Our Eye Album: Autumn
July 18, 2011 by Christine Scaman
Are you starting to see certain patterns repeated? And also that in every Season, there is variability in colour and line pattern?
A very sincere tip of my hat to Color Me A Season founder Bernice Kentner who was first to deduce the eye colour and pattern association with Season. Her book, The Magnificent Eye, contains all the explanations you need to get started.
I have to talk a little, I can’t seem to stop myself. The Soft Autumn eyes above and below, notice how the colours are soft, meaning quite greyed. There is heat round the center, but it’s not intense. It also happens to be the same colour as the freckle above and is a terrific colour for hair or highlight. Your best, most real and natural hair colour is often in your eyes, unless they’re blue, of course. Look in there and find it.
A most interesting colouring below, from a woman who knew herself to be a Neutral Season, but with her dark hair, expected a Dark Autumn result from the draping. Soft Autumn can be quite dark, but we forget because most lighten their hair. On some it looks better, but not all.
The eyes below belong in the very beautiful face in the lower photo. Although her colouring appears darker, she is quite typical of the green and brown eyed Soft Autumn who does not colour her hair. In certain lighting, her eyes look much lighter as the yellow reflections are more visible. If the eyes are light and/or the woman lightens her hair, the overall impression is of a lighter person. In both cases, it takes a correct draping to learn that the most important aspect of this colouring is not its darkness level. It is the lower saturation of all the colours. The colours in the eye do have a muted quality. Would her makeup look better if it were darker? Absolutely not. She looks simply perfect.
Soft Autumn may have an overall appearance that is warm and light or warm and dark. After all, light or dark levels are not something this natural colouring is inflexible about. A little lighter, a little darker, all perfectly acceptable. Where the colours in this skin are more strict is in the low saturation of colours. There will be less compromise on that point. The skin says, “As long as colours are soft and muted, I don’t mind if they’re lighter or darker. My range is pretty wide. BUT, if you intend to put more saturated colours next to me, there will be repercussions. I will not work with you.”
This striking eye belongs in the beautiful and happy face just below. I commented on the perfection of the woman’s hair colour. It is soft in its saturation, picks up the eye colour, and is gorgeous against her skin. I asked, if this is chemical colour, would she please share the make because I’d never seen such a perfect match for Soft Autumn skin? Not surprisingly, the colour is her own. I can only agree with her words, “Nobody makes hair colour as stunning and suited to us as our own bodies.” After years of trying colours and mixing colours, and then cutting her hair short to get rid of another wrong colour, she has seen that her own was best all along. The closest box colour she has tried was L’Oreal Light Beige Brown.
Very muted and very warm, says Autumn to me.
The eye above is True Autumn, with Dark Autumn below. They’re similar in that the heat (orange-brown) is now clustered round the pupil, an effect that gets stronger with more Winter. Though photographic conditions are different, the orange of the eye above seems hotter than the eye below. Dark Autumn is cooling off, since it contains a small portion of Winter, and the brown is more neutral.
With the orange-brown gathered near around the pupil below, this eye suggests a person whose colouring is closer to the darker side of Autumn. Compare the patterns with the top eye in this True Autumn group, which has the line-free ring that surrounds the pupil and the lighter and cooler colours, probably signifying a person closer to the lighter side of Autumn, or Soft Autumn. In both cases, the skin is still perfected by the True Autumn palette so they are both True Autumns. What seems fairly consistent among True Autumns is that the degree of contrast of the eyes relative to the entire person is medium, completely consistent with the degree of contrast in the overall swatch collection. The colours of skin/hair/eyes stand out from one another more than they do in a Summer face but less than in a Winter face where eyes are usually more intensely coloured and so seem more distinct from the face. In a True Autumn, the eyes are more part of the face. The overall appearance is fairly blended, still a medium saturation and darkness group. What sets them apart is the maximal warmth of the colours.
All the eyes above have little definition of lines and spokes in the iris. As Winter comes in, more of these lines become evident, as can be seen in the Dark Autumn section below. Notice that the hazy smudged line patterns (or near absence of them) is becoming more defined in the Dark Autumn eyes and the colour is beginning to clear.
Brown eyes exist in every Season. I love them in Autumn, the Season that perfects repeating hair and eye colour, a very magnetic combination. Brown eyes are also harder (for me) to deduce line patterns. I see the spokes of Winter coming in below. I see heat as orange over yellow, and muted over beer bottle clear (might be same colour as a beer bottle, but without the transparency you’ll see in the upcoming Bright Winter eye). The beauty of this eye colour with this skin colour is quite remarkable, as the bronze intensifies at every level of appearance. How unbelievably gorgeous are the colours Nature put in us?
The eye below belongs to a woman who has been analyzed as a Dark Autumn and a Dark Winter. These distinctions can be very tough in some people, even in when draped in person. You are seeing such improvements in both Seasons that it’s tough to decide which flaws (because those are there too) will be the deciding choices. I make my decisions based on certain parameters, but a different analyst, a different day, could come out different. Someone who straddles 2 Seasons this closely has big play in flattering colour. If I were her, I’d own both Colour Books. She has great flexibility within the boundaries of those 2 Seasons.
I gave this eye to Dark Autumn because the Winter lines and shapes are not as clearly defined as in many Winter eyes. There is still some muting of lines and colours, feels more Autumn.
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