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3 Beauty Colours for 12 Seasons V2.0

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Stunning Colours 2015

Version 1.0, the 3 Great Colours post from 2011,  is linked here.

People of the same colouring type can have very different natural appearances or pigmentation. The palette, or Season, is the paintbox. You are a Bright Spring who got the yellow and blue in your eyes, your son is a Bright Spring who got the strong caramel and green in his eyes, your sister… It doesn’t matter where each colour went in each person in the group, only that they were all painted from that paintbox. They will all react to testing colours in the same way from a technical perspective. They might not all wear their palette identically to express their most authentic self.

I was 2 years into PCA when I wrote RTYNC (the blue book in the left column). If most books are obsolete about 6 months after they’re written and that one is 4 years old, how much of its content would I agree with today? All of it actually, the difference between then and now being the complexity of the landscape that surrounds the words.

Your colour journey unfolds in much the same way. In the beginning, you match the palette and begin creating colour combinations. Like anyone on a new program, unlearning and re-learning takes time. At first, you stick to the provided menus. In time, you make it your own.




Be sure to use your  imagination. This palette, any palette, is where you begin. What you can conceive with it is the journey.  Some of these colours are incredible even as broadcloth.

Shine is never hard on a Winter, Dark Winter wearing a more brushed finish than the smoother Bright Winter. Dark Winter’s dark green-brown is magnificent as coat or cashmere.  

Ice mint is superb on any Bright  Winter, a simple fact.

True Winter’s perfect red, like their perfect black, may take searching. Thankfully, the colouring accommodates red well and perfection is not necessary for the beauty to be seen.

PCA is a magnet for Winters. With their love of dissection, classification, and perfectionism, to say nothing of being into their looks and living inside their own head, and realizing that cosmetics can turn them into someone nobody ever guessed, the force field is too strong to resist.




True Autumn colouring wearing Fire Opal Red is quite something to behold. Their navy is also outstanding, top of the scale when it has a little shine and texture, like raw silk.

 I am still on board with yellow for Soft Autumn from Best Colours V1.0, qualifying that by saying that if the hair colour is neither natural or correct, the prettiness will not happen. For today, periwinkle and a green that recognizes their important coolness are added. You might be looking at the last square thinking, “??” Picture a flowing but not floppy fabric with a brushed sheen and a suggestion of tone-on-tone camouflage pattern.  

Dark Autumn brown is more muted and green than Dark Winter’s. This colouring also has an important coolness, necessary for the person to appear in focus. To say that they look good in purple and candlelight white is an understatement of the truth.

The power of colour analysis (PCA) to change lives for the better has humbled me so often that it became a permanent state of being. The thousands of people who look better, feel stronger, are healing, and continue to step through their own doors, are all the inspiration a colour analyst needs. As a client we love said,
Right now I’m in the wonderful position that everything works so well together and enhances each other, from the lipstick to the jewelry, the hair, the clothing, and on and on.  The synergistic effect has taken me by surprise in the most welcome way!! I don’t know why I didn’t anticipate this but it really has a snowball effect.  Even my nail poilish now goes with everything too.  🙂  Everything reinforces the message of who I am – nothing takes away from it. Fewer items, of everything including makeup, because everything works.  And easier to see if something new fits because you now have the totality to compare it too, not just your swatch book.


True Summer’s soft rose of moderate darkness is the first colour. A cool  green is the second, an example of where Summer’s brightness ends and Winter’s begins. The blue-green-grey with the sheen and texture of hammered silk looks stunning.

Soft Summer, with their colours that are softened with some visible gray but still have plenty of colour energy, with a beautiful dark wine brown. Notice how sophisticated the colours look together, fabulous combinations being one of this Season’s magic tricks.

Light Summer in their pink coral is beautiful, a colour that is cooler than warm, between the two extremes. Their particular blue, tipping between pinkish and greenish, stops all the talk in the room. And Come Dancing lipstick, of course.

3 Best colours for one Season? No such thing. Every human is a little different even inside a Season. A Season is a template, a springboard to help you ignore all the other stuff you would have bought last week.

Inside your own room in the house of your Season, you decorate according who you are. Your individual pigmentation, breathtaking colours, tolerances in your 3 colour dimensions, colour history, and many other factors, decide what your room looks like. Your colour analyst is your guide in this, having observed your colour reactions in person, as are the teachers of experience and practice. Once you have watched your own analysis, you will take the reins and choose your own best colours.

My very best white? No such thing. We all have 2 to 5 perfectly functional choices, even the True Seasons. Depends on the person, the fabric, the particular white of the eyes, and what it will be worn with, and so on.

Don’t decide, “I can only wear warm red.” unless you have seen all the cool ones, which will never be in any analyst’s drapes sets. Don’t decide, “I wear cool colours best.”, if you only saw yourself in 2 or 3 warm ones of any given hue. Everyone can wear their entire palette. The questions are where you place the colours and how big are the blocks, not a negotiation on whether you buy them in the first place.



