Pam Is a Dark Winter

November 4, 2009 by  

Pam is a real woman who lives in the real world. Like the majority of women, she’s gorgeous and doesn’t know it. She doesn’t have time to dwell on it anyhow. She has a family and a job. She hasn’t been in school for 7 years but it’s been hard to find time and money to spend fussing about her looks since then. Pam has become a confident, interesting woman. She doesn’t want to look like a student anymore.

Pam 1.

True and Neutral Seasons

A PCA (personal colour analysis) session devotes a fair bit of effort to sorting out whether the person is one of the 4 True Seasons (True Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter). We knew right from the start that Spring was going to be the worst of the 4, and that probably included any of Spring’s blends. There were heavy brown shadows under her eyes and her skin was yellow, with too much redness in the nose.

Summer was manageable but Winter was better. Autumn and Winter were about the same. The intensity of her eye colour was dramatically enhanced in the Autumn drapes but her skin was unevenly yellow.

The Red Drapes determined that Pam is neither a purely cool season (Winter), or purely warm (Autumn). In the neutral drapes, we began to see how remarkable Pam could look. I LOVE this part, because one of these red drapes is going to so click that I’ll take one look and think “oh, boy, this is going to be amazing”.

When we like the skin effects of one season but the eye effects of another, the skin wins. This endeavor is always about creating the most perfectly illuminated skin, cleared of yellow, ash, ruddiness, shadows, or blemishes. Pam is very clearly a Dark Winter.

The photographs show calm, evenly coloured skin. Yes, Pam has skin to be envied. But Pam’s also a Mom with 2 young kids. She doesn’t sleep well every night. Still, in her perfect colours, you can see the luminous, flawless, poreless, Snow White skin, the white teeth, and the crisp whiteness of the white of the eye.

Pam 2.

Pam’s colour memo to the world

You know that I’m all about how colour FEELS. We react to it because of how looking at it makes us FEEL.

Look at the expression in her eyes. She FEELS comfortable. These are the colours that she recognizes BECAUSE they live inside her already. Pam is experiencing what it’s like when colour speaks for you. It’s telling the world who she really is and it feels familiar, like a truth you’ve always known but have never heard spoken before.

She is easing into her Winterness. Winter is not an informal, casual, or scruffy season. The individual’s energy is tailored, simple, and elegant. She will completely dominate overly relaxed clothes. To the viewer, that would FEEL like “hard on the eyes” because of the continuous conflict with Pam’s own energy. This season is not frilly or fussy; if anything, it borrows a little of Autumn’s masculinity and adds a faint menswear touch.

In Winter’s appearance,  there is no movement, playfulness, or softness. You can see why these colouring schemes were named after the seasons. Outfits in a single dark colour convey the dark and serious look. Details are minimal or absent. When present, they are simple and expensive. Dark-light contrast should be extreme. One colour garments that repeat the hair colour are truly majestic. Nobody can compete with the power of this look on Dark Winter’s energy.

These colours allow her to look as she is. Pam is calm, a little remote, a little shy, but now, she is aware of her beauty. She is a little formal. You won’t know everything about Pam in the first hour. This is very typical of the Winter character. Add a little Spring to Winter, and you up the emotion. Add a little Autumn, and you increase the determination. Pam does not back down.

Pam 3.

She looks a little detached. She looks aristocratic. Pam won’t carry off a beach blonde look. She’ll look odd in exotic prints and fabrics. She isn’t made for lavender and lace. That would look almost crazy, like putting a True Summer (say, Bo Derek) in a man’s suit and plaid shirt. So, instead of jeans and hoodies, Pam is empowered to know what colours will intensify what is special and distinctive about being Pam.

Dark Winter makeup and hair

Pam usually wears no makeup. It feels too fake, too dark, too conspicuous. That is not who Pam is and it feels clownish. In these pictures, she has a dab of concealer blended with moisturizer under her eye. She is wearing a fair bit of blush to add some life and shape to the face. Eyeshadow  (medium-dark cool gray-brown)and eyeliner (black-brown) are minimal. The final touch is a plum-brown lipstick, covered with a Caramel gloss to tone it down so she won’t feel too obviously made-up. This is beyond movie star skin but it looks natural. It took 5 minutes, 5 products, and it looks effortless and real and natural.

