Best Makeup Colours : True Winter

June 24, 2010 by  

In 12 Season Personal Colour Analysis, True Winter is the pure Season whose most important color fact is its coolness. The saturation and darkness are fairly high but not at the max. Every color, light or dark, is cold, crisp, hard, frosty, dry like the inside of a freezer.

There are 5 pages of pinks and purples in True Winter’s Personal Colour Palette. 5 swatches on each strip, that’s 25 pinks and purples. They far outnumber everything else.

The color at the core of this being is red-purple, all very clear and blue-based. The palette is so cold that it almost feels a bit unfriendly to look at. There isn’t a shred of warmth. No brown, no orange, no beige, nothing we associate with comfort. Combine that with the relative darkness, and it’s uncomfortable.

Like these personalities can often be, Winter demands that we make some space for it. We feel commanded to notice it but prefer to keep our distance. It likes to argue and will resist any sort of control. And yet, its beauty is awesome and unto itself.

True Winter has some serious strength in their coloring. They can balance much more makeup than most others. They can wear eyeliner along the inner rim of the eyelids and look even more remarkable. On the rest of us, it just looks vicious.

If someone told me they liked my eyeliner, I’d throw it out. When you look at pictures of Laura Mercier or Mrs. Obama, you’re not looking at their eyeliner. Here, the color analysis cosmetic colours would harmonize a sapphire and deep purple eyeliner, as long as it’s not obviously, ridiculously purple. The sapphire has to be pure, dark, and cold. Not teal, just pure deep blue. Merle Norman makes a nice Sapphire eyeliner. Bright Winter can balance this too, with their drop-dead glamour signal. Everyone else pushes the limits of credibility.

It may take time to get used to these fuchsias, rubies, dark plums, and crimsons in blush and lipstick. Begin with sheer colors, but don’t compromise the color. Your makeup will be invisible, or worse, it will be noticeable as some weird, warm, wishy-washy shade on your skin tone. Don’t go there.

The basic eyeshadow is a clean, crisp steel grey. A cool taupe (grey-brown) can work as a good alternative. MAC Satin Taupe is fairly good, but very shiny. This group can handle shimmer makeup, consistent with Winter’s polish, but nobody should overdo the frost, especially after 40. Summer’s cool taupe could work, but it’s not quite the same because of its inherent softness. If these colours look warm on your screen, they’re not intended to.

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39 Responses to “Best Makeup Colours : True Winter”

  1. itari on June 25th, 2010 2:17 am

    I’d love to see someone wearing these colours. I figured out that I’m probably a Winter, just because cool and saturated colours look really good on me, while more muted tones make me look sallow and ill. Dark sapphire is one of my best colours. However, the True Winter makeup palette is a tiny bit too cool for me (or at least I feel so). There’s probably some borderline warmth in my natural colours, I guess. I might be a Bright Winter, after all.

    Oh, and there’s a one thing I wanted to ask. There are 23 topics about Cool seasons and 14 about the Warm ones. Is it because there are more Cool than Warm people, or just a coincidence?

  2. Trish on June 25th, 2010 2:38 am

    Looking at these shades above I’d suggest the following MAC make-up shades as a guide:

    Hilite: Warmer white (Limited edition from TG quad) and Digit
    Shadow: Scene and typographic (or Soot- a pro product)
    Eyeliner: Blooz
    Blush: Coygirl or Swoon (or Full Fuchsia – pro prouct)
    Fuschia Lipstick: Show Orchid (pro product)
    Bright blue pink lipstick: Girl About Town
    Deep pink lipstick: Rebel
    Lighter blue pink lipstick: Lickable

    Tone Grey eyeshadow quad

    Can’t wait for Bright Winter shades!!!!! Hurry please :)

  3. Ellen on June 25th, 2010 4:02 am

    Perfect, Christine. These are exactly the colours I know “work.”

    I’ll just list a few in case anyone wanted to try them.

