Monday, May 7, 2012

Contrasting Chestnut Spring: What??


What is a contrasting chestnut spring? (I will explain...)

Well, it started last year when I realized I was a little clearer than warm autumn. Bright autumn didn't seem right so I gave that up and was fairly happy with warm autumn.

But lots of things started to point me toward spring.



(1) Elea Blake's warm spring eye shadows looked like my coloring and the lipstick was fantastic!


(2) I started to wear a bright orange robe and a similar color shirt I got from Lands End and while they seemed a little intense (they might be clear spring?), they also clarified my skin.

(3) I noticed (finally) when I had a fever blister and the new pink skin appeared that my blush/blood/pinched finger color is actually a coral pink.


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(4) One of the women in a Facebook group I have been a part of for about a year now told me she has thought of me as a spring/type 1 (DYT)/fire, etc., for as long as she has known me.

(5) Donna Cognac, from Essential Colors, looked at some of my pictures and told me I should only wear autumn colors as neutrals, and should avoid muted colors.

All of that evidence finally added up in my mind and I decided to compare myself to all the spring color plumes I have from Indigo Tones.

The best matches seemed to come from Light Spring (and they were good) and there were also some in Warm Spring. Still, I didn't land in perfection, and I wondered if "deep spring," one of them there extra seasons :), might not be better.



(light spring outfit photo credit: Lora Alexander)


But I wasn't sure if the range would include some light spring, some warm spring plus some clear spring or what. I knew it would need to include some of the light spring colors.



During this time, I talked to a colleague who owns the NZ version of Color Alliance, where they use a set of chips to match your hair, skin and eye colors and the computer takes that input and creates a palette for you.

She agreed to let me send her some pics if I agreed to buy the resulting palette. Get a look at what the combo of colors I'd been trying to dream up might look like? Of course! No brainer.

The result: contrasting chestnut spring! Tada!! (palette on its way)





What took me so long to finally find spring?

I think it's because (1) when I was first learning color analysis, the woman who trained me was sure I was an autumn and told me that women with hair as dark as mine were not likely to be springs unless they were clear springs and (2) autumn is my sister season and (3) I have been wearing a surprising number of spring colors (probably colors that both autumn and spring have in common).

So I was making "autumn" work and even if I did notice that I was a bit clearer than the colors I was wearing, I looked better than I ever had before. Close to right was close enough, I guess.

The pictures below are from an outfit I wore about a week ago and the color plumes are light spring and warm spring...

This first one is light spring and see how the greens harmonize with the duster?


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This second one is light spring, also, and that second color is awfully close to the color of my skin...


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This third one is the warm spring color plume and you can see the match to my tank top.


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And this is an outfit I wear quite frequently!


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I suspect that those colors will all show up in this new color palette, too! Can't wait to get it.

So all of you dear readers and color analysis quiz subscribers who wrote me and said, "are you sure you're not a spring?" were  RIGHT! :)

I am so glad to have landed. And I get to keep orange!

What color would you want to take with you if you suddenly found yourself in a new season, with a new palette of colors?

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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

Deep Autumn:"Sensible and straightforward as all Autumns, but direct in speech, and quick to absorb change with good evidence, they speak honestly and bluntly. What I love most, I believe, is that they are not one bit threatened or defensive about new ideas. The person may demonstrate more of Winter’s reserve, or more of Autumn’s passive and natural way, but there is always an element of fire." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

18 comments:

  1. Hi Jeanine, I had to read through this post a few times to digest all of the information. It was pretty big news to learn about early Monday morning!! I am interested in color theory but not very good at it -- I just took it for granted that you were an autumn. In retrospect, I remember you mentioning a couple of times about not liking quite a few of the colors in the autumn palettes -- on yourself that is. It seemed that there were a lot of them you loved, but quite a few that you said you didn't wear (specifically the pinks, I think). Maybe that it a clue in itself -- when the season is right the majority of the colors should feel right, not just a fraction of them. Anyway, it will be fun to have clearer, brighter colors to work with during the warm, sunny time of year. And it must be nice to be starting afresh with a new seasonal identity. Lucky you!!

    I was typed on line as a spring, but think it is not right. I am probably "just" a summer, which is hard for me because it seems so boring. But lately I live in jeans and a white T, so I haven't really thought much about it these days.
    Maybe some day there will be someone in my area who does color analysis and then I can find out for sure in person. I think it would be really fun to find out I was something much different that I had thought all along.

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    1. Hi Ann! If it was a surprise to you, imagine the surprise to me. :) But you're right, it is fun to be starting fresh.

      One of the things I forgot to say in my post is that traditionally, women of color were not thought to be springs. I have color analyzed a few as warm springs and a couple I thought might fall into the deep spring category, though at the time, I could only offer a warm spring palette.

      But they were women with deeper, richer skin than mine. And because of the paucity of info about color analysis with women of color, it would never have occurred to me that I might find some of my coloring within the light spring palette.

      So this has been a great learning experience for me! But so have my clients. I have analyzed several dark-haired Asian or Caucasian women who are light springs, so let's put that idea to bed.

      I remember that you were trying to decide between light spring and light summer (I know another woman on FB trying to do the same thing). Are you landing on light summer then?

