Icy Colours and Pastels
October 17, 2009 by Christine Scaman
Personal Colour Analysis determines what the colours that perfect your skin tone have in common. We use terms like “icy” and “pastel”.
The Winter seasons wear their light shades as “icy colours”.
The Summers wear their light shades as “pastels”.
Since this is a Winter/Summer discussion, you can tell that it pertains to the cool Seasons. That includes all 3 Winters (Dark, True, Bright) and the 3 Summers (Soft, True, Light). It could also include the Bright Spring who wears many light colours as icy.
What’s the difference?
Icy colours are pure. They are not grayed, dulled, or dusty (that’s called a “soft” colour). They are very clear.
Icy colours are also very, very light. On a light/dark scale, they are much closer to white than pastels are. Pastels have more colour. Icy means those colours reflected when ice crystals act as prisms and split white light.
Icy colours are completely cool. They are crisp and frosty.
They are consistent with Winter’s formal feeling. They are more regal (Winter) than soothing (Summer).
So ICY = VERY LIGHT + CLEAR + COOL
ICY IS NOT PASTEL, NOT SOFT, AND NOT WARM.
A pastel is light, but not extremely light. It’s also grayed or softened just a little. Pastels are gentle, soothing as watercolours. They are in keeping with the delicacy of Summer, whose mood is peaceful and calm.
Each of the 12 Seasons has an atmosphere all its own. True Summer dressed in their tranquil, conservative pastels are so harmonious that it FEELS wonderful to look at.
Put True Winter in that outfit and it is flatter than flat. Dressed in their icy Winter colours with 1 dark, cold contrast, with the drama created by the colour simplicity, it is difficult to tear your eyes away.