    An eyeliner I love is Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner in “17 Surf.”
    I love the colour (but not the texture- such a pity) of Prestige Aftershock Lipstick.

    An interesting light pink is Bourjois Eyeshadow pot in “34 Rose Tentation.” It has a slight iridescence of yellow/green. I’ve also been meaning to get back to “04 Noir Precieux,” which is a blue black. There’s also a good gunmetal silver, but it’s so shiny that it feels unwearable for daytime.

    The widely-available and often loved lip-and-cheek is Stila Convertable Color in Fuchsia. It’s almost exactly the first pink in blush/lip.

  4. Ineke on June 25th, 2010 6:02 am

    I’m a cool winter myself (is similar to true winter) but I can’t wear blushes and lipsticks in those colors. Like Itari said, it’s too cool. I wonder if it’s anyhow a good thing to do: wearing makeup this cool. I mean, all humans have some warmth in their coloring. Skintone is never pure cool. Do women really have lipcolor like fuchsia and purple? And if so, is that really a color you want to emphasize?

  5. Ellen on June 25th, 2010 7:59 am

    Ineke – My lips naturally give the impression of light mauve- Fuchsia is actually warmer (more red) than this. Evident to me is every scrap of warmth in the lipsticks I put on. It will either clash, “sit on top” (to use Christine’s phrase), or my skin just looks sickly.

    I agree that coloring is never pure cool, but neither are these colours, as “pure cool” makeup colours would be deathly and blue. The only colour that might be too vivid or unrealistic is the purple on the bottom right in the grid..

    When I can get a hold of appropriate grey eyeshadow, I can take a photo of myself if you like. Otherwise, I suggest looking at “Emily is a True Winter.”

  6. Jeannie on June 25th, 2010 9:53 am

    Perfect timing and so helpful. Lora definitly thinks I am a True winter. These makeup color confirm it. It is really helpful to see the differences between True Summer makeup and Cool Winter makeup. On screen the colors do not look to much different but when I printed them out…big difference…Winter is much more intense. Your comment about Emily rings true…darkening the hair would be a good option for his type to match the eyebrows.

  7. Ineke on June 25th, 2010 11:48 am

    Ellen, when I look at the pictures of Emily, I don’t see someone with very blued makeup on.
    It looks to me almost neutral. I know I can wear those colors, for sure!

    Ellen wrote:
    as “pure cool” makeup colours would be deathly and blue.

    So true! That’s what I meant. Too blued is not something you would desire for your face :-)

  8. Christine Scaman on June 25th, 2010 12:12 pm

    Itari,

    Just a coincidence, and one I must rectify. Now you have me thinking though, I see fewer Springs than any other group, so maybe not coincidence. I like writing about people the best, I am far more inspired.

    Trish and Ellen,

    Thank you for taking the time to do this. Women appreciate it and it saves me so much time!

    Ineke,

    A good point. This is easier to understand once you’ve seen a draping process. So, a True Season has no heat in their skin undertone. Of course the overtone, the color we see, is beige or brown or some variation. But the undertone that determines how that skin reacts to color, if it is purely cool, when you put a drape on them with even a slight degree of heat, they will turn yellowish in the skin/white of eye/teeth. Nobody has fuchsia lips, but fuchsia is the color that will merge with their own coloring and look most natural.
    Ellen always help me explain with great analogies. This isn’t blue or even purple. It is just cool relative to any color that has yellow, orange, or gold in it, which looks murky and dull instead of clean, crisp, and sharp on this skin.

  9. Ineke on June 26th, 2010 4:34 am

    Thanks for explaining Christine! I have had a color consult with the draping process, so I know exactly what you mean. And yes, I did turn (more) yellow with warm colors.
    It’s good to keep in mind that colors are perceived warm or cool relative to their “neighboring” colors.
    Thanks for that reminder!

