Jocelyn Is A Bright Winter

Jocelyn and I work together. Since we work with animals, all I see her in is surgical scrubs. I knew 4 things before we began:

  1. I have never seen her in a colour that she does not completely dominate, with the exception of dark charcoal.
  2. Black and cool colours in general clear her skin.
  3. She can wear light colours as well as dark.
  4. There is great contrast (very light lights and very dark darks) in her colouring.

I try to let the drapes guide the Personal Colour Analysis (PCA), and avoid all foregone conclusions. When I see someone every day, and the effects are this dramatic, I cannot help but have suspicions. What did I suspect?

  1. Her best colours would be very dark and/or very saturated. (see What Are Clear And Soft Colours? for an explanation of saturation.)
  2. There is great potential for clarity in her skin. Warm colours make her skin blotchy, heavy, green-yellow, murky, and thick-looking. Softly greyed colours (pastels) give the skin an allover-grey undertone. Winter and Spring have clear colours.
  3. Dark Autumn and Dark Winter have some light colours, though the person often looks better in darker colours. Joce looks fresh and beautiful in the right light colour.
  4. We are probably looking for a Season of contrast, namely a Winter of some sort.

The expression clearing the skin is confusing. It can very hard to demonstrate but extremely important in interpreting ultimate skin perfection. You met Joce in the previous article, Clearing Skin With Colour Analysis and can watch this process on video there.

Joce has a strong natural flush in her cheeks. Is ruddiness a sign of Autumn? No, like freckles, it occurs in Autumns, Winters, Springs, and Summers. Not useful information. Ignore it. On Joce, the redness in the cheeks blends back softly into her complexion only in Bright Winter colour intensity.

The boobytrap of matching brown eyes to brown (Autumn) drapes is waiting in ambush here. Yes, there was a connection between the two. Skin always takes precedence, and Autumn colours are easily her worst shades. All too easy to put brown eyeshadow on these eyes. Most shades of brown did not help this skin. Why then paint them on her face? True to her personal colour palette, her cosmetic colour was a blackened brown liner, and it meshed perfectly with her face. On a blue-eyed person, we would have used charcoal or deep sapphire.

She has neither dark hair or the obvious clear eye we hear about. Of course, her eyes are very clear, a harder call by mere observation in brown eyes. Her hair is medium brown, with no orange tones, and very few yellow (she is growing out some yellow dye at the moment).

As a Bright Winter, Jocelyn is primarily a Winter person, but she has a trace of Spring. When you combine the 2 Seasons of highest colour saturation, the energy of these colours is unwearable by anyone else. The person will disappear inside such colour intensity, and therefore appear reduced. Our clothing should not send a message that diminishes our presence, let alone cost us money to do so.

This video shows the final draping process.

If your browser won’t play it here, watch it on YouTube at 12 Blueprints Personal Colour Analysis Bright Winter Final Drapes.

I have been asked why she is wearing so much makeup in the video. For several reasons:

  1. I was taking photos as well as video and have learned that too little makeup is invisible in photos.
  2. I do not try hard to match foundation, others can do that better than I – though you will finally know what your undertones are, unknowable without a PCA. I want you to see what your makeup colours look like, as your eye starts to learn this. I apply the makeup colours pretty heavily and I do not blend. I want you to see how forgiving right makeup is and how it can dramatically heighten the magic in your natural colouring.
  3. Bright Winter is a Season of all-out glamour, like no other group. Just as they can carry unbelievably shocking colour intensity, so can they wear striking makeup.
  4. Jocelyn is young. For any young Winter, the makeup that balances and empowers a woman of 50 can be too vibrant at 20. The same colours in transparent applications look more beautiful and age-appropriate.

Most importantly, I want you to stretch your preconceived limits of what is possible. I want you to start replacing the old pictures of yourself in your head.



