A Blonde True Winter

Kathryn Kalisz’  Sci\ART 12 Tone system revolutionized personal colour analysis in many ways. By conforming only with how light and colour behave in Nature (instead of restructuring), by creating 8 Neutral Seasons (whose colours were exclusive to each) and by insisting on a level of colour accuracy not previously attained, a new standard was set. She also shook up the status quo by ignoring, even denying, the entrenched beliefs and the stereotypes. Hair and eye colour are variable in every Season and will mislead if allowed into the Season decision. Season can only be known with certainty by observing the skin’s reaction to specific colours placed adjacent to it.

Hanka Kralikova is a newer member of the Sci\ART family of colour analysts. I’d like to introduce her to you by letting you read her story, in her words. Even colour analysts have to climb the wall of who they think they are and who they’ve been told they are, to meet themselves as they really are. We have also stared dumbfounded as the evidence that comes from our own colouring, that has always been there to be unveiled and understood, becomes less and less deniable. For an analyst, I think it’s extremely important to have personally lived this experience. I expect that many readers will recognize Hanka’s journey.

Hanka is opening a studio in Prague. Should you wish to have a consultation, she can help you with accommodations, another reason to visit this most beautiful city. You can email at hanka@topimage.cz. A website is in the works.

Here are older photos to show my natural colouring.

I have been a freelance make-up artist for several years and became a certified Image Consultant last year. I realized that I needed to get the colours right as they are the core for everything. I first tried colour analysis as a client about ten years ago – not the best experience. The analyst told me I was a warm Season and since I am blonde and blue-eyed, I must be Spring. Full stop. I bought some make-up for Spring, used it several times, did not like it, and left it at the bottom of my cosmetic drawer. I decided colour analysis was good for nothing.

Couple of years later, during my make-up artist course, we also talked about colours. The tutor even analyzed us. This time it was different – they were already using the 12 Season analysis system. The only problem was – someone translated it from English and misinterpreted bright as shiny. Again, I was blonde, there were no standardized drapes (everybody trying to do analysis picked their own or bought them from someone who did so), no proper lighting, no neutral surrounding. So the result was: I am light and more cool than warm but True Summer colours are too muted for me – I am probably Light Summer.

Next time at a style course I was told (without any draping at all) that I was Light with no predominant warmth or coolness. I could choose if I wanted to be Light Spring or Light Summer. I tried both since each had something that worked. I liked the brightness of the Spring and coolness of the Summer but never was able to find a good lipstick for myself. I should have realized by then – cool and bright are quite good indications, but first I was blonde and second, hardly anybody can be objective about themselves. I always thought about myself as kind of wishy-washy, light and quite soft looking.

At the end of 2009 I was searching the Internet for some information on colour analysis, convinced there must be some system that could tell me exactly who I am. I really mean that. Knowing my colours really helped to better understand and accept my personality. I found it. It was called Sci\ART, it was based on real science (both my parents are physicists so I must have some science somewhere in my genes) and it made sense. I bought the book Understanding Your Color and received it with a personal note from Kathryn. I loved the book and at the beginning of 2010, I put the money together to go to States and learn it. Unfortunately I was too late. Kathryn was not there anymore. I had never met her but still I felt as I had lost a friend.

I struggled with colours for another year when I gave it another try. I searched the Internet again and found several people who were Sci\ART certified trainers. I was lucky that one of them, Terry Wildfong, had been thinking about retiring and she was looking for someone to train who could then buy the business from her. We exchanged several e-mails and in the end of March, I was in Grand Rapids waiting for my life to change. And it did.

At the end of the first day of my training after we went through all the theory, Terry did my draping and showed me how to perform the analysis. I was expecting her to confirm I was Light, finally decide between one of the two Light Seasons, hoping that the Sci\ART ‘scientific’ palettes would have the right colours for me. I had my hair and clothes covered with grey so I could see just the face. The draping began. Terry did not need to say much. The first test drapes showed I was cool – there might be a little warmth but not much (so, I will most probably be Light Summer, I was thinking to myself). But then came the shock. We compared different Seasons drapes in between each other and I could see which ones were better but still was not able (or did not want to) to put it together. I looked great in brighter colours – I had never realized how bright my eyes were – and much better in cool colours then in warm ones. Black was not bad at all, crisp white looked perfect. Still, my brain was not willing to accept it. Then Terry said, So, do you know which Season you are?

