Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cool Summer vs. Cool Winter: how do you tell the difference?

If your dominant quality is COOL, how do you know if you are Summer or Winter?  and actually Cool means you are either Summer/Winter or Winter/Summer, so which comes first?

Cool means you have a blue undertone to your skin.

Disclaimer: ideally you should be draped in person

(Keep in mind, not everyone agrees on these celebrities and their season).

The MOONLIGHT SUMMER (Winter-Summer) looks somewhat like a Winter, and may get misclassified as one. They can be Romantic or Classic, but not contrasting enough to be Dramatic.  (Some women will misclassify themselves as Summers, because the feminine nature is so associated with females in our culture).  summer-winter [personality description]

Kimberly's eye

MOONLIGHT SUMMER — (Summer mixed with Winter) Hair coloring: dark ash brown to brunette or silver hair, and double blue skin tone, that could place them in Winter, but they do not drape best in dark Winter colors (though it is possible they could wear black and it can be added to their fan). Their fan may include black or charcoal-gray, best worn with white or cream.  They often have rosy cheeks and a light rose-beige complexion. If hair is dyed too warm, their skin will appear red and patchy.  Eyes are most often deep or icy blue, but might also be light green, medium gray or soft brown (though brown eyes are rare for Summers).  Summer eyes are translucent or mottled with wide band around iris (often gray).  They often have darker eyebrows than other summers. 

The SNOWFROST WINTER (Winter-Summer) looks somewhat like a Moonlight Summer.  Their style will be Alluring Romantic or Classic (they are the least Dramatic Winter).  Some Winter-Summers may be dressing more Summer because they are uncomfortable with the attention they expect to receive if they dress with more contrast. [winter-autumn personality description]

Liv's eye

SNOW FROST WINTER — (Winter mixed with Summer) Hair color will likely be light, medium or dark neutral or ash brown (possible red highlights).   May have salt n pepper, gray, silver or white hair, may gray early in life.  “No one grays better.” Clear primary colors of Winter bring out sparkle in complexion.  Very light skin tone with blue undertone.  They may not have as dark hair as other Winters, but their complexion sparkles in Winter colors.  Eyes may be charcoal gray, blue, violet, soft dark brown, icy hazel .
(These are CMAS descriptions).

Cool Winter personality
Cool Winter personality by expressingyourtruth on Polyvore
CMAS SNOW FROST WINTER —   [winter-summer personality description]

How do Kimberly Williams and Liv Tyler compare in cool tones and hues? 

 (Note: Kimberly appears to have more contrast without makeup than Liv, but contrasting colors improve the appearance of Liv's skin even in these pics).

A Cool Summer should be best in tones, but second best in hues.
A Cool Winter should be best in hues, but second best in tones.


Both can wear this Summer wine tone, though it's better on Kimberly and not quite defining enough on Liv.

The pure Winter red hue is best on Liv, though this shows Kimberly's secondary Winter that she can handle this red better than other summers.


This Summer tone green is much better for Kimberly.

This is pretty close to the mint green that  Truth-is-Beauty has as a cool summer  dealbreaker.

The darker Winter pure green hue is better on Liv.  It is actually surprising how much better it makes her look, even in this revealing pic with no makeup.

True Yellow is a Cool Winter dealbreaker at Truth-is-Beauty.

I wouldn't have Kimberly ever wear this yellow, but Liv could (if she wanted and with the right contrasting other colors).


The Summer rose brown is better for Kimberly, washing Liv out.

The darker Winter brown hue is better for Liv.

 CONTRAST: Cool Summer and Cool Winter differ in the level of contrast indicated and achieved with color combination and neutrals.  Summers should wear blended color schemes, whereas Winters should wear contrasting colors.  (However, Cool Summer has the most contrast of the Summers, particularly if Jeweltone).


Cool Summers, like all summers, do not wear stark white.  Instead they can wear an icy pink.  They also do not wear black (except maybe Jeweltone Summers, see Summers wearing black).  Instead they wear charcoal or navy.  They also wear cocoa and taupe. They wear TONES.  

Keeping in mind that these are cooler tones, they look better on Kimberly.

Summers need dull browns that are dusty, rosy tones.

Cool Winters, like all Winters, can wear black, though they might want to wear a soft black and they also can wear gray (see Winters wearing black). Stark white is really best for Clear Winters.  Instead they wear icy pastels.  They also wear dark and light grey, khaki, icy rose and hot pink, navy and blue-red in pure HUES.

Keeping in mind these are cool pure hues (not grayed), they look better on Liv.


Moonlight Summer
Snowfrost Winter

... but hey, don't listen to me, EXPRESS YOUR TRUTH! Jane

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