Spring’s Children

Pure Season children can be the epitomes of their Season personality. They have not yet learned to temper some of their strong characteristics. They are not diluted by the blending with another Season that makes for a thousand unpredictable mixtures. True Spring is sometimes very random, laughter that bursts out, changes in subject you can’t keep up with. Others are optimistic. They will see the bright side but can be very quiet and reserved.

Bright Spring usually is very true to that type, snappy, quick, and friendly, though sometimes have softened their clothes to such a degree that their behaviour seems quieted too. Can clothes do that? I think so. A haircut can change how we act. Heck, just move the part in your hair to the other side of your head to shift your center of gravity.

Light Spring has Summer self-discipline and Spring moxie and audacity, which can leave you wondering if you’re seeing Autumn determination instead. Both can appear spunky, where Spring is often more spirited and Soft Autumn more low key.

Spring Children

The party children. Playful, silly, unpredictable. Would shoot Grandma with a water cannon and say they were only aiming for her walker. As 2 year olds, it takes a lot of extended family to keep them alive.

Photo: blue_one

spilling happiness ; the heart shaped face of the cuteness on the right, clear yellow skin, butter yellow hair like the center of a Laura Secord Easter egg, like the boots below, all True Spring

Favorite topic is themself, whose isn’t, but they will talk about anything. Go to the bathroom and get a drink before this child gets going because they do not turn off easily. Grownups that can talk for a long time often have a Spring+Summer mix, because Summer might start out quiet, but they have a lot they’d like to share. If the story comes out in a timeline, they got a bigger sprinkle of Summer’s fairy dust. If there are many twinkly smiles and jokes, not taking anything too seriously, and really rather be moving than talking, more likely True Spring.

Do not get hung up on every little emotional upheaval.

Will play any game at any time with anybody. No rules? No problem. Who needs them? Staying on task to complete a chore? Now, that may be a problem.

Will stand in a spotlight with a bucket on their head if it gets laughs. Laughs and applause is even better.

Photo: ColinBroug

these boots will find a puddle that will pour in over the top before they get home ; notice the butteriness of the yellow colour, these are True Spring yellow

Will get caught behind the couch at Christmas eating candies with the cousins he talked into joining him. He will squeal and take off to commence the next antic, like eating his brother’s pet fish. Who can get angry with such a happy kid?

Has trouble choosing. Do not ask which of 4 kinds of juice she wants unless you plan to be there awhile or are willing to give her some of each.

Walk in a pouring rainstorm? Sure! Might meet a bear? Great!! Pirates? Better!! They will be friendly bears and pirates in this optimistic and imaginative mind.

Do not need every kid to agree. Whatever floats your boat. Would prefer not to be told what to do in return. Can dig in their heels with the best of them.

Spring Grownups

Spring finds reasons to get along. If things get tense, they’ll make a joke. Summer will soothe and facilitate. Others might put up their dukes.

Photo: Ayla87

Spring windmills on an Autumn background – and why Spring + Autumn Season blends make no sense to me. How do you shop for upbeat functional? how ‘not harmony’ feels

If a True or Light Spring is late for her appointment, when she arrives, she’ll sashay on up the walk, apologizing, floating along in Spring and Summer’s unhurry. If anyone will break down the stereotypes, it will be True Spring. Her iris pattern won’t always follow the rules, in that it contains only blue and grey (no yellow) and much Winter line geometry. Her character may be very gentle and quiet, yet still brimming delight. Her hair might be blonde but it’s usually medium brown. Her eyebrows can be darker than you expect. There is often a pinkish brown somewhere, like the outer part of dry ginger root, and it makes a good eyeshadow that flows really well with the hair colour.

May have learned to blanket her natural sunshine to match all the seriousness around her. She may have forgotten that we need her easy laugh over the smallest things, to brighten the room, the meeting, the world we live in. Serious has nothing to do with smart or kind, just as kindness has no connections to brains or power. And neither does bubbly. Buy her a Flower Power purse at any age .

With optimism are bundled hope and faith. She is not a skeptic, a cynic, a pessimist, or a logician. The world would feel better to her as a simple place where faith sustains and guides, traits for her to honour and express openly. Buying into the myth that grownup=dark can make her feel restricted all the time, like a wearing a bandage that’s too tight when she’s already healed. When she lets herself be herself, it feels really good to be around her. When she’s trying to fit into all the dark seriousness around, I get this crazy feeling of wanting to cry. She holds the most beautiful attributes of the Forrest Gump character, to me a movie that was not about handicaps of any sort. It was about never giving in to bitterness. Forrest knew in his heart that honesty, unwaivering intention, and compassion to a pure, near childlike degree, can simplify life. He knew that IQ, success, and kindness are not prerequisites of one another.