I went through all the results one more time – cool and quite bright, I can handle quite dark colours, I look great in icy pastels, there might be a little bit of warmth but not enough to make me a Neutral Season. No, it cannot be – but what else? Can I be a True Winter? Terry agreed. I was in shock. “It is not possible, I am LIGHT. How can I be WINTER?” Terry put some winter make-up on me and we went through “Ooh and Ah” session with a set of luxury drapes. I have never looked so good in my whole life. Thank you, Terry.

What was I going to do with my wardrobe full of pastels, those coral T-shirts, and a jacket I bought only recently? My head was swirling around when I was leaving that day. I slept very poorly that night. When I woke up the following morning, first thing I did was hold up my new True Winter palette next to my face and looked in the mirror. Ok, I am True Winter, then. Let’s start new life. That day I was analyzing people Terry had scheduled for me. I was very happy that I learned my lesson the day before. Some people can be very obvious. The moment you see them you know what Season they are and the draping just confirms it. With others you get surprised. I do not try to guess anymore, I wait for the drapes to tell me.

Instead of lunch I went shopping. I bought a pair of black jeans, white T-shirt, black tunic, bright blue, white and black dress with geometric pattern, and a bright pink lip gloss. It felt great. I had not worn black for ages and I fell in love with the deep berry lip gloss I never dared look at before. When I got back to Prague I spent a day sorting my clothes and found out one interesting thing. There were some pieces, mostly impulsive buys, which were spot on or very close to my Winter palette, mostly in purple, my favorite colour. I also had some brighter blue T-shirts and tank tops, one pink sweatshirt, and a dark chocolate jacket and suit. The jeans could stay too. In the end I got rid off of some clothes, mainly in coral and some soft colours that I never wore. I could wear and combine what was left easily.

I still want to add some black and white, new for me, and also some other colours. I never go shopping without my True Winter palette anymore. I do not bother looking at things that are not in my colours. And above all I get compliments on how well I look even from people I would never expect to notice such things :) And one more thing – I have started to experiment with my hair colour (naturally mousy medium blond somewhere between 7 and 8). I got rid of the highlights and tried something a bit darker than my natural colour. It is still not perfect but I am getting there. I have got several comments that my eyes are looking brighter with the darker hair so I think I am heading in the right direction. BTW I had always thought my eyes were dull. :)

Here are the ‘dull’ eyes, dearest readers. They contain stars.

And since this amount of cuteness would brighten any day, here is the child’s colouring.

Don’t let your left brain see patterns it is convinced that it recognizes, and proceed to dictate to you what they mean. Left brains try to do that, but they’re best relegated to data processing. Data assimilation is better done by the right side. Your eyes see snow and your left brain tells you that you are seeing white. Your right brain sees what really is, that snow is affected by the colours around it, including that of the light, and can be blue powder, a violet cloud, a sparkling yellow carpet. Patterns led to confusion and lack of trust in colour analysis, but they sure are hard to resist, even when you’re aware of their ambush. Approach every person as though they could be any of the 12 Seasons.

If you have questions or comments for Hanka, please add them to the Comments. She’ll be checking in here and on Facebook.



51 thoughts on “A Blonde True Winter”

  1. Love these virtual introductions to the analyst community. Terrific exposition of the sorts of byways and dead-ends we go down in trying to figure it out for ourselves, Hanka – you’ve illustrated so well how old clichés and old diagnoses can linger like smog and divert even those with the soundest of instincts from the truth in front of our noses, which resides, of course, in the skin just over them ).

    And that opening paragraph of Christines is, for my money, the pithiest digest of Sci/ART yet. Conforming with nature, instead of restructuring – an premise and a conclusion based, like the physics Hanka’s parents practiced, on nothing more or less than what was there for anyone to see all along. Obvious in retrospect, but it takes a special mind to see further, spot the instrinsic order, formulate the theory, and distill it into a set of formulae that the rest of us can use. Like classical physics, it’s so simple and so elegant once explained.

