The Best Skin Finish on Spring Colouring

September 7, 2012 by  

The surefire path to looking easily and believably beautiful is using what you have already as the mooring, and then adding more of it. Anchoring what someone else has into your own physiology isn’t nearly as convincing. To the viewer, this can feel like looking at a seesaw.

Where order  and agreement exist between the elements of a composition (for instance, between your natural colours and those in your  highly structured Sci\ART 12 Season palette), we sense harmony. Their relationships are visually interesting and appealing. More than that, their relationships confer upon the elements the ability to interact. This is visual magic. Now, appearance becomes scintillating.

However often an untruth is repeated, it doesn’t become a truth. When it comes to our appearance, others can tell the difference. They may not know exactly how we looked before we wandered away, but they can tell we moved farther from the starting point.

When you read what I’m about to say, we have to keep the following people out of your thoughts:

i. You – an unobjective situation if ever there was one.

ii. Your family – lots of history and emotional investment, not always a lot of reality going on, though can be a great place to learn to see apparel colours next to human colours.

iii. Anyone in magazines – make-believe worlds that nobody really lives in.

iv. Anyone under 20 – very pretty but have not reached full power in the face or mind, not the reality I want for you.

Of your friends and people at the office, whose appearance looks calm and complete when every hair is pin straight? You can almost feel the ironed hair groaning, “Stop doing this to me. Let me out of this hair girdle.” as if you’re the one getting ironed flat every day. Appearance empathy.

Highlights, bronzer, coloured eyeliner, dewy, glowy, metallics, the list has no end. Knowing which trend or look is for you is power plus – maybe because the other way round is power minus. The more people sign up for an idea or a trend, the more it can cash in for its brief stint in our attention. It doesn’t care if 8 in 10 look worse. It never cared about that in the first place. Its mandate was to rake in $$$.

The only people who should straighten their hair have 80% straight hair at the start and just need to seal the ends. Most everyone else just looks shorter.  Flip up your eyeliner if your eye flips up, otherwise you may be accentuating that your eye doesn’t. If the eye line is straight, then continue liner straight a bit. Many eyes just stop at the outer corner and are a bit squared. They look better with no eyeliner extension. Like over-whitened teeth, that little difference is the edge between creating an appearance that makes sense and one that is confusing.

A Spring woman looks unsettled when she wears Winter colours. She looks more like a child, one who raided her parents’ closet, wearing clothes that look too big and too serious. In her Spring colours, she finally looks like an adult. Spring colours only look kiddish on non-Springs. In her light caramel, peach, and ivory, with sparkling light gold wire hoops from which dangle pieces of coloured glass that catch the light, she is the Director of Educational Development for her province. She knows what she came here to say. Her natural cheerfulness in no way detracts from her credibility. In fact, she was selected for this job because she is so clearly non-judgmental. She so sincerely sees the best in everyone that she brings great comfort to the assembly. She got voted Most Loved Principal by her students. Her workshops are so well-attended because people look forward to being around her. They can feel that she just plain likes them. Spring is the no strings attached person.

Spring shares with Autumn that its colours are very warm, but that’s the end of the similarity. Even the type of heat is different. Spring’s is the yellow found in jellybeans. Autumn’s darker, richer gold colours make more sense as velvet drapes than jellybeans. Spring is smooth and shiny. Autumn is the queen of depth and dimension and we’ll talk about how to make that happen on a face in a later post.

Look at Charlotte’s skin, below. Spring fabrics have shine because of what shine does to colour. Shine can elevate and exaggerate colour. It can also lighten it. Those colours are in the skin too so it follows that we’d enhance them in the same ways, using the same shiny finishes.

 

 

Notice that when I add videos, there are two people to compare. Also, IDK what Season Charlotte is, she could be a Soft Autumn or some other. Some of her physical traits resemble Spring’s. Above, look at his skin compared to hers, it’s grey and it’s red. Her hair colour is fantastic. Buttery warm and yellow, not the heavier moose brown of Autumn. The highlights are just that, threads of light, heat, and shimmer. That brown eyeshadow – would it look better grey? No. Moves me closer to considering a very warm Season.

Heaven love her colourist for not making her a beach babe. The hair is coloured but not a lot. It’s believable, friendly, open, not highly contrasting or serious, just like her presence. The upkeep is probably occasional. You can see the yellow in her eyes even from a distance. The brows are dark, which is interesting, with as much drama as the face and her position as an artist will comfortably allow.

 

 

Again, below, fantastic golden beige hair. See that she’s not yellow in this dress, most people would be instantly so. Notice the mesmerizing from-elsewhere eyes, they have an Avatar quality, as if descended from a golden, gilded world, the magic that is Spring. She sings with a smile, radiating the pure joy in the sound (many singers frown often, like it’s a job). Spring people seem made from the sun.

