Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Seasonal Color Analysis: Are You a Soft Winter?

Seasonal Color Analysis: Introducing Soft Winter...

This post is the third in a series about CMB Europe's take on color analysis anomalies. Though there are 12 commonly-identified seasons, they suggest that there could be as much as 24 (if not more).

Soft Winter might be ideal for women of color who have more contrast in their coloring than would be typical for a summer but not as much as would be typical for a deep winter. So it might also be called Deep Summer.

If your hair is dark brown or black but really more like charcoal than jet black, your coloring is cool but your look is soft and blended, consider soft winter.

Soft winters are probably usually told they are soft summers.

So if you took my seasonal color analysis quiz and your highest score was winter, but your second highest score was summer, you might be a winter who needs softer colors than a winter palette would normally provide, but more color intensity and depth than soft summer would provide. 

You probably also would need less contrast. So low-medium contrast instead of the higher contrast that would be normal for winters.

To compare, here is a contrasting solar winter color palette from Color Alliance...

Seasonal Color Analysis: Possibilities for the Soft Winter Color Palette...

Soft Winter

Seasonal Color Analysis: Which Celebrity Might Be a Soft Winter/Deep Summer?...

 (Denise Nicholas)

Seasonal Color Analysis from the Book, Uniquely You: Gentle Winter...

What do you think? Are you a soft winter or deep summer? Let me know in the comments section.

Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


  1. Do you have a soft winter palette to sell?

    1. No, I'm sorry, I don't! Wouldn't that be great, though? You might check with Lora Alexander at Pretty Your World. She has a 16-season concept she is learning about right now and I think there are swatches to match them.

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    1. Hi Kelly! That would be fun. Email me.

  3. Hello Jeanine,

    For your information, I am not a woman of color :)

    Best regards,


    1. Not surprised since, so far, I haven't analyzed a soft winter woman of color (except possibly Denise Nicholas).


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