Best Makeup Colours : True Summer

April 26, 2010 by  

Makeup is the look factor that most confuses women. Our choices are all over the place. Our wardrobes, though not always correct, often follow more order.

Among makeup products, lipstick is the single item that most women want to learn to get right. We know that we can’t all wear each other’s makeup, but where do we go after that?

There has to be a logical method driving the choice. It cannot be just random, buy what I like, hit-and-miss. That will miss, by a little or a lot, but it will miss.

The only sensible place to start when decorating your house has to be considering what’s already there. The only sensible starting point for makeup has to be an understanding of YOUR own coloring, the canvas that you’re going to paint the makeup on. It has its own inherent colour scheme. It’s easier and much prettier to go with it, instead of against it.

Instead of lining up fairly parallel with your own coloring when you choose makeup, what if you could wear an identical match? A mesh so seamless that nobody could tell where the makeup ends and your face begins? When the alignment is that good, the makeup looks custom-colored for your face.

For True Summer, it looks like this.

In Seasonal Color Analysis, this Season’s cosmetic colour palette is “cool, soft, and light”.

There is a simple system that matches up every piece of the makeup puzzle so it works together, and with the person, with their clothes, with their hair.  The legwork is done for you forever more. You have a map of your own coloring. Personal Colour Analysis is the GPS that points you directly to your best makeup colours. This degree of color precision can’t be reached any other way.

To know what you are, you need to know what you are not. 90% of what is at the makeup counter is what you are not.


17 Responses to “Best Makeup Colours : True Summer”

  1. Denise on April 27th, 2010 7:21 pm

    This is terrific! Great for a true summer.

  2. Cathy on April 27th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this info and for showing the color chips. I really believe True Summer has the most difficult time finding lipstick, blush, and foundation colors and it would be so great if one company made all three. Picasso Pink lipstick by BeautiControl was perfect for True Summer, but they discontinued it. It would be so helpful if a cosmetic company made certain “classic” colors for each season but added a few new colors each season of the fashion cycle for the lipstick collectors. Your blog is just fascinating, no mater which of the 12 types I read about, there is always something to learn about color harmony. Thank you again for your work (fun) here.

  3. Ashley on April 27th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Those bottom colors vaguely remind me of this duo.,default,pd.html I have it myself, and it’s not as blue as it shows here, I think; but it is pretty sheer. It slightly tints my lips, but mine are probably darker than a typical Summer’s.

  4. Jes on April 29th, 2010 8:54 am

    Waiting for makeup colours for Autumns!

  5. Christine Scaman on April 30th, 2010 5:07 am

    Funny you’d say that. Sally Beauty has a blush 388402 that I love for True Summer. I thought it was their own brand, but Femme looks familiar. I must go check. Good color call on the gloss.

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  7. Ashley on May 6th, 2010 12:25 am

    Thanks! I checked it again; it’s probably better for True Winter.

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  8. Ashley on May 6th, 2010 4:40 am

    Looking at the gloss again, it’s probably better suited for True Winter. Ah well.

  9. Emma on July 20th, 2010 9:54 am

    Thanks for all this! I’ve finally found the right eyeshadow, blush, liner, and mascara for me. I’m still on the search for the right lip colour though. Is there any particular lip gloss you could recommend for a True Summer?

  10. Christine Scaman on July 30th, 2010 4:02 pm


    Lancome Provocative is usually my go-to True Summer lip. As a pure cool Season, they don’t have warm and cool options, but they can do rose petals and dusty plums beautifully – in colors a little darker than you might expect.

  11. Ashley on September 5th, 2010 3:07 pm

    Is it just me, or are the True Summer colors less purple than the True Winter? Is that true of the palette in general, or is it coincidence?

  12. Ashley on September 5th, 2010 3:09 pm

    By the way, there’s a “Provocative” look-alike in their La Laque collection…. “Plum Wave”, I think.

  13. Christine Scaman on September 11th, 2010 4:31 am

    They do appear less purple, Ashley, but I’ve never tried to actually make the colors. If we were to get into the actual compositions, I am not certain if there would be more blue pigment by proportion, but there certainly is more red and black in Winter’s colors, so they appear ‘more purple’. Now, if you meant “Does Winter have more purples to choose from?”, then yes. Winter has many, many purples. Summer has more blues and just a few purples.
    Plum Wave is a good example of a product that might suit a darker True Summer or a True Winter that’s not looking for a big color hit. It is certainly blue enough for Winter.

  14. Michelle on December 16th, 2010 7:49 pm

    Hi. I think on one of your sites you wrote that tanning for a true winter could kind of mess up their coloring. Is the same thing true for true summers? Thanks.

  15. Christine Scaman on December 19th, 2010 2:07 pm

    Yes, Michelle. That mauve-greyness in the hair and skin undertone are completely necessary to see the milk&roses perfection of True Summer skin. Tans, which are always yellowish brown as the skin deposits more melanin, don’t look nearly as good on the pure cool Seasons as on an Autumn or Spring. Even the Neutrals of the pure cool Seasons (the other 2 Summers and Winters) are not at their sharpest best (for the Winters) or healthiest (for the Summers).

  16. Michelle on February 3rd, 2011 12:39 pm

    Both my son and I have milky white complexions but when we tan it looks kind of dirty brownish orange. Of course we tan very easy. Another good reason to stay out of the sun. Thanks

  17. Kelly on November 27th, 2011 4:57 pm

    Hi Christine! Do these colors correspond directly to any of the circles on the color strips?

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