 

 

Here is another woman with many Spring attributes. Look how yellow her skin is compared to the other women. She actually needs to wear her Spring colours to not look yellower than her clothes.

 

 

Nothing should come near this skin, this person, this energy, that could dim its light.

Bring Out the Beauty of Spring Skin

When any drape containing Spring comes near the skin, even if the dose of Spring in the person is small as in Light Summer, or even if the drapes are not quite yellow enough, this skin visibly tightens, plumps, and looks reflective and moist. This happens just as much whether they’re 16 or 60. Tighter skin and easing of lines happens for everyone in their right colours, but I could argue that the Spring colouring takes more years off than any other.

Spring skin keywords: dewy, young, delicate, smooth, tight, shiny, and moist.  Like petals.  We’d all like to think we have petal skin but it’s not realistic so there’s no point. We’ll get to the other Seasons soon.

 Spring makeup tips:

1. Try cutting foundation with moisturizer. You’ll look the same or better. Opaque coverage is never needed here.

2. Keep use of translucent face powder to a minimum, just enough so the next products can be blended. Matte and dry finishes don’t feel right for colours that feel like juice and cream. Even peaches manage to be velvety without feeling heavy.

3. Transparency, as sheer products, are much better than opaque ones with heavy colour deposits. What looks normal and necessary for colour to get noticed on Winter skin looks like house paint on Spring skin.

4. Uplighters, not low lighters!  Choose slight shimmer of the finest grind and uplighting liquids. Think of Charlotte’s face. Adding shadowing products would look heavy and dull. Emphasizing the angularity of a young face never looks quite right to me. It feels old and solid and carved out on a very opposite type of energy. By using uplights, so light + shiny + colour (which isn’t the same as white + frost + icy absence of colour) beautifies the geometry of the face and keeps the vitality and vibrancy high, since Spring’s settings are up at the top on those scales.

5. Jingle, twinkle, sparkle, movement, and high shine – they look odd on a face, but keep them near the face with jewelry. Let the jewelry do what the makeup can’t reasonably do.

 

Light Spring

petals in hazy light

daisy to daffodils

more delicate and less shiny than tulip petals

peaches and cream

 

Photo: yenhoon

 

Photo: relliott3

 

> For Light Spring, try

delicate peach-gold bronzer very lightly applied

milky colours, which look creamy, not wildly vibrant yet, as the top rose below

to reflect light, a surface must be smooth; make word associations, as ‘milkshake colours feel smooth because milkshakes are smooth’; creamy and smooth feel connected wherever our brain stores sensory data; creaminess of colours feels right

still some Summer here so keep a little haze with more powder and less bronzer

sheer and cream products, to create a moist and dewy finish as the bottom rose photo below; notice this isn’t icy, glitter, metallic, bronze, it’s just wet (kept within reason on a face)

lipgloss

uplights on cheeks using coloured (coral, light beige, gold), not icy, products; remember that Light Spring’s lightest colours are more ‘colourful’ than Winter’s icy colours because they are pastels

eye shadow probably better light, sheer, and matte to recognize Summer’s haze

 

True  Spring

juicy

shiny

transparent

 

Below, notice all the light bouncing off every surface. There are highlights everywhere. Surfaces are tight, plump, moist, with no associations of cold, hard, or frosty.

 

Photo: plrang

 

>For True Spring, try

the least face powder of anyone, just enough to dry the skin so the next product doesn’t catch

gloss

cream cosmetics as for Light Spring

eyeshadow can be shiny or matte, your preference; matte is easier on mature skin

peach-gold bronzer, same product as Light Spring’s but using more of it to create a face that is very vibrant with the colours of health

 

Bright Spring

delicate shine

icier lights (more ‘colourful’ than Winter’s but not soft/muted/grayed/dusty/heathery)

glassy

more contrast as Winter arrives

moist lips

The Birds In A Tree picture is smooth, light, shiny, crisp, tight, and clean, with significant separation between lightest and darkest. The overall effect is still warm, bright, and alive.

 

Photo: mckenna71 at ozaidesigns.com

 

On the cherries, the overall effect is darker and the placemement of highlight more strategic than the currants above. The surface is still round, tight, and plump and doesn’t need any strategic shading to make it better.