Bright Spring is the Valentine’s Day box of chocolates. More glitz, bigger show, great flash, still delicious, lots of sweet centers. It crinkles and pops right back into shape. Too delicate to survive a year in storage, just won’t come out the same, very in the moment.

Photo: lauralucia

Bright Spring incarnate, as if she couldn’t be real, from a make-believe place

Not sure other analysts would agree, but in the presence of incongruent colour, Spring faces appear to become very asymmetric, almost taking on a Picasso quality. On all of us, the lines on one side of our face are straighter and more curved on the other. On Springs, it can seem as if one side of the face is set an inch lower than the other or the straight/curved comparison magnified. Sometimes, one side of the face or a single feature appears collapsed or even receded backwards relative to the other side. It is one amazing sight to behold with your senses and know at the same time that you’re in the grip of a powerful illusion.

Light Spring hasn’t had a theme song yet. Here is a suggestion.



a beautiful face, very expressive eyes, and the anthem of hope and happiness that Spring extends

Everything about life is nothing short of miraculous. Perhaps most awesome is the body’s and our planet’s capacity for healing and renewal. Spring embodies this most extra-ordinary and wondrous gift, the reminder she offers us just by being here.

Photo: AMA90

that’s a nice True Spring gray, you can see the yellow sun

Smiles easily and with genuine pleasure at greeting or interacting with people, even as adults. This is a trait often seen in Spring men. You see their teeth much more often than men from other Seasons.

If straight hair is your natural texture, then wear it that way. If it’s curly or wavy, try doing what you keep reading about, let it be itself. Forcing straightness on Summers (where hair looks so much better with swoopy curls on the ends or wavy ripples like the surface of water), on Springs (where energy and spontaneity look so good and true in the language of hair), on Gamines (whose punchy natural style should not be constrained, whether a suit or straightened hair), on Romantics (where the stiff hair is not consistent with the softly rounded features)….for those of us looking at you, it’s the difference between tension and relief.

Photo: lhumble

Natural Beauty


Makeup Colours

True Spring could find beautiful makeup in Lauder Apricot Sun lipstick, MUFE HD 6 blush, and MUFE 19L eyeliner. Lancome Rouge in Love 322M could be the lipstick that’s the natural colour of your lips.

Bright Spring might try Tarte Lust lipstain, Mercier eyeshadow in Pewter, and Dior Devilish Pink lips. Sheer and dewy (not frosty, which is hard-looking and works better on the 5 Winter Seasons) cosmetics allow Spring’s youth, glow, and health to shine better than matte and dry do. Lipsticks MUFE RAI 37 is matte and N45 is more sheer and glossy, might look better on the girl above. On mature women who want lipstick to last more than 15 minutes, use a product that doesn’t go darker, like Lancome Rouge in Love 377N on the cool side and 170N on the warmer side. A favorite of mine on Bright Spring is baby peach, a fabulous eyeshadow highlighter in Lancome Meet Me in Paris.

Light Spring’s face looks perfect in any combination of the words pink/peach/beige/miky, even as an adult. Dior Beige Casual lips, Body Shop 54 and 04 lipsticks, MUFE N35 lip and HD5 blush could be great.



29 thoughts on “Spring’s Children”

  1. Christine,
    Thank you for another beautifully written and evocative post. As a True Spring, I found your words very comforting because they described so much about me. I realize not everyone fits the seasonal personality stereotypes, but I seem to. My husband, a True Winter, does too. I suppose it’s because as True Seasons, we get the full dose.

  2. Beautifully written Christine. I can’t help but feel you wrote this for me. (I’m sure that isn’t the case, but perhaps it is my self absorbed oneness coming out lol)

    You were so kind to me in answering my question on Facebook, and it started me on a whirlwind of research. This article helps me a LOT. Ah, I could tell some stories, but for now I will just say that I am seriously considering True Spring. I will HAVE to start a savings/vacation plan to get a draping by you, because that would be such an amazing gift to give myself and perhaps it is long overdue.

    Thank you again for such a beautiful and stunning visually charged post. I am feeling very at peace after reading it. :o) – (Don’t you think the big nose looks so much more like a muppet that way? It makes me happy!)

  3. The smilie didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, so that last statement didn’t make sense. Basically if you make a smilie face using an ‘o’ as the nose, it looks cute to me. Any way…. you can just ignore that last statement… :D

  4. this was a nice article christine.i hope you’ll make soon articles about autumn and summer children! :-)

  5. Great article. Can’t wait till you come out with an article on Summer Children :-D

  6. Thank you, Christine, for your delightful post about Spring children–and the Spring spirit. I know I’m not a True Spring, but I do believe I have some Spring influence. I identified so much with Rosie in the Ellen video! And I love Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World–and anything else for that matter. He cheers me up much as you describe Spring lifting our spirits. Do you think he was a Spring? I feel the Season suits him. I love to watch him sing “Now You Has Jazz” with Bing Crosby (a Summer?) and “Hello, Dolly!” with Barbra Streisand (pretty sure she’s Autumn).

