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Best Makeup Colours Bright Spring

Best Makeup Colours Bright Spring

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The Great Courses description for Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist reads,
…we are all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence – and it doesn’t matter how educated or well read we are. Our brains seem to be hard-wired to have our beliefs come first and explanations for our beliefs second.
Cliches in colour analysis are becoming outdated. High time too since women have known them to be fallible since they first reached a wide audience 25 years ago. Brown eyes have to be Winter, Springs are light, Brights have some kind of alien eyes that you could pick out anywhere, Autumns have red hair, are beliefs that simply do not hold true when measured across groups of people.

Bright Spring colouring has contributed much to this worthwhile end. It cannot be pinned down to any mold, standard, or convention. This colouring can appear similar to Light Summer or Dark Autumn commonly,  True Winter, Bright Winter, Soft Summer, and True Summer often, and even True and Soft Autumn sometimes.


Soft Summer? Bright Spring is easily confused with Soft Summer? How could that be? Forget about the fact that they are across from each other on a map. Maps are an over-simplified, narrow angle lens on a complex physical entity. A map of a territory is a piece of paper, not mountains and rivers. A colour cycle is an idea, not a human face. Maps are little pictures of a few relationships among many.

Clients often ask how colour analysts make the decisions that they do. Well, that would be like asking your doctor the same thing. Without training in the legal profession, or whatever field, nobody can understand the decision-making process. Colour analysis has been made to appear DIY in the past. Although misleading, it served the purpose of popularizing a product that improves lives.

Bright Spring and True Summer people can look very similar in their colours, with blue-green eyes and sandy brown hair.

Bright Winter and Soft Summer have much in common, despite being in opposite places on the map. Both are cool-neutral in the colour warmth. Both reach a fairly dark endpoint and the members of the Season wear black passably well, but not perfectly. That’s a lot of common territory.

If you lay out the colour palettes of these pairs, they look nothing alike. That’s because colour palettes are simplified, separated representations of real humans.




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Winter is here. Red is necessary. Barbie pink and nectarine are not red enough.

Sometimes, this woman looks quite True Spring, with a lot of yellow in  the hair and general lightness about her. The only surface clue to a hint of Winter might be a golden brown eye or a spoke of rust in an aqua eye. She will wear the more orange colours beautifully while the bluer pinks may be too cool in cosmetics only. In apparel, wear every colour in your palette.

The lightest to darkest colour spread, meaning the gray scale or the value scale, spans almost to black and white. That spread should be present in the made up face to express my idea of great makeup: take what you are and make more of it. The size of the area is not important as long as the eye of the viewer can see them at the same time.

Eyeliners are quite dark but not black. Dark gray is good on everyone. Many in this Season have an intensely red-orange colour in hair and eyes, like dark carrot. For them, the Season dark brown is lovely as liner, but it is hard to find and brown becomes muddy so easily that medium gray is often the better all-round choice.

For all 12 Seasons, the white is a beautiful brow bone highlight. Here, it is a clear yellow-green clear white, as buttermilk. Clear peachy pink or pale gold are beautiful, especially for a Season that wears colour so well.

How to swatch makeup to Season was described in the Light Spring article.


58 Thoughts on Best Makeup Colours Bright Spring

  • "; ?> Tina Csomo

    Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow is a favorite of mine, because blush shows up on me very quickly. MAC Pink Swoon blush. LORAC Flaunt.

    Maybelline Olive Martini eye trio. Perfectly warmed grays with a bit of shimmer…sometimes matte on me just is not flattering. I also like NYX Love In Rio, Barefoot In The Sand trio. Such great taupe browns.

    Revlon Sorbet and Wild Watermelon lip butters. MAC Money Honey lip gloss. NYX Rose lipstick and NYX Louisiana, Wet and Wild 505A. Maybelline Shocking Coral.

    NYX Grey eye pencil, Prestige Charcoal, Prestige Aqua Force.

    The above are some of my personal favorites I find that work well on myself and are great harmonious matches to the BSp 12 Tones and Indigo Tones fans.

  • "; ?> Daga

    Thank you Christine (and Tina) for lovely cosmetic choices 🙂
    I’ve been waiting for this post so long! Can’t wait to try them out. I love the eye make-up and blushes (always wore them bright but sheer cause no other colour showed on my skin as blush not weird/dirty stain) but the lips…

    I know BSp is suppose to be great in bright lips, which doesn’t overwhelm her face and when I look at photos – it really doesn’t stand out the way I thought it would. But in real life bright lipsticks don’t look like ‘no-make up’ at all. Only really sheer bright glosses, lip butters, balms give me natural appearance I like.

