Originally posted by Miki
The Color Scheme of Your Body
(from Color Me A Season by B. Kentner)
The Summer person has a very pale skin tone. Their paleness is often of great concern to them because they look tired and washed out in wrong colors. It is the Summer person's lot in life to never have a suntan. If they do tan, they will quickly fade out. I do not encourage Summer people to stay in the sun because a suntan is not becoming to them. We should remember also, that over-exposure to the sun's rays can be harmful to the skin.
Summer's skin usually has a transparent look to it. It is often fine textured. They have a delicate look in soft pastel colors. When wearing dark,
unbecoming colors, dark circles appear under the eyes and all the imperfections of the skin stand out.
Skin tone is light with a rosy-red or lilac undertone that does not come up to the surface. Summers are not prone to blushing. One might describe the skin tone as transparent looking. In choosing a makeup undertone, they usually use the lightest color with pink tones.
The eye coloring of a Summer is usually light blue or grey. They may have a grayish-green or hazel, but very seldom brown. It is most unusual to find a brown eyed Summer.
As I talk about the color of the eyes, I want you to understand I am not talking about the season's pattern. Another chapter will explain the pattern. What I am talking about is the overall appearance of color as you stand within talking distance to a person. If you carefully study eye coloring you will discover that eyes are really not one color at all, but a combination of many colors. Each person's eyes are completely their own color. I have not yet found two persons with exactly the same color eyes. I even find that each eye is different from the other. No one eye in the world is the same as another.
Some Summers have such deep blue eyes they appear to be brown from a distance. Upon close inspection, we find the eyes truly dark blue pools of color.
Hair coloring on a Summer is usually light brown or blonde and very often these people were towheads when they were little. Here again, any hair coloring is possible and they may also have brunette or red hair.
The overall look to a Summer is colorless. They are very dependent on clothing colors and makeup if they are a woman. The right colors are extremely important to a Summer. Color does more for a Summer person than any other season.
Complexions of Springs are of two types. 1- Light amber with gold tones, and 2- darker suntanned look with a yellow undercast. There is one distinguishing thing with a Spring person and it is usually of great concern to them. There is a tendency to blush easily. Cheeks are often very rosy, especially after physical exertion or embarrassment. Spring's do not always have rosy cheeks, but there is a lively appearance to skin tone.
Some Springs have a very fair skin and ore often analyzed as a Summer. The analyst must be very careful to note whether the skin has a rosy undertone or if it is more on the yellow or gold tone. Very fair skinned Springs who have been told they are Summers are usually very dissatisfied with the light pastels of Summer. Spring people like the brighter colors and are happy wearing them. Very light skinned Springs will look better in Spring colors and may even wear some of the Summer colors. The proper cosmetics will help bring out the lively appearance of a lighter Spring.
Eye colorings of a Spring are clear and bright, usually of one color, such as blue, blue-green, grey or grey-green. On close inspection, they may even have a great deal of mustard color yellow around the iris of the eyes. Spring eyes have a lively appearance to them and may even appear to be watery. Brown eyes are rare, but possible. More will be said on this in the next chapter.
Hair may be any color. Those red heads with sandy colored hair, blondes or taffy colored hair are often Springs. It is not unusual at all to see a Spring with very dark brown or black hair.
The overall appearance of Spring is "Radiance", especially when wearing the proper Spring colors.
Skin tones of Autumns correspond to the Spring season. That is, the color of the skin has the same gold or yellow undertone. The underlying cheek color, however, is more gold or orange toned than a Spring. Springs have the same skin coloring, but with rosy colored cheeks. Autumns have more of a bronze look to the complexion.
There are fair skinned Autumns with lighter gold tones to the skin. A fair skinned Autumn will generally have the lighter colored blue, green, grey-green, or any combination of blue and green eyes. A dark Autumn often has brown eyes or green eyes with many brown and gold flecks. Autumn eyes will generally have gold or brown coloring around the iris or they may be almost clear opaque green with small flecks.
Here, again, a fair skinned Autumn will be beautiful in Autumn colors in their most vivid hue, but they may wear Autumn colors in the more pastel shades, giving them a great variety in the earth tones.
I find that hair tone in the Autumn is more helpful in analysis than any other season. Hair will have a bronze or metallic look to it.
Once in a while, I find someone with jet black hair who is an Autumn. This is always a delight to me as they are pleasing to the eye when wearing their proper colors. Remember, do not rely on hair coloring to find your season!
Winters skin tone is cool with rose undertones. Fair skinned Winters may appear almost white, yet the skin will be a bit darker than the very pale skinned Summer. There will not be the translucent look that a Summer person has. Rosy cheeks will not appear naturally on a Winter person, this must be added with makeup and is very becoming as I will explain in the chapter on that subject.
Dark skinned Winters are usually olive skinned with a rose undertone. Eye coloring is grey, blue, or combinations of blue and grey, usually not green, very often brown or almost black-brown.
Occasionally I find a blonde Winter. I get very excited when I find someone with unusual hair or eye coloring for their season because the effect of wearing their proper colors for skin tone can be very dramatic.
Most times, a Winter person will have brown, dark brown to very black hair. Olive skinned Winters generally have very dark or black hair. White hair is particularly becoming to a Winter.
We may find many unusual variations to the seasons. White hair may be found on every season because of age. Often times, a white haired person is analyzed as a Summer or Winter but in reality would benefit from wearing their proper Spring or Autumn colors.
As I said before, I get excited with the unusual, because proper clothing and makeup colors create a dramatic picture.
We are trying to find our correct season so we may wear the proper colors. When we are attired in becoming color, people see us, not what we are wearing.
When not attired in proper color we appear sallow skinned, tired and ill. Every wrong facial contour is accented and blemishes and dark circles stand out. The
aged skin appears more lined. When we find our season's colors, our countenance appears to be-
SUMMER - soft, delicate, peaceful, serene, comforting
SPRING - vibrant, alive, radiant
AUTUMN - dramatic, tawny, coppery, metallic
WINTER - cool, icy, elegant, regal
We find here a pattern emerging - Summers and Winters are the cooler seasons - Springs and Autumns the warm. For accent colors it is wise to choose the corresponding season's colors rather than the other two.
Remember, the blue, rose tones of Summer and Winter; yellow or bronze tones of Spring and Autumn.