Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Brunette Springs

I had to blog about this topic because its actually frustrating me a lot - I've been doing a lot of reading and analyzing various photos of celebrities and people in general who are definitely springs, but with dark brown hair and a clearer skin-tone.  However,what angers me, is how often these women are clothed in winter colours and pegged as winters.  Why is it that springs are almost always reprsented as being light, warm and 'Blonde' - what about the clear, deep brunette spring?  Why is she always left behind???  I have read that although rare, there are even springs that have black, or a raven-red hair colour or springs that have a dark, clear olive or 'deep' peaches and cream complexion.  If there are so many varieties of winters, why can't brunette clear springs be represented more?  Here are a few examples that illustrate my point:


This model looks absolutely stunning in the clear spring colours - she looks alive and fresh and luckily her makeup and scarf compliment her spring colouring - yet when you think about a spring women, this is not the image that pops up and I can see so many people wanting to drape this women in icy blue and cool shades, telling her she is a cool season - but in my opinion, I think she looks stunning in the clear, bright spring shades.


Here is another brunette women who shines in peaches and coral shades and should embrace the spring palette.  If you look closely at her skin-tone, she has a clear, subtle bronze like quality about her skin!



I have seen so many websites that peg Alexis Bladel as a clear winter, but in my opinion, she is definitely a clear spring.  Her dark hair has a golden undertone and she rocks the bright coral, clear red and peach makeup shades. 



Scarlett Johansson is always desribed as a spring - when her hair is light blonde, she is the poster girl for the spring colour type and when she adds in reddish tones, she simply takes on the warmer tones of spring.  Check out the photo of her with deep, brunette hair - she hasn't changed her season - she hasn't morphed into a winter - she is still a spring and the perfect example of what a dark brunette spring looks like - I'm glad that Scarlett embraced going brunette - not because of the actual hair colour change, but more because it gives us dark-haired spring ladies some makeup examples to work with - go Scarlett!!!



There is no doubt in my mind that Adriana Lima is a spring - she looks so fresh and alive with the spring makeup tones and always looks completely washed out when she wears the cool makeup shades.  I found of picture of Adriana with barely any makeup - her skintone is very 'peaches and cream' - why is the peaches and cream skintone always connected with porcelain skin tones - There is a variety of peach shades, from light peach to spicy bronze peach, to a brownish-orange peach - many woman have 'peach' undertones to their skin but aren't anywhere near porcelain, yet their colouring is distinctly 'spring':



I'm sure that Adriana's skintone is often described as olive (which would place her in the winter category), but look at how the 'peaches and cream' undertones are so evident in her skin - there is no way Adriana is anything but a clear spring!


Here is a picture of Adriana with dark, almost black hair (remember I mentioned that this is rare for a spring) - Adriana looks incredible and the coral/orange-red shades highlight her best features.  This picture is the perfect example of the rare, dark haired spring that is never portrayed in color analysis books or websites, which is a real shame because this women misses out on knowing her spring colour palette - she probably automatically says to herself "no, I'm not golden blonde or porcelain peaches and cream, so I can't be a spring' - Yes you can!!!!!!!


I really wish that colour analysis was more open to representing the various colour types within each season.  I wish that women of colour and exotic skin tones were represented better as well - I have always been attracted to colour analysis and knowing what colours look best on me - but I also think that colour analysis can be very 'limiting'  if you focus too much on the 'typical' winter, typical spring, typical autumn etc - what about the non-typical winter or spring??? - what about the women who struggles to find her colours because she doesn't fit into the typical mold of a particular season???  I would really like to see colour analysis morph an re-done to fit and accept the various skintones, hair colours that can be represented by each season.  I'd love to see 'multiple' photos printed so women can see study the seasons and see where they fit - This would really bring colour analysis to a whole new level!!!

27 comments:

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Renata said...

Thank-you Claudii - I'm so happy to hear that you like my blog and are following!!!

vaarloek said...

discovering the deep clear-spring brunette-category has changed my life! ok, maybe not, but it was a definite a-ha-moment. increasingly sure that i'm a clear spring, and not a winter-type as i've thought for some time now. and yeah, in general the season-colour-theory need to embrace more examples of all types! non-caucasian are very underrepresented.

Renata said...

Thanks Vaarloek - I love those 'a-ha' moments! I agree, colour theory can be really limiting sometimes and they often don't take into account the different degrees of skin tones and their intensity. However, some of the newer books out there are going into depth more - check out a book called 'color revival' - I think you can get it on amazon - it includes a chapter on skin tones other than caucasian and how colour theory can be used for 'every' skintone - Thanks for writing and I'm glad I helped contribute to your 'a-ha' moment!!!