Photo: al71

 

>For Bright Spring, try

sharper angles with more deliberate uplight placement along upper edge of cheekbones, browbone, and center of nose to sharpen the angles, not a warmth diffusion

lighter uplighters, not too gold/peach/caramel/yellow as Winter’s sharpening comes in

multicolours and colourful colours to keep the Candyland feeling of this colouring;  peach eyeshadows, dark turquoise eyeliners, fuchsia lips (all from her Colour Book of swatches) together actually looks perfectly fine because that’s how her face is put together to begin with

you can’t put glitter on your face, but you can sneak a little in the hair depending on age and occasion; this is the colouring of figure skating outfits, after all; or just use jewelry, but sparkly sparkly, Swarovski, not pearl/coral/jade/turquoise which don’t feel glassy and twinkly

use glitter in nail polish but keep it delicate, like winking; there is huge delicacy in Bright Spring that more aggressive cosmetic effects don’t respect

more definition of features from skin (a form of contrast)

more distance between light and dark colours

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Will the face look wet or oily? No colouring will in right colour because the whites that the color brings out in the face don’t exceed your own. That’s part of the magic. When lights get lighter than your own, which can happen for a variety of reasons in wrong colour, there seems to be a random too-shiny white light bouncing all over, which looks a little greasy.

What your makeup looks like in pans is only how you see it. The rest of us see it painted right on top of your own colours. When you and your product are a match, your appearance has rhyme and reason. I promise you, with only your empowerment in my heart, you look better than good.

 

Recap: The skin is dewy, setting up highlights. The features are fresh, lively, distinguished from the skin by being very colourful, moist, and vibrant.

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Comments

46 Responses to “The Best Skin Finish on Spring Colouring”

  1. Kathy on September 7th, 2012 7:18 am

    I’ve haven’t been officially draped as such, but I think I’m some sort of spring — probably bright, maybe true — but because of my darker hair and eyes (at least compared to most springs), I haven’t ruled out the possibility of being a darker seasons. About spring looking too serious in winter’s colors? Yes! I actually said that to someone the other day: I can “get away” with darker, clearer colors: they’re not my worst (that would be muted and cool), but I look like I’ve been caught playing dress-up.

    I have a hard time with foundation because most of them, if they are light enough, are too grey; and if they are golden enough, they’re too muddy. It’s still too humid where I am to skip powder completely, but what do you think of the new BB creams? I’m thinking about switching to one of these in the winter when it’s not so sticky.

  2. Lindsay E on September 7th, 2012 10:00 am

    Great post – I love it when you address specifics like this. I’m looking forward to reading about Autumn’s makeup, as this is something I struggle with – so scared to get it wrong that I mostly go round barefaced, looking tired. Though I’m Soft Autumn, I have very pale skin and hair that in juxtaposition looks quite dark.

  3. Kit on September 7th, 2012 11:17 am

    This is fantastic, thanks! I think some of this I figured out myself–I’ve always leaned towards sheer or glowy foundations–but I sometimes used to doubleguess myself. I used to think that there was no way that purple and blue eyshadow (at once) and bright pink lipstick could look good on anyone, much less me. Instead, I tried to make the brown eyeshadow work. Now that I know I’m a bright spring, it makes so much sense and I feel free to indulge myself with the colors I actually like.

  4. Kit on September 7th, 2012 11:23 am

    Also, Kathy –

    I’m a Bright Spring with dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and very pale skin. I thought for sure I’d be a winter and because of my coloring, I can actually get away with a lot of winter colors as well. Some of them, especially the reds, look quite good on me, but you’re right that they can also make me look more serious and a little overwhelmed. I wish I could help you with foundation, but it sounds like I might be paler or cooler, because many foundations look too yellow on me.

  5. andrea on September 7th, 2012 7:07 pm

    I’ve been waiting for a post like this! I’ve never been draped (hope to in the near future), but strongly think I am Spring. I have that glassy dark blonde-not-quite-brown hair, and Springy facial features. However, many people think I look better in Soft Autumn colors in photos. I love yellow and try to drape myself in it. I keep looking at myself in the mirror trying to see if yellow makes me look jaundiced, but I can’t see myself objectively.

    I find the differences between Spring and Soft Autumn so difficult to see. Not necessarily the colors themselves, but how they react on the skin.

    For example, how do you know if a color is too soft? People like me in soft colors, but I find they weigh down my face, and almost make my features puffy looking or dirty. Others do not see this though. I prefer the sunnier colors and styles actually.

    I hope to get an analysis done this fall, and if it turns out I’m not a Spring, I’m going to have a very hard time giving up my yellows!

  6. Kirsten on September 7th, 2012 11:30 pm

    Andrea, if the people who like you in soft colors are responding to photos of you, they’re not quite seeing the real you. Do you think you could be a Light Spring? A Light Spring is softer than True Spring and could be confused with a Soft Autumn because both border Summer, but Light Spring still has much of Spring’s clear yellow glow. I hope your draping is a happy revelation for you!

