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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Disney Females: Color by Seasons Theory - Winters

I recommend every girl read this, it will help you bring out your best looks with minimal effort! ❤

So I didn't really experience much of fashion-culture growing up and have just recently begun to give it any focus or attention. I have heard of the rule that "Redheads shouldn't wear pink." and I have seen some people discuss this in terms of Ariel and her pink dress. I have also read many comments debating Aurora's famous "Blue vs. Pink Dress" situation. In those discussions, I heard people say things like "She's a Winter." etc. I thought that was so fascinating! A "Winter"? What does that mean and how does that connect to the color of her dress and whether it works for her or not? Is there something to this color psychology thing? I had never heard of this concept before so I decided to look into it. That is how I came across the 22 Color Breeze Season System which is an adaptation of the original 4 Season System - as well as an update and expansion of the 12 & 16 Season Systems.

As it turns out, there really is something to this whole color thing: Harmony!

The 22 Color Breeze Season System is unique to the website: Pretty Your World by Lora Alexander. It was made by a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, certified Image Consultant and artist.

This is the most expansive version of the initial 4-Season Color System yet!

She put it quite perfectly: "Sure, you CAN wear whatever color you want to. But if you want to look YOUR BEST, you’ll want to wear colors that harmonize with your natural coloring. It’s really that simple. Color Analysis is NOT A FAD! In fact, it’s scientific, based on the 1898 color theory by artist and professor Albert Munsell. Click here for more information about his theory. Its effects are profound. And it can simplify your life by eliminating bad shopping choices in clothes, makeup, hair color and even jewelry and accessories. Think of the time and money that can be saved [not to mention the stress to be avoided]!"

The most common version of the Color System is the 12-Season one. You can find great details on the 12 Season System here: The Chic Fashionista.

The biggest difference between the 12 and 22 Season Systems are the soft seasons - which happen to cover a lot of brunettes and blondes with highlights [i.e. sandy brown; dirty blonde etc.] as well as catch a lot more nuances that don't fit the standard seasonal traits [i.e. An "Autumn" with grey traits or a "Summer" with brown traits.] In addition, it also better covers the growing group of mixed-race people.


Since brown hair is the 2nd most common natural hair color in the world (after black), and blondes and redheads together only make up 3% of the world population, it's easy to see why the original 4 season system needed some work!

This is why I am so thankful for Lora Alexander's work on the 22 ColorBreeze System and I think most of you will be too!


Here is how the updated seasonal system works/how to analyze yourself:

[[Descriptions provided by earlier mentioned websites with links.]]

Step 1: Finding Your Dominant Characteristic/Seasonal Range 


"The first step in this seasonal color analysis, is to figure out the first thing you (or anyone) notices about you when you look in the mirror/enter the room."


Light: (Very light and delicate)

If your dominant characteristic is Light, it means people notice your light hair and light eyes first. You have the lightest and most delicate coloring in the seasonal color analysis.


Eyes: Light to medium blue or green. You may also have light hazel or light smokey grey eyes.
Hair: Light to medium ash or golden blonde or light strawberry blonde. Very light hair in general.
Your Seasons: Light Summer, Sunlit Soft Summer, Dusty Soft Spring



Deep: (Strong, rich, dark coloring)

If your dominant characteristic is Deep, it means people notice your dark hair and dark eyes first. You have the deepest coloring in the analysis. You have a strong, rich coloring.


Eyes: Black, black-brown, brown, dark hazel. And in some instances a very deep, dark blue or emerald dark green. If you have an eye color other than the ones stated, you are not a deep.
Hair: Black, black-brown, medium brown, chestnut brown, dark auburn. Very deep hair color.
Your Seasons: Deep Autumn, Smokey Soft Autumn, Toasted Soft Winter, Deep Winter



Warm: (Yellow based colors, no blue undertones)

If your dominant characteristic is Warm, it means you have an all-over glow to your coloring with obvious warm and earthy undertones to your hair, eyes and skin. The hair is neither deep nor light, has a medium intensity. The majority of classic red-heads fall within this group.


