Our Eye Album: Spring
July 6, 2011 by Christine Scaman
No aspect of human form or colouring do I find more beautiful than eyes. The more photos I looked at, the more it seemed that such collectively splendid human truth should be compiled.
This is our family album, a celebration of the miracle of Nature’s creation. Let yourself be uplifted by the intricate simplicity of her use of colour, in our home planet as in our own body. I payed no heed to which PCA system determined Season, or how perfect the photographic conditions.
I am not attaching words except to say that eye colour and pattern are notÂ sure guides to Season. Season, hair, and eyes come in any and every combination. As well, train yourself to look at everything in the photo. Notice the colour of skin, lashes, blood vessels, the rims of the eyelids, and the white of the eye.
AÂ special 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.
If you have pictures like these and know your Season, please do send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly add them.
Spring eyes have been a fascination to me in that they are barely ever what I expect. I cannot come up with a consistent pattern except the presence of yellow. Quite in keeping with the unpredictability of Spring. Line patterns in the iris may be very defined, to the point of crossing into Winter’s eyes. Lines radiating out from the edge of the pupil are more defined than Summer’s (often barely discernible), though less than Winter’s. There is often a lot of yellow, but not always, and not always organized as a ring in the iris. The yellow is usually yellow to strong peach, seldom an earthy orange-brown (which belongs to the Autumns), but sometimes the distinction isn’t so obvious.
Pure cool colours in the eye below, much more definite lines, Winter characteristics. But the skin is light yellow and so are the lashes.
See the yellow ring out in the iris?
Below, on a Summer base blue (little line detail, line-free ring around the pupil) there are brown flecks that seem Autumn, lots of yellow that’s not organized into a ring, and petal shapes that could suggest Winter. Eyes can be as misleading as helpful. They can give away too much about the real us, as we well know. The skin and lashes seem light, clear, yellow, and pink.
Notice what is so uniquely beautiful in the eye below: there are two rings of sunshine! One at the outer edge of the brown spacer round the iris and another at the outer edge of the iris, with many a sunbeam connecting the two rings. These eye photos just get better and better. Â The eye belongs to the very beautiful Light Spring woman in the light coral drape just under the eye. She and I both find it interesting that her facial structure resembles Louise’s in the article Louise And Stevan Are Light Springs (Light Spring eye 1 at the top belongs to Louise.) The haircolour you see is her natural colour. Her skin could not look more perfect.
We’ve seen so much variation in Light Spring eyes. I find Spring the most difficult Season to generalize regarding eye colours and patterns – in keeping with the unpredictable spontaneity of Springs, perhaps. The eye below seems to me more typical: the colour deposit or effect is light rather than intense; the skin is very young, glowing, pink and yellow both; lashes are light and contain yellow; there is an open area round the pupil with a faint line pattern only, a bit more defined than in a Summer; the definite presence of green which happens when Spring yellow is added to Summer’s blue eye base; and the unmistakable clear yellow beaming in the iris. The yellow is not intense, so this person may lean close to their cool Light Summer neighbor than to the warm side as the woman above does, in whose eye the colours are more saturated and more transparent.
The photo below shows so many interesting points. This woman was draped as a Light Spring in London by Nikki Bogardus. See how much more pigmentation there is than in the eye above? It’s uncommon to find such intensity of eye colour in the Light Seasons, and probably looks near electric when the clothes and cosmetics are light to keep the skin perfect. I wonder if she was created with more intense eye colour to balance her darker hair, again more value than is common in the Light Seasons. These unexpected findings make us unique, the gifts of our individuality that few others received, even within our Seasons. Notice also the orange-yellow colour clustered round the pupil – that could be misinterpreted as Soft Autumn, which is why it’s essential to be draped, to be surrounded by the most beautiful colours possible.
Below, eyes that look quite dark from a distance. Up close, they’re gray-green with a golden topaz ring around the pupil. Beautiful photos. The more images like this we see, the more we wonder if the stereotypes really exist at all. In my draping experience, they certainly exist, but in the minority.
True to everything else about this Season, the eye pattern are the most unpredictable. What the cameras are picking up is amazing.
Below from a self-diagnosed True Spring who may have gotten it right. The orange gathered round the pupil could easily belong to Autumn, but there’s a glassy clarity to the colours here. You don’t have a sense of looking through a veil of smoke or haze. Also, there is lots of yellow out in the iris. The skin is more pale yellow and peachy than Autumn muted/sueded and coppered. The skin also has a young, tight, dewy appearance very typical of Spring.