  7. RK on September 8th, 2012 4:12 am

    I love this article!

    The only thing I’m wondering is if anyone knows of any (analyzed and confirmed) spring who hasn’t got perfect skin? You know, the type of skin that gets ruddy or especially pimples etc.

  8. Jill on September 8th, 2012 5:23 am

    I found this article really helpful. Before having my colors done I thought I was an autumn of some sort and kept trying brown makeup. It never looked right or natural. Now knowing I am a Light Spring, I am finally finding the right makeup colors. ELF’s healthy glow bronzing powder in Luminance is great. It adds a little shimmer/dewiness and it matches my 12 tone fan. Thank so much for these articles!

  9. Deana on September 8th, 2012 6:50 am

    This is great – but one problem about the powder. I’m a True Spring and I have the shiniest nose out of anyone I know. Straight out of the shower, clean as a whistle, it looks like I’ve polished it. I’m constantly fishing out my compact. T-zone gets oily during the day. Should I let everything but my nose shine? Almost all my makeup does happen to be cream makeup. Looks much better.

    Any recommendations on the peach-gold bronzer? I haven’t done well trying to find Spring bronzers.

  10. Emma on September 8th, 2012 7:30 am

    RK, I was draped by Maytee as a TSp. (I’m the first Emma in The Emmas are True Springs.) My skin is very dry under the eyes from childhood eczema, which I would say is not perfect. :) Other than that, I do pretty much have perfect skin. However, there was a year where I spent an hour a day at the gym, six days a week, and I had pimples that I just couldn’t get rid of then. Once I stopped, though, they went away. Don’t know if that helps at all….

  11. Kathy on September 8th, 2012 10:06 am

    RK — I haven’t been draped, but I think when color analysts talk about the clarity of spring’s skin, they’re don’t necessarily mean “blemish-free” (lord knows I’m not; I have mild rosacea and the crinkling around the eyes that comes with being a person in her late-thirties no matter how diligently I apply sunscreen), but a clearer skin tone; i.e. something other than light beige to brown. (I look obviously peach-yellow compared to the rest of my family.)

    In another post, Christine commented that by comparison other seasons look slightly “cross-hatched,” and that’s the image that’s stuck with me when trying to get a mental image of this color, irrespective of hair, eye color, or ethnicity.

  12. Rachel Ramey on September 8th, 2012 12:58 pm

    RK, a number of the Bright Springs, at least, on Facebook have talked about having ruddy cheeks.

    I love this line: “What looks normal and necessary for colour to get noticed on Winter skin looks like house paint on Spring skin.” This seems to throw “outsiders” who are looking at Bright Springs. They see intense color and think it doesn’t look right, so the person can’t be BSpr. But, really, the color is just too heavy/opaque/matte – things many of us have determined just don’t work well for us as Springs, even if the color itself is perfect.

  13. RK on September 8th, 2012 1:32 pm

    Thank you for your interesting answers!

  14. Kit on September 8th, 2012 3:31 pm

    Does anyone know any good neutral eyeshadows for bright spring? More colorful ones are easy, but finding work-appropriate neutrals has been harder. So far I’ve been sticking to a variety of pewter, light pink, and light purple shades, which work pretty well, but I was wondering if anyone else has run into anything good.

  15. Cathy on September 8th, 2012 4:57 pm

    Christine, Though I’m not a Spring, this article is so informative to anyone fascinated by personal color analysis. But then all of your articles are so great. You have clarified so many things for me. You unlocked the key by repeating it’s the skin coloring that puts it all in focus. Hair and eye colors were confusing for me. I was analyzed as a Summer twice, years apart, but I now understand I’m a True Summer and why this is so. I just want to thank you again for all the mental effort you put into these articles to paint pictures with words. I know your articles take time to compose and it is always such a happy moment to see you’ve posted another article, no matter which of the 12 you have chosen.

  16. Emma Peel on September 9th, 2012 9:20 am

    Christine, excellent article! Please recommend a peach-gold bronzer. I haven’t been able to find one that doesn’t look heavy/muddy or like a glitter bomb.

    RK – I’m the second Emma in The Emmas Are True Springs. I have very good skin but it isn’t perfect. I have rosacea that is under decent control with prescription medications.

