Kim Kardashian's Seasonal Color Group: Personal Color Palette

by Kristine
(Armenia)

I absolutely agree with your point of view that sometimes the 12 seasonal color analysis won't work on women of color. For example, Kim Kardashian is not a Winter, as it may seem at first glance. Cool shades of dark red lipstick and cool turquoise background make her look scary.

And she's not an Autumn, I think, as orange will look too hot and overpowering on her (despite her golden complexion).

So, is she a Clear Spring like Beyonce? But they look so different! How can a girl, having Kim's complexion, find her personal color palette within the seasonal color analysis?



Hi Kristine,

yes the seasonal color analysis is a little tricky on women of color. However it's important to remember that you don't have to fit in one single group. The Flow Color Chart here, takes into account that you may have color characteristics from more than one season.

So you can look good in two color palettes that have resembling characteristics, and in Deeps case, they overlap with each other. Like for example, a majority of Deep Autumns look good in black despite it being a Winter power color and Autumns being warm. But that's because they share the same "deep and rich" trait.

As for Kim Kardashian's color palette here is an image of her wearing orange (beige and teal):



Image credit: wireimage


As you can see from the picture, orange flatters her golden, yellowy skin tone and dark hair and eyes very well. In fact, it makes her look a lot more attractive! However the bluish purple top does nothing good for her appearance than making her look sick (despite her gorgeous face and curves).

How to Analyze a Woman with Kim Kardashian's Complexion


A girl with Kim Kardashian's complexion needs to analyze her skin tone first. As we can see, her skin is olive-like, slightly yellowy (which is also a color many Hispanics and light tan Asians share).

Now the first thing that would pop up in your mind is that she is a Winter (just like you said), because of her dark-brown/black hair. However, she does have brownish-black hair and her skin is golden with a yellow undertone. Compare her to Winter women who have a cooler, pinkish-blue undertone with less golden-peachy hints in their overall complexion.

This is why I believe she belongs to the Autumn group.
August 2011 Update: There's no doubt that she looks good in many of the Deep Winter colors, however she looks equally well in Deep Autumn colors. Except for yellow which is just way too warm for her coloring. When she has a tan she looks best in Autumn colors, but if she maintains her natural pale olive skin and almost black hair, she looks divine in Winter colors.

Call her a Deep Winter, or Deep Autumn - she looks good in both color palettes - and it's perfectly OK and normal to belong to more than one seasonal group.

It's obvious she can't wear many of the colors with medium to light intensity. I agree with commenter Nicole - if keeps off the makeup and tan, she would look more like a Winter.

So which group does she belong to within Autumn?


Each of the main seasonal groups (Winter, Autumn, Spring, Summer) are divided in 3 sections based on the intensity of a woman's complexion. It goes something like this: Soft (light) - warm (medium) - deep (dark). The Soft group is the lightest Autumn group while the Deep group is the darkest.

Since Kim Kardashian has an overall dark complexion (dark brown hair, golden-tan-olive skin, dark brown eyes) - she can be characterized as a "Deep intensity", and she looks amazing in the deep warm colors. However when gets older (gray hair, cooler skin tone) her personal color palette will lean more towards Deep Winter, which is also her other seasonal group because of their resembling "deep and rich" trait.

Differences Between the Different Autumns


An example of a person who belongs to the lightest Autumn group is someone with lighter hair such as strawberry blonde and soft hazel, blue or grey eyes, but still retains the peachy/golden skin complexion. A medium Autumn would be someone who is slightly lighter than Kim Kardashian but with traits such as green eyes or light brown eyes with a slightly lighter shade of brown hair.

Beyoncé on the other hand is a woman with clearer and slightly lighter complexion (medium brown hair, honey brown eyes, bright caramel skin, not too much sign of yellow or bluish undertone) so that's why I believe she belongs to Warm Spring, but she's definitely a Warm Autumn too.

PS: This analysis is based on looking at images of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. I haven't met them face to face so it might not be 110% accurate.

