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03 September 2005 @ 01:11 am
On skin, hair, eyes, and seasons  
Have any of you tried to do one of those color analysis thingies to find out your season? How well does the logic behind them work for you?

The basic idea is that you have high or low contrast between skin, eyes, and hair and predominately cool or warm undertones. Thus, you supposedly look best in colors with an undertone and intensity that complement these parameters. For example, people with low contrast may look washed out in or overpowered by bold colors that would work with high contrast.

I've been looking at a bunch of different season selectors online, and I think mine is Chewbacca because I do not make sense. My skin is pretty damn white (Revlon's palest shade of foundation is a near perfect match) and its undertones are definitely blue. My hair is blonde but with enough strawberry that more than one person has referred to me as a redhead. My blue-gray eyes are pretty much irrelevant to this conflict between "cool" and "warm". The closest I can squish myself into is "summer"...but for years, I've preferred deep clothing colors supposedly reserved for winters. I always thought my hair looked muddy against lighter colors, whereas black and dark jewel tones make my hair shine and my skin glow. (Black light has made the underside of my arm glow, but that's another story.) And on top of all of that, jet black hair does look natural on me once I cover my freckles and darken my brows. When in costume, I was asked whether that was all my real hair.

I think that when your skin is pale enough, it will work with a quite wide variety of hair color (and I wouldn't be surprised if very dark skin were similar), and my natural hair color is strong enough that it doesn't get overpowered by bold colors. Though I love bold colors, I've bought clothing with more muted tones that I thought looked good on me (like a medium grayish blue), and I've just learned that those are summer colors. So maybe I'm a Christmas in July.
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sima_zhongda on September 3rd, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
I think I was an "autumn" although I think I look good wearing black :\ Hair colors that have worked on me are my natural coppery-ish color, brown, and believe it or not, green (my Mom actually said I looked good with the green. Go fig.) I've also had burgundy, which I liked.

Now, I don't remember everything about those seasonal things, but I think that some of those colors weren't supposed to work on us. I dunno...While it makes sense, I think it just may be a "quick fix" to ensure that a range of colors will look good.

<--doesn't really know anything, is just babbling
arafel on September 8th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
How does the season thing work if you don't know what your natural hair color is? :D

Where's a selector? I love that kind of crap.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on September 15th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
Hehe...that's a good question. I guess you would just go with whatever hair color you have now because that's what would influence how various colors look on you.

Of course I forgot to link to the ones I came across right before making that post. (And I managed to bring up this entry as a search result before locating any selector links. Go figure.) Here are a few I just found:

Carol Thompson

Image & More (with silly personality blurbs as a bonus)


SoYouWanna (an interesting selector using a different categorization system that has more categories to choose from)

Have fun... ^_^
Sparrow Rose Jonessparrowrose on September 13th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Just passing through (from longhair).

My mother took some kind of class a while back to teach her how to analyze people's colors. (I'm an autumn.) One thing she learned was that younger people can get away with wearing anything but as you get older, you're more likely to look "green" or washed out or otherwise sickly if you stray away from your palette.

I scoffed at the color system at the time (though I thought periwinkle was a nice color so I wore it some) because I could wear black and pretty much did all the time. I was in my twenties.

Now I'm pushing forty and I can only wear black if I also wear make-up (I used to wear black and no make-up and looked just fine.) I find that I look better in browns and golds without makeup than I do in black or pastels *with* make-up.

So maybe there's something to the idea that color analysis is helpful to anyone but doesn't really start to shine until used on an older woman.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on September 15th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
I never thought of it that way. Thanks for the input!