  7. The picture of “Spring windmills on an Autumn background” really is worth a thousand words! Very helpful to me – a rather reluctant Soft Autumn who’s always seeking the right colour to liven up what I see as my drab self.

    I’m looking forward to reading about “Autumn’s Children”.

    Regarding hair: What you say makes total sense, practically and emotionally. I’m SA, waist-length wavy hair with some strands almost straight, and others almost spiral curls so leaving it to be “natural” just looks ungroomed. I’m getting it cut tomorrow, what style would you recommend? wanting to keep it long enough to put up when I choose for coolness/practicality/elegance.

    Not sure how far I’m a typical SA personality, House of Colour typed me as Romantic Ingenue. Petite with soft curves, oval face, straight brows & stern but small features, hating the overly girly, I couldn’t find an equivalent Kibbe-type. I’m definitely not a full-on Romantic, florals & flounces make me feel like a man in drag.

  8. Wow, I could definitely relate to a lot of this! You particularly hit the nail on the head with this: “Spring finds reasons to get along. If things get tense, they’ll make a joke.” Making a joke when things get tense is like a knee-jerk reaction – it comes out my mouth before I’ve even thought about it!

    Thanks for the reminder as well about not hiding our “sunshine”. I have definitely got a serious side to me (winter’s influence?) but I love laughing, dancing, singing and oftentimes just being silly :) I’ve also been told that I have a smile that lights up a room, but I didn’t like the idea of that because I’ve always thought my mouth looked way too big when I smile (lol)! But I’ve since come to embrace it as part of who I am – a gift to be shared I guess. Thanks for all the effort you put into writing this, Christine. Look forward to reading about Summer and Autumn!

  9. Lindsay that sounds (as far as Kibbe anyway) either Soft Gamine or Theatrical Romantic.

  10. “As 2 year olds, it takes a lot of extended family to keep them alive.”

    Oh, my gosh – this is my second-born to a tee! I *think* she’s a Summer (‘though her older sister darkened up considerably and warmed a bit, so no telling), but prob. Light Summer, so with Spring’s influence.

    This is the most bullheaded human being I have EVER encountered – and yet she’s such a FUN bullheaded little person. ;) We called her “smiley” as a baby, because she was ALWAYS smiling. Just as impish as can be. And yet always into trouble of some kind – like a female Dennis the Menace. But you’re not kidding about the “lots of extended family to keep them alive”!

    My now-17-month-old is turning out to be an awful lot like her sister – and she currently seems to be a Light Spring.

  11. Another beautifully insightful essay, Christine. I’m looking forward to reading about Autumn’s and Summer’s Children.

    I still don’t know if I’m an Autumn or a Summer now that my once-auburn hair has turned silver. My former Autumn colors no longer look flattering and Summer doesn’t seem quite right either – too cool. I can’t afford a PCA at this time.

    As far as Kibbe goes, I bought his book at a garage sale several years ago. My score came out a strong Theatrical Romantic but I never was able to embrace that style. Too fussy. I like classic, tailored clothes. It’s an interesting book, though, and I keep trying to make TR clothes work somehow, even after all these years.

    How nice it would be to easily find one’s colors and style! It seems the more I learn, the less I understand.

  12. Wonderful! So insightful and it so rings true to me. The assymmetry of facial features, the ability to talk about any topic at length, the ‘dulling down’ of joy and sparkle so as not to annoy or upset people. It consistently amazes me how you are able to see and understand qualities in people of different seasons. Brilliant!

  13. question:i was looking the season palettes at pinterest pages and iwas wondering if the seasons who can wear gold tone jewellery can wear all or most shades of those or just several ones-and i was wondering the same thing exactly for the silver tone jewellery.i am not sure if that thing has ever been discussed at 12 blueprints by the way…

  14. Really enjoyed this article, the site is so interesting and informative. I was recently analysed as a bright spring. Does anyone have any tips for a bright spring casual daytime look? I love all the colours but finding it tricky to work out how to not look too overdone. trying to find some ideas for smart casual. Any advice would be really appreciated! Thanks

  15. Kate,

    BSp is actually really easy to dress. Just take one or two neutrals from your category (yellowed grey, clean taupe, navy blue) and pair them with one or two brightly coloured items (turquoise or coral red are hard to go wrong with – and don’t worry too much about whether colours “go together”, because on a BSp, many colour combinations work that wouldn’t look so good on most other people). If you use neutrals from one end of the darkness scale, use brights from the other end: light grey with dark purple, dark grey with light icy pink. If you’re feeling like putting in some extra thought, add a small area of black and/or white, for example in a belt, the details of a bag,… BSp looks good in relatively high contrast, but not all the way to black&white – navy&white, cream&black are better than black&white. In all cases, shiny materials are better than dull ones. If you worry about looking overdone, keep the clothing neutral and choose colourful accessories instead, ie. a purple scarf and/or bag instead of a jacket. (although the jacket is which is what I would undoubtedly chose. ;) )

    If you want to, you can have a look at my polyvore page (click my name for the link) – I’ve been putting together BSp looks for myself for a while now, including (and I hope Christine will forgive me) outfit ideas based on the colour equation examples she gave in one of her BSp articles on the blog. They were so useful I just couldn’t help myself.

