In continuing with my Seasonal Color Analysis series, today I will be exploring the Winter color profile.
In Seasonal Color Theory, Winter refers to people who are ‘cool and bright’, meaning they have cool undertones and bright, clear coloring. As such, they are best suited by cool and bright colors that we would typically see in the Winter.
For this analysis, I’ll be focusing on three Winter Women: Regina King, Viola Davis, and Katy Perry.
Gold vs Silver Test
Springs have cool undertones, so in the metallic test, we expect that they will be suited by silver and look separate/ off in gold.
Let’s look at some examples:
Regina King looks amazing in these silver dresses. Her skin in clear and radiant.
In these gold looks, Regina doesn’t look as good. Her skin isn’t as clear or radiant. It looks a bit murky and these colors just look off on her.
I see the same thing with Viola Davis. Her skin doesn’t look as clear or as radiant in the gold (left) as it does in the silver (right). The cooler tones just bring her to life.
Katy Perry looks great in the silver dresses. As her season suggests, her skin looks clear and bright. However, in the gold dress (right), her skin looks muddy and looses all its radiance.
The White vs Cream Test
True white leans more cool and cream is warm. So, we will expect people with cool undertones to be better suited and to look more harmonious in white.
Regina looks so much better in the clearer, cooler white dress to the left. Her skin looks radiant. In the cream dress to the right, her skin is not as clear or bright. The warmer cream color drags her down.
I don’t have a picture of Viola in a cream outfit, but she looks incredible in these bright white dresses. This color flatters her skin beautifully and she shines in it.
Katy looks great in the white dresses to the left, especially the first look (left) where her hair is dark. The contrast highlights the brightness of her skin and it plays well with the cool, bright palette. The lack of contrast of the blonde hair (middle) takes something away from her.
In the last look (right), the warm yellowy dress just looks off on Katy. The warmth of the color clashes with the coolness of her skin and the toned down color also doesn’t flatter her.
Winter: Cool + Bright
This is the wheel house of the Winter as cool and bright colors match perfectly with their undertones and coloring. We expect these women to look amazing in these colors.
Regina looks amazing in the bright and cool colors. She carries the color intensity with ease and her skin looks clear and radiant.
Here again, she looks great in these highly saturated magenta outfits. This color is overwhelming for most, but she pulls it off with ease. Note also how the color to the left is slightly cooler than the color to the right and her skin looks clearer in the cooler version.
Likewise, Viola looks amazing in these bright and cool colors. Her skin is glowing and she simply shines in them.
Katy looks good in these colors, but the intensity does seem to wash her out a little. Her pale skin lacks the radiance that it usually has so while the contrast is great or her, the actual colors are not her best.
Winter in Warm + Bright
In these colors, half the requirement for Winters is met, in that the colors are bright. However, they are also warm so we expect them to look radiant but separate from the wearers.
These colors are too warm for Regina. I’m drawn to how unclear and muddy they make her skin look in comparison to how she looks in the cool and bright colors in the category above.
I see the same thing for Viola. These colors are too warm for her and they are very separate from her. Specifically the yellow (middle) dress that is so intensely warm that it appears to just sit on her skin and she comes behind it. Her skin still looks radiant, but the dress is not harmonious with her.
The green suit (left) is the most flattering because it’s the coolest of these colors and, with that, allows her radiance to come through.
These colors are not flattering on Katy at all. In these bright and warm yellows and oranges, she looks unhealthy. Her skin lacks all its radiance. Like the other women, while she can handle the intensity of the color, she is just not suited by it.
I see this again here. The very warm and saturated orange and red outfits to the left really don’t flatter Katy at all. In the first look (left), her blonde hair further throws off her coloring and the entire look is just off. In the middle look, her skin pulls red and murky because of how warm the color is.
Compare that to the much cooler red and burgundy dress to the right. Here Katy looks amazing and her skin looks so much clearer. Cooler is definitely better for her.
Winter in Autumn (Warm + Muted)
We would expect these colors to be the least flattering on Winters because they are the complete opposite of their coloring.
This is absolutely the case here with Regina. These colors are unbelievably unflattering on her. It’s like she disappears into the background. Their warm and muted tones clash completely with her cool and bright coloring and her skin loses its clarity and radiance.
I see the same thing here. While she does look better in these colors as compared to the ones pictured above because they have more pigment (color intensity will always favor her), they are still muted and warm and this simply isn’t her composition. At best she looks bland.
This is just as true for Viola who looks shockingly forgettable in these outfits. They do nothing to pull forth her bright radiance and she looks dull and uninteresting. She needs more vibrancy!
Katy also looks forgettable in these warm and muted tones. In the nude (left) and pale yellow (middle) dresses, her skin looks paler than normal and in a way that’s almost unhealthy. These colors are just not for her.
Winter in Summer (Cool + Muted)
In these colors, half the requirement for Winters is met, in that the colors are cool. However, they are also muted so we expect them to look okay but rather dull on the wearers.
Regina looks good in these colors, but their lack of intensity does have an effect. I wish they were more vibrant for her. So, it’s clear that while she can pull them off, their are not her best. Also, they negatively affect her appearance, her skin looks rather dull and unclear.
Viola Davis looks really good in these cool tones, but I think that’s because while they are arguably muted, they are also very light which makes them appear bright. So they offer great contrast with her skin and she appears clear and radiant.
In comparison, these cool, muted, and dark colors do nothing for Viola. She looks dull and her skin lacks its normal radiance.
I think these colors are actually very flattering on Katy. Like Viola, she looks lovely in these light, cool, and muted tones. Her skin is clear and bright and she’s perfectly harmonious.
These colors are slightly cooler than the ones above and they come across as icy. Again, Katy looks great in them. Her hair and skin look radiant and she looks harmonious, particularly where her hair is dark.
The Black Test
In these intense black outfits, Regina looks amazing. Her skin looks clear and bright and I have no trouble keeping my attention on her face.
Likewise, Viola looks amazing in the true black dresses (left, middle). Her skin looks radiant and beautiful. In the last look (right), the less intense black/ greyish dress is the least flattering on her. Her skin is not as radiant or clear as in the first two images. For Viola, the more intense the color, the better.
Katy looks amazing in these intensely black dresses. They provide great contrast against her pale skin and it in turn looks clear and radiant.
The Lipstick Test
The warm muted lipstick to the left is not flattering on Viola. In it she looks incomplete. The red lipstick to the right is completely separate from her. The intensity of the color is fine, but it’s too warm for her.
The two middle shades are the most flattering, especially the cooler purple shade. They are cool and somewhat bright, so they match her coloring.
Katy is better complimented by the cooler pink tones to the left. In these lipsticks, she just looks more harmonious. The warmer lipsticks to the right are a bit separate from her, this is easier to see in the very last image (right), the red lipstick is just there.
My takeaway, as always, is that even within the same category, there is no universal standard on what will look good on everyone who falls within it. Here, Katy Perry surprisingly looked great in cool and muted colors and in some cases, the bright and cool colors were too intense for her. So, there are always anomalies to how we expect certain colors to behave on people with the same Winter coloring.
So, even once you identify your color season (or find your body type), take the time to investigate what is true for you because we will all express differently.
Let me know if you have any thoughts on this analysis, I love to hear from you.