Eyes: Brown, hazel, green, warm blue.
Hair: Light to medium golden blonde, medium chestnut, rich and warm red (coppery), auburn, deep golden brown, strawberry blonde, warm dirty blonde.
Your Seasons: Sunlit Soft Autumn, Warm Autumn, Toasted Soft Autumn



Cool: (Blue based colors, no yellow or golden undertones)

If your dominant characteristic is Cool, it means you have an all-over cool look to your coloring. You may appear deep but what sets you apart from the dark-haired (Deep) is your softened, grayish undertones. Many with graying hair fall within this group. Your skin has an obvious grayish, ashy or cool undertone to it.


Hair: Silver ashy blonde, grey/silver mix hair, ashy (medium-dark or red) blonde or brown hair.
Eyes: Gray, hazel-gray, softened blue, deep dark blue (that sometimes looks violet, a la Elizabeth Taylor), soft dark brown, charcoal gray.
Your Seasons: Dusty Soft Summer, Cool Summer, Smokey Soft Summer, Smokey Soft Winter



Clear: (Bright, clear colors, nothing muted or dusty)

If your dominant characteristic is Clear, it means you have a bright and crisp/sparkly look to your coloring. Your eyes have a clear, bright color which is intensified with your shiny, bright hair - which isn't limited to being blonde and can be a shiny black or brown. The biggest key to this season tends to be in the eyes.


Eyes: Clear blue, clear green or sparkly amber/topaz.
Hair: Black, black-brown, medium to dark brown, very bright golden deep blonde or red hair, very golden white-blonde hair.
Your Seasons: Clear Spring, Light Spring, Warm Spring, Cool Winter, Clear Winter



Soft: (Soft, dusty colors; nothing bright and overpowering)

If your dominant characteristic is Soft, it means your coloring is somewhat neutral - a mix of warm and cool and/or light and deep. Most people with hair that has multiple colors with highlights fall within this group as well as people with a lot of neutral coloring.
(*Note that if your colors are ashy and more mixed with gray than brown [i.e. grey eyes not hazel eyes or ashy brown hair not maple blonde hair], you may be more Cool than Soft.)


Eyes: Brown to hazel, grey green, blue grey, clear blue, or a mix of everything.
Hair: Dark strawberry blonde (mixed with other colors), dirty blonde, honey blonde, sandy blonde/brown, dark blondes with brown highlights, light to medium brown.
Your Seasons: Sunlit Soft Spring, Toasted Soft Summer, Dusty Soft Autumn



If you can't figure out which one of these categories you fit best into, try the original, more generalized seasonal version:



Summer - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Cool [than Warm].

Hair: Silver ashy blonde, grey/silver mix hair, ashy (medium-dark or red) blonde or light to medium ashy brown hair.
Eyes: Gray, softened blue, teal gray-blue, icy-hazel-grey, soft light brown.
Your Seasons: Light Summer, Dusty Soft Summer, Sunlit Soft Summer, Cool Summer, Smokey Soft Summer, Toasted Soft Summer.






Spring - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Warm [than Cool].

Eyes: Light to medium blue, green, hazel or light golden amber/honey eyes.
Hair: Light blonde, dirty blonde, golden blonde, strawberry blonde, honey blonde, copper, light dirty brown [with blonde highlights], auburn, light chestnut.
Your Seasons: Light Spring, Dusty Soft Spring, Clear Spring, Warm Spring, Sunlit Soft Spring.





Autumn - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Warm [than Cool].

Eyes: Brown, hazel, green, deep-dark warm blue.
Hair: Honey blonde, copper, dark dirty blonde/brown, chestnut, auburn, golden to dark brown.
Your Seasons: Sunlit Soft Autumn, Warm Autumn, Dusty Soft Autumn, Toasted Soft Autumn, Deep Autumn, Smokey Soft Autumn.





Winter - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Cool [than Warm].

Hair: Ashy (medium-dark or red) blonde, ashy brown, brown-black, black.
Eyes: Icy-hazel-grey, soft light brown, dark brown, black-brown, black.
Your Seasons: Clear Winter, Cool Winter, Smokey Soft Winter, Deep Winter, Toasted Soft Winter.








Step 2: Analyzing Your Hair, Eyes & Skin To Find Your Specific Season

Once you’ve determined your dominant characteristic, next you will need to look at the nuanced details of your hair color, eye color and skin tone. Look at each individually and ask yourself:

Is your hair warm or cool?
Is your hair light, medium or dark?
Is your hair clear and shiny or soft and muddy?
Are your eyes warm or cool?
Are your eyes light, medium or dark?
Are your eyes clear and sparkly or soft and muddy?
Is your skin warm or cool?
Is your skin light, medium or dark?
Is your coloring mixed with grey or brown?


