So recently, someone led me to go back to Riter's SPD and notice that the "neutral" seasons often are people with combinations of cool skin and either warm eyes or warm hair. For some (ignorant) reason, I had it in my mind that the cool seasons were all cool features and the warm, were warm. Well, actually what Riter says is that the skin of an overall cool person would have a yellow undertone. Um what? I like what Scaman says actually about Deep Winter, it's more of a yellow overlay, but the undertone is very cool. So you musn't mess up and use a warm foundation. Anyway, after I got over freaking out, I started having some more insights about my green eyes and relatively cool skin, also the fact that in the past my hair has had red highlights. According to Riter's color test, I would be a Bright Winter (due to the count of the colors that work for me), partly because she views all green eyes as falling under Spring (ok?). I never felt like that was quite right.
I was just about to start to accept a possible Soft Summer type for me, something about 2/3 began to sink in, esp. when reading about Phlegmatic/Cholerics like Simone De Beauvoir (they are excellent counselors, and active listeners, but prone to almost lethargy, and they are irritable). But then I had a conversation with someone who works in this field, and looking at my picks she was trying to convince me of a possible 3 secondary, but then I asked her to go back because when she said what she thought my dominant energy was, she said it so quickly and matter of factly that I almost missed it. She said in her view I am definitely a 4. She said that I am not soft because I am so serious, esp. in most of my pics (I rarely smile unless I am posing). I also try to perfect things. I like that rephrase of perfectionism. So she thinks I'm a 4/3. The 3 secondary comes from my green eyes again, and she pointed out some angularity in my face.
Looking at personality and humor tests, I score High C and High S on the DISC, and Melancholic/Phlegmatic, which equals 4/2 or Cool Winter. What I relate to in the Cool Winter personality is the exterior facade of competence, over a very sensitive interior. (I just do not relate to the Phlegmatic/Melancholy balance of Cool Summer, too nice!) On the Enneagram, I am a 5, which is Moderate C, and Moderate D, with low S and very low I. So 4/3/2, or what I would call Deep Winter Soft. Deep Winter 4/3 would be Melancholic/Choleric. I can identify with the negativity and critical nature they have, unfortunately. Also, 4/3 would allow for Type 4 lines, but not full on blacks and whites, but softened dark neutrals.
I also read that though we cool as we age, if we want to look younger, we should dye our hair the color it was when we were younger.
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