Hope this explains your concerns! :)

Sincerely,


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Oct 01, 2014
Olive skin NEW
by: elektra

I think someone with olive skin will usually be a dark season. If truly golden, dark autumn's possible for these people. If you were able to see a picture of me as newborn, you'd say I look like a European baby due to my olive skin. It became a paler olive after my first few weeks. My baby hair (I had a fine covering of hair at birth) was dark brown like my mom's. I still have brown hair today. Warm brown, my mom says. I have dark brown eyes like my dad. I have a brown shirt my mom says is pretty on me. I have some ruddiness, I think, which occurs in the warm seasons most often, as my hands look pink. Pale olive skin, possible ruddiness due to pink hands warm brown hair, dark brown eyes and that brown shirt thing are quite a combo. Is deep autumn possible for me? I can't afford a full analysis right now.

Aug 14, 2014
Finally finding me...... NEW
by: Anonymous

All color analysis has to be done with color swatches draped over the shoulders, in natural light without any makeup at all. A person can have blue and pink coloring, they are classified as a neutral.
I have blue veins in my wrists, but a golden overall tone to my skin. I am a Warm Autumn. I am able to wear different colors from either Spring or Fall palettes depending on the depth of the colors. I have red hair and dark green eyes. I have to choose carefully what colors I choose because some of the palette colors look terrible. I stick to neutrals mostly..beige, tan, warm browns, warm grays, corals and rust/terracotta. I can't wear black as it takes all color from my face. I can wear either pink/peachy or warm makeup colors. I consider myself lucky that I have such a wide variety of makeup and clothing colors to choose from. I found this has become a hobby with me. It's like "finding a new person within myself".

Dec 21, 2013
I'm Asian, I've an Olive Complexion, etc.
by: Anonymous

Kim Kardashian may be Armenian and Irish, and regardless of bronzers and tanning, she changes her coloring with the seasons. I'm Japanese, but I am not the same coloring as Lucy Liu. There are Japanese women who do not have fair complexions. Remember, the Spaniards did travel around the world, and genetics has a way of bringing traits from other regions i.e. the Mediterranean. So hence why some women have taken up 'whitening' their skin through creams or wearing bonnets, gloves, arm shields, etc. to protect themselves from the sun and also to avoid getting a 'tan'. In the old times, tanned skin categorized a person as a field hand, so the plantation women would carefully don bonnets and gloves to protect their fair skin from the sun. Modern times have changed tanned skin into an indicator of health, but skin cancer has now evolved the skin care industry to promote sunscreen and sunless tanning products. For Asians and other women who have 'olive' complexions, we have a great challenge in determining our undertones because they can be cool when we are fair and warm when we are tanned. Our skin naturally has a yellow hue, so the whole vein test does not work for olives. Some olives are neutral, some are cool, and some are warm. I found this blog where the young lady went into great detail, but is on point with regard to olive complexions. We do change color palettes based upon whether we are tanned or not. We do not fit into one category of color because our olive skin shifts from warm to cool and cool to warm based on our skin shade. So some colors in autumn work, and some colors in winter work. But like for me, a yellowish olive green makes me 'green' in my face. So I look sickly. http://musicalhouses.blogspot.com/2010/01/undertones-for-asians-how-to-tell-if.html

Dec 10, 2013
I have the same issue - split color palette
by: Anonymous

I have been purging my closet of clothing which does not flatter my skin tone which has been a not so easy task. I have similar coloring to Kim, am Asian, dark brown/blackish eyes, and when I was younger, I remember, my black hair would glitter with natural reddish mohagany naturally present highlights. I tried to determine if I was a "Deep Winter" or a "Deep Autumn", but have finally concluded I'm a "Deep Winter" with the ability to wear some colors in "Deep Autumn". I look horridly sick in the wrong yellow shade. And olive greens make me sallow. If I go to the beach in the summer, I can get a very dark tan, and wearing a bright flourscent orange/black maillot was striking on me as a kid. So I agree, Kim is most likely a "Deep" and able to work with two color palettes rather than just one.

