Ever heard of that seasonal color analysis thing that was all the rage in the 80s and 90s? At the time, I assumed it was just a silly makeup fad invented by the Mary Kay ladies, so I never paid it much mind. Until it changed my life a little.
I used to go shopping, find something in a color and style I liked, and buy it. For a long time, I never had anything to wear, because nothing went well together. Over time, I began to naturally figure out what worked on me and what did not, but I never knew why they worked or didn’t.
Once I ran across an article on 12 Season Color Analysis, it became clear to me immediately – just because I like a color does not mean that it is doing me any favors.
Let me tell you a little about what I have learned about my seasons.
*Aside to regular readers* See how much I like you guys? I like you guys so much that I decided to go out in the snow with a camera and without a coat, still wearing my giant old sweatpants from the Army (from 10 years ago…). Way to make my neighbors think I’m crazy. Ok, back to the story.
In the warmer weather when I have a little bit of color to me, I’m a Clear Spring, but other times, when I haven’t seen any rays in a while (like now), I flow into Clear Winter.
The commonality between my seasons is the Clear quality. What makes Clear my dominant characteristic?
- High contrast between hair, skin and eyes
- Clear and bright eyes
- Translucent look to skin
Right now I am a Winter, but as I mentioned, I am not always so. My undertones seem to be mostly yellow-based neutral, but the lighter I am, the more cool comes through in my coloring. I picked my makeup today with this in mind.
What’s On My Face:
- Mac Eye Primer – keeps stuff on your lids all day. It’s a tiny miracle.
- L’Oréal Bare Naturale in Light Ivory – evens skin tone without looking too made up.
- L’Oréal Translucide Sheet Blush in Blushing Glow (product discontinued) – a sheer gel blush in a cool berry color.
- HIP Bright Eye Shadow Duo in Showy – two high-intensity gorgeous blues, one super shimmery, one matte.
- Maybelline The Colossal Mascara – the only mascara I will ever use again. Buy it.
- Covergirl Wetslicks Lipgloss in Burgundazzle (color discontinued) – Cool berry color, high shine gloss.
One day I hope to replace all of my makeup with Mac. It is in the works, but Mac is not cheap. It may take a while.
Read on for more…
What I’m Wearing
I kept my clothes in the cool range, wearing my favorite Old Navy jean jacket that I have had forever, a decent but kind of ratty, unflattering and see-through long-sleeved t-shirt that I took a pair of scissors to this afternoon to slut up for work (it’s actually kind of hot now!, my black Levi’s (not shown) and a nearly clear beaded necklace from my little seester that contains all of the colors of my eyes.
And you know what? I feel freaking fabulous today. That’s what wearing your palette does for you.
Come to think of it, you can’t see much except the jacket in these shots. It was cold and surprisingly bright for being overcast, and snow was whipping in my face. I’ll do better next time, or just get a helper.
I also feel fabulous because of my wonderful new haircut, thanks to Steve, who splits his time between my shop and the city. I have had to pretty much do my own hair for awhile, I hadn’t found anyone who did it just how I like (I’m terribly picky) – until now. If you’re ever in Lincoln Park, so see Steve at Floyd’s 99, he is amazing.
Please also disregard my hair color. I am letting the level 3 dark ash brown grow out to its natural level 6/7 light brown/dark blonde color. A few more months and I should be back to me. I haven’t seen my natural color since perhaps 7th grade, so I’m wondering how far into the Spring color spectrum I’ll flow. Don’t worry, I’ll document the whole thing.
Very recently I have started developing the Color feature section on LMTMP, as well as my seasonal color Pinterest boards. There is also an E-book in the works, and a few other surprises I don’t want to give away just yet.
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