    Is there any other BSp who dislikes bright lipsticks? I don’t think lips are my best feature and don’t like them bright, cause it looks horrid when half-eaten (I tend to lick lips a lot). On daily bases I like to overdraw lips a little using flesh tone liner – so the lips appear bigger but doesn’t look like make-up and I don’t need to fix it 20 times a day. I don’t know should I fight this habit get myself into bright lips. Anyone had similar experience?

    Thanks for this Lancome lipstick Christine cause I was about to ask if I can “borrow” something from LSp darker shades for more natural effect, this will be my first choice. I like watermelon/strawberry shades of red which looks lighter, watered, more warm pink than red when it’s next to really dense red ones.

  • "; ?> Tina Csomo

    I do much better with something sheer than I do with something opaque. Opaque bright colors are too much. Sheer or semi sheer bright colors are much more wearable. This can falsely lead to someone thinking they are a Light season when they really aren’t, if they find they cannot wear opaque makeup colors.

  • "; ?> Jan

    Christine, I have your book and thank you for your post on Bright Spring cosmetics – specific shade names are greatly appreciated. I basically would be called a Bright or Vibrant Spring having had my PCA done by [another system], which revealed I’m 70% Lively Bright; 20% Striking Contrast; and 10% Earthy Rich.

    An interesting note is that bright pinks/fuchias are not in my personalized palette as those colors are not complimentary to my complexion. The other colors you’ve displayed are in my palette, including the warmer blush.

    I always look forward to reading your posts.

    Best wishes!!!

  • "; ?> Erin

    @Daga, Truth Is Beauty has Burt’s Bees Hibiscus tinted lip balm listed for Bright Spring and it’s my go-to color for a natural, low key lip. It might be a bit too warm if you lean to the cooler end of the BS spectrum, though. I find that using it on both my lips, cheeks, and even a light wash in my eyelid crease gives a nice “natural” look that’s warm but not dull. I also find I can pull off the same monochrome look with peach and softer coral-pink shades. It ends up looking really pretty and delicate.

    I have dark brown hair, fair, lightly freckly skin, dark brows/lashes, and dark hazel eyes, just to give you an idea of my coloring. I’m high contrast, but lean just a little warm and the BS greens, blues, and corals seem to be my really great colors.

  • "; ?> monica

    Adding on about bright lipstick and sheer finishes. I find that I can only wear sheer lip gloss in bright colors such as Lancome’s Juicy Tubes. It gives me the right amount of color saturation, but with a sheer, glossy (not sparkly or frosty) finish.

    Although I am in my 50’s my skin is still quite shiny (not oily but sort of glassy) and I think women look best with lips that are as shiny or slightly shinier than their skin. I don’t think Bright Springs can pull off matte lipstick. I know it makes me look corpse-like even when the shade matches my swatch book.

    I know a lot of stylists argue that older women should never, ever wear lip gloss, but I think Bright Springs may be the exception. Am I correct?

  • "; ?> Tina Csomo

    Totally agree. I am 47 and need the bright stuff!

  • "; ?> LauraH

    Yeah, the BrSp post is here! Thanks Christine.

    I agree with others that matte/opaque lipsticks seem too heavy, too glaring. Glosses and sheers are much better, I feel more comfortable, more natural.

    At age 60 I focus on skin care and don’t wear other makeup, lips only, so the shine of the glosses gives me the emphasis I want without being too prominent on my face.

    Pinks and cherry tones seem to work best, tried corals but they seemed all wrong even though I love to wear oranges and corals. I am using Paula’s Choice Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Pink and PC Strawberry Soda Gloss for the summer, will switch to PCLL Cherry Red and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart for fall and winter. (Unfortunately the PC LL are only available now and then as part of a promotion, they’re not sold separately.)