Below is a most unusual eye, a wonderful reflection of Spring’s ability to surprise. The yellow sun in the iris isn’t here. Instead there is a webbing like an overlay that seems to spread out from the pupil, but is somehow different from Winter’s more sharply drawn spokes. The wreath around the pupil is different from Summer’s in that some line pattern can be discerned, quite commonly seen in Spring eyes. The skin is very consistent with True Spring. You can see the clear yellow tones and the tight, glowing, poreless quality. Spring is always spontaneous, never predictable. Much like True Spring eye 1 above, its consistency seems to lie in its very randomness.
A lovely story accompanies the three images that follow. Here is a reader with beautiful eyes and exquisite face, as you can see. Since she lives far from colour analysts, she worked out her own Season as best she could. And it was brilliant, understanding the limitations, not overreaching the boundaries, and drawing reasonable conclusions. With great critical thinking and intelligent comparisons, she chose True Spring.
When I saw the images, with the cooling in the white of the eye, Winter geometry in the eye patterns, and overall appearance (below, you see no makeup besides the Lip Draping test product, an eye that is certainly turquoise, not slate or navy or ice blue, and Spring’s incredible skin texture), I asked if she’d tried Bright Spring. Again, with great deductive reasoning, she found warmth to be the most important dimension of her colouring, with brightness a close second. Can people be between two Seasons? Sure they can, though one palette will always be the best choice.
Spring eyes are the least stereotypic of all, much more so in the Trues and Brights than the Light Spring. Did you notice the placement of the yellow, not outside the wreath surrounding the pupil, but as dots around the edge of the iris? Â Also fascinating, it is said that our best neutral colour is the narrow rim of our own personal custom-coloured grey at the outer rim of the iris. See how yellowed the grey edge is in this eye, speaking highly of Spring?
Below, an eye from another self-identified True Spring who probably leans close to Bright Spring (having seen her face, I’d agree she is probably close if not right on). Comparing this photo to the previous gives us an interesting opportunity, since both women used good critical thinking to choose their Tone. Â Pretending that photography and lighting are the same, which we know they never are, the white of the eye below is yellower, as are the skin and lashes. The overall look is lighter, warmer, softer, and yellower. Could these women be the same Tone, True Spring, with one moving closer to Bright than the other? Sure they could. Until they’re correctly draped, we cannot really know their precise colouring. If you look only at the line patterns in the iris, they’re surprisingly similar.
Eye patterns can seem so confusing, but in retrospect, once you know your Season, it can be so obvious. Bright Spring … the Season that combines a lot of Spring (seen in the yellow ring out in the iris, separated by a small distance from the edge of the pupil) and a little Winter (you can see that the spoke lines begin right at the pupil edge and go out to the outer edge of the iris). This skin isn’t very yellow or warm because Winter puts a lot of red here. But there’s Spring clarity in that eye, like beach glass.
The eye below contains a lot of Winter’s cooling and Winter geometry in the line patterns, as does the face it belongs to, with dark hair and still darker brows. The entire picture of the face is fresh, light, warm, and delicate, far more likely to be a Spring type than a Winter. Here, you see the yellow colouring of the skin next to the apparent coolness of the eye, already a very compelling effect. Add to that that some of the colours of the skin appear in the eyes. The photo captures the crystal clarity that human pigmentation can achieve. Did you notice the blue liner in the lower lid? Makeup that you see before the person isn’t my favorite, but this is subtle, interesting, and beautiful. The colour is young, clear, too playful to wear more obviously, but so happy and uplifting when applied this graceful restraint. We are so incredibly attuned to colour that the tiniest amount usually does the job better than applying more to be sure it will be seen. Trust me, we’ll see a speck and thank you for it.
Have a look at the breathtaking eye below and the pair. Like holding coloured glass up to the sun, these are textbook Bright Spring eyes and yet not often seen. Spring will diverge away from the average more often and in more ways. The eye patterns often show lines within the wreath round the pupil. That and the petal shapes at 3, 4, and 5 oclock are a tip of Winter’s hat. The yellow out around the wreath (rather than round the pupil where the heat is located in most Autumn eyes), and in little puffs at the outer edge of the iris signify Spring.
From the yellow in the skin, the very young quality of the skin texture, and all the yellow in the eyes, this natural colouring is certainly the celebration of sunlight that is Spring. Winter cools the exuberance slightly with some sharper eye patterns and some darkening of the lashes.
As seen below, the brown-eyed Spring is usually combined with Winter in the Season or Tone known as Bright Spring. This can be a difficult distinction from Dark Autumn, in person and in the eye. We still see the golden yellow out in the iris and the Winter lines that come up to the edge of the pupil.
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