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  2. You have a good memory! I had one on-line LSp analysis and one LSu. I do think that LSu is probably closer to the mark. But it was fun for a while to explore LSp and wear some colors that I had not tried before. While they weren't my best, they were not terrible on me, and it was a fun exploration.

    It is a shame that there so little info on color analysis for women of color. You are providing a really good resource.

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    1. Well, I remember because I love a good mystery and was wondering where you would finally land. :) If LSp was okay but not your best, it sounds like you are definitely light, and that would mean LSu might be best. But I have a FB who is having a hard time, too, trying to decide between the two, so you may be both be very close with one being just a smidge better.

      I agree about the information available for women of color. And since I lost a couple decades thinking I looked best in winter colors, I am committed to trying to shave off some of that time for others who may have been mis-analyzed!

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  3. I'm such a fan of that pink/coral color. Love how you're trying to incorporate spring-like colors into your everyday looks.

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  4. I love reading about your color knowledge, Jeanine. This is such a fun journey. You look wonderful in coral, and I bet a bright coral lipstick is great on you! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Patti!! You are right, it IS fun! :) You're welcome, I'm so glad you host it.

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  5. Great colours... I wish I knew so much about what colours to wear :)

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    1. Hi Claire! Thanks!! Your coloring seems deep to me, but that's about as much as I can tell without color analysis.

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  6. This is so interesting Jeanine! I was told from an on line analysis that I was a TA, but I also don't love all of the colors on me, especially the dark ones. I ordered some Elea Blake Spring samples to test them out a bit, so I will see how that goes. I am a DYT type 1 so it makes me curious about how this will all turn out. I'm loving trying new things though. I get bored so easily.... lol

    Great blog and I love the pictures. You look beautiful!
    Melinda

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    1. Hi Melinda! That is interesting. I wonder if you are an autumn/spring blend like me. Turns out that I am a clear autumn, because contrasting spring, in this system, wasn't warm enough. But the Elea Blake clear spring and warm spring makeup look fabulous on me! So my face is spring-like. :)

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  7. Dear Janine,

    I really appreciate your passion about color but don't you think your new palette is a collection of autumn shades mixed with few tones from the light/clear palette? That does not match in my eyes. According to your natural complexion you are deep/soft and kind of neutral. So that makes you a deep autumn or winter. But I don't see any resemblance to any type of spring. Maybe you don't like your actual palette but that does not make you a spring. The Problem is, you are confusing yourself and others reading your blog.
    If you want to have fun with colors you love, do it! But I'm afraid it won't do any benefit to invent types, that don't make any sense. And by the way: a lot of people make money by telling people the things they would like to hear instead of facing them with the truth. Sad, but that's business. So please don't be offended. :o)

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    1. Actually, that is a genuine contrasting spring palette from Color Alliance, but because it is personalized, it may very well be a mixture of deep autumn and spring colors.

      If you continue reading my blog past this date, you will see that at the time, I was just about to being training in the Color Alliance system and thought that contrasting spring was the best fit based on guidance from a CA analyst.

      I now know that vivid autumn, which is a bright/deep autumn, is an even better fit and there are pics on my blog of that palette. You can read more about that here:

      http://www.seasonalcoloranalysis.net/2012/05/warm-clear-deep-clear-autumn-conundrum.html

      Thanks for reading and offering your feedback! Are you a color analyst? I'd love to visit your blog and say hello. ~Jeanine

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  8. Hi,

    no, I'm not a professional analyst but dealing with this topic for a long time. So what confuses me is the point - referring to your last post - that there cannot be a genuine and harmonious palette mixing deep autumn and bringt spring shades. A bright spring is always clear and constrasting, a deep autumn muted and neutral/warm. This does not go together in my opinion. It's is something different to say: I'm a deep autumn but I can wear - or like to wear - some spring shades. But as an analyst yourself you have to stay accurate! :o)

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    1. The Color Alliance color palettes are comprised of colors that match the person's particular coloring. Contrasting spring is deep spring, not bright spring. So a person who is deep might have some colors that work for deep autumn and some for deep spring, especially if those colors are some that suit both seasons. I don't know that that is the case with this particular palette and have not looked at it closely. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  9. Hi,

    the point is that 98% of the colors above are muted/warm shades. spring is clear - never muted. I personally don't trust all these so called customised fans - especially when the analysts themselfes cannot differ clear from muted colors. Please don't be offended but if you have had an analysis should be able to tell whether you are clear or muted, warm or cool. My impression is, that you don't differ accurately between the seasons. And what you call spring is still autumn. And if I take a look at your CA fan I still see muted colors. Maybe it's the picture itself, but I don't believe in your spring theory. Sorry. Maybe you really like spring coral but it does not match your complexion. Not at all. Sorry. :o(

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    1. I agree that those are not my best colors. That fan is based on an analysis done by another CA analyst. However, in any 16-season system (or any system with more than 12), there are spring palettes with muted colors. Clearer than the autumn ones, but muted, nonetheless. I hear you that you don't agree with that spring theory, as you said, and I hear your criticism about Color Alliance. Thanks for sharing your opinion. I appreciate your passion about color analysis and I thank you for visiting my blog. I think we have probably discussed this post about as much as we can, though, and I am going to just agree that we disagree. :)

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