27 thoughts on “Jocelyn Is A Bright Winter”

  1. Regal fairy-tale material, this woman looks like Queen of good graces. I’m in awe.

  2. Thanks for this article, i really enjoyed it.

    I always had a suspicion that I was Bright Winter and a recent PCA confirmed it. I love my colouring (typical Snow white) and the fact that i can wear bright colours withiout looking overdone.

  3. In fact, Trish, you have to wear bright colours for the colours to find one another and disappear into your skin. :)

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  4. Christine,

    Thanks for the article (and video no less!) about bright winters. I loved reading it and seeing the video. As a bright winter (sci/art analyzed) myself, I found it fascinating. As you’ve often said eyes and hair are irrelevant – skin perfection matters. I look nothing like Jocelyn on the surface (dark brown-black hair, green eyes with both blue green and yellow green tones in them). But my skin reacts just like hers to the colors – ashy grey with summer colors, warm tones look good with eyes and hair but do terrible things to my skin – I get an unhealthy yellow or blotchy look. My eyes also look big and dramatic when I’m wearing the right colors, even without mascara. Interesting to find so many similarities even though surface coloring is different.

    I love the bright winter palette. Going for all-out-glamour is quite a stretch for me however, as I’ve mostly dressed in summer tones in the past. My consultant told me that bright winters really need color so I’m experimenting. And I’m having fun with it!

    (Even the silver in my hair looks glamorous, and make up is much easier than it’s ever been.) This is truly an amazing process.

    Thanks for your work with color,


  5. It is remarkable, Denise, how it transforms you. Colour Analysis can be just about looking better and knowing what to buy, but it is such a self-discovery – and it does take time to adjust. Your perception of yourself is a huge part of your identity, and this changes it from the outside in. But it feels really right when it starts to gel!

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  6. Hi Christine,
    I’ve got two questions. I love Jocelyn’s makeup look. What eye shadow is she wearing?

    Something else I’m curious about – I’ve been shopping with my bright winter palette and there are clothes that are brighter and more intense (maybe darker). Who would wear them? True winters, or true or bright springs?



  7. The eyeshadow, in fact all the makeup, I use is not always a single product or one available at the retail counters. This is from a beauty supplier, but really it’s simply charcoal gray and icy grey. The icy is on the lower lid, the charcoal is above the crease. The liner is Clinique Quickliner in BlackBrown.

    I’d have to see the clothing to know who would wear it. I appreciate your confusion though, since Bright Winter should be the most saturated colour out there. It sounds like you’re describing snowboarding-type clothes, almost neon, which is probably Bright Winter or Bright Spring. True Winter may be darker but less saturated.

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  8. Oh my! Looking Jocelyn was just like I was looking in the mirror! Nice to see that someone else has also as intensive dark eyes and medium brown hair as I do, because in Finland it seems to be quite rare. I’ve had problems in finding matching colours and this really helped me a lot!

  9. Among the many, many misconceptions about Season, one is that Winter has dark hair. There is more variation in Winter hair color than any other. In the article Emily Is A True Winter, you’ll see someone with less intense darkness in the hair as well. Like Joce, the eyes are dramatic when they wear the right colours.

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  10. They’re not colours that are in stores. Until I find the perfect one, I mix them myself. Bright Winter is a tough Season for makeup – at least back then it was. Joce was my first Bright Winter and I didn’t have a selection. I find it hard to shop for a Season till I’ve seen the skin and the reactions to color.

  11. Dear Christine
    I m wondering, that you are a dark Winter not un autumn, but you are looking wonderful.
    What are the differences?

  12. Hi, Claudia,

    Right, I’m a Dark Winter. So a Winter person, but incorporating a trace of Autumn, which warms and dulls the colours just a trace.

    In , you can see what I used to look like, and the progressive changes.

    In , you can see the makeup I used to wear and what I wear now.

    It seems so subtle, but it makes a world of difference in the crispness of the outlines of the face, giving an appearance of weight loss.

