Seasonal Color Analysis Misplaces Redheads
by Samantha Bradley
(Ottumwa, IA, US)
I'm a natural redhead (slightly more brown than red, actually, but still very much red) with fair and cool skin, and dark brown (almost black) eyes.
And, in fact, I feel that I am that certain redhead who's misplaced in Seasonal Color Analysis.
1) Apparently redheads can only be Springs and Autumns, and 'most commonly' in the Warm (I prefer True) Springs or Autumns. These are warm seasons, and my skin leans more cool.
2) I went draping at Wal-Mart, and I found out that silver, *not, not, NOT* gold, enhances me much more. So, how can I be a Spring or an Autumn if SILVER jewelry and fabrics enhance me?
3) Camel, which is an inherent Spring color, makes me look wan, pale, AND it draws out my flaws in my face. Just like gold. Brown, which is an inherent Autumn color, looks bland, 'meh', if you will, on me. It simply sits there. So, once again, how can I be a Spring or an Autumn if these two hallmark colors DON'T enhance me?
4) Black, which is Winter's hallmark color, really enhances me. From what I saw, it hid my skin's flaws, and gave me a bit of a glow. So, once again, how can I be a Spring or an Autumn if BLACK and ONLY BLACK enhances me?
And from what I saw on one of your Q&A's, the COOL palette looks better on me than the WARM one. So how can I be a warm season if the COOL palette looks best on me?
Samantha, I'm glad you brought this up. And you are absolutely right. There are many more variations in redheads than what the seasonal color analysis is showing.
If the Gold or Silver test shows that you look good in jewel, blue based colors then you must be a Cool, despite your auburn hair.
You can find muted, Autumn redheads with golden ivory skin and coppery hair. And there are those with translucent, milky white skin and fiery or deep red hair. There are redheads with pinkish, English rose complexions and strawberry locks. Peaches and cream redheads. Basically, there is a full range of high contrast, low contrast, clear and muted redheads!
This is definitely one of the pit holes in the seasonal color analysis. If I could alter (I probably will in the future) the Color Me Beautiful system I would have placed each of the redhead variations in their appropriate seasonal group and category based on the intensity of their colorings which is based on the intensity of their colorings (hue, saturation, lightness and contrast), like for example:
- Low level redheads with a very light golden/olive skin tone which are a very muted Autumns --> Soft Autumn
- Gossamer with very translucent skin and from strawberry to medium copper reds --> Clear Winter
- High contrast with very pale skin and dark red (black-red, auburn, burgundy) hair --> Cool Winter
--> Deep Winter if you're darker skinned
- English rose with pinkish skin, lighter shade of red hair and low contrast level between hair and skin --> Light Summer
- Peaches n' Cream with pale to fair peachy golden skin and lighter hair (ex. strawberry blonde with red highlights) --> Light Spring
... and so on. There are again more variations within each of these redhead 'versions'. So YES, I do believe redheads should hold a wider space in the seasonal color analysis.
We have 6 dominant characteristics in our complexions and the seasonal color analysis is based on these:
1. Deep -- Dark and rich
2. Light -- Delicate
3. Soft -- Muted
4. Clear -- Bright
5. Warm -- Warm undertones
6. Cool -- Cool undertones
And finding yours should pinpoint you to your correct color palette in the seasonal color analysis.
So with that in mind, you're either a:
- Deep Winter or Autumn
- Light Spring or Summer
- Clear Winter or Spring
- Soft Summer or Autumn
- Warm Autumn or Spring
- Cool Winter or Summer
The flow color chart shows the similarities (ex. Light Summer and Light Spring have similiar light, pinkish and low-contrasting traits):
Unfortunately no one has gotten their finger out in improving the color analysis system, so redheads (and other women who seem to be stuck in one or two categories) should in the meantime put their trust on the Gold or silver test
although it only gives you a general view of what colors suit you. Or you could try to determine the intensity of your coloring on your own based on the information provided on this page to find your season/color palette. Check out Color Theory
August 2011 Update: Make sure to check out the new and improved seasonal color analysis where we focus on your dominant characteristic (Cool, Warm, Deep, Light, Soft, Clear). In Samantha's case, her dominant characteristics is Cool.
I also think Anonymous' link is a good read as well: Knitting Tango - Redhead Color Typology
I hope this helps! This page is open for feedback so feel free to comment :-)
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