Lately, I've been paying attention to the soft, cool, dusky colours of the Soft Summer palette. I have to say that I absolutely adore the smokey greys, mauves, taupes and plums. Dusk in the dictionary is: the beginning of darkness in the evening, and occurs after twilight, when the sky generally remains bright and blue. Take a look at the following 'dusky' scenes:
The colours in these scenes are cool, soft, yet at the same time 'greyed' and hazy. Dusky colours are often described as muted, grey, ashy - you hear the words: heather, stone, silvered taupe, steel blue etc. Soft Summers looks 'amazing' in these kinds of colours, They need a muted, hazy, dusky colour palette to look their best - here are a few examples of makeup that would look stunning on a Soft Summer (Note: Soft Autumns also need a muted, soft palette, but their colours are warm, with more of a golden cast vs the dusky, cool shades of SS):
Bobbi Brown makes fantastic colours for the soft summer woman - in this picture, her mauve palette is shown. The model is definitely deeper, but the colours are so elegant for a SS. I love how the blush is soft with a plumy-mauve base and how the shadows have that taupey-grey undertone - stunning! The lip colours shown seem a bit deeper, but often Bobbi Browns colours go on very sheer - SS really shine in tan pink, dusky rose and plum-rose shades.
These shades are Fantastic for SS - notice how the grey shade has a plumy-taupe undertone and seems very 'dusky and hazy' - this is exactly what the SS woman needs - also the rose shades are dusky and muted as well!
The SS woman can really pull off the taupes quite well - especially if its mixed with a plum, grey or smoke undertone
Plums and plum-taupe shades are ideal for the SS - cocoa is another colour that is stunning on a SS - notice how these colours posses an element of warmth without being overtly warm - this is exactly what makes SS unique and different from a true or cool summer - SS's have a very slight warm undertone and should not be afraid to play around with brown shades with a cocoa or taupy-plum undertone!
Here are a few more examples of SS eyeshadow shades - once again, Bobbi Brown is the Soft Seasons best friend, her shades are perfect for the soft summer and autumn!
I love Blushbaby blush by MAC for a SS-its the perfect blend of pink-beige-rose and goes with almost any look!
Tawny blush by BB is another 'no-fail' soft blush - its the perfect neutral pink shade!!!
Brownie Pink would be a great soft everyday look for a SS - its has that tan/sandy pink undertone and if you wanted more depth, just layer it on top of your favourite neutral lipliner!!!
NARS Dolce Vita would also be an excellent choice for a SS - its the perfect rose shade and its also been recognized as a 'universally flattering' shade!
SS's need to be careful when choosing a red for evening - anything too bright or deep and it will throw off their natural beauty - Try Capricious lipstick - its a plum-rose (the lipstick is pictured above) or for a deeper evening look, try 'Party Line' (its the swatch picture shown above) - a softer burgundy toned lipcolour.
My all time favourite SS lipliner is 'Soar' by MAC its described as a pinky-brown shade!!
Finally, here are two Soft Summer looks, so you can see the whole effect of the colours working together to create that beautiful dusky look:
This model looks stunning, elegant and beautiful in her SS colours - Notice how the colours blend into her skintone and you see her best features without seeing the colours only - this is how you know you've found your best set of colours!!!
Kiera Knightly looks stunning in the soft colour palette - I love her lipcolour and blush - it reminds me of Blushbaby and Brownie Pink - very elegant and stunning for a day into evening look!!!
I hope you enjoyed me post about the SS colours - I think anyone can wear these colours if they're going for a soft, muted look!!!