    Btw, Christine, I looove your book and yesterday I even found my True Autumn mom, who always insists she won’t read anything written in English, throwing a look at her own chapter when she thought I wasn’t looking. I ended up translating a couple of pages for her and she, too, loves it.

  16. Christine,

    Do you notice fleshy ear lobes and are they are a Spring trait? Looks like the little pixie has them.

  17. Loved this post! I’m not sure of my season yet, but I was definitely a Spring child–but the more reserved type–happy, optimistic, and imaginative. I can see a lot of Spring’s characteristics in my facial features as well.

  18. Shirley, I will now be looking for that. I haven’t noticed it or seen it mentioned so far.

  19. Another one here who feels you must have written this for me! I was a Spring child. I grew into a Soft Summer. I didn’t find myself in Summer descriptions but I saw myself as a child throughout this article, down to the weird asymmetry. Thanks, Christine, always love your writing! <3

  20. Thanks a lot for all your help, Sophie, the polyvore page is really useful and I have some ideas now!

  21. I keep coming back to read this….each time I feel like I am reading about my younger son, who fits this description to a tee. He’s 2 and yes, it takes a lot of extended family (and friends and neighbors as well as anyone in the near vicinity of his antics) to keep him alive. Just this morning he was running around the house with a bucket on his head, twirling with delight as we laughed at him! He has a knack for finding dirt and water, both of which he enjoys wearing.

    As far as coloring, he resembles the little pixie Bright Spring incarnate. He wears the same expression on his face, has the same glint in the eye, as well as the same big fleshy earlobes. And he rocks yellow and other colorful obnoxious colors that are often found on the clearance rack in the little boys section :-)

    Great article! I can’t wait to read about autumn’s children!

  22. Christine – do you know of any good grey eyeshadow and eyeliner recommendations for the Spring seasons?

  23. Thanks for commenting Wiggles. The ear lobe thing is a trait in my family for the spring blends (no Trues around here).

  24. A Light could wear Urban Decay Underground liner and Stila Cloud or BobbiBrown grey shadows. The Trues look better in yellow-browns and peaches. A Bright gets much crisper, as the difference between a seal and a mouse, in Dior Earth Reflection shadows, or Bobbi Brown Steel shadow, with perhaps Bare Escentuals Granite liner.

  25. Thanks for the recommendation for Dior’s Beige Casual lipstick for Light Springs. I swatched it against a number of MAC lipsticks and found MAC’s Hug Me to be a pretty close match, as well as Giorgio Armani’s Rouge d’armani Beige 102. MAC’s Shy Girl lipstick (a creamy, neutral coral beige) is a favourite, and I am a fan of theBalm’s Hot Mama blush.

  26. This is one funny post:) You described my mother in law and some of my children precisely. (I have six children, so if you read my other post on Autumn’s children & think I have obsessive color analysis disorder…:)
    …it takes a lot of extended family to keep them alive:) haha. My 3 year old disappeared at a family reunion. I have a huge family and we all went out looking for him. He’s fine; it just reinterates your point. Love it.

  27. “If anyone will break down the stereotypes, it will be True Spring. Her iris pattern won’t always follow the rules, in that it contains only blue and grey (no yellow) and much Winter line geometry. Her character may be very gentle and quiet, yet still brimming delight. Her hair might be blonde but it’s usually medium brown. Her eyebrows can be darker than you expect.”

    This is True Spring, even with the Winter lines in the eyes? Not Bright?

  28. Season just can’t be known from eyes in any Season, unless the person is much more adept at reading them than I am. All you can get are indications. Also, it depends on which Winter line geometry – for instance, you might see the iris spokes right to the pupil edge, but it’s unlikely to find strong linear or zigzag elements. Some W eyes have a lot of yellow, some Sp eyes suggest strong Autumn influence. Quite a lot of movement and possibility.

  29. Of course–sorry, I didn’t really mean to focus on the eyes. Earlier you’d said that the Trues were often the epitome of their season, so I wondered if True Spring breaking the mold was a typo and was really supposed to refer to Bright Spring (which seems more like a mold-breaking/variable type). Apologies if I’m spotting errors where none exist…I’m working on mental pictures of the 12 seasons and didn’t want to get mixed up.

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