What does Neutral really look like

13 August 2019

This lady below has a very neutral look. And people with this type of coloring can be very tough to color analyze.

Why? Because they are a blend of warm and cool. Almost a 50/50 blend of temperatures which creates the hard-to-determine undertone.

Even when one seems to have a perfect blend of temperatures, one usually is more dominant than the other one. The key is to figure out which is dominates, even if it is just a tiny bit.

I actually thought that because her eyes were so cool (or not warm, at least) that she would be a soft summer. But I did what I suggest to clients to do who are debating between undertones: test really cool color and really warm colors on you and see which is better, or at least, not the worst. I, of course, did it virtually on Photoshop.

I found that the warm colors edged out the cool. So my assessment is that she is a Dusty Soft Autumn. Why not a Smokey Soft Autumn? Because she is somewhat in the middle range of value, I chose the lighter soft autumn for her. But the Smokey Soft Autumn would have worked, too.


I could have used very neutral colors for her makeup and she would have looked great. But because I knew she was an autumn, I warmed up the neutral makeup just a little with soft brown eyeshadow and peachy lipstick.

She also would have looked great in olive or warm-grey eyeshadow and nude lipstick, like our "Skin Tight" lipstick. All those pale, neutral colors that wash most people out, like warm beige, taupe, and other pale neutrals, look fantastic on those lightest soft autumns.