it turns brassy red at the ends. I have to cut it off though because the dryness doesn't make my hair look healthy at all.

  • Lola Skw
    April 17, 2011

    LOL – you made me smile! Thank you so much! Being a redhead myself, I was a slave to that "every redhead must be an autumn" theory for quite some time. Although browns look good an me, I love black, cobalt blue and a lot of shades that I "shouldn't" wear. When I became aquainted with the blogging world, I found so many gorgeous redheads out there who just wear what they please (even pink, LOL)! So I am a coulour rebel now – I wear every colour combination I like and which I think looks good on me, duh.
    Have fun!

  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2011

    I don't think you're an Autumn but you could definitely be a Spring – did you try light Spring too?

  • lohogary
    April 8, 2011

    Thanks for your share! very impressive!

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  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2011

    You are blessed with loads of natural beauty. The soft summer colors were clearly the most harmonious with your natural coloring. When you added the lipstick, it really distorted the soft summer harmony. Soft summer is all about muted softness which you definitely possess. I am a soft summer also. The lipstick in the photos is not at all soft — and I'm sorry to say I didn't find it flattering or true to your unique beauty. What about trying a lip shade in one of the colors on the soft summer swatches? I don't think it's about having one feature stand out above all others — like hair or lips. Rather, it seems that the ideal would be to create
    overall harmony to bring out the best in our natural features. Good luck … enjoyed seeing the process you're going through.

  • quietandsmalladventures
    March 16, 2011

    you seem to be naturally drawn to blue-based colors (the red lippie, bright pink etc) and so i would work towards those even if it means excluding your hair color from the analysis. i agree that white looks much better on you than cream, thanks for the OCD demonstration of color analysis! i was trying to categorize myself over christmas.

    oh, hair color: i'm a bottle red, but my naturally strawberry friend swears by aveda's madder root conditioner for putting the red back in her hair when it bleaches blonder in the summer (or when she wants more fire!). on my dyed strands it's amazing!

  • Sigrid
    March 15, 2011

    I don't really fit with any of these seasons because I have olive skin and can't wear anything remotely yellowish or I look sallow. I have mostly relied on trial and error, really looking at myself in different colors and trying to understand why some things look better than others. Also, there are so many undertones to skin and overtones to hair etc. that I think we can choose which aspect of our coloring we want to bring out and not just get sucked into something that averages it out.

    It seems you prefer to emphasis the contrast between your gorgeous fair skin, reddish hair and blue-grey eyes and when you use colors opposite the red/pink side of the color wheel (i.e. blue tones) I think that aspect of your coloring is enhanced the most. (Your eyes naturally play up that contrast.) Looking at the seasons I think the Soft Summer does that best as almost all the colors have blue undertones ! SO I think you really have been intuitively choosing the best choices. Maybe you are thinking like an artist with a color wheel.

    The warm colors look okay on you, they enhance the warmth of your hair, but they do not play up the lovely rosy nature of your skin.

    Finally, some colors just make me happy when I can see them in my peripheral vision, and so I wear them and smile!

  • monkeysocks
    March 15, 2011

    I hate colour analysis!" I really don't fit either! I have mid-dark brown hair that is definitely got red and gold in it, and rich brown eyes, but I look terrible in most warm colours (this has been commented on by many people so I can't, luckily, just blame my love of bright jewel tones!) I think its my skin, which is really the thing you are meant to match, which just has too much pink in it! Its all very difficult, and everything seems to conspire to tell me to wear more orange, in which I look revolting!

    You have given this a serious shot however, even if you don't come up with a clear "season" to define yourself with, at least you have learnt a lot about which individual colours work on you.

  • Taran
    March 15, 2011

    I have no comment, except that my mom is delighted with my recent forays into colour, as some of them are straight out of the little swatch book from when I was draped (back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper). Apparently I'm a spring, by the way… Unless that can change as you get older. Certainly my hair's darker. I refuse to be an autumn, however. ;)

  • Joy
    March 15, 2011

    I've spent (too much) idle time trying to figure this out for myself. My husband and oldest girl have the same red hair and complexion you do; mine is similar with goldish instead of reddish hair. My opinion? I wonder if this color system has left out the subset of Scandinavians with the red and strawberry hair and the warm, freckly skin. Of course, nearly everyone in my small world looks like this (: but I think it's fairly uncommon in general and perhaps didn't figure into the analysis.