    ScaMantra #1 (all together, now, friends!): “Any season can have any hair or eye colour.”

    Just can’t see that in print too often..

  2. OMG! Could it possibly be? I found this post today and it sounds like it could possibly be me. I have blue eyes which look dark blue at a distance. They have a gray rim, and the absolute palest yellow almost white sunburst coming from the Pupil. My skin is very pale, I use an Ivory base now but spent most of my life using a beige makeup to try to bring some color to my face. I flush very easy, but my complexion seems to sit on the fence, neither warm nor cool. My veins are blue, and my overall appearance is very fair. My hair was dark ash blond at 15, but I colored it all my life and usually as a blond, but also auburn at times.. My daughters love the auburn, but when I look at pictures of me in red hair, I look terrible. I The blond was better, but always felt “off” to me. I am now in the process of growing out my gray, it is very silvery white in the front and salt and pepper in the back. I have been trying to find out what season I am since I have been told by one person I was a summer, and another person I was an autumn. The summer colors seem to muddy and bland and make me feel drab. The autumn colors were a bit better, I could wear the olive greens, bronze and brown, but the rust and golds and oranges look terrible on me. I am drawn to strong colors, but cannot wear the brightest or most intense shades. I look totally washed out and pale in pastels or too muted shades. I have been trying on clothes and find to my astonishment that I can wear darker colors than I ever thought possible if they are a bit toned down. Like deep purple, burgundy, mahogany, etc. I have never been drawn to these shades. I would love to be analyzed by someone who is trained in this system. Does anyone know of a person in the Portland Oregon area who does this?

  3. I am wondering, Hanka, are your eyelashes naturally that dark? I was wondering a few days ago if all the Winters have dark eyelashes/eyebrows, even if they are blonde :-)

    Great article by the way! Thank you Christine for writing it and thank you Hanka, for sharing!

  4. Thank you, Christine, for publishing my article and choosing the photos to illustrate my words, and also to you, ladies, for your comments. I put together this description of my journey to finding right colours and was hoping to address some of the stereotypes we have been taught and which have prevented us from seeing the truth. I hope I have learnt my lesson and am happy for that. I believe it will make me a better colour analyst.

    Carrie, Terry is Dark Winter and when I met her she had dariksh hair.

  5. Jenny, my eye lashes are not so dark and actually have very light ends. I have them coloured once a month as I have sensitive eyes and do not like to use mascara on everyday basis.

  6. Whew – tell you what, if this page doesn’t illustrate the hazards of small-sample photo analysis, I don’t know what does. The older photos illustrating Hanka’s natural colouring are a little faded, and that’s a big caveat to be sure (everybody tends to look a bit mellowed and fuzzed-over in those old non-archival colour shots) – but would anyone else have looked at them and thought “soft-something”? Winter’s clarity is so hard to spot, there, though obviously not in the recent photos, which correct the impression completely.

    Christine, warmest thanks again for all you do here.

  7. Thanks Hanka! I color them in the summer as well, usually blue-black, because I like to swim and I have allergies as well. But I thought it’s best to leave them like they are for the analysis. :-)

  8. Mhm, I’m sorry but I don’t see any Winter at all. I see a light, clear and warm young Woman.
    I see a Spring – and cannot imagine cool and heavy colours on her. Maybe a light Summer is also possible – but no Winter. She is far away from any icy, constrasting appearance.

    But maybe you like contrasts?


  9. I just don’t see the drama of Winter in any of the pictures Winter blondes are white blondes and you seem to have a softer look. Just my opinion, of course and I’m not an expert. You look great as a spring blonde, as well as winter too and there are a lot of colors in winter palette that can be spring as well so you can go for whatever look you like.

  10. If I’ve read this right, neither Hanka nor her analyst saw this one coming on the day, either – Hanka says she thought as you did, going in, and fully expected she’d be a light season very early on. That’s precisely the point of this article. She was knowledgeable enough to have had a punt based on some rough rules of thumb, and got a surprise when the guess was formally and thoroughly tested.