Nina said...

I am a brunette, I look rather like Lisa Bonet or Persia White. I cant carry off Winter colors and Im not at all cool. Autumn shades are muddy and orangey makeup looks garish on me. I looked at my house and my clothing and what I have picked naturally are all citrus colors. Lime and chartreuse polish looks FABULOUS on me. I have peachy rose cheeks and lips,and despite being non-white my coloring is the same as that of the strawberr blondes I work with. (My grandmothers were both redheads).
The thing is, black or dark hair can be ANY color. It can be super dark blue or brown or red, the undertones of the hair are obscured by the depth. Skin coloring matters more than hair darkness.

Renata said...

THanks Nina - I agree with you! I've learned that skin tone really is the key to figuring out your seasons - the more I move towards soft autumn, the more I see how harmonious I am with this palette, I am a brunette and often SA's are pictured as blondes, just like with the springs, so it goes to show that its not about hair colour at all, but what your skin says!!!

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Renata said...

Hi Lauermar - THanks so much for writing - I think that springs always retain a certain brightness, and as your colouring is slightly softening as you mature, your spring dominant palette is still telling you that it needs the clarity and brightness that spring offers. I can definitely see the clear/bright spring working for you - esp with your eyes. FOr me, I think how colours influence your eyes are 'huge' - some colours make your eyes come alive and sing, others mute them. With your aqua eyes, I say stick with the brighter spring shades and make them your focal point. Luckily, bright springs wear black well, so you can change your neutrals from the tans that you mentioned to black and warm clear navy. I hope this advice helps - keep me posted!

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Kinym said...

I LOVE this... A long time ago (20 plus years) I was told I was a winter. My natural hair as a child was blonde which steadily grew darker ...then as an adult it is dark ASH brown. I have always had freckles, pale skin that burns easily and blue/ green eyes with gold flecks in them. I read the gold flecked in eyes are a sign of warmth. I have a pink undertone in places but don't look cold toned either. I think gold and silver look equally good and my ARM veins look green. I was perplexed recently looking at the winter palettes because it didn't feel quite right. I'm thinking I am a bright spring! Thanks for this blog...

Melyssa said...

I love your articles !
I was wondering, can a brunette spring have dark eyes ? My skin is like Rihanna's, I have dark brown hair and dark brown eyes... I feel like Deep Autumn and Deep Winter colors are overwhelming on me, especially red that I NEVER managed wearing in my entire life ! And I don't look great in brown and medium&deep greys either. But black is great and I noticed there is black and bright colors in the clear spring palette so I was wondering... Thank you~

Renata said...

Hi Melyssa,
THank you for writing and thanks for the compliment - actually, yes, there are brunette, brown eyed bright springs! In fact, one of my FB friends is exactly that - she had an on-line analysis done where she was told she was a deep winter, but the palette just wasn't working for her - she finally had a draping done in person (the sci-art method) and found out she was a bright spring - she looks stunning as a bright spring. It doesn't hurt to play around with the palette a bit and see how you feel - I find that very often you naturally are drawn to your best palette, its just a matter of being honest with yourself and going by what you feel and how the colours react against your skin! Hope this helps!!!
Renata

Melyssa said...

Thank you for answering ! I was frustrated that there were only very few colors that fit me and made me look joyful in those previous palettes... I see a lot of celebrities with my coloring wearing spring palette colors, which are colors I never try when I shop. I'll bring it with me next time.

Well, I do have a profile pic but I don't know why it doesn't show here..

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this article! I was labeled a winter about 20 yrs ago in High School because I have dark hair, light peach/olive skin and light medium hazel eyes. Winter colors do not look very well on me at all. I almost convinced myself into thinking I was a deep autumn because of my dark hair but something was still very wrong. For the past couple of months I have come to the conclusion that I am a clear spring, even before reading this. A lot more more analysts need to inform themselves! Thank you again for this wonderful article.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you about Alexis Bledel. Thank you!

Steph said...

Thank you for this! I originally thought I was a Deep Autumn because of my dark brown eyes and hair (although as a child I was golden blonde) but whilst the orange colours looked good on me, the browns and beiges washed me out. I took an online quiz that only asked about colours that did or did not suit you and after answering honestly it told me that I was a bright spring and I think after looking at the palette that they might be right, as the spring colours seem to brighten me a lot more than autumn's. I think it shouldn't matter too much about your hair and eye colour but should go by your skin tone, because you can change your hair colour but you can never really change the undertones to your skin.

Renata said...

