Deep Winter or Deep Autumn

August 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm  •  Posted in Color Analysis by  •  0 Comments

Are you unsure about whether you are a Deep Winter or Deep Autumn? This confusion is very common, as both seasons have Dark as their primary characteristic, and there is no hard rule to say when you are warm enough to be a Dark Autumn instead of a Dark Winter. The best way of figuring it out is comparing how you look like while wearing the best colours of each of those two sister seasons.

What Do Deep Winter And Autumn Have In Common

Both Deep Winter and Deep Autumn are dark seasons, which means people who fall within either of these two seasons share the following similarities

  • Dark hair, skin and eyes
  • Look good in bold colours and high contrast combinations
  • High overall intensity of colour
  • Look bad in pastel and muted colours
  • Can wear black near their face and look great

If you can’t say yes to all of the above, you are most likely another season.

The Colour Test: Differences Between Deep Winter And Deep Autumn

If you are unsure about whether you are a Deep Autumn or a Deep Winter, find somewhere near a window with natural light and pick up clothes in some of the following colours from your wardrobe. Don’t try to do this at a store under artificial light or it won’t work, as those lights usually make people look more yellow or paler than they really are.

deep-winter-colour-palette  vs  deep-autumn-palette

  • Salmon Pink
  • Fuchsia
  • Light Peach
  • Icy Pink
  • Terracotta
  • Burgundy
  • Pure White
  • Ivory
  • Pewter
  • Silver
  • Burnt Orange
  • Raspberry
  • Mustard
  • Mint

You don’t need to find each of them, but the more you have to compare the easier will be to find your real season. Stop reading, and put the above clothes right under your face, and make a list of the colours that make you look best. Try to leave aside personal preferences and look at which colours clarify your complexion and reduce your under-eye shadows. If you are currently dyeing your hair in a very dark or very warm colours, pull it back away from your face so it doesn’t distort your perceptions. If you aren’t sure about which colours suit you best, get some friend to help you or ask a small child. Ready? Don’t continue reading until you are done.

Once you have your list of the colours that better suit you… Check which season they belong to:

Cool Colours (Deep Winter) Fuchsia, Icy Pink, Burgundy, Pure White, Silver, Raspberry, Mint

Warm Colours (Deep Autumn) Salmon Pink, Light Peach, Terracotta, Ivory, Pewter, Burnt Orange, Mustard

The Jewelry Test

If the results from the above test were inconclusive, try the jewelry test. Deep Autumns have warm undertones, so they look better in gold, copper and brass jewelry. Deep Winters, however, look much better in silver and platinum jewelry, or cool white gold.

The Lipstick Test

If you are still in doubt, the lipstick test may be all you need to figure out your true season. Unless you are comfortable buying lipsticks that you aren’t going to use for sure, the best thing you can do is head for the beauty counter at your nearest beauty store, or scour EBay for a bargain. Always look at your lipstick under natural sunlight so you can accurately identify the effect it has on your skin.

Compare a warm terracotta red with a cold berry with blue undertones. Compare a peach lipstick and a lavender lipsticks.

If the warm red made you look alive, and the lavender one drained all colour from your face, congratulations, you are a Deep Autumn!

If the berry colour looked natural on you, but the peach one made you look sick, you are most likely a Deep Winter.

Professional Drapping

If you are still not sure, consider having your colours professionally analysed. You can even have an online colour analysis for less than $50 if visiting a consultant is too expensive or inconvenient, and it will save you a lot of money as you won’t buy clothes or makeup that doesn’t suit you anymore.

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