The weather is cooling and we've had a few days of rain so the dampness makes it feel even colder. I bundled up in a favourite simple outfit, combining peach, green and cream along with the faded bright blue denim of my favourite jeans, not visible in this photo. It's a season when people begin to wear darker colours and I'm staying away from them.
I don't know if the colours of my vest and scarf are the lightest end of the True Autumn palette or if they are True Spring but I suspect they are Spring. My lipstick is a True Spring recommendation and I'm not wearing any other makeup.
Some time ago, I've lost track if it was a year or two years ago, the desire to lighten my palette hit me hard. Perhaps I once thought that darker colours were more serious and career appropriate. Perhaps being young and having the dewy freshness of youth, I just didn't notice or care. As I discovered my warmth and played with the True Autumn palette I lost track a little of my need for lightness. Or at least I did in terms of trying to identify my palette. There are light colours in the True Autumn palette but there are also some medium-dark ones and I find myself avoiding them. Am I avoiding them because I just don't like them or because they feel wrong. A person could choose to only wear a select few colours from a whole palette but should not feel confined to those. That would indicate the wrong palette.
This image found on the 12 Blueprints site in a great post about Springs with dark hair, got me thinking about my peach passion. I love both of the colours in this image. I would wear both, but I suspect I look better in the Spring peach.
I LOVE the entire True Autumn palette. I love earthy colours like burnt orange and ochre. I decorate my home in them. My desire to wear colours a little lighter may be my need for clearer warm colours asserting itself. Or it may be my imagination. In my attempt to purchase True Autumn colours over the past year, I suspect I've actually bought many things in True Spring. In the end it doesn't matter what it is called, as long as I like it and it works. But of course I want to know. That's just how I am. And even though I know that personal colour analysis is about watching colour next to to the face, I am still going to attempt to think my way into this. That's what I do.
This collage of Spring peach/coral/orange with a dash of yellow really appeals to me.
My favourite coral tee shirt, which is my favourite of the two corals I own and possibly my favourite tee shirt altogether. Lippie is a sheer tint from Revlon called Rich Girl Red and generally looks coral on me.
Brighter more direct light
Spring is a light season and there are many 'experts' who will say it is light, warm and clear so it is for people whose colouring is light, warm and clear. They then give examples of celebrities with (dyed) blonde hair and point out the overall lightness. Autumn is a rich season, with medium colours, deep in comparison with Spring. These same experts will describe it as warm, rich, muted and sometimes use the word deep. They will give celebrity examples usually with auburn hair, not all natural. These descriptions are accurate for the colours of the palettes but only accurate for the person's appearance some of the time.
The Spring palette is warm, light, fresh, clear.
The Autumn palette is warm, medium-deep, rich, muted
What gets lost in translation is that these descriptive words might describe the appearance of the individual who wears these palettes but it might not. The palettes suit the skin of the individual who wears them and the hair colour, eye colour and even the overall impression of lightness or darkness are not that straight forward.
Some other descriptions that I have found helpful though are these.
Here is a quote from 12 Blueprints.
"Autumn colour is heavy. Like a rug, a warm blanket, a stone fireplace.
Colour is medium to dark.
Colour deposits can be more opaque. The skin is more opaque and needs
heavier colour. Like putting makeup on a quilted cloth doll."
I have been observing a blog friend who is a confirmed Autumn. She is definitely able to wear heavier makeup application, richer colours, deeper, darker more intense colours than I can. When I wear the True Autumn lipsticks I blot them. She applies them thickly and liberally and looks amazing.
What are the colours I can apply liberally? They are Spring colours.
Here is what 12 Blueprints says about Spring makeup.
"Spring is light. Literally, figuratively, subliminally, Spring is light.
Colours are light to medium on the Light >> Dark scale. The
brown that looks dark on Scarlet Johanssen looks pale and insignificant
on Julia Roberts.
Colour deposits are light and /or sheer, though color is still lively. Like putting makeup on a porcelain doll."
This lipstick swatching was done by Cate Linden, a 12 Blueprints trained analyst and I found the image on Pinterest. It is an image that confirms for me that I'm favouring Spring lip colours and perhaps explains why the True Autumn light-medium colour options are dark on me so I kept to the light colours or sheer formulas. I really can't pull off a matte lipstick.
A year ago I would have laughed at the thought of myself as porcelain doll, and I'd still laugh today, but I do indeed use a very light hand with makeup, liberally apply sheer, light, clear warm colours. A light golden brown eye pencil reads as enough eyeliner for me. I was getting this right when I played with the soft palettes, but they were muted and not warm enough. When I really got into warmth I strayed too far, literally beyond my depth.
Chocolate and peach! Two of my favourite foods and favourite colours. I would love to wear this combination and I'd add cream to both the food and colours too!
I want to be an Autumn. I love Autumn. But I don't think I can convince myself that the deep colours are something I can pull off. I would have thought them safer than colours that read as bright to me, but gradually I am learning the difference between bright and clear. True Spring colours are not muted, not softened with grey or lightened with white, but the clarity gives them a lightness and a delicacy that seems to be right for me, despite my medium-dark hair.
Autumn colours and Spring colour sometimes look very similar and I think that is why I've bought more Spring than I initially realised. It suited me, it looked like an Autumn colour so I convinced myself it was. There are places where the two palettes diverge and even with the similar colours the key to the difference is whether or not the colour is a version that is clear and fresh looking or muted and rich and earthy looking. Fabric type can mislead or allow you to fudge a little. You can and should make personal tweaks to your palette, figuring out your own best lightness-darkness range and which of the makeup rec's work best for you. But you can also tweak yourself into a different season, which I may have done.
It's all a matter of playing, with just a few rules so you know the game and the right ball park to play it in.