  10. Donna on June 26th, 2010 2:23 pm

    I would never have known I was a True Winter had I not been draped. (Lauren/Color My Closet). I don’t use all of these, but I know they work for True Winters:
    EYES: Estee Lauder (EL) Pink Ice (highlighter), EL Blue Smoke Quad, EL eyeliner in Midnight Blue, MAC Knight Divine, Lancome Style Section (a metallic silver shadow) and Makeover (silver pink), Laura Mercier eyeliner in Bleu Marine
    LIPS: Chanel Provocative and L’Oreal’s Sea Fleur are almost identical fuschias, MAC Lickable & Girl About Town, EL Candy and Plumberry
    BLUSH: MAC Swoon, Coygirl; Stila Convertible in Fuschia

  11. Jeannie on June 29th, 2010 7:01 pm

    Donna,
    What color eyes do you have?

  12. Ellen on July 3rd, 2010 8:40 am

    I was able to try a number of colours today (mostly lipsticks), and I will agree with all of Trish’s non-pro suggestions (I was not at a Pro Store)- the lipsticks and blushes I’d picked out myself and found they were Rebel (which I’d already found myself), Girl About Town and Lickable (which I really want to get now!), Coygirl and Swoon :)

    I particularly loved MAC Scene eyeshadow :)

    Lip colours from other brands I liked were:
    Shiseido Perfect Rouge in R516 and RS320
    Shiseido Lip Crayon in LC3 (although this could be for any of the Winter blends, through to Bright Spring and Deep Autumn, perhaps)
    Elizabeth Arden Cranberry Cream seemed slightly brown, but I really liked Pink Pink Shimmer 14
    YSL Glosspur Lipgloss #5
    Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Wild Plum
    Estee Lauder Signature Lipstick in Brilliant Pink 59
    Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Last Rubillite 188 (I could only find this in a pack, but I was told only Australia no longer stocks it as a single colour, so you might be able to get it!)

    Dior looked to have a lot of really nice eyeshadow sets, too.

  13. Sarah on August 17th, 2010 7:28 pm

    I got my colors done and LOVE IT! I never knew I was a true winter, I have blue undertones, light skin, hazel eyes with a grey ring. All autums and warm colors look terrible on me, I just didn’t know it. I’m nervous about wearing the cool colors that actually look awesome on me, I don’t want people to think I’m icy but any warmth in the clothes does nothing for me. I tried the cool dark brown on my eyes and they just popped, or a dark navy shirt and my skin and eyes looked great…. I’m just scared to wear them. My closet was full of peach and warmth, now how do I wear all the icy cool rich colors without appearing so well cool and icy since there is no warmth to them? I darkened my hair to a cool chocolate brown that matches my eyebrows. My hair used to have warm red in it because the salon people always wanted to try to warm me up but it actually made me look worse. I love my new cool hair color but how do I deal with my new very cool, icy, deep color clothes. I love the feeling of warmth, they just look terrible on me.

  14. Christine Scaman on August 19th, 2010 12:11 pm

    Sarah,

    Quite funny to read this. It takes time. You can’t adjust to a whole new vision of you so quickly. Everyone else can though. They feel a sense of relief that you “cooled yourself down”. Many people, like my sister, are naturally drawn to colors that do not suit them at all. That’s fine. Nobody is objective about themselves. The most recent article “When Your Season Doesn’t Feel Right” may help.

  15. Jeannie on August 24th, 2010 7:28 pm

    When you have analyzed a True Winter…do they like the contrast between their skin and hair? Do they feel like they look ‘harsh’?

  16. Christine Scaman on August 26th, 2010 4:25 am

    Interesting Q, Jeannie,

    I would say that the contrast feels very normal to them. Even highly contrasting people have never indicated that they feel their contrasts are too strong, which is why your Q has me thinking here. Strongly contrasted people with light eyes look sharper, less blended together, than when there’s dark hair AND eyes. Olive skin looks less sharp than ivory. Any celeb come to mind to describe what you mean? Liv Tyler? Dayle Haddon? Anne Hathaway?