    PCA seems to turn on subtle things that can often only be discerned by direct assay. (Ever bought something for someone else thinking ” that’s a colour x would wear” and it “should look good on them because of XYZ” only to have it look disappointing once on?) Generalisations often have some significance, or they wouldn’t have sprung up in the first place, but exceptions abound.

    “More things are missed by not looking than by not knowing …”

    “Never say never …”

  11. Hi, everyone,

    Patrice – the only names I know are in the right side column. To my knowledge, there are no Sci\ART analysts near you, even in Canada. Many women work it into a holiday or business trip.

    Firefly and Lynn – right, great observations. So we appear to see a blue-eyed blonde. What if I’d shown you a face without the hair – because we agree that colour analysis is really about the perfecting the skin, right? Then, you’d see a woman with blue eyes and we might be receptive to more Season possibilities.

    But how in the world do you talk about skin? And how can anyone comment on Hanka’s skin colouration without showing you how it reacts to different colours? All we can say from a single picture with chemical hair colour is “No comment.” Hanka is not really blonde, or white blonde, or any blonde. She will work out who she is in the next year or so. But back in the 80s, they did such a good job of making the idea of PCA accessible to everyone that they took shortcuts to popularize it and those shortcuts do not want to go away.

    Colour is only illusion. A colour will do things to Hanka’s face that it won’t do to yours. None of the PCA good and bad effects are happening on Hanka’s or your faces, they’re happening in the viewer’s m ind. You can’t predict what will happen and be right every time. Illusions are freaky that way. They’re unexpected and surprising and seem to defy logic. My words don’t count. When you stand there and watch Hanka’s most perfectly calm and even coloured skin come out in the drapes with the tag that says True Winter, and you watch her turn yellow when fabric with any heat comes near her, your eyes are telling your brain something it wants to fight – just like any illusion.

    You might say “Well, then the test drapes must be wrong.” I know those drapes. They tested me. I own the same set. I know who made them and how they were used. This contingency has a probability of 0.0 %.

  12. i can´t see a winter at all, sorry.
    please convince me by showing me pictures with her wearing the most icy bold and dark colors of all. ;-)

  13. From a non-expert: I see clarity above all – hold something black up, just under Hanka’s face in that top shot. It works, there’s no doubt about it. You’re still looking at Hanka, she’s utterly present, clear and bold, her skin even and her eyes bright. Your eye doesn’t find the black at her expense. Photos have limits and individual screens have more, but I see nothing wrong.

    Don’t be fooled by those faded old shots – they’re there because they’re the only ones Hanka could find where she hasn’t altered her hair.

    Is the shot – and the first impression – dominated by the hair colour? Hanka points out that her natural hair colour is darker than we see here … and from anecdotal evidence, many a woman has had the moment in PCA where her out-of-season, artificially coloured hair is uncovered at the reveal and all of a sudden the picture looks a little off base from the previous perfection, because the hair isn’t congruent with the whole.

    What do winters look like? What do we think we “should” see in certain seasons? These disssenting comments are really interesting to me, because they say a lot about our expectations (and they’re not entirely without foundation as we rely a lot on heuristics and rough rules to get through every day life, and a lot of people DO impress as “typical” of the seasonal clichés, but what Christine is saying here is that you’re going to miss the iceberg roses if you insist that all roses are red).

    Also, not all winters will *want* to base their wardrobe around black and white. They may do it well, and it’s the handiest default of them all to have, but there’s 60+ more colours on their palette.

