Monday, 18 September 2017

Am I a Spring? Will I Ever Know?

In case anyone is wondering if I might be a True Spring, rather than a True Autumn, I have definitely wondered that myself but so far thinking probably not.  Although I am learning that I can wear brighter colours than I thought I could, now that I know they need to be quite warm, there is a difference between the  brightness of True Spring and that of True Autumn.  In a proper colour analysis, the colours are draped beneath the face and changes in appearance are detected, disappearing of fine lines, dark circles or strange colours.  Photos can't show that but they can point a little bit towards harmony and give some indication of what colours to play with and try out. 

 I think that I am learning I can wear brighter colours than I thought, but I'm not sure about True Spring brightness.  Depending on which system you look at you will be told one of two different things about the Spring category.  It is always warm, but in some systems it is described as light and warm, while in others it is described as clear, bright and warm.  The latter is more common, and the former seems to come from all of the celebrity examples of Spring being blonde or strawberry blonde and appearing light. 

This is pretty much me rolled right out of bed.  I'm wearing one of Jim's tee shirts and it might be the rich golden yellow of a True Autumn palette, if I can depend on my ability to eyeball that.  The photo accuracy is not great either, so this photo may not be worth much, but my point is that there are some intense colours in the True Autumn palette and that Spring gets even brighter, although it doesn't always look that way in online images of the Spring palette.

                     I once held the belief that yellow was the worst colour I could wear.

 I would love a proper analysis but it's not available to me right now.  Or at least not without the cost being close to a thousand dollars, which is another way of saying not available to me.

I think I am an Autumn, not a Spring, but I could be wrong.  As I play with the boundaries of how brightness works for me, perhaps I will dip into Spring a little.  Or perhaps I won't and think that I am. Perhaps I will change my mind and decide I am a Spring and not an Autumn. My understanding is that Spring is very bright and Autumn brighter than people realise.  Mostly I know warm is good for me.

Pictures and Swatches

 Here I am outside and inside in natural light, a Spring palette placed beneath me.  Does this tell me anything?  I don't know.  Does the hair distract?


Is there any noticeable difference when I put my photo next to the Autumn fan?  Even if there seems to be, accuracy of photos cannot be guaranteed.  I have seen photos of people being draped in True Spring colours and they are very bright. 


I suspect that the photo of the Spring fan doesn't represent how truly bright the actual Spring palette is.  Perhaps the best conclusion here is that colours as shown in the photo of the Spring fan would work.

What about this next one?  Does this work?  It seems possibly a bit too much, too solid, to saturated.  It seems to me almost but not quite right.  Could I wear those colours and not lose against them in a fight to be noticed?




Could I pull off these colours below?  I don't think so, but I am not always right.  I'm not sure I would feel right in them. What confuses me is that I look very brightly coloured and able to take bright colours in this photo but not in all photos.  Of course I should listen to are not very accurate and this is not how you do colour analysis.



There are online colour analysis sites that simplify the concept down to Spring is warm and light, Autumn is warm and dark.  Springs are blondes and bright redheads with blue or green eyes, Autumns are brunettes or auburn with hazel or brown eyes.  These systems are not Sci/Art which asserts that skin only is what matters, and any hair or eye colour can occur in any palette.  Some may be more typical, but a certain hair or eye colour is not a determiner or a deal breaker.  Celebrities shown as examples usually have dyed hair, and the few who are natural redheads or blondes have enhanced their colouring.  They aren't very helpful for comparing yourself, as tempting as it is.  In the end it is about how your face reacts to colour, not what colours you appear to be.

As much as I dislike the imprecision and misleading statements offered in the tonal system of personal colours, it may be that all I can do is assume I am in the Warm family and work with that.  I wouldn't wear every colour suggested here, nor would I put them all on Amy.


My objection to this system is that it is sloppy.  I believe it is inaccurate to state that some people need only concern themselves with one of the properties of colour, and thus choose a family of colours from palettes that are either Warm, Cool, Deep, Light, Bright or Muted.  This is presented as giving yourself more options but I think it is really just a poor substitute for good analysis.  However, having said that, I don't have access to proper analysis.

Somewhere on the website I've linked to above, there is also a link to a fun though not highly accurate method of determining your palette using a photo you upload.  I have done it many times and depending on the photo, Autumn, Spring and the Warm palette samples all look good.  It's all a bit subjective as photos don't really show your skin reacting to colour and it become more of an am I light or dark issue.  I look lighter in outdoor photos than I do in indoor photos.  Is that real or some trick of the lighting? I look cooler if the photographer hasn't got the white balance adjusted.  I look cooler if I am in the shade.  I look pale and grey in a photo if I am wearing too cool a colour.  I look yellow if I am under a light that has a yellow cast.  Photos are problematic.

Go here if you want to play with this tool.  You want clear photos in natural light and the tool gives you the ability to zoom in and eliminate most or all of the background.  It might be valuable to pull back your hair or crop it out of the photo.

Another method of testing is called lipstick draping. It means trying out the recommended lipsticks for a season to compare which are most flattering.  In the photos above I am wearing a lipstick recommended for True Autumn. I've also got one that I've seen recommended for Spring, and I get compliments when I wear it.  But makeup is a bit less precise than fabric drapes and more crossover in makeup colours as well as more compromise has to occur. 

Here is something you may not know.  An analysis is meant to be finicky, highly precise and end up in very definitive results because it is the foundation you work with.  Shopping, finding your best colours in the right clothing and makeup is much less precise, more difficult, compromise must happen.  The more you know about what you are looking for, the more you can get most of what you put on yourself as close to best as possible, the more it all comes together and works.

On my own, anyone trying to figure this out without professional and proper analysis is working with an approximate idea. 

Am I a Spring or an Autumn?  I don't really know.  Spring and Autumn are both the warmest palettes.  Autumn warmed by gold and Spring by yellow.  The former is more muted, a bit earthy, while the latter is clear and bright.  Just how bright, I am not certain as I don't own a palette fan. 

In general I simply like the warm earthy colours that are more likely Autumn, but I have learned preference doesn't lead everyone to their best colours to wear and knowing a colour flatters you can turn it into a favourite.

I suspect I may have Spring items in my wardrobe already, especially in the coral/peach range.  What I do know is that the True Autumn palette contains some colours brighter than one might expect if thinking it is all about earth tones, and that I might be more successful and comfortable wearing them then I'd once thought.

It frustrates me not to know which palette is best for me, as though the correct answer to a burning question is being withheld.   Perhaps for now, how to live with that not knowing is the lesson I need most.


  1. You could be spring outside, but more autumn inside!
    I agree you can wear some brighter tones.
    You have come almost to the opposite Season to when I first met you.
    How crazy is that!
    Loved seeing you and Jim in the kitchen before I cut the cord on FB. Sad to miss seeing you, but can still relate here :-)
    Enjoying your many Spring Pinterest pins!
    Xo Jazzy Jack

  2. Miss you on Facebook but yes, we have the blogs. You have to do what works for you. I definitely have to pull back from FB often.
    I have tried some aspect of every season, pretty much arriving where I thought was the least likely. When I was told I was Winter, I tried to tone it down because cool brightness is awful for me so I did cool darks. I believed in the Winter thing for so long because people always tell me I look like my Mum and she wore cool colours. She is likely a Soft Summer. I am beginning to think Spring face, Autumn personality. LOL Not that I put much stock in the associated seasonal personalities but I just can't see myself as light and bubbly. I did, however, get told I am like Julie Andrews recently and it was not in reference to my singing voice. Keep on being your amazing self. xoxo


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