Pam’s hair is a dark ash brown. What would highlights do? The same thing they do to any Winter. They look terrible. The whole dark force is disrupted with light stripes. The same thing happens when Winter wears light, frosted lipstick. They look flat, chalky, weakened.

Does Dark Winter have a lighter side? Oh, yes. It’s just a little contained.

Pam 4.

Your colour feeling

The trick is to find what you CAN do, what is consistent with who you are inside. Why is that so hard to know? I wish I knew. Why is it so hard to know your deepest obstacles, those you put in your own way, since that’s where most of them come from anyway? I don’t know that either.

After a lifetime of playing it safe, you have to ease into saying so much about yourself. As Marianne Williamson said “It is not our darkness we are afraid of. It is our light.” Many people are wearing someone else’s clothes and spending a lot of time and money to send out signals that detract from who they really are. Many others are trying to send out no message and render themselves invisible, so they live in comfort clothes, but that’s an equally detracting memo about who you could be. In the eye of the beholder, both say “doesn’t feel good, look away”.

Colour is deeply imprinted on human beings. With an understanding of your personal palette, you develop an understanding of how it feels FEELS to be you.



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7 Responses to “Pam Is a Dark Winter”

  1. gina on November 4th, 2009 6:13 pm

    This girl is FABULOUS.
    She could model.
    I would BELIEVE her if she told me something.

  2. Christine Scaman on November 7th, 2009 4:39 am

    Gina – she is beautiful. As you know, the photography aspect of websites is my greatest challenge. Believe me when I say that I could not nearly capture the glow in her eyes and skin on that day. It was a transformation and it required so little. I wonder if Pam would agree that she knows some things about herself that she didn’t use to know. I’m always looking for the deeper meaning, as least where colour is concerned. For many people, very sensibly, this will just be about choosing better clothes and makeup for themselves. I’m not certain which camp Pam falls into. When she wore these colours and was being photographed, it was as if she had grown into a very different Pam, very assured in her beauty, very peaceful, very confident.

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  3. Louise and Stevan Are Light Springs : 12 Blueprints on November 11th, 2009 3:57 pm

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  4. Hannah on November 18th, 2010 1:54 am

    Hi Christine! I’ve spent quite a bit of time on your site looking for some clue as to my season. After I saw Pam and her features, I’m thinking Dark Winter. As a child I had mostly cool tone dark ash brown hair that flattened out over time. My skin is similar to her coloring but now has a ruddy appearance mostly in my face that’s throwing me off a bit. My eye color is hazel green with a soft orange circle around the pupils that makes them appear hazel brown. I have tried on some different colors but I mostly have bright jewel tones in my closet so it makes it a little difficult. I’m new to this and I’m still not sure what I’m supposed to be seeing or if I’m on the right path. All I know is that white and black make me appear pale and somewhat unhealthy. Reds or pinks emphasize the pink in my complexion. At first I thought I was a soft something…summer maybe given my eye color and that I don’t have much warmth in my skin tone. This all started because I was trying to find the right hair color which I have yet to do. I can’t really do a professional color analysis because there are none in my area. I’ve thought about learning how to do it myself because of the vast amount of time and interest I seem to have. It just amazes me. I know it’s not possible for you to match me by my description but maybe you could steer me in the right direction. Thank you for your time.

  5. Christine Scaman on November 20th, 2010 6:23 am


    It seems to be that the right direction for you is to have an analysis of your own face and coloring. It may be next year, it may require scheduling it into a holiday or business travel. Analysts are rare, it’s true. There are too many layers to peel away to really help you decipher this – hair color is useless and only misleading IMO; eye color is moderately helpful but not tightly related enough to Season to pin down their coloring, it’s just a good guideline if you know what to look for; white/black are very absolute and have to be interpreted in certain ways; reds and pinks…which reds? which pinks?
    If you have time and interest, then follow those. If you can identify an interest, you are already ahead of many people who are not given the gift of that awareness. Take it somewhere. Give yourself the gift of growth, creativity, and honest self-expression. You will be amazed at the process of a Sci\ART PCA, because it IS amazing.

  6. Karen on September 17th, 2011 2:27 pm

    Christine, have you by any chance made polyvores for the dark seasons? I would love to see some examples of clothes for these seasons if you have any.

  7. Christine Scaman on September 25th, 2011 5:30 am

    Sorry, Karen, I missed your question. I did do a DW, here

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