  14. The other thing I would add is this: those of us who aren’t analysts need to be beware of generalising from the personal, and from the limited experience of those around us. If your own colouring and hair “works” beautifully with your insistinctive choices, and if that native colouring fits excellently with the seasonal theory book you’re reading or with the theory your friend or family member subscribes to, and if that season’s prescribed colours feel like “yours”, you risk thinking that if it is simple and true for you, it is simple and true for all. “I’m blonde, blue-eyed, and I’m a summer. So’s my sister. My friend here looks like us, and therefore she must be a summer, too.” And we can’t say from here that she isn’t. But she might not be. She’s living in different skin, with different understones and different lights in it. Her blue eyes are a different blue, and her natural hair colour is a different dark blonde. She might be a summer, but a light summer to your soft, or she might be something quite different on the strength of subtle things that are hard to articulate but utterly obvious in her right colours, seen in “meatspace”, seen sitting in front of you in cold, hard daylight. That’s the spooky bit, and that’s what makes this who thing so interesting. The only meaningful test is the practical one.

    The non-confused will not be looking at PCA. Those already and instinctively confident will not be drawn to the process. If you nailed your look years ago, you won’t be here – maybe you’re the dark-haired true winter who took onboard Vogue’s 1990 article to base her wardrobe around black, grey, white and red and lived happily ever after, maybe you’re a true autumn who’s always felt like a million dollars in her pumpkins, golds and browns. But. paradoxically, sometimes those who are far less obvious and with far more to gain will also blow it off, based on disillusionment with simpler, older or less accurate systems, based on others’ experiences with these, or otherwise just not being yet convinced, or (this one is important) just not being ready to being challenged with change.

    I am a soft summer and if I’m a bit evangelistic, it’s the fervor of the converted, because I thought all these things, once. (In retrospect, I’m an “obvious” soft, and an “obvious” soft summer to boot – the approximations you’ll see everywhere DO fit in my case – but my capacity for self-delusion is considerable, and in my earliest posts here, I was convinced I was a soft autumn, mostly (I see now) based on the logical fallacy that my wardrobe was full of it, therefore I must be thus …)

  15. “The only meaningful test is the practical one.” … because of that i´d like to see some drapings or whatever.

  16. I have been quite busy this week with opening my studio but next week it will hopefully get quieter and I will arrange a photoshoot with different colour drapes and with my hair covered.

    I was probably more shocked than all of you when I learnt and saw (!) the results of my PCA. But it was evident that the True Winter colours looked best on me out of all drape sets available. To make it more convincing I was analysed and taught by very experienced analyst and tutor and I believe she would not let me walk out of the analysis if she herself was not sure about the results. Maybe if there were more than 12 types in this system I would have come up as some True Winter derivation but in this 12 tone system I am True Winter and I am pretty sure about it.

  17. Dear Petra, she mentioned in the post above that she will post pictures, maybe you read over that ;-)

    I have seen her this weekend for my own PCA and she looked very striking in a black blazer and her hair a little darker!

    Personally I also see a lot of people with ethnic backrounds who don’t look good in black at all, although their hair and eyes are black – this only shows that the real answers lie in the individual skin tone and cannot be estimated by looking at hair and eye color or other factors.

    I’m also saying this, because I was analyzed as a Dark Winter and I’ve seen with my own eyes what these drapes did to my skin and how insignificant I looked in Summer’s shades – and I have dark blonde/light brown hair and dark blue eyes :-)

  18. i´d like to see a picture of you as well;-)

    i myself was always sure about my right colors. this changed when the color of my hair began to faid and got greyer and greyer. now i have wild curley hair with all kinds of shades: charcoal, charcoal brown , brown, light brown, gey and white and here and there a red one. this is very confusing. the hair color is getting sort of soft now, but skin and eyes still need cold clear colors. summer colors make me look sick or ghostly.

    so i am very interested in winter-types – photos! – with lighter haircolors for personal reasons :-)

  19. You know, back a few years ago, I was draped and told I was a winter. Then, someone else told me because I was a true blonde with very light skin, I couldn’t be a winter. I feel the same–I think I do well in icy colors, black, the clear cool colors, but not muted. I was told I had to be a light summer, but I look sick in pastels.

    Is it possible the lady who draped me was right? My eyes are so much like Hanka’s. I wish I could find someone close who could do a draping. But whenever I get compliments, it’s when I wear winter colors. I look dead, dead, dead in the light summer colors I was given.