    I’ll definitely check out the recommended colours, thanks again.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Re: do all B Sp wear sheer colour, especially as lipstick, better than matte or opaque? There is no advice that applies to every woman in any Season. Not all Brights and Springs look great in dewy skin or makeup finishes. Some look terrific in matte lipstick. Many Summers look lovely in gloss and shine.
      I wonder if the answer has as much to do with the opinion of the viewer as the wearer. I like beautiful makeup that is not nearly invisible and doesn’t feel careful, especially on mature women. It’s the young ones who look overdone and silly much faster in definite makeup, which may be why they’re all going around looking ready to film a music video alongside Taylor Swift. That’s fine, it’s expected of them.
      For us in our 50s, pulling back can look tired, not young or fresh. With vibrant cosmetics, we look in the game, energized, vital. Our faces have the power to balance it. Once hair and complexion lose pigmentation, although the pigment that is there is the same colour it always was, being too careful and safe in makeup fades right in to what looks like a big gray circle of hair, clothes, face, etc. There is no excitement, no reaction, which I see over and over in mature women.

      Very important too is just your preference. My sis will never wear makeup, nor will many women. Some want only a light touch. That’s their right answer. Monica, only my taste, lips that are shinier than skin look great on everyone when the colour is right. I can’t come up with any Season or age group or skin colour where that wouldn’t apply. That said, some wear matte (I’d say semi-matte myself, I never really care for the dry look of a matte lip on anybody) extremely well, including B Sp. Maybe the degree of shine matters, where a S Su will look good in soft cotton skin and a semi-matte lip will look quite shiny next to that.

      We are often asked if image type dictates a certain type of makeup (Dramatic Classic (Yang Classic) wears smoky eyes and opaque lips, Dramatic wears matte lips, Natural wears sheers better, etc.). For me, although there’s truth in it that can apply to everyone to some degree, it is too regulated. It is not possible that every single YangC of all ages and colourings will wear the identical makeup application best. Many Ds would do well in shiny cosmetics, maybe used to carve the angles even further. ‘Smoky eyes and opaque lips’ is a particular cosmetic effect, but a woman could have many more than just that one. Those effects begin to feel too much like trends from magazine pages or the eccentricities of certain makeup artists, all of which are transient and only a small part of an overall picture. They’re trying to sell you a certain look, meaning it’s marketing, not the beauty and power of one single woman in control of her own appearance.

      About the fuchsia not fitting in with another system: no two PCA systems evaluate colouring in the same way, nor do they classify their palettes in the same way. Their fundamental beliefs about how humans are coloured are too different. The analyst’s opinion of what flattering means, what harmony means, and how these are translated to wardrobe all diverge significantly. Although a frustration to consumers, I believe it’s a good thing to get input from many sources. No one reference has every answer to anything in our lives. Colour consumers feel that they would love to have all of the systems in perfect accord for the simplicity, but it would be boring and limit the great ideas that different minds and visions could contribute. It’s rather like looking after our health. The more you read and discover, the more nuggets you isolate that apply well to you until one day, you have a lovely collection of many pages in a personal My Health – What Works For Me book. If I can find 75% or more in a single system that applies to every person I see, as I have with Sci\ART, I figure there’s a lot to like. Other systems still have lots to add, so the end result is a beautiful and unique picture all your own.

      (Jan, about the comment not appearing, the blog software holds them in moderation before they appear; usually, this is from people posting for the first time until it recognizes the incoming email, or if more than 2 posts appear from the same email in case it’s spam, with which websites are flooded despite many precautionary measures behind the scenes. I’ve deleted your other questions. Also, I’ve edited the name of the previous service you visited since I have received copyright violation notices from some image companies when their names are mentioned. That should not be a concern in reader comments whatsoever but I don’t want the headaches. At least they’re reading what we’re saying, right?)

  • "; ?> Daga

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one 🙂 Thanks for response. Tina, you nailed it – the matte/semi matte ones looked so opaque on me… I was starting to doubt my season thinking “and I’m suppose to be the brightest of them all?”

    Nice to discover variety among the same season. Like LauraH I also don’t care much for orange/coral on my face despite loving it in clothing. The exception is pink-coral which looks warm pink on my face although seems quite orange in box, better on cheeks than lips though.

    Monica, first of all you aren’t old, save that word for your 70′ 🙂 My mother is in her mid 50′ and she looks better than 15 years ago, of course she wears lip gloss. She also rocks bright, matte orange-red lipstick which I can’t handle. There are more important things to think of than age when it comes to appearance – like colouring, body type/lines. If you get that good, very few things will be age inappropriate.

