In very bright light my skin looks quite fair and paler than what I normally see in the mirror or even if I just glance down at my arms and hands as they type this. In normal daylight I can see how I am fair but rather golden, even a bit of an orange tone though not Trumpian orange.
This photo is in bright early morning sunlight which always seems to give me a paler, cooler looking complexion. I'm wearing my ubiquitous rust coloured cardigan. a favourite gold scarf and a coral pink knit top which feels bright to me but I like it when it's mixed with other colour layers like this. I untied the scarf so the top would show in this photo. While the clothing colours are quite accurate, my skin tone is not.
Let's see what happens in bright light, midday.....
The photo above is bright daylight but taken in the centre of the room whereas the one below is taken with the camera parallel with a sunny window.
There is a degree if brightness to these photos which is enhanced and which I did not do on purpose and cannot alter, though I tried. Colour accuracy is good but the shirt has a more muted appearance in reality and the brightness shown here would be more suited to the Spring palette. I am wearing a nearly matching lipstick in one of the photos, heavily blotted. The tone of my skin here is pretty much what it looks like to me in daylight and the way my hands on the keyboard appear right now. This is the golden, slightly orange tone I keep mentioning. My hair looks this red in some lighting and definitely brown in others. In some photos when no light hits my hair at all I have seen it looking very dark brown, nearly black. That always startles me a little. That is not the hair I am used to seeing. Take the skin from the photos above and give it the hair of the first photo in early morning light and you get how I generally see myself in mirrors.
I have studied the few celebrity examples of True Autumn who are fair skinned like I am and observed how they also look different in various photos and different lighting. Paparazzi photos of Julianne Moore or Marcia Cross give us very pale and pinkish looking women, a bit more like how I appear in the first photo. Other lighting makes them look more golden and warm. My red headed son is also like this sometimes looking pale and pink and other times quite warm and golden, depending on the strength of the light.
Later in the same day, still the orange shirt and colours just slightly more saturated than normal, the lipstick has worn off and I'm exhausted from grocery shopping but I really love my recently purchased earthy-toned scarf.
Here is an old photo I recently shared on Facebook. It's a professional portrait, obviously, so I think there is some enhancing going on. I really doubt that I look that tanned in November. My first thought is that they probably warm everybody up, but then I have looked at other professional portraits and they don't give warm skin to people who don't naturally have it. I find the sweater I am wearing a little jarring next to my face. The background colours they gave me harmonise with my colouring much better and I think this woman looks like she would suit an outfit in rust, teal and gold.
I think the sweater is almost right but not quite. It's not warm enough but it could be worse. My memory of that sweater is that it was a little brighter and I wonder if the photo-refinishers toned it down a little. My eye is drawn to the sweater and not the face, which isn't an effect you really want and I can see how the silver earrings I am wearing also don't really relate to my face although it does look like I have a silver tooth and I can assure you I do not.
I know I am fussing about colour accuracy and lighting. I am a fusser. I like accuracy. I want good evidence to back up what I am saying and I want to be able to present that evidence here. If I wasn't worried about that this would be a much shorter post that says, here I am wearing some clothes in colours I like. These colours suit me because I say so. The End.
A Brief Study of Marcia Cross
Marcia Cross outdoors and looking very pale...
The white shirt doesn't seem to be doing her any favours either. Her character in Desperate Housewives was usually dressed in Autumn colours but paparazzi photos indicate that Ms Cross is either unaware of or indifferent to what colours suit her best and she tends to wear black, white or very pale beige colours.
Golds and warm greens are stunning on her and a Pinterest Site I found dedicated to Marcia really shows the colours that are hits and misses. I'm not sure about those earrings and I want to warm them up. They appear to be pearls but I'd like them to be more golden.
Although looking obviously warm and golden is a good sign of being a Spring or Autumn, it isn't the only way to judge. Putting the colours on is the only way to tell and sometimes there are surprises. Sometimes a person you might think of as looking pale, pink and cool still looks best in the warm colours. That's why draping is the ultimate method of colour analysis as opposed to trying to fit your skin, hair and eye colours into a pre-determined set of norms. We don't all fit the normal range.
Enforced Stop. Abruptly perhaps but if I don't make myself stop I will just keep typing my thoughts.