  20. Crystal,
    I think you’re still a mystery :) Many Springs have Winterish details in the eye, and the True and Bright Spring do look corpse-ish in True Summer colours.

    I don’t do virtual PCA. From the directory alongside here, you’ll find Lynda and Rachel who do, both very good, both would tell you that it’s not near as good as IRL draping. Can you figure a PCA into a holiday or business trip?

  21. I just don’t understand why Hanka feels the need to dye her blonde hair brunette now? Could she still wear the true winter palette with her natural blonde hair?

  22. Hanka, your larger photos convince me–your skin tone looks strong. I can see how you would look good in black. As for Lynn’s question about keeping your hair blond–I have the same mousy “7 or 8” shade and if I looked great in black I would rather dye my hair darker than keep it highlighted blond. You do look good as a blond, though!

    Congratulations on finding your true season, and thanks for your fascinating article about it.

  23. Christine, do you ever watch the BBC series MI-5? The actor who plays Adam Carter strikes me as a blonde True Winter:


    On a previous episode he was wearing a pure white shirt and black suit and on tonight’s episode a darkish look with black shirt and dark gray suit. Both times, looking like the perfect TW.

  24. Just to say, we are currently watching episodes from 2003-4 on public television in the US (apparently, the series is called Spooks in the UK and Canada).

    And I just found out his character dies in 2008 — oh no!!

    And don’t you love the series’ theme music?

  25. Thank you for that great story!

    I always thought I would be a Summer (True Summer) because my hair is dark blonde to light brown. But your story shows me a Winter can also have lighter hair. And my skin tone is olive, that is a Winter trait. So I think I am a True Winter. Do you have examples for Winters with dark blonde to light brown hair color?


  26. Hanka reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow, and I suspect miss Paltrow is a True Winter and not the Light Summer she resembles. When I look at her, I see first the coolness, not the lightness, and I don´t see any softness, neither in colouring nor in features.
    Seeing that pictures of Hanka, I feel the same.

  27. Christina Aguilera is another blonde I’ve seen on some websites typed as a true winter. And looking at old pictures of her when she was on the Mickey Mouse Club, she’s very much a natural blonde.

    Christine, I’ve always been curious where you’d put Gwen Stefani, though I’m pretty sure she’s a not a natural blonde, she pulls it off very well. (Maybe this is just because I can’t imagine her with anything but platinum hair.) BW or maybe TW? I definitely get clarity and coolness.

  28. I agree, Kathy, I get a Bright feeling, maybe even TW. She balances platinum hair pretty well and the eyes appear to have black. I think I once went looking for good photos of her younger days but didn’t find many, or didn’t find them helpful.

  29. Hi!
    I am also blonde Winter. I came through execetely the same way as Hanka. I was Srping firstly but I look like ” yellow fever” in its caramel tone. People even ask me how did I feel. Then I was Summer and look anemiaed in muted blue-pink colours. At that time in here there was not professional consultant. Others said that same: Spring or Summer. :-((
    Then I just decided to go by experiments. I bought samples of lipstics. Do you know that little lipstics for 1-2 times which many companies produce and give to promoters. So I bought the full set of colour tones about 24. And then I tryed them all day by day. One sample for 1 day ;-).
    So….I just relize that the best tones for me is which you called Clear Winter. But I am as blode as Hanka. I was very surprised but I just started wear winter colour clothes. That is look wonderful! I even paint my hairs somethimes with washable dyer in tone “blue aubergine” with bright sky blue strands.
    Here is my photo:

    Cherr to Hanka! We are in the same boat!

  30. hi You both olga and hanka are spring. Sorry. I have dark blonde hair run into brown, I have dark eyes with very dark border in it, and pale cold skin , I can wear dramatic fuchsia black etc ,but I am still not sure if I can name myself Witner ( i suppose I am some deep autumn/deep winter or clear spring/claer winter. So You see, my constrast in eye, hair, skin is much higher than Yours but still to weak to be sure I am winter. Dont try be a type You are not. I know winter colours are beutiful byt You are definitely not winter.