  17. Jeannie on August 26th, 2010 1:26 pm

    I do think sharp is a better word for it. My coloring seems to be very close to Emily’s but I am a little more yellow overtone or something. I think because most people tan (I tan very well…without trying) it is hard to maintain the purity of the True Winter coloring. Liv Tyler is pretty close. I really like the cozy plum you used on Emily…it look very natual on me..I think I am just hesitant about any of the darker colors but maybe I should just use gloss with then. Would you say not liking matte lipstick..choosing a more glossy look is more a True Winter thing?

  18. Jeannie on August 26th, 2010 1:33 pm

    Just looked up Dayle Haddon…not sure who she is but her coloring is very similar to mine. I like how her makeup is not overly blue or too dark. Would she be considered Ivory? I actually think she may be a tad darker than I am . Seeing her picture really helps.

  19. Jeannie on August 26th, 2010 4:51 pm

    http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/9E36pJvJRhz/Inaugural+Gala+Cecilia+Attias+Foundation+Hosted/n2N1XRYsKng/Dayle+Haddon
    I think she looks the best here. I would like to have that lipstick color…fuchsia?

  20. Ellen on August 28th, 2010 10:13 am

    Jeannie- that is a great colour on Dayle Haddon. It looks like a sheer blue red to me. I love glossier looks! Maybe it is a True Winter thing. Gloss feels clearer and more glowy. I do like MAC Rebel as a matte shade, but it feels “dramatic” and is only for when I’m happy to make that impact. That’s a self-correction/conformity thing, not a personality thing. I love the “Snow White” effect it gives.

    The True Winters I’ve seen analysed love how focused they look in their colours. I don’t know if this is your phrase, Christine, but we all “snap into focus.” The contrast isn’t noticed because it’s already there. It just pulls it all together. I don’t know whether it’s the same in SciArt, but they’re the easiest to analyse for us.

  21. Christine Scaman on September 2nd, 2010 2:26 pm

    No, I think it has more to do with the woman’s comfort level with makeup, Jeannie. I’m a Winter too, but I prefer slightly sheer formulations to matte or opaque ones. It feels more natural. Stick to True Winter colors, but try a more sheer formula. Also, I use the medium-darkness swatches, not eggplant, etc, in makeup.
    Dayle Haddon was a big Canadian model years back. Still in some anti-aging ads for L’Oreal. She may be a Bright Season, with those eyes, but the contrast is high and she is sharp. Same with the model for ELauder, Hilary Rhoda. That’s a good photo of Haddon, but me, I find her lips a tad too muted/grayed, and her dress too, to fully maximize her starlight potential.

    Ellen, snapping into focus is an enormously important thing, but harder to show than “clearing the skin”. At http://agreenertea.com/the-reveal-photos/ , you can see my own progression and it shows it pretty well. Not less makeup at the end, just different. I’ll show it to you when I can get photos of my daughter, Ally, too. I recently showed her on Fb, but in a Summer top. In no way does that show you the crispest, most brilliant face. She looks soft and mushy, the last things she really is.

  22. Jeannie on September 2nd, 2010 3:59 pm

    I have a closet full of jewel tones but I don’t thing many are as crisp as a True Winter’s need to be. I agree about the sheer makeup vs matte…especially in True Winter makeup the colors can be intimidating. I look forward to seeing Ally’s pictures in her True Winter form.
    Do all True Winter’s have roughly the same undertones? I was just thinking about how Brooke Shields looks quite different than say Lauren Graham.

  23. Jeannie on September 3rd, 2010 3:00 pm

    Christine,
    I see why you say it needs to be blackened sapphire. I tried a waterproof eyeliner as dark as I could find but it came out looking like blue ink on me.
    Love all the advice, all the information you post has made me learn to appreciate my coloring instead of wishing it was different.