    That said, http://www.prettyyourworld.com and http://www.thechicfashionista.com have some pretty detailed descriptions, breaking the categories down further. I think I'm a spring, leaning toward warm spring because of my (numerous) warm freckles and goldish hair.

    I think I've mistaken myself for a summer in the past and have worn pastels, which are actually really blah. Looking back over blog pictures, esp. daily SSS photos, really helps. People tend to leave comments about colors that really look good on you (not so much on bad colors!)

    Good idea to take photos with the different colors! Who would've thought white looked so vibrant compared to cream? I really like the clear spring (and secondly the warm spring) because they make your skin look clearer and brigher (but NOT pasty, hehe).

    I'd be curious to see you compare different shades of COLORS. That might help narrow down between categories within a season. Maybe I shouldn't mention that to someone with OCD blogging tendencies, but it's like a fascinating magazine article without all the ads.

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2011

    i went through a similar process a few years back. after much heartbreak and tedious conversations… i looked up a CMB (color me beautiful) analyst. yes, they exist. at least for their method, you would have closure if you contacted one and had your 'colors done'. as a spring, i had to avoid black, which i wear all the time. as a CLEAR spring, i'm allowed black. phew! what a relief!

  • Sherry
    March 14, 2011

    I'm like you in that I don't fit easily into any category. I'm a brunette with blue eyes, and colour theorists always assume brunettes have brown – so I've avoided following their rules!

    It is amazing how the white freshens your complexion Maybe you should follow the rules for your skin/eyes and just let your hair rebelliously contrast. I quite like the soft summer colours on you – the berries reflect the natural colour of your lips and the blues/greens/greys have the tones of your eyes, and the greens/blues look striking with your hair and emphasise it's colour. And if you like them… But then maybe I am biased because I personally like these colours best!

    Btw, I'm not so sure about Lucy in that daffodil yellow…!

  • LAP
    March 14, 2011

    My favorite of those palettes is totally the soft summer for you too! I also like the clear and warm spring palettes as well, but there's something about the energy of the soft summer colors that suits you. I also love the gray against your face better than the black or brown. I will say that I was relieved to see the chartruese/lemongrass type colors that I know you love featured in the warm Spring, and brights that complement you in the clear Spring. FUN!

    I might have to do this.

  • ms. modiste
    March 14, 2011

    Oh, a girl after my own heart! I love the OCD analysis.

    Sometimes I think these things are far too general… they serve as good "rules to know before breaking" or foundations from which to build. Ultimately, I think most of us know intuitively what looks good on us and what doesn't (provided that there's not some sort of interference, like a snide comment once made or an irrational insecurity). Sometimes it's figuring out WHY things do or don't look good that takes the most work.

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    March 14, 2011

    I think you just proved why people should wear less black and beige, and more color. Vibrant colors look good on so many. I think I liked the first one, Clear Spring on you.
    You should wear turquoise/aqua, those colors next to you were great.

  • Laurwyn
    March 14, 2011

    That is so crazy to see how much a lipstick can change! I think that am between a warm spring and a warm autumn… Brown/green eyes, dark blond and very fair.

    You also started writing about the classic Trench/shirt combo. I have been thinking about since I saw a TV with Tim Gunn in it (gotta love the man, he's so relaxing!). Since then, I want them both!

  • Sue
    March 14, 2011

    Fantastic post!
    Soft Summer was the one I thought looked really good on you (on my monitor)! Clear Spring was very nice too but I think the colours are just, only just a bit too bright.

  • 2paw
    March 14, 2011

    Luckily I'm easily categorised I'm a Deep Autumn. It has the most greens I think so I'm happy. You do have a conundrum!!
    Here, in platypus country, we say platypuses and be done with it.

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