Our Eye Album: Winter
July 24, 2011 by Christine Scaman
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.
Many incredible Winter eyes.
This colour appears mostly cool, not a lot of warmth in the eye. The petal shapes are undoubtedly Winter. The brow is light. The woman draped out most fantastically as a Dark Winter. One of the most amazing transformations I have seen.
Freckle colour is not useful for determining Season, but they are interesting. Below, the brown is netural (not orange), and as often happens, similar shades appear in the eye. The natural hair colour is dark cool brown with red glints in the sun. Notice the coolness of the skin – the magic of the Dark Winter, cool skin with warm effects in hair and eyes.
I put the eye below here because it feels like it belongs, though the woman has not had a PCA. There is darkness here in brow and hair, and a feeling of slight muting in the skin.
In the next photo, you see the Dark Autumn influence, the eye of the tiger. The determination in the straightness of the brow (look for it in Soft Summers too, or anywhere Autumn is found), the hint of orange-brown in the skin. This woman draped better as a Dark Winter.
Below, a Winter eye in that the line pattern begins at the edge of the pupil, the star around the pupil is sharply pointed, and distinct shapes are visible throughout the iris, especially between 2 and 7 o’clock. One could easily interpret the faint brown around the pupil and the apparent muting of the blue colour as Summer traits, an example of why we don’t do PCA from eye photos. I think that we see here is the presence of Winter’s grey throughout the iris. You can see the grey in True Winter eyes 2 and 6 below as well. The right grey in eyeliner and eyeshadow repeats these colours in the iris and therefore looks completely native to the face.
The eye below is seen often in Dark Winter. There is a greenish quality in the periphery that still sings of Autumn, as does the muted, orange heat clustered around the pupil. The horizontal bands in the iris were considered a Winter trait by Bernice Kentner, one she associated with the emotional worry so often seen in these intense personalities. At the outer corner where there is no eyeshadow, you can sense the strength of the colours in the skin.
Once you stop wondering what brand of mascara this woman uses, notice the blue-whiteness of the white of the eye.
Lots of geometry, lines, patterns, usually means Winter.
Remember how Summer had that well-defined line-free ring around the pupil? Notice that in Winter, that space has lines going right to the edge of the pupil and its edges are not as clear.
Wow. Ice princess.
Below, an eye I’ve tried to capture. In every shot, the brown seems to snap to black. I had to lighten this so you could see anything and it’s still not easy. Many Winter people have black in the eye that comes out in Winter’s blackened colours.
If you had to pick between yellow and orange in the skin, which would you choose? Note that this is a man’s eye. The pigmentation in men is often more intense than in women of the same Season.
A new Bright Winter, below. Intense concentration of pigment in the hair, high contrast with the eye colour, the promise of early sun in the iris and in the overall appearance.
And another. This woman must look simply striking in her colours, with the unexpected ability of what seems a gentle colouring to balance a palette that is anything but gentle.
The eye below is as interesting as it is beautiful. The iris has certain properties that could be seen in a Light Summer eye – a space around the pupil, the hint of light beaming out from around that space – but there is drama, intensity, and darkness that would make you take a closer look for Winter. At the 10 oclock position round the pupil in the center, you can see the line pattern beginning right at the margin with the black. At 3 oclock in the iris is a petal shaped formation in the blue that is often seen in Winter. The similarity between Bright Winter and Light Summer is reasonable – both begin with a pure cool Season and both integrate the same small portion of Spring.
The intensely beautiful colouring in the photo below features eye colours quite similar to the first Bright Winter eye. By comparison, this person appears to have cooler skin (that might just be the lighting, of course) but more black in the brows. The hair of the man in the top photo is the darkest, most saturated black brown you can imagine. In the woman below, the pigments in the hair have that same intensity.
The owner of this eye asked me how she might intensify her eye colouring with clothes when her eye colours don’t appear per se in her personal book of colours. I suggested this:
Your eyes appear as warmer browns and greens that would not be in your palette, it’s true. First thing to remember is that the exact pigments that make up our eyes are not what they appear to be – meaning that you probably have many of your palette greens in your eyes and when you wear them, you will see the connection with the eye colour as the eye colour intensifies.
You also have a lot of Spring’s yellow out in the iris, shining out beyond the dark orange center. Wearing all the yellows in your palette will find that same colour in the eyes and yellow will radiate out of your eyes as if they were lit from behind.
That center of clear warm orange-brown is not one you will wear directly because it will yellow your skin. That colour is composed of Winter’s red (so wear all your reds and red-oranges – the undertone in the RTYNC book) and Spring yellow.
Wearing complementary colours energizes a colour just as much as repeating the colour does – so your sugarplum purples (incredible on BW, complements to your eye’s many yellows), reds, and blues will almost electrify eye colour in a Bright Winter because saturation and clarity are so high.
Below, a beautiful Bright Winter eye. If the pigments were distilled to their single essences, I expect we’d see many icy lights and Winter’s grays. You can see the rim of yellow and the very crisply defined pattern, especially round the pupil. The skin contains yellow but also a significant amount of Winter red. The overall appearance of the eye and the person are not dark, they are more medium, like the lashes. As seen in many Winters (but not all), brows are often darker than eyes and lashes and quite contrasting with the skin.
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