  31. Hanka is lovely, but I am not convinced about her “Winterness”. Maybe I need to see a photo of her in black, or black and white. When I think of blonde Winters, I think of Gwen Stefani.


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    Gwen may not be a Winter, but she most definitely could be one. I do not oppose the idea that blondes could be Winters. I myself am a Winter. My hair is naturally dark brown, dark brown eyes, cool pale skin. I bleach my hair just as Gwen does and it does not change the fact that I am a Winter, or not. No one would say I was a Spring or a Summer. When I look at Hanka, I can’t do that. It’s not believable. Yes, her hair is ashy with a yellow-tinge to it. Yes, her skin is fair and pink at least her face is that way. Yet, Hanka’s neck and body appears yellow. I am not an expert at this and by no means am I challenging people’s opinions, but when I look at Hanka….I see a Summer.

  32. Yes, the stereotypes are not helpful. For years I couldn’t figure out whether I was a spring or a summer, assuming I had to be one of the two because I was blonde, pale and blue-eyed. The warmth of spring was good for me, but the colors seemed too clear and jarring; the softness of summer seemed right, but the coolness made me look greyish and pasty.

    Well, turns out I’m a soft autumn. Also turns out my eyes contain olive green, my hair is a neutral dark blonde, and my skin has obvious golden and orange tones (whatever I wear, even in the winter when I’m extremely pale)… I should have known!

  33. Why Christine has not revealed the models’ correct seasons in her recent posts all makes sense reading the comments here.

  34. Yes, it truly does, FFM… I just can’t believe the cheek of some people above, proclaiming “you’re not a winter, you’re a spring, sorry”!! I mean, what?! I don’t think they’re professional analysts, and even if they are, they surely haven’t draped Hanka… So how could they even begin to think they could tell that?

    (I know this is an old post, but I don’t think it has lost any of its relevancy…)

  35. Oh, and forgot to add, my best friend is also very likely a True Winter – she has natural light ash blonde hair, but dark eyebrows and lashes (for a blonde). She has such a Summer personality (at least going by descriptions on this site), but it’s Winter colours that look best on her :)

  36. A blonde True Winter is very rare. In Bright Winter, blonde is more common, as is red, as is a woman who is brunette but wears blonde convincingly. You will meet a natural blonde TW soon when an analyst is introduced.

  37. Count me in with those who do see the coolness here. I don’t see softness or warmth, I see something clear, crisp and cool and I also see the comparison with Gwyneth P. Great example of how wearing the drapes shows season not trying to guess based on appearance.

  38. Tilda Swinton looks like a blonde/redhaired true winter, her crispy look of “Royal Highness Alien” something . Also Katy Perry is a winter with died black hair, but her natural colour is blonde.
    And Chloe Grace Moretz must be a blonde true/clear winter as well. Crisp and tough.
    And I believe musician Aurora Aksness to be true/clear winter fairy princess. She looks like the northern lights personified.

  39. I see your point, scandinavian. Katy Perry is a natural blonde? Off to Google…why yes, she is. Doesn’t even appear to have darkened that much but with all those hair colours, who can know? Lots of yellow and green in the natural hair. I see what you mean about Aurora, whatever her natural hair colour. Not sure I’d see Chloe as True Winter but I could imagine possible Winter influence in there somewhere, I could go either way with her.

  40. It seems to me as someone without colour analyst training that way too many people feel most comfortable pigeon holing others into “easy” categories. It is enough to put you off colour analysis lolol. Truthfully, I think you need to drop labels and preconceived delusions. The only way to know what colours work for you is to be professionally draped. Look at the colours that work best for you and aim to include them in your wardrobe. We are individuals and not a tick off list. Years ago, I was labelled an Autumn because I had brown eyes …. The analyst struggled because there were few colours in the Autumn spectrum that worked for me …. But kept saying that my skin colouring was throwing it off. I have a very pale, cool skin tone. My natural hair colouring is a very dark ash brown that has now turned pure silver white at the front. My eyes have changed with age to a very dark hazel. I am going to have my colours professionally analyzed again – no idea what season will be put on me again … But rather than that, I will go with the colours that work well for me in the swatches.

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