  24. Christine Scaman on September 4th, 2010 7:49 am

    We are all unique. We all have spent too much time wishing we were different, which is time wasted. There’s already not enough time to think about the things that are good and changeable. Did you look at pics of Hilary Rhoda? I really see similarities between you.

  25. Jeannie on September 4th, 2010 4:01 pm

    The first similarity I notice is the infamous EYEBROWS! Her haircolor is similar too. I found a picture of her next to Liz Hurley, it was surprising that she seemed much cooler than Hurley. I looked up her makeup, makeup artists typically put bronzer on her…the one you actually recommended in your A Greener Tea Cool Winter article, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer.
    I do like how she typically wears sheer lip color but still looks great in rich color like plums or red.

  26. Jeannie on September 4th, 2010 8:46 pm
  27. Jeannie on September 6th, 2010 8:26 pm

    http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/08/17/video-beautyeditor-ca-reviews-chanels-fall-2010-makeup-collection-les-contrastes-de-chanel/

    Interesting Chanel has a model very close to Hilary Rhoda’s coloring but seems even clearer.

  28. LauraJane on October 21st, 2010 12:02 pm

    Hello Christine!
    I wonder if you could tell me…is it possible to be a dark blonde veering towards light brown as a true winter? And if so, does this mean that Liz Hurley, Kylie Minogue and Romola Garai are all Cool Winters…?? Many companies think that Kylie is a Summer but I really feel she is a Winter…any thoughts on this? I have the same skin tone and eye colour as Liz Hurley but my hair and eyebrow colour is more like Kylie’s…

  29. Christine Scaman on October 25th, 2010 11:52 am

    Hi, LauraJane,

    I am so not someone who can analyze a person’s colors by photos. I find it too misleading. Still, some analysts like Lynda at http://www.thatsyourcolor.com are great at it.
    I have ONE and ONLY ONE feeling about hair and its relation to your Season : ANY Season can have ANY hair color. The minute you start to generalize, you’re on the path to the wrong answer.
    Liz Hurley – not sure. She’s like a lighter version of Hilary Rhoda, a model who certainly seems to have the drama to balance black. For me, it’s all about the drapes.

  30. Jeannie on October 25th, 2010 2:36 pm

    Personality wise…Kylie Minogue seems like a Bright Spring. I have seen Liz Hurley listed as Cool Summer, Bright Winter and True Winter. Her natural hair color is much darker than how she wears it now.

  31. Krissy on October 25th, 2010 4:53 pm

    I’ve seen Kylie minogue listed as a Soft season, specifically Soft Summer but she glows in Brighter colours like Bright Spring. Agree it matches her personality too.

  32. Ellen on October 28th, 2010 10:29 am

    LauraJane, it really does come down to the drapes. You could look Soft Summer until the right colour gets on you, and then suddenly everything looks focused and more intense. I personally prefer Liz Hurley in clearer (ie, Winter) colours, even though her colouring might initially suggest Summer.

    I remember reading in my manual (not SciArt), that Bright Winters can have medium or medium-light warm blonde, I suppose because the contrast is then between the coolness of their skin’s undertone and the warmth of their hair (a contrast of temperature rather than of value).

    As for Kylie, she reminds me of Heather Graham: young, and with what looks to be natural hair, they come across very much as Softs. At the same time, they seem to look great in those Bright colours. They both have light hair and eyes, though, and could equally be Light. But check out clips of Kylie as Charlene on Neighbours (there’s a clip of her first appearance) and Heather Graham in Twin Peaks and you’ll see what I mean.

  33. Victoire on February 4th, 2011 2:02 pm

    I know I’m several months late to this conversation, but I happened to stumble across it and thought it was a great piece. I’m a Cool Winter, and the colours you posted are almost exactly the same as my favourite shades.