True Spring in her wedding white, the sun is literally beaming out of her face. Gentle orange is easy and she is more visible than a big block of yellow if the hair is light. And periwinkle, particularly beautiful next to her  natural greens, often present in the eyes.

Light Spring has a particular neutral colour that is easy to overlook in the palette. Too brown to be peach, worn with the white and nut brown, in a fabric that would drift down like a magician’s scarf if you tossed it up in the air, the effect is fantastic. And Posie Pink, prettiest thing ever.  Turquoise, like red and Winter, adapts easily for Springs.

Bright Spring’s first colour has come to be known as Ksenia Pink, after our analyst in Moscow, who wears it and stops traffic. Beautiful in their darker green-blue and very professional, and baby pink that is too pigmented to be icy and too pure to be pastel.

These are examples of colours that I expect to be beautiful on most everyone of these colouring types, or Seasons.



14 Thoughts on 3 Beauty Colours for 12 Seasons V2.0

  • "; ?> Paz

    I’m curious about the links throughout — did you intend them all? When I click on them, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be looking at.

  • "; ?> LauraH

    Lovely post. I always learn something new.

  • "; ?> Ally

    Thank you! I always like hearing what new thing you’re seeing. That blue-purple in Bright Winter is a love affair of mine right now. I don’t have the yellow overtone many BWs do (though my pink-toned skin loves it too!) but I’d guess it would nearly complement that.

  • "; ?> Kathi Crise

    Could you please list the names of the 9 colors that are spring. TY

  • "; ?> Tina

    That clear, light champagne pink in Bright Spring’s selection is the most under rated color, ever. Hard to find, except for formal wear, but it is gorgeous.

  • "; ?> inge

    This is beautiful. Thank you, Christine.

  • "; ?> CGH

    I’d love to hear about your decision to include navy for true autumn. I was under the impression that it was not a good color for that group. I’ve wrestled with whether or not to include navy in my wardrobe as it doesn’t seem to be terribly wrong, as long as it is not too dark. Navy with a touch of teal seems best for me, but very difficult to find. As always, I find your comments and insights ( and those of respondents) to be enlightening.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Helen, by ‘how indicative’, do you mean whether you could tell Season? Heavens, no. Here are some reasons: 1.Testing with beautiful colours is much harder. The Test drapes are set up to push the extremes, sometimes obnoxiously so, into that realm that no other comparison colouring could manage. We’re not looking for ‘where are you prettiest?’ so much as ‘where are you not truly compromised while everyone else is?’ 2. Many colours contain warm and cool or are otherwise hard to harmonize. Purple, turquoise, periwinkle, coral, etc. I wouldn’t test with these unless the colour were carefully selected. 3. Between Photoshop’s colour software and both our monitors, I promise that what you see there and I what I see here is different. Just throw that “I want to be draped” ball against a wall. One day, it will bounce back.

      Thanks, Paz, I didn’t even know about it. I didn’t include them. They got added when a software plug-in changed ownership, or a similar explanation from my oh-so-excellent tech support person, Rick. He took care of it, they should be gone, but I appreciate you taking the time to notify me because I could easily have missed it.

      Kathi, I don’t have names for the colours or numbers. They come out of my head and from the drapes. I couldn’t come up with any better versions than you could, and your names would be more meaningful to you.

      CGH, you’ve pretty well summed up TA navy. Fairly dark, quite green, and medium-ly intense. TA isn’t particularly muted unless you hold it up against the Brights. It’s the Softs that are particularly muted, though of course, they don’t look that way next to a Soft person.

  • "; ?> Josephine

    Thank you for this article. You have finally made me decide my season: dark winter. Always following your posts. Thank you so much.

  • "; ?> inge

    Christine and Paz: The links Paz mentions might depend on the browser, or internet provider, or something similar. I cannot see any strange link on the computer I am using now, yet they were visible when working with Chrome on another one.

  • "; ?> Heather

    I have a question about how you determine the season of someone with a skin condition like rosacea. If the face is always redder than the rest of the body’s skin, does that impact the draping process?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Good question, Heather. It makes no difference. First, we have the same hemoglobin in our hands as in our face. Second, colour analysis addresses surface layers but also sees through the surface layers of skin to the capillary layer beneath. In fact, surface redness can almost make the job easier because we tend to see the least redness and most united pigmentation in the face in the correct Season.

  • "; ?> Melissa

    Is the DA candlelight color hard to find? It looks almost like a light pink on my monitor.

  • "; ?> Marymary

    I think I am a bright winter. When I saw that mint green it reminded me of a top I wore on hol. I look good in it, in all the photos. I also look good in bright white. My problem is that
    I really like grey which really isn’t bright enough for me,

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