  • "; ?> Angèle

    I’m wondering if anyone owns the Gosh makeup shades and could recommend good duplicates by brands available for purchase to the American public?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I get many requests for Gosh and have never included them. Interesting, BSp was the last Season in which I found eyeshadow, and remains one of the most challenging. In my shopping, I came across no other colours that struck me as excellent. These were quite surprising. If you belong to one of the many Bright Spring groups on facebook and other sites like Pinterest, you may find many helpful suggestions.

  • "; ?> Jan

    Thank you, Christine, for your gracious reply. I always read your posts and answers with great enthusiasm.

  • "; ?> Daga

    Erin, your comment didn’t appear before. Thanks, I’ll try it when I’ll have an occasion. My type of beauty is similar to yours but I have no freckles. I’m high in contrast mostly cause of my very pale skin since I’ve stopped tanning. I haven’t quite figured out which side I lean to and I’m still playing with my colours and image – for now I get the most compliments when I wear greens and blues. For a moment I thought that after PCA everything is “done” but it’s endless discovering.

    Christine, as often, you’ve answered my question in-advance. I was about to ask for your opinion on relationship between image type, make up and Seasons. I’m pretty sure I’m YinG and suppose be good wearing a lot of make-up, minimal should be ageing on me. It seems to be the opposite but not only there are personal differences but everything is very relative. My “no-makeup look” can be even a lot on other – to look fresh and natural I use all face products and bright colours – just rather sheer. I love what you said about women in their 50’s, never knew that my mother has an ability to pull of so much more than me, not despite but because of her age. I thought that it was only cause her type, I still don’t know much about image archetypes but she can only be Classic or Dramatic, T or B Sp. Due to many similarities I mostly compare to her, and next to her I feel very modest in make up and style, I think most people would 🙂

  • "; ?> AC

    Thank you Christine for the wonderful explanation about the “relationship” between Soft summer and BrS/BW – which I very much could relate to.
    About lipsticks, this is a recommendation coming from a BW, but some of you Bright Springs might have success with Clarins “Joli Rouge Brilliant series”.
    They are semitransparent lipsticks with pure colours. My favourite is 13 Cherry (oddly enough it tastes like strawberry). It is a bit weak now that I am used to my season, but it still is a very good everyday lipstick.

  • "; ?> Jan

    I haven’t been able to find the Gosh shadows. Is there another mainstream line that could be substituted?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I get many requests for Gosh and have never included them. Interesting, BSp was the last Season in which I found eyeshadow, and remains one of the most challenging. In my shopping, I came across no other colours that struck me as excellent. These were quite surprising. If you belong to one of the many Bright Spring groups on facebook and other sites like Pinterest, you may find many helpful suggestions.

  • "; ?> Jan

    Christine, I agree with you regarding finding eyeshadows for Bright Spring as they seem to be almost nonexistent.

    Would you be kind enough to let us know where we can purchase the Gosh brand? I’m not having any success in locating this line.

    Many thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I’m not certain, Jan. It is certainly in Canada (Shoppers Drug Mart). I think it’s a Scandinavian brand. Maybe others will know.

  • "; ?> marymary

    I used to be able to wear opaque red lips. It suited me very well but now I’m older it doesn’t flatter. I wear gloss instead but the colour is still bright.

  • "; ?> Melina

    @ Erin and Daga, I’d recommend Burt’s Bees lip shimmer in Rhubarb for Bright Springs even more than the Hibiscus; at least
    for me, it gives the perfect “nude”, very natural look! I know that most others wouldn’t probably consider it “nude” at all (it’s kind of a dark warm pink), but on me it is. I do need a lot of colour , and if you’re a fellow Bright you probably do too 🙂
    (I’m a self-diagnosed Bright Spring, 99% sure I’ve got it right.)

  • "; ?> Erin

    @Melina, I used to wear rhubarb years ago and I liked it but something felt off- most likely because I was probably wearing it with my typical Dark Autumn clothing/eye makeup, lol. I’ll have to give it another look.

    I just discovered a really nice BS everyday pink: Dr. Hauschka #16 Pink Topaz. My hubby thought it looked tacky in the tube, lol, but when I put it on, my coloring toned it down and it looked so pretty! It also felt great, texture-wise. It works well as a neutral pink that is kind of understated (at least by BS standards) but still bright enough to work on a Bright Spring.

  • "; ?> Melina

    @Erin, yes, definitely give Rhubarb another try 🙂 Though as for me, I’ve since my earlier post began to suspect I’m actually a BW, not BS (it’s overall a much