  17. KRISTAL on September 9th, 2012 10:33 am

    Hi everybody! I think I am a Spring of some sort but I have never been draped since there is no PCA where I live. But I look great in yellow and navy and cream, all types of green ( yummy lime! ) and whenever I wear these colours my eyes develop a strong yellow/gold shade that glitters. I’d say my eyes are a light/amberish brown, the skin is peachy/ivory with very light freckles, eyelashes are blonde and eyebrows look brown but are in fact a mixture of brown and some lighter shade. Natural hair – a dark blonde, somehow ashy/coppery in strong light. Like someone sauf before, with the right makeup and the hair dyed in balck I can pull off almost any winter coloring. I tried to figure out my season by reading all the articles in this blog and by experimenting. I wish I could post a picture of my eye! :) Thanks, Christine for everything, and especially for this article with make-up tips. Since I got my hair coloured in light copper blonde ( I did it after reading everything written here) people keep telling me how well I look and I need almost no make-up at all, I can go au naturel, something I wasn’t able to do when I was young and a brunette. isn’t this AMAZING?

  18. Ashley on September 9th, 2012 2:35 pm

    Kit, have you looked at the Elea Blake website? I’m sure they have Bright Spring neutrals, and you can purchase samples of the colors for $0.25 each.

  19. Kathy on September 9th, 2012 2:44 pm

    Emma Peel — I’ve been looking for a good bronzer too. Right now I’m using Tarte’s Park Ave. Princess (I think this is its — rather silly — name). It’s more gold than bronze, but I wish it weren’t so glittery.

  20. Kit on September 9th, 2012 3:21 pm

    Ashley-

    I have, and while there were some interesting options, nothing really struck me in the mid-toned neutrals range. But definitely the more options I’m aware of, the better!

  21. Christine Scaman on September 10th, 2012 8:01 am

    There are 2 issues for the bronzer – one is that it be peach/gold, so the overall feeling if of beige as the brown base, not a heavier brown. The second problem is finding one that isn’t glittery, or doesn’t look that way on skin. I like Cover f/x Gold. I think Stila’s lighter colour is good, 01, it might be called. Some of the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Naturals are good, in the Medium range.

    When we say clarity, we don’t mean free of imperfections. We’re referring to the colours in the skin, where those colours are pure, not heathery or grayish. They are bright, or ‘clear’. RK, trust me, everyone has something or other.

    Eyeshadow for Bright Spring – not easy. I like Dior 5pan Earth Reflection quite well, and their 2pan Silver Look. Love Lancome Meet Me in Paris.

    Andrea – get that analysis so you don’t have to rely on advice you doubt. And if you’re a Spring, you’ll not be giving up yellow anytime soon. It’s the core colour of the Season!

    Deana – everyone has to adjust advice to work for them. You might powder your nose just enough to align the reflectivity with the rest of the face, keeping the rest of the face quite dewy. And if you get a little breakthrough shine, so what?

    Kristal – it amazes all of us :)

  22. Jeannine on September 10th, 2012 4:45 pm

    Excellent article and I also love all the comments. I am a True Spring and was wondering if there was a Spring forum or group where we could share tips, tricks, swatches and ideas on makeup, or anything else that works for Springs. So far, I have resisted Facebook, but would reconsider if I could find something useful and targeted like a Spring group. Anyone know of any? Thanks!

  23. Melinda on September 11th, 2012 10:08 am

    Christine,

    I have read this article over and over again and it is really fascinating. If I am right about Spring colors for me, this would explain SO much. I use to wear a TON of concealer, foundation, powder, blushes, eye shadows and all in the wrong colors. I look back at pictures and I really learn a lot from seeing the mistakes I made. It was almost like wearing a mask. You can see the thickness in the makeup and never see my skin. I look at pictures from when I was in my 20′s and it is odd that now in my mid 30′s I look younger. Reading your articles has helped me to see that in the right colors, less really should be more for me.

    I have really oily skin, but now I realize that a light dusting of powder is okay and I LOVE how you said ‘if you get a little breakthrough shine, so what?’ Oh stars, that gives me hope and made me happy! I always feel better with a little glow and lots of gloss, but had convinced my self it wasn’t okay. Too much comparing myself to my sisters and others really misdirected my inner compass. I guess you don’t see dew and glow as often here in Utah with all of our dry weather or something (either that or I just wasn’t seeing it). I don’t know, but what I do know is that reading these articles helps me to see how desperately I need to give myself permission to be ME.

    I still haven’t been draped, but I have an appointment to see John Kitchener next week, so I’m excited to see what he will say about me. Then I can take the colors and see what swatches match with what. It is going to be an adventure, but one that I am very, VERY, excited to take. Thank you for the guidance and I would still love to take a trip to Canada one day to meet you. How awesome would that be?! :D

    Thanks to everyone for the comments too, they really open my eyes to new things. I will let you know how things go and I wish everyone else luck too!

