ColorBreeze Bonus Training
This training is specifically for those who have been trained & certified through my ColorBreeze Academy and who are wanting to use the Face Flash Cards.
I'm also allowing anyone who bought the Face Flash Cards, certified or not. I am doing this because I want people to get excited about color analysis. Showing people how to use the cards will hopefully help everyone start to develop their eyes for color. While the cards can be used for the 4 and 12 season systems, I hope more people will see the additional seasons my system offers. So here goes.
The main advancement of the ColorBreeze System is that it presented the expanded Soft Seasons, including two into the traditionally all-clear Springs and Winters. Each soft season was then split into one additional season, based on whether the person had all-warm or all-cool undertones, or if they were a blend of temperatures.
Determining these extra elements does not require additional cards. In fact, too many test colors can increase the chance of getting off-track. This is why I did not include any additional card colors beyond those that would take you to the basic soft seasons.
Once you have identified the correct Soft season, then you will look for the following visible signs if you reach the following seasons:
The two Soft Winters in ColorBreeze include the Toasted Soft Winter and the Smokey Soft Winter.
The Toasted Soft Winter is predominantly cool but will show some element(s) of warmth in her coloring.
EYES may show up as golden starburst, splotches, or other patterns. They may seem to be a non-traditional green color.
SKIN which can appear quite warm. This is an overtone, not undertone. Some ethnicities are more prone to warm overtones than others.
This woman below has visible warmth in her skin and her eyes. She might be mistakenly labeled some sort of Autumn in a different color system. But the Flash Cards would reveal black and pure white, among other Winter test colors, to be more flattering than the Autumn test colors.
A Smokey Soft Winter will show very little to no visible warmth. Skin could look cool or often neutral. The woman below is a great example of this type of coloring.
See them side by side below.
You can see how much warmer the lady on the left is. This is what I'm talking about when I talk about "visible warmth" or "visible coolness".
Note: Even the soft Winters are predominantly clear (though there are some who seem extremely muted and can’t seem to handle much brightness at all). Most will still benefit from bright colors from the winter palette though they may be used more for accent colors. Either toned down in intensity or a mixture of bright and muted colors, Soft Winters are first and foremost Winters and most of the colors of the palette, including black, will enliven them.
Like Winters, Springs are predominantly clear. If you know you are a Spring but the Light Spring is too light and pale, the Clear and Warm are too strong and overpowering, you are most likely a Soft Spring.
But which one? Like many sub-seasons, the key usually in the eyes for “twin seasons” – I call two similar seasons where one is all warm/cool and one is a blend of temperatures “twins” where one has been out in the sun more than the other. Clever, huh 😉
The two Soft Springs are the Dusty Soft Spring (predominantly warm with a touch of coolness) and Sunlit Soft Spring (all-warm undertones).
Most Dusty Soft Springs will have blue eyes. If they are mistaken for any other season, it will be a Summer. She flows into Summer.
Most Sunlit Soft Springs will have warm eyes. Sometimes they are a bit muted or they are clear but always warm. She flows into Autumn.
Sometimes the coolness in a Dusty Soft Spring will show up in her hair, appearing much less warm than you might expect from a Summer. Even the Sunlit Soft Spring might show some reduced warm in her hair too. Or it can just appear softer than you might expect from a Spring.
Remember Soft Springs are first and foremost a Spring season. Yellows and oranges will enliven them, though blazingly bright shades may overpower them. They just need a touch of softness.
All Summers have a chroma that is soft and muted. The Soft Summers, there are 4, have an extra dose of softness. This softness can show up either with elements of both warm and cool (warm eyes and cool skin for example) or the overall coloring is neutral. Below is a girl whose softness shows up as neutral.
At first glance, I thought she would be a Soft Autumn due to the small amount of warmth I saw. But then I tested her and she actually looked good in Soft Summer colors. Then I tested her again and again and couldn't decide and then I got a headache. These very soft, very blended soft seasons are tough to figure out! So I haven’t made a definite decision on her yet. But I do know that she is a great example of a person with neutral coloring.
The Face Flash Cards will take you to either the lighter soft season or the darker soft season.
So beyond that, you have to simply look at the person’s coloring and decide if she has all cool undertones or some visible warmth. I would put the woman above, if I were to assume she was, indeed, a lighter soft summer, into the Sunlit Soft Summer category due to the tiny bit of warmth that is visible.
A truly all-cool Soft Summer light would be a Dusty Soft Summer. The lady below shows little to know warmth.
Do you see the subtle but significant difference when I talk about visible warmth between the two below?
Again, this is what I’m talking about with regards to “visible warmth”. Adding additional test colors to the process will not really help and could possibly derail the process. Once you get the specific soft season via the Face Flash Cards, your eyes are what is needed to determine the specific “twin” sub-season.
Like the Soft Summers, all Autumns have a chroma that is soft and muted. The Soft Autumns, there are 4, have an extra dose of softness. This softness can show up either with elements of both warm and cool (warm eyes and cool-looking skin for example ) or the overall coloring is neutral. Below is a girl whose softness shows up as neutral as well as a virtual makeover I did on her.
Seeing “coolness” in a Soft Autumn can be more challenging sometimes than seeing warmth.
Normally I would say blue eyes indicate some coolness but you can find blue eyes even in Warm Autumns.
For Autumns, overall, I’d say that haircolor and skin overtone is one of the strongest indicators when looking for coolness.
Both of these women below are Soft Autumns who have a blended undertone (though mostly warm). Both of their haircolor is not particularly warm at all. This is a common sign of a 'cooled down" autumn.
My advice: unless you see a significant amount of warmth in the client/yourself like in these photos below (Sunlit Soft Autumn left & Toasted Soft Autumn right) assume the client/you is a blended season.
Now you know how to determine the specific soft season in the ColorBreeze basic system.
Click below to learn the remaining seasons in the ColorBreeze Complete system.