Want to learn more about the Winter Color Palette and if it’s the right palette for you? Keep reading to discover more about the Winter Color Palette. This is just one of twelve palettes available in a seasonal color analysis!
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Winter Color Palette: The Complete Guide
The Winter color palette, also known as True Winter, is midway between the Dark Winter and Bright Winter palettes on the seasonal color chart. The colors are often described as vibrant and contrasting. This is opposite of the Summer Color Palette.
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How do you know if the Winter Color Palette is perfect for you?
Your color season is determined by three characteristics of your personal features: hue, your skin undertone; value, or the contrast between your features; and chroma, or saturation of your features.
Three Defining Characteristics
Hue: The Winter Palette
Every skin color has a hue, which is marked by it’s undertone and is usually described as being cool or warm.
True Winter skin color has a very cool hue. Most hues in this palette have a blue base with minimal warm, or yellow, tones.
Value: The Winter Palette
Your feature’s value is set by the ratio of light versus dark. The value contrast is a scale measurement, with the mid point of the scale being an equal mix of light and dark.
The True Winter Color Palette sits on the right of the value scale, towards the dark end of the spectrum. Dark colors dominate this color palette, however there are a few light colors that are considered True WInter, such as bright white.
Chroma: The Winter Palette
Chroma is the intensity of your features. Intensity is of this palette as soft/muted or clear/bright.
Winter colors are on the bright end of the Chroma scale. They are not at all muted, but are clear and saturated.
Winter Color Palette Tones
Let’s talk about how the pigmentation of you physical features will determine if the Winter Color Palette is for you. The undertones and color of your skin, hair, and eyes are a key consideration to determine which seasonal color palette is most flattering on you.
People best suited for the True Winter Palette often have eye color that contains cool blue undertones.
The most common eye colors are:
- Cool Blue
- Cool Brown
- Frosty Hazel
Winter eyes are icy, yet pure in color.
The Winter Palette may be for you if you dark hair without any highlights. Similar to eye color, hair color is rich and cool.
Winter seasonal hair colors often include:
- Dark Brown
- Deep Ash Brown
As you may suspect at this point, the skin tone of True Winter has a cool blue undertone. This is true for both fair and dark complexions. Silver jewelry stands out against this skin, while gold often clashes.
Possible Winter skin colors include:
- Fair with blue undertones
- Cool tan
Most people assume Winter color palette is exclusively for fair skin tones, however this is not true. Dark skin tones with a cool undertone fit nicely into this palette group.
Additional Winter Palettes
As mentioned earlier, the True Winter Palette is between two other palettes: Bright Winter and Dark Winter. Each palette contains a unique value, hue, and chroma.
Bright Winter is described as saturated and bright. Physical characteristics are:
Hue: On the cool side of the scale, though slightly warmer than True Winter.
Value: Just to the right (dark side) of midpoint on this scale.
Chroma: Very bright!
People within the Bright Winter range have these characteristics:
HAIR: Medium brown, dark brown, brownish-black, or black.
SKIN: Color appears neutral & cool undertone, ranging anywhere between fair skin to very dark skin.
EYES: Eye color is also bright and clear. Blue, emerald green, hazel, and brownish-black are common eye colors.
The Dark Winter palette is described as cool, yet neutral and bright. Physical features are:
Hue: Cool and neutral.
Value: Very dark and deep.
People within the Dark Winter range have these characteristics:
HAIR: Mostly dark shades of brown, deep chestnut, rich auburn, or black. Hair usually has golden or warm undertones.
SKIN: Leaning toward neutral shades with a minimal warm tone. Skin colors in this palette range between golden beige to caramel, bronze to warm black, or golden fair to warm olive.
EYES: Common eye colors include Dark hazel, dark olive, dark brown, black.
How to Wear this Color Palette
Colors to Wear
When it comes to your True Winter wardrobe, there are several colors you should consider wearing to make your features POP!
- Cool Gray
- Bright Magenta
- Bright Blues
Colors to Avoid
With bright and cool tones being the focus of the Winter color palette, the worst colors are muted and warm tones.
- Golden brown
- Rusty Oranges
- Dusty Pastels
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