    Melinda

  24. Lian on September 13th, 2012 1:08 am

    What a fabulous article! Thank you so much, Christine.

    I’m a House of Colour Paintbox Spring and very likely a Bright Spring. All of your suggestions for Bright Spring ring true with me, especially the need for moistness, transparency and glassiness. I realise now that I’ve kind of always known this (e.g. I’ve always favoured gloss for my lips) but it didn’t crystallise until I read this.

  25. Stephanie on September 13th, 2012 10:46 am

    Thanks for this article! Being a spring, I guess my skin has always been oily / shiny for a reason? Because shinier skin looks better on springs? I went through years of wearing heavy opaque super matte foundation, which always muted my natural skin color, and I couldn’t figure out why I was never happy with any shade, and I tried a lot. Everything seemed too grey or too pink. I finally stumbled upon Bobbi Brown foundation and I am so much happier with how my face looks now. Her foundations are all yellow based and I finally found a foundation that matches my skin and doesn’t mute or grey my coloring (Warm Sand). It is also very natural looking / lets your coloring show. I just thought I’d share if any other spring is struggling with foundation like I did for years.

    Also, Christine – do you have any recommendations for lip gloss colors for True Spring? I have lists of lipsticks, but most of these seem too opaque on me. The only lipsticks that aren’t too opaque on me are the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines. I’m also wondering about eye shadow colors – in a previous article you mentioned grey eyeshadow probably being best for light spring, but this and other articles say brown is better? Thanks!

  26. Lena on September 15th, 2012 8:32 am

    I have a question for the community here. I was analyzed as an Autumn years ago with the old CMB system. I lived for a long time as an Autumn. As I got older, my hair turned from dark auburn to silver gray. I do not dye it. I am sensitive to the chemicals in hair dyes. Many of the colors I once wore ( like camel and olive ) no longer flatter. In fact, the olive tends to make my hair and skin look greenish.

    I have dark teal eyes that can appear dark blue, green, or gray depending on the light. There is a pronounced darker blue ring around my pupils. I have some brown and gold flecks in my eyes, but they are not very noticeable. My eyebrows and eyelashes are very dark, almost black ( Elizabeth-Taylor-type dark and thick ). My skin is extremely pale ( I do not tan at all ) and translucent. The veins in my wrists are teal and the palms of my hands are coral pink.

    I have been trying to live as a SA or a SSu since my hair turned silver. The colors look okay but are drab and gray on me. My best color now is coral. I also look very good in emerald green and teal. I can wear black. These are colors that looked good on me when I thought I was an Autumn, too. My worst colors are pastels, especially light blue. That has always been true.

    Could I be a Spring? There are no color analysts in my area and I can’t travel at this time for family reasons. Please help if you can. I am tired of buying clothing and makeup that doesn’t work on me.

    Thank you.

  27. Kit on September 15th, 2012 11:04 am

    Lena, your comment strikes a chord with me, as your experience and your coloring sound somewhat similar to mine. I was analyzed ten years ago as a CMB dark autumn. Looking back, I suspect the analyst saw that I had yellow-tinged porcelain skin, dark eyes, and dark hair with natural warm highlights and concluded that I was dark and warm, so I must be autumn. What she didn’t see is that autumn colors make me look dead. I spent years trying to make the browns work and I never even tried to make the yellows and burnt oranges happen. Eventually, I gave up, dismissed the whole color analysis thing, and wore whatever I wanted.

    Several months ago, I happened upon a description of the Sci/Art system and its focus on matching skin, rather than hair or eyes. I figured it was worth a try and set up an appointment with Maytee, secretly suspecting I’d come out a Dark Winter. Surprise! Bright Spring, which is full of colors that I’d never even considered before (bright yellow, anyone?), but which make me look glowing and lively.

    If my experience is anything to judge by, don’t rely on the CMB analysis. Not only was mine off, but when Maytee and I were doing our initial analysis, we rapidly determined that the autumn seasons were the absolute worst on me. It feels like such a relief to get rid of all the mousy drab browns!

  28. Christine Scaman on September 15th, 2012 12:36 pm

    I seldom swatch gloss, Stephanie, because it’s an oily blob by the time I get to study the colour. I also prefer the stay power of lipstick. I figured women could match the lipstick colours in a gloss. Revlon Coralberry is pretty for True Spring, you could just apply a clear gloss over it.
    I like True Spring better in brown/beige makeup than grey. I prefer Light and Bright in grey eyeshadow, but there are certainly beiges and sands on Light and clean,crisp browns on Bright that would be great. Could be a matter of taste and if some women disagree, they’re not wrong.

