Client "Janice" told me she was debating between two seasons: Soft Summer and Clear Spring. How can two very different seasons -nearly polar opposites - be mistaken for each other?
It's those clear-looking eyes I talk about in my trainings. Some seasons can have eyes that look clear (dark rim, light iris) but they are not a Clear season. But just for the record, all Clear seasons like Clear Spring and Clear Winter (whose dominant trait is CLEAR WILL always have clear eyes. If they don't, they are not a Clear season.
But Summers in particular, most often Light and Soft Summer lights, can have eyes that look clear, too.
In Janice's case, her skin looked cool. And her hair seemed ashy. While she didn't look dreadful in yellows and oranges, they did not light her up like they should if she was truly a Spring.
On the other hand, a soft blue shade puts her face in focus and makes her eyes even more noticeable.
Final assessment of "Janice" was:
Sunlit Soft Summer
When I analyzed Alexis, I knew she was very warm. But she was way too deep to be a Warm Autumn. At the time I was using my ColorBreeze System, but there was only a Deep Autumn season and the newest soft autumn deep that was very warm (see case #2) called the Toasted Soft Autumn.
Still, I felt she was too deep to be even the Toasted Autumn. So I chose the Deep Autumn season for her, feeling that her dominant trait of Deep overrode her need for warmth. There was no other option.
Alexis wasn't completely happy with the assessment, because she knew she needed more warmth than the Deep Autumn season provides.
Plus, she really did not seem to flow into Winter. If she flowed anywhere, it was into Warm Autumn.
However, at this very same time, I was formulating the theory for the 'missing' seasons that eventually completed my ColorBreeze Complete system.
And one of those was the Hot Deep Autumn season, which is, essentially, a hybrid of a Deep Autumn and Warm Autumn.
While I was trying to think of celebrity examples for this season, actress Raquel Welch came to mind (right).
I thought perhaps Sophia Loren is one, too, but one of my Italian colleagues swears Sophia is a Winter who just colors her hair. I won't disagree. But I knew Raquel is an Autumn. A very warm one.
Alexis was thrilled to find the perfect season!
She's contacted me several time to tell me how happy she is with this season, and it makes me very happy when one of my clients is, too.
As you can see in her most recent photo, she is warm yet deep. She can handle a lot of depth but has to make the colors warm for the best effect.
Here is one of your comments she sent me not too long ago:
I just wanted to provide some feedback on my post analysis experience.
Dark Autumn 2017 - didn’t work out and wasn’t feeling attractive at all or in my skin with colours and makeup (struggled to accept it but there was no other season I could be).
2018 Hot autumn - all my colours are working even without colouring my hair. the copper makeup is perfect and even the accent colour mustard can work as a fashion colour (tweaking jewellery etc) I never thought I could look so beautiful last year was the worst as a traditional neutral DA.
With blonde I used your toasted autumn e-book makeup recommendations (have swatch book too) but everyone’s traditional DA recommendations repeatedly failed and made me look ugly. The purpose of this feedback is people should know when they are working well and if they are on track.
Well done Lora (can we have what to follow if hot autumn goes blonde too in the new ebook?).
Boo to 12 seasons am not happy with them."
Alexis - England
Elena was an important case for me because I got her wrong! Well, with the system I was using at the time, I chose the best season for her from what was available. See her coloring below.
I've seen coloring like this before. Rich, heavy Autumn coloring that struck me as either a Deep Autumn or a Warm Autumn. Her coloring to me was a lot like actress Ellie Kemper from "The Office".
Clearly an Autumn. But Ellie has a definite heaviness to her with the dark brown eyes and rich auburn hair.
Additionally, of the many phots my client sent me, the majority had varying shades of red hair, though some, like this one,(left) had almost black hair.
Because of the heaviness, I labeled her a Deep Autumn, but said she was almost a blend of both Deep and Warm. I advised her to wear the warmest colors of the Deep Autumn, or the deepest colors of the Warm Autum palette.
Note, I did not consider the deeper soft autumn, since at that time, the deeper soft autmn season was deep but muted. Elena clearly needed warmth.
Long story short, she contacted me again for some more clarification about her season. At the time she contacted me, I had the seed of the ColorBreeze system growing in my mind. In the end, because of my brand new ColorBreeze season "Toasted Autumn", things made since to me about these deep, very warm Autumns who were not deep enough to be Deep Autumns, but too deep to be Warm Autumns.
This made sense to her. Here is her response after getting her new Toasted Autumn swatch: "Let me say it's really a beautiful object. You added a lot of information and I like the shiny paper even more than the satin version. But I liked my new colors above all. When I opened it I finally felt to have found my home. Neither the shaded nor the pure Autumn swatches gave me this feeling. Thanks thanks thanks! Elena, Italy
Thank YOU Elena, for helping me learn something brand new!
Sophia is one who most people might consider a Light Spring. That was the first season I tested her for.
To show you how I determine a person's undertone (I had already determined her dominant characteristic of "Light") I do a virtual draping which simply consists of putting key test colors under her photo to see which one is better. Keep in mind that the photo must be high definition and in excellent lighting for this to work. Luckily Sophia sent me great large photos, including childhood pictures too.
Being a Light season means she is either a Light Spring or Light Summer. I can see both coolness and warmth in her. Test colors are meant to 'draw out' the client's undertone by one cooler being better than the other. Both colors may not be her best choices, but at least one will be better than the other.
In the photo above, do the '3 second' test: close your eyes for 3 seconds and then look at the photo to see which one seems to clarify her coloring better.
I feel that the purple/magenta accomplishes this, while the orange seems to magnify shadows. The cool color makes her pretty blue eyes pop and brings out the subtle pinkness in her cheeks.
Here is my makeover I did on her via Taaz.com:
More Case studies to come...
Real Women Examples
While everyone loves to see celebrity examples, many people want to see ‘real women’ who typify particular seasons. To the leftare some women who have graciously allowed me to use their photos.
I do ask many clients if it is ok to use their pictures and most politely say no. Many don’t like me using pictures of them without makeup, which I totally understand. I feel like a hypocrite asking people for photos since I don’t even like showing photos of myself on my own website, and these are even pictures of me all made up! I have issues.
But for an accurate color analysis, it is critical for me to see women without makeup so I can see their skin and natural coloring. So I am especially grateful to the ladies below who volunteered to be posted on here so others can see ‘real women’ and their seasons.
By the way, I don't come right out an ask anymore, unless they mark that they may be interested in being a model on my site on their questionnaire.
If you would like to volunteer to be a model, (feel free to share a link to a website, charity, business, etc) just let me know.