Lucky you Steph - The Bright Spring palette is absolutely beautiful - very often trial and error combined with what you intuitively feel is right for you is the key to determining your best season! Have fun with the bright, Spring shades!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree it's so strange that some can be so close minded with their analysis. Always putting brunettes in winter or Autumn category may be wonderful for those who are autumns and winters but not for those who aren't. :) I personally am a blonde spring however I know so many people in real life who are brunette springs I also know a blonde winter so...I have even suffered the brunette=winter stereotype when I dyed my hair a medium-dark chestnut brown and I went to sephora only to find the lady wanted to put winter colors on me XD

Priestess said...

Yessss!! I completely agree as I am one of those dark haired clear spring color types. My mother is a French Caucasian and my father is East Asian, so I actually come out with the ivory toned skin that is neutral with hints of pink, and light clear brown eyes. Coral pinks and clear spring colors amazingly make my skin and hair coloring pop! So I've been secretly following the clear spring color advice but never saw the dark brunette so represented - until now!

Victoria Fitzgerald said...

I am one of those dark haired, brown-eyed Bright Springs! My hair is dark brown with reddish highlights, my eyes are brown with gold and green, my skin is fair, but definitely olive- ivory or warm ivory in the summer. I have both blue and green veins. I always wear gold and look awful in silver. I'm of very mixed ancestry, with Spanish, Italian, German, Scottish, Irish, and about 10% mixed Asian heritage.
I always thought I was a Dark Winter because of my coloring, and while I can sort-of wear the DW colors, they make my skin look heavy, dull, tired and pale, and my eyes look dark as well. DW makeup looks even worse, too goth and heavy. I wasted decades wearing black because I couldn't figure out what colors looked right on me. I've recently discovered that bright colors -which are neither too warm nor too cool- bring my skin to life and make me look 5 years younger. Teal, Tomato Red, Turquoise, Bright Yellow, Coral, Salmon, mango, Lime Green, Hot Pink...those are what's up! When I wear the right colors my eyes look bright and hazel-y, like when I was a child. While I always veered away from bright lipsticks in the past, I am finding that the right shades make my whole look pop, looking perfectly in place rather than clownish.
I turned 35 this year and people keep commenting on how much younger/better/more energized I look lately. I get carded everywhere and I definitely don't hate that!
Thank you so much for posting this and helping others like me find the way! This information is especially useful for those who are non-caucasian or bi-racial, and there is so little good information out there for us!

kajabu said...

thank you, thank you, thank you - for saying out loud what should be said out loud :-)
I am a brunette with a spring colouring of skin and eyes, and have wasted SO much money on clothes and makeup that would look great on a winter type gal. I first discovered that something was up when I was visiting Rome, got really tanned, and saw heads turn when I was going past. I recommend this 'tan' test to any brunette who just looks horrible in pink and blue and also feels the autumn colours do not get the most out of her

Renata said...

Fantastic Kajabu - thank you so much for sharing your story :) Its amazing how we can think we are one season and then have that 'A-ha' moment - I recently rediscovered Deep Autumn for myself, but I think its fantastic when you realize 'what works' - and how amazing that you had your A-ha moment in Rome - very chic!!! :)

Melina K said...

Interesting, as elsewhere Adriana Lima is firmly peggged as Soft Summer, e.g. in the Truth Is Beauty site ;)

I do believe myself to be a Bright (Clear) Spring, though not 100%sure - almost everything fits, only I can't wear orange ;) Not sure what that's doing in the Bright Spring palette anyway, as imo it's more suited to True (Warm) Autumn and possibly True (Warm) Spring...

Renata said...

Hi Melina - yes, I've seen Adriana Lima typed as a few season actually by different analysts. I've seen her typed as spring, soft summer, soft autumn. I think every system is a little different. I think it's her eyes that leads me to think that she is a clear and warm season. If you are trying to figure out bright/clear spring and the orange shades are not working as well, have you considered the other bright season - bright winter?

dianne said...

Hi,my name is Dana and I was told I could be a Deep autumn or a Clear spring.I have medium brown hair,light brown eyes(towards the amber shade),medium-fair skin tone.I am not very convinced I am a Deep autumn since my eyes are light and I think some typical shades from Deep autumn palette look too dark for me although some others look pretty well.How could I find out that I am a Clear spring or a Deep autumn?

Renata said...

Hi Dana - thanks for writing! I actually think you have a few options. First, go with your intuition. If something feels not quite right, it probably isn't. Pinterest has a lot of various colour analysis pages. Check out the swatches for both seasons and spend a week or two wearing the colours from each palette. You'll notice that one will feel right and speak to you and you'll get many compliments. I find with colour analysis, many people will have many different opinions. At the end of the day, it needs to feel right for you :)