    Lena, you don’t sound like a Spring to me but the number of variables in verbal descriptions, self-assessment, and even photos boggles the entire guesstimate process.

    Kit, superb good experience! What an excellent outcome. Autumn colours are painful on Bright Spring, there’s just no other word for it.

  29. Lena on September 15th, 2012 1:18 pm

    Kit, your story does sound a lot like mine. I always felt the CMB analyst saw my auburn hair and automatically said “Autumn”. Brown was NEVER a good color on me. One of my worst so I avoided it. Camel was boring, but not terrible because my auburn hair provided some needed color to my face. I wore so much camel over the years, my family even complained. Olive was better, but now with my silver hair, it really clashes and turns my skin a bad color.

    I am going to give Bright Spring a try. I figure I couldn’t look much worse than I do now. :)

    Thank you for your insight.

  30. Lena on September 17th, 2012 9:04 am

    I bought Revlon’s “Ravish Me Red” lipstick, which is often recommended for Bright Spring. When I looked at it in the tube, I thought, “Wow, it’s bright!” But I put it on and, wow, it’s great! The color clears my skin and makes me look ten years younger. I’m glowing.

    I’m not sure this proves anything about my season, but at least I found a new lipstick to love.

  31. Kathy on September 17th, 2012 5:50 pm

    Lena — I had the same reaction to Revlon’s Siren, which is supposed to be good for a True Spring, I think. It’s seriously orange; I never would have thought of picking it up before I knew about seasonal color analysis, but I love it. I’m not entirely convinced I’m a true spring — I think I look obviously “wintery,” or at least, some season influenced by winter — but warm, clear, and bright works — so much better than the brownish plums I’d been wearing.

  32. Kathy on September 18th, 2012 9:41 am

    Christine, do you still recommend Nars Luster as a True Spring blush? (I think this may have been listed on the old Greener Tea page.) I swatched it the other day, and it looked quite brown.

  33. Kristina on September 19th, 2012 1:49 am

    Christine,
    Thank you for another great article! It mirrors a great deal of what we’ve been discussing on the Bright Spring FB page, about how colors can be correct but in the wrong finish (opaque, heavy etc) they still don’t work on us. This is important information!
    Lena, I know exactly what you mean! I was analyzed years ago as an Autumn because of my ivory skin, golden brown eyes and dark hair. I tried, I really tried. But like Christine said, Autumn colors are painful on Bright Spring. So I went to another analyst, who said “No, you’re not an Autumn, you’re a Winter!” To her credit I must say that Winter was better than Autumn, but still not right. Long story short, it took me years to find my season, but now that I know that I’m a Bright Spring, it all makes such perfect sense. Also, since I learned to see the difference between opaque and translucent skin, it’s even clearer to me why Autumn never worked and why Spring is so right.
    Like many of you, I tried to get that opaque look in foundation for years and years. It looked so good on everybody else, didn’t it? No matter how much I piled on, I’d still look transparent, like you could see into my skin. Now I know why. When I enhance that quality instead of working against it, the effect is amazing.
    I can highly recommend having a look at Elea Blakes cosmetics. I’ve found my perfect foundation shade and blushes, and I’ve ordered some samples for the more neutral eye shadows that are wearable at the office. Darin is a very sweet person to deal with, as is all her staff.

  34. Kit on September 19th, 2012 4:11 pm

    Kristina, there is a Bright Spring facebook page?

  35. Christine Scaman on September 24th, 2012 3:27 am

    It’s not on my T Sp list, Kathy. I’m trying to remember the colour but I think I’m confusing it with Penny Lane, which I have in Soft Autumn. My memory of it is a sheer golden brown? And you’re right, it doesn’t go with my present idea of T Sp.

  36. Rani on September 24th, 2012 4:46 am

    I am LOVING this article on Spring makeup! I’m looking to implement some of the suggestions, especially finding a less opaque, more creamy/sheer foundation. As a color analysis wannabe, I have diagnosed myself as a True Spring (until I get professionally draped!). Christine, could Revlon’s “Ravish Me Red” lipstick also work a True Spring? I have it and LOVE it on me! Also, one of my favorite products is L’Oreal True Match Blush. I’d love to know which colors are good for us Springs!!

  37. Kathy on September 29th, 2012 1:23 pm

    @Christine

    I found the Luster recommendation here. Nars’s site calls it a “golden apricot.” Personally, I think it’s a brown apricot. Maybe TA rather than TSp.

    Gilda, however, is gorgeous. I’m looking for a believable dupe, since it’s fairly pricy and a little hard to find. Mac’s Pinch O’ Peach is a good one, too. It might edge a little closer to light spring, as it’s so sheer (not and really peach — more warm rose). It’s kind of like Fleur Power’s shy sister. MAC’s blushes in general, though, have too much grey in them.