    In response to the comment by itari, requesting a photo of someone wearing the recommended colours, here is one of mine:
    http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff33/shoppingpiglet/plummakeup.jpg

    The eye colours are all from the Dior shadow quint #970, Stylish Move, with the darkest shade in the quint used as the liner. The lip colour is Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Flash #982, Black Tie Plum:
    http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff33/shoppingpiglet/truewintercolors.jpg

    While I’ve never been typed under the Sci/Art system, I will say that as a Cool Winter, I couldn’t be happier with my contrast level, or with my colour palette! To me the Cool Winter colours evoke drama, luxury, and a diamond-like brilliance that I love.

  34. Maya on February 9th, 2011 3:59 pm

    Wow Victoire, absolutely beautiful!

    I was finally analyzed and I’m True Winter. I’m not a stereotype of the season. Deep grey-blue eyes, ivory skin and medium dark ash brown hair. You could easily think I’m True Summer, but clearer colors and black look better on me. Or I in them, rather.

    I have been told earlier that I’m an Autumn. But autumn colors make me look yellow and pale.

    It will take time for me too to get used to the brighter cool shades. Or maybe it’s just a question of taste. I did wear a clear blue red, almost like magenta lipstick to church last Sunday though, and I was on stage, lol! It looked good on me but I was wondering if it was a bit over the top. That’s the feeling I get sometimes when getting used to these True Winter colors. Am I a bit too much? But then people never comment on it, or if they do, they say “wow” or “that color is great on you”. But for now I think I’ll stick to the sheerer shades with make-up.

    I too love the boldness and the drama of the colors. I love drama in general. I’m a dramatic person. But I don’t show it easily, so to the outer world I just seem distant and cool. The people who know me better know that there’s a whole lot of drama in me! lol.

    And I love my black!

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  35. Shannon on November 13th, 2012 11:49 pm

    I was deemed a TW and am now adjusting to my palette. What Christine said about true winter hair and eyes being all over the place describes me to a tee. My eyes look like a warm color of brown (they are actually 3 different colors. I guess that’s hazel), my hair is a fairly neutral shade of medium brown and my eyebrows are a lighter, ashier brown. My skin is very light beige with very pink hues, especially when I blush. I am colored similarly to Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, though my hair and eyebrows are lighter than hers. Where I find a need for contrast is in my makeup, more than anything else. If I wear light colored lipstick, I look ill. I have to have a darker colored lip, which on me looks natural. Also, various shades of purple eye shadows that I’ve tried, look neutral on me, whereas my sister looks like she has a black eye in the same shades. I am still getting used to my season, but overall this has been a great experience. I thoroughly enjoy your writing, Christine! Thank you for your hard work!

  36. Lena on February 23rd, 2013 8:33 am

    A great pink lipstick for True Winters:

    Wet and Wild MegaLast Lipstick in “Mauve Outta Here” ( 907C )

  37. Shannon on May 3rd, 2013 6:20 pm

    I have a question for my fellow TWs that read this. Are any of you on the lighter side of TW, but have fairly dark eyes? I look much better in white than black and colors like navy, I look better in a lighter dustier version.I also find the icy winter colors are my best, such as icy mint, icy blue, etc. Is it possible I am in the middle of TW/TS?Does being a true winter mean we can balance black, but maybe it’s possible it is not our best choice? I am very pale because I absolutely can NOT tan. I burn after 5 minutes in direct sunlight. So my skin is really delicate. I have been color analyzed and I saw that I am definitely better in cool colors. Orange, brown, tan, mustard, all make me look ill. I’m not doubting my season, just wondering if there are any of you who are on the fairer side and can make some recommendations on cosmetics and best color combinations. Many thanks ladies!!

  38. Shannon on May 3rd, 2013 6:21 pm

    Above, I meant TW/TSu :)

  39. Betsy on August 16th, 2013 10:25 am

    I just discovered Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime in the color Stay Currant. I’m a true winter and I love it, plus it stays on all day.

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