Imagine sitting at a kitchen table on a warm summer day, drinking tea, doing some writing. Rainclouds have covered the sun. Shadows seem a bit darker. The door is wide open to let the breeze in. You notice that a few raindrops are coming through the screen. The air is fresher already, your skin feels a bit tighter. Before you get up to close the screen, you look out at the landscape. The rain really starts coming down now. You notice what happened to the colors that were sunlit an hour ago.
The colours ares soft and grayed. They are still cool, but there is an overlay of grey with a trace of brown, like fog. This Season is the Summer version of colour in shade. The personal colour palette shares this slightly smoky common denominator. Light Summer begins with the True Summer palette too, but the colours are seen in pale sunlight.
Every Season has a True note, a higher note, and a lower note. Noise cannot exist without quiet, or light without shade. Soft Summer is Summer at a quieter, lower tempo. In 12 Season Colour Analysis, this is the Neutral Season where Summer is beginning to integrate a breath of Autumn. The layer of silver smoke comes from the small amount of gold added by Autumn.
Seldom do I meet such a perfect example of a Season. The skin, the eye colours and patterns, and the hair and brow colour are very much in the middle of the curve for Soft Summer. What made this PCA fun was that Shannon understood the theory and could see the colour effects instantly. She was able to do her own analysis, which I love because the doors open easily and improved appearance choices are immediate.
Because this coloring is so medium, it seems the most misidentified. There was no contest between Soft Summer and either neighbour group, of True Summer or Soft Autumn. Often, Soft Summer women have a finely chiseled bone structure that only achieve hi-def when seen in the right colours.
This is a Summer above all and the watery feeling of the colours still applies, as does the coolness and delicacy. Watermelon, clover, and many water colours are here and may be quite dark, but never crayon.
To look at in a group of people, the Soft Summer individual looks as healthy as everyone else, neither tired or faded. Their relationship with colour is nuanced, as Summer often is, elegant and subtle. This is expressed in the ability to make small steps between colour effective and visible.
Their features generally move from colour to colour, between skin/hair/eyes, in gradual steps. Wearing their colour combinations is this way is very attractive with gentle colour movements.
After years of feeling uncomfortable with makeup, Shannon said this,
The colours in my swatch feel right to me, as does the description of the Soft Summer personality – it all fits in terms of how I know myself. The make-up application looked and felt fantastic and, for the first time, made me want to buy and wear make-up.