  38. Shirley on September 29th, 2012 7:37 pm

    Christine,
    Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc ‘Peach Mosaic’ is a peach bronzer that might work for Light Springs. Have to watch the highlighter though–real sugary.

  39. Lena on September 30th, 2012 10:29 am

    Rani,

    Revlon’s “Ravish Me Red” is recommended on the True Spring Colors Luminosity Facebook page. It lists a lot of other True Spring makeup suggestions, too.

    Sounds like you are on the right track!

  40. Miclalala on October 22nd, 2012 4:23 pm

    One of my favorite actors ever, Hannah Murray aka “Cassie” from “Skins”, (the show that made her famous). A character based on fairydust and magic ;-)

  41. Christine Scaman on October 24th, 2012 3:17 am

    Oh, very very good call. Eyes darker than the golden brows is a Bright Spring features. I find sharp ends on teeth is too (maybe Jessica Simpson?), I know that sounds odd, also seems like a British gene pool thing (Julie Andrews, Dan Radcliffe). Hannah is a superb choice to watch in motion.

  42. Kathy on December 11th, 2012 2:31 pm

    If any of you guys find “Ravish Me Red” too strong, you might want to try “Siren.” I like it better on me than the brighter reds and corals recommended for BSp. (Which makes me think I might be, or lean closer, to true spring.) I would have never tried this lipstick in the past — at first glance, it’s seriously orange — but I love it, and it doesn’t look orange at all on me, but like a true coral.

  43. JC on December 13th, 2012 7:57 am

    Christine, Your insights about color are so helpful, in a practical sense—but also poetic and uplifting. Thank you!

    I’d like to recommend Jane Iredale’s bronzing quad in MOONLIGHT for Bright and Light Springs. The yellow and shell pink can be used—- sparingly, and the deeper gold and coppery shades avoided—but it gives a lovely, fine, shimmery glow that seems to be exactly what you recommend for Springs.

    Also, I have Mac’s Fleur Power blush, which I like, but just recently purchased Mac’s Peachykeen, which I think I like a little better. For reference, I’m a self diagnosed Bright Spring.

    Hope you’ll one day come to the Boston, MA area to do color analysis!
    JC

  44. JC on December 13th, 2012 8:12 am

    Oops! The Jane Iredale product is MOONGLOW—-not Moonlight. The name is spot on, it really does make my skin glow.

  45. Arienne on December 13th, 2012 11:27 am

    I love this article and can identify with everything you’ve written. As a TSp, I wish I had had this info years ago, as I wouldn’t have wasted a TON of money on matte foundations, blotting powders, contouring powders, heavy dark lipsticks etc!

    What I’ve found works best for me, rather than foundation (which always makes my skin break out, no matter how “pure” it is) is to layer different moisturizers. Sometimes I’ll have 3 layers on at the same time (!) which gives a fantastic glow to the complexion. A product worth splurging on is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It consistantly wins those “annual best of beauty” awards, and for good reason. Use it as your top layer — instant radiance! I couldn’t live without it.

    However, in one of your answers at the bottom, you suggest that Springs can wear some of the lipstick colors you recommend and then just put gloss over the top. I haven’t had any success with that type of layering — right off the bat, the effect looks too heavy and thick and then, since the lipstick has better staying power, the gloss will come off sooner, leaving only the too-matte lipstick behind. This effect is even worse over penciled lips. I prefer just a gloss over naked lips, which I reapply often. I choose a smooth shiny color that’s easy to reapply wherever I am, without a mirror: Elea Blake Flighty Flouncy & Fabulous, and Positively Perky, and Chanel 165 are my current faves.

    Thanks again, Christine, for all your wonderful articles! I also enjoy reading the articles about other Seasons, because they remind me of what I shouldn’t be doing!

  46. Kate on September 4th, 2013 6:49 pm

    I’m a warm-leaning bright spring and have recently found quite a nice lip color in dior’s “diorblush cheek creme” in the “panama” shade. Despite being a blush, it actually works quite well as lipcolor with a light application of clear gloss over the top. It may actually be a little warm for bsp (perhaps it’s even a true spring color- the swatch came out very sheer, so difficult to tell), but I have found it to be a flattering coral shade on me. Possibly worth a try/swatch anyway… Do any other bright springs have any eyeshadow recommendations? I had high hopes for dior earth reflections, but it somehow looks too dry/heavy on me, as most shadows seem to :( Cream shadows seem better generally, but difficult to find the shades…

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