A Closer Look: Beyonce

I believe Beyonce is a Warm Autumn.

Looking for all 3 of Albert Munsell's characteristics, I see:

Hue: Warm

Value: Dark

Chroma: Muted

Out of the three, which is the dominant characteristic? Despite having darker skin, I believe her dominant trait is Warm. So, WARM+muted+(dark)=Warm Autumn.

The 12 season color theory system applies to everyone in all ethnic categories. Under the old 4 season system, Beyonce probably would have been a Winter due to the deep value of her coloring. But since the new system takes all 3 factors of temperature, intensity and chroma into the equation, you can find “typically” dark haired/dark eyed ethnic groups in almost every category. In my book the key in analyzing all races is to look for the dominant trait relative to their ethnicity. With that in mind, I chose Warm Autumn for Beyonce rather than Deep Autumn, for example. The warmth of her skin, hair and eyes are most important when she’s putting together a harmonious look.

Look at the picture below:
If Beyonce was a Winter of some sort, pure black would enliven her (left). While it doesn’t look bad, it doesn’t bring any sparkle to her. Compare the difference it makes when she wears spicy peach blush and lipstick (right). She definitely looks more healthy and vibrant.

Beyonce has naturally dark hair, as you can see from this childhood photo. I don’t know how accurate the coloring is in the picture, but you can clearly see her very warm skin. There may be some warm highlights in her hair that are not evident here, but even if it’s naturally a flat black color, you can tell how natural your warm traits are when she does highlight her hair. Often times, when people with naturally black hair bleach their hair, it can look bad and really wash them out. In Beyonce’s case, it just reveals the natural warmth in her hair.

Pushing it too far

However, there are limits to how far you can push your coloring without overdoing it. Below is a photo with her lightening it too much, in my opinion.

She’s trying to go for a Light Spring look and its too light.

Below she’s going for another look that is a bit off:

Muted and darker colors will look best on her, like below.


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