Then match this to the Season that best fits you.

Each ColorBreeze Season has it's own dominant characteristics.

Here is a quick, general breakdown of each season:

Light Summer - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Light + Soft
Dusty Soft Summer - Cool + Light to Medium + Soft + Grey Qualities
Sunlit Soft Summer - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Light to Medium + Soft + Brown Qualities
Cool Summer - Cool + Light to Medium + Soft
Smokey Soft Summer - Cool + Medium to Deep + Soft + Grey Qualities
Toasted Soft Summer - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Medium to Deep + Soft + Brown Qualities

Light Spring - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light + Clear [closer to light]
Clear Spring - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light + Clear [closer to clear]
Warm Spring - Warm + Light + Clear [closer to warm]
Dusty Soft Spring - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light + Soft + Grey Qualities
Sunlit Soft Spring - Warm + Light + Soft + Brown Qualities

Sunlit Soft Autumn - Warm + Light to Medium + Soft + Brown Qualities
Dusty Soft Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light to Medium + Soft + Grey Qualities
Warm Autumn - Warm + Medium + Soft
Toasted Soft Autumn - Warm + Medium to Deep + Soft + Brown Qualities
Smokey Soft Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Medium to Deep + Grey Qualities
Deep Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Deep + Soft 

Toasted Soft Winter - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Deep + Soft + Brown Qualities
Smokey Soft Winter - Cool + Deep + Soft + Grey Qualities
Deep Winter - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Deep + Clear [closer to deep]
Clear Winter - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Deep + Clear [closer to clear]
Cool Winter - Cool + Deep + Clear [closer to cool]


So for fun, I decided to analyze the Disney ladies.

Here are my results:


Toasted Soft Winter - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Deep + Soft + Brown Qualities













Cool Winter - Cool + Deep + Clear [closer to cool]

Alana


"The Cool Winter does not ‘flow’ into any warm season, but it flows into the the Cool Summer season. Some of the more full bodied cool summer colors like raspberry, plum and deep rose can be found in this palette, and they are particularly good colors for Cool Winter makeup."


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Disney Females: Color by Seasons Theory - Autumns

I recommend every girl read this, it will help you bring out your best looks with minimal effort! ❤

So I didn't really experience much of fashion-culture growing up and have just recently begun to give it any focus or attention. I have heard of the rule that "Redheads shouldn't wear pink." and I have seen some people discuss this in terms of Ariel and her pink dress. I have also read many comments debating Aurora's famous "Blue vs. Pink Dress" situation. In those discussions, I heard people say things like "She's a Winter." etc. I thought that was so fascinating! A "Winter"? What does that mean and how does that connect to the color of her dress and whether it works for her or not? Is there something to this color psychology thing? I had never heard of this concept before so I decided to look into it. That is how I came across the 22 Color Breeze Season System which is an adaptation of the original 4 Season System - as well as an update and expansion of the 12 & 16 Season Systems.

As it turns out, there really is something to this whole color thing: Harmony!

The 22 Color Breeze Season System is unique to the website: Pretty Your World by Lora Alexander. It was made by a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, certified Image Consultant and artist.

This is the most expansive version of the initial 4-Season Color System yet!

She put it quite perfectly: "Sure, you CAN wear whatever color you want to. But if you want to look YOUR BEST, you’ll want to wear colors that harmonize with your natural coloring. It’s really that simple. Color Analysis is NOT A FAD! In fact, it’s scientific, based on the 1898 color theory by artist and professor Albert Munsell. Click here for more information about his theory. Its effects are profound. And it can simplify your life by eliminating bad shopping choices in clothes, makeup, hair color and even jewelry and accessories. Think of the time and money that can be saved [not to mention the stress to be avoided]!"

The most common version of the Color System is the 12-Season one. You can find great details on the 12 Season System here: The Chic Fashionista.

The biggest difference between the 12 and 22 Season Systems are the soft seasons - which happen to cover a lot of brunettes and blondes with highlights [i.e. sandy brown; dirty blonde etc.] as well as catch a lot more nuances that don't fit the standard seasonal traits [i.e. An "Autumn" with grey traits or a "Summer" with brown traits.] In addition, it also better covers the growing group of mixed-race people.