Dec 01, 2013
Clear Spring?
by: Anonymous

If Kim looks good in all the bright colors and appears neutral leaning warm, could she be a bright spring?

Dec 01, 2013
Clear Spring?
by: Anonymous

If Kim looks good in all the bright colors and appears neutral leaning warm, could she be a bright spring?

May 06, 2013
Kim looks hotter in purple
by: Anonymous

Her skin looks pale but the purple colour makes her stand out more. The gold outfit seems to blend in and doesn't do anything for her. I googled cool deep winter and Kim's pictures appear. Are you sure you know what you're talki about?

Aug 21, 2012
Mis-match
by: glittergirl

I have to agree with the poster who mentioned kim is half armenian and half irish and being light skinned. It makes me laugh when these make up assistants see an asian person or someone with mixed heritage just assume they are dark skinned!!

Its ridiculous the foundation shades they select for them are way too dark. Most of us would like a foundation that looks/resembles the skin of where our collarbone/shoulders are and NOT the neck!! Its nor very flattering when you are light skinned all over but have dark foundation (wrong shade) show up in photographs.

In the UK most of the make up assistants are living on cuckoo land because they simply do not know enough or anything about different skin tones and colour. At least in the US they understand what DIFFERENT skintones are and not assume one size or in this case shade fits all.

Aug 21, 2012
mis match
by: glittergirl

I have to agree with the poster who mentioned kim is half armenian and half irish and being light skinned. It makes me laugh when these make up assistants see an asian person or someone with mixed heritage just assume they are dark skinned!!

Its ridiculous the foundation shades they select for them are way too dark. Most of us would like a foundation that looks/resembles the skin of where our collarbone/shoulders are and NOT the neck!! Its nor very flattering when you are light skinned all over but have dark foundation (wrong shade) show up in photographs.

In the UK most of the make up assistants are living on cuckoo land because they simply do not know enough or anything about different skin tones and colour. At least in the US they understand what DIFFERENT skintones are and not assume one size or in this case shade fits all.

Jun 05, 2012
~~~KIM K..LOOKS GORGEOUS IN BLUE OUTFIT, NOT ORANGE!!!~~~
by: Anonymous

FROM A MAN'S PERSPECTIVE, KIM LOOKS MORE ATTRACTIVE IN THE BLUE OUTFIT OVERALL, THE ORANGE OUTFIT IS NICE, BUT HER COMPLEXION IS NOT AS HOT AS THE MORE OLIVE ONE IN BLUE OUTFIT. DON'T LISTEN TO WOMEN, WRITING THIS STUFF, THEY ONLY TALK ABOUT THEIR PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT LOOKS HOT, ALL NONSENSE, BS.

Feb 14, 2012
Kim kardashian is pale
by: Anonymous

Kim kardashian is fair skin! she is not darker skinned! if she is darker skinned than everyone in the world is tar black! she bronzes/tans alot,everyone gets darker in the sun. sometimes she goes paler. Overall, she is pale.
She is 1/2 armenian and 1/2 irish.
Also, latinos/asians are fair. Ive seen japanese whiter than white people.
they can be near as light as,lighter than or as light as whites.
why are we analyzing lgight skintone? thats awkward and weird

Jan 10, 2012
kim
by: Anonymous

on her show when she takes her make-up off her skin isnt warm, lighter than with make-up on and almost chalky

Feb 25, 2011
Agree with above.
by: Nicole

You can't analyze a person's seasonal palette with their make-up on. You have to cover up the person's top half to eliminate the color of their tops from interfering and also the hair if it has been colored. A Winter can look Autumn with warm toned make-up, hair, and clothing. I know first hand, I do it even though I know I am a winter because I love Autumn's color palette in the Fall/Winter seasons!
In my opinion, Kim is a Winter. She looks truly her best in stone-beige, burgundy, and cherry red.

Jan 03, 2011
Best to analyse without her make-up on.
by: Lydia

The pictures show her with make-up on which can alter the seasonal colour group. A better colour analysis would be done with no make-up on. If she wanted a more accurate result, she would be better off getting a colour analysis done by an image consultant.

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