Kim Kardashian's Seasonal Color Group: Personal Color Palette
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?
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! :)
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