Since brown hair is the 2nd most common natural hair color in the world (after black), and blondes and redheads together only make up 3% of the world population, it's easy to see why the original 4 season system needed some work!

This is why I am so thankful for Lora Alexander's work on the 22 ColorBreeze System and I think most of you will be too!


Here is how the updated seasonal system works/how to analyze yourself:

[[Descriptions provided by earlier mentioned websites with links.]]

Step 1: Finding Your Dominant Characteristic/Seasonal Range 


"The first step in this seasonal color analysis, is to figure out the first thing you (or anyone) notices about you when you look in the mirror/enter the room."


Light: (Very light and delicate)

If your dominant characteristic is Light, it means people notice your light hair and light eyes first. You have the lightest and most delicate coloring in the seasonal color analysis.


Eyes: Light to medium blue or green. You may also have light hazel or light smokey grey eyes.
Hair: Light to medium ash or golden blonde or light strawberry blonde. Very light hair in general.
Your Seasons: Light Summer, Sunlit Soft Summer, Dusty Soft Spring



Deep: (Strong, rich, dark coloring)

If your dominant characteristic is Deep, it means people notice your dark hair and dark eyes first. You have the deepest coloring in the analysis. You have a strong, rich coloring.


Eyes: Black, black-brown, brown, dark hazel. And in some instances a very deep, dark blue or emerald dark green. If you have an eye color other than the ones stated, you are not a deep.
Hair: Black, black-brown, medium brown, chestnut brown, dark auburn. Very deep hair color.
Your Seasons: Deep Autumn, Smokey Soft Autumn, Toasted Soft Winter, Deep Winter



Warm: (Yellow based colors, no blue undertones)

If your dominant characteristic is Warm, it means you have an all-over glow to your coloring with obvious warm and earthy undertones to your hair, eyes and skin. The hair is neither deep nor light, has a medium intensity. The majority of classic red-heads fall within this group.


Eyes: Brown, hazel, green, warm blue.
Hair: Light to medium golden blonde, medium chestnut, rich and warm red (coppery), auburn, deep golden brown, strawberry blonde, warm dirty blonde.
Your Seasons: Sunlit Soft Autumn, Warm Autumn, Toasted Soft Autumn



Cool: (Blue based colors, no yellow or golden undertones)

If your dominant characteristic is Cool, it means you have an all-over cool look to your coloring. You may appear deep but what sets you apart from the dark-haired (Deep) is your softened, grayish undertones. Many with graying hair fall within this group. Your skin has an obvious grayish, ashy or cool undertone to it.


Hair: Silver ashy blonde, grey/silver mix hair, ashy (medium-dark or red) blonde or brown hair.
Eyes: Gray, hazel-gray, softened blue, deep dark blue (that sometimes looks violet, a la Elizabeth Taylor), soft dark brown, charcoal gray.
Your Seasons: Dusty Soft Summer, Cool Summer, Smokey Soft Summer, Smokey Soft Winter



Clear: (Bright, clear colors, nothing muted or dusty)

If your dominant characteristic is Clear, it means you have a bright and crisp/sparkly look to your coloring. Your eyes have a clear, bright color which is intensified with your shiny, bright hair - which isn't limited to being blonde and can be a shiny black or brown. The biggest key to this season tends to be in the eyes.


Eyes: Clear blue, clear green or sparkly amber/topaz.
Hair: Black, black-brown, medium to dark brown, very bright golden deep blonde or red hair, very golden white-blonde hair.
Your Seasons: Clear Spring, Light Spring, Warm Spring, Cool Winter, Clear Winter



Soft: (Soft, dusty colors; nothing bright and overpowering)

If your dominant characteristic is Soft, it means your coloring is somewhat neutral - a mix of warm and cool and/or light and deep. Most people with hair that has multiple colors with highlights fall within this group as well as people with a lot of neutral coloring.
(*Note that if your colors are ashy and more mixed with gray than brown [i.e. grey eyes not hazel eyes or ashy brown hair not maple blonde hair], you may be more Cool than Soft.)


Eyes: Brown to hazel, grey green, blue grey, clear blue, or a mix of everything.
Hair: Dark strawberry blonde (mixed with other colors), dirty blonde, honey blonde, sandy blonde/brown, dark blondes with brown highlights, light to medium brown.
Your Seasons: Sunlit Soft Spring, Toasted Soft Summer, Dusty Soft Autumn



If you can't figure out which one of these categories you fit best into, try the original, more generalized seasonal version:



Summer - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Cool [than Warm].

Hair: Silver ashy blonde, grey/silver mix hair, ashy (medium-dark or red) blonde or light to medium ashy brown hair.
Eyes: Gray, softened blue, teal gray-blue, icy-hazel-grey, soft light brown.
Your Seasons: Light Summer, Dusty Soft Summer, Sunlit Soft Summer, Cool Summer, Smokey Soft Summer, Toasted Soft Summer.






Spring - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Warm [than Cool].

Eyes: Light to medium blue, green, hazel or light golden amber/honey eyes.
Hair: Light blonde, dirty blonde, golden blonde, strawberry blonde, honey blonde, copper, light dirty brown [with blonde highlights], auburn, light chestnut.
Your Seasons: Light Spring, Dusty Soft Spring, Clear Spring, Warm Spring, Sunlit Soft Spring.





Autumn - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Warm [than Cool].

Eyes: Brown, hazel, green, deep-dark warm blue.
Hair: Honey blonde, copper, dark dirty blonde/brown, chestnut, auburn, golden to dark brown.
Your Seasons: Sunlit Soft Autumn, Warm Autumn, Dusty Soft Autumn, Toasted Soft Autumn, Deep Autumn, Smokey Soft Autumn.





Winter - Light to Medium Hair, Eyes and Skin that is more Cool [than Warm].

Hair: Ashy (medium-dark or red) blonde, ashy brown, brown-black, black.
Eyes: Icy-hazel-grey, soft light brown, dark brown, black-brown, black.
Your Seasons: Clear Winter, Cool Winter, Smokey Soft Winter, Deep Winter, Toasted Soft Winter.








Step 2: Analyzing Your Hair, Eyes & Skin To Find Your Specific Season

Once you’ve determined your dominant characteristic, next you will need to look at the nuanced details of your hair color, eye color and skin tone. Look at each individually and ask yourself:

Is your hair warm or cool?
Is your hair light, medium or dark?
Is your hair clear and shiny or soft and muddy?
Are your eyes warm or cool?
Are your eyes light, medium or dark?
Are your eyes clear and sparkly or soft and muddy?
Is your skin warm or cool?
Is your skin light, medium or dark?
Is your coloring mixed with grey or brown?


Then match this to the Season that best fits you.

Each ColorBreeze Season has it's own dominant characteristics.

Here is a quick, general breakdown of each season:

Light Summer - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Light + Soft
Dusty Soft Summer - Cool + Light to Medium + Soft + Grey Qualities
Sunlit Soft Summer - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Light to Medium + Soft + Brown Qualities
Cool Summer - Cool + Light to Medium + Soft
Smokey Soft Summer - Cool + Medium to Deep + Soft + Grey Qualities
Toasted Soft Summer - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Medium to Deep + Soft + Brown Qualities

Light Spring - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light + Clear [closer to light]
Clear Spring - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light + Clear [closer to clear]
Warm Spring - Warm + Light + Clear [closer to warm]
Dusty Soft Spring - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light + Soft + Grey Qualities
Sunlit Soft Spring - Warm + Light + Soft + Brown Qualities

Sunlit Soft Autumn - Warm + Light to Medium + Soft + Brown Qualities
Dusty Soft Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light to Medium + Soft + Grey Qualities
Warm Autumn - Warm + Medium + Soft
Toasted Soft Autumn - Warm + Medium to Deep + Soft + Brown Qualities
Smokey Soft Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Medium to Deep + Grey Qualities
Deep Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Deep + Soft 

Toasted Soft Winter - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Deep + Soft + Brown Qualities
Smokey Soft Winter - Cool + Deep + Soft + Grey Qualities
Deep Winter - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Deep + Clear [closer to deep]
Clear Winter - Cool or Neutral/Cool + Deep + Clear [closer to clear]
Cool Winter - Cool + Deep + Clear [closer to cool]


So for fun, I decided to analyze the Disney ladies.

Here are my results:




Dusty Soft Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Light to Medium + Soft + Grey Qualities

Wendy


"The Dusty Soft Autumn looks best in light to medium-light earth tones. 









Deep Autumn - Warm or Neutral/Warm + Deep + Soft