  13. Hi there!

    I am analysed as a winter type. I am really at the beginning of my progress and at that moment still a little unsure about my new colours… especially because all I knew so far was that winters have dark hair and so on…
    I would say that I have “mousy” warm hair, also my eyes aren’t really cool, but dark. My coulour analisist recomended to me to go back to blonde…

    what would you recommend for a bright winter?

    I am from germany by the way so please excuse my bad english.

  14. Hi, Nora,

    Though I freely admit that hair colour recommendations have to be done person-by-person, I will say that I have never seen any of the 3 Winters look better as blondes. The dark force of the Season falls apart, and all those beige tones just look mushy, not sharp. Winter is always sharp.
    Mousy may be a descriptor for any of the Winters, most commonly Bright. It is a glassy, shiny, almost ashy colour (which is why they get confused with True Summers).
    Lauren at is a Bright Winter who lightens the tips of the hair and looks good. She is the only one I know. The Bright coloring is a very delicate balance, think twice before you mess with it.
    Do you have a Facebook page? The ladies in the Fan Club often post photos and know they will get honest opinions and suggestions (not from me, but the members know A LOT about colour and have beautiful taste).

  15. Thank you for answering!
    I just was really happy when I found out that there’s something like a BRIGHT winter type, but somehow it doesn’t seem to be a common thing here in Germany…maybe I’ll find someone.

    Greetings, Nora

  16. Hi Christine!

    I was wondering for those like myself who are dominately clear and debating between whether we are bright winter or bright spring, are there any specific colors and or distinctions that can tell us one way or another? I know I have some warmth in my skin what with the teal veins and pink flush. I’ve tried the metallic royal blue drape that only bright winters are supposed to get away with and it looks great except it seems to shadow my chin and jawline somewhat. The orange for bright spring on the other hand makes me feel sick and magnifies the red blotchiness in my cheeks. I have taken such an interest in color analysis but I’m at a loss here. Also can having a slight leftover tan affect which of the two seasons one is at the moment?

  17. Hannah,
    A slight tan should not be an issue, as long as you know what to ignore. Bright and True Winter are close, but Bright has more tolerance for yellows. I don’t have a verbal way to distinguish two colours that will pull these apart. Neighboring Seasons are very hard to tell apart without specifically coloured drapes.

  18. thanks for the tips of color analysis its really helpful but to be sure maybe you could take a guess what I am? I have very fair skin its porclelain with peach my cheeks have peach but I’m not sure if its peach or pink. My eyes are green with a clear orange stars around my pupil there is a dark green ring around my iris near the whites I have some dark eye freckles three in one eye two in the other. Its hard to say what kind of green my eye is its not olive or dark its not very yellow green, but my eyes seem vibrant and sparkley. The whites of my eyes are contrasting to the actual iris and my eye lashes are dark. My lips are contrasting they are rosy pink can look like lipcolor. My haircolor is medium-dark chestnut brown with some auburn highlights. I have some beauty marks in my body but not many. Peach blush that is really orange seems a bit to strong but light peach won’t show. I can’t wear light peach in clothing because its to blended. I seem to look better with more contrast in clothing wearing a all light outfit doesn’t look right. I know light haircolors and to coppery haircolors look bad. Well I tried to give as much information as possible. Thanks!

  19. Hi, ninjagurl,

    Your description sounds like a Spring of some sort, maybe a Winter blend, but that leaves us with 5 or 6 possibilities, and you still might be none of them. I can’t do Season from photos, let alone verbal descriptions, so I’m afraid I can’t be of much help. You’re very observant about noticing colour though. You’d find the draping amazing. If ever you’d like someone to work out your natural colouring online, there are sources at the end of the directory list (linked in the upper crossbars).

  20. Thank you very much I agree that spring or winter seem to be the ones that could fit best. Muted autumn colors are not as good as clear ones. Colors I know look bad are light peach light salmon pumpkin mustard sage dusty blue dusty purple dusty pink nude pink rose beige/cocoa and certain beiges and browns.

  21. I think I am a season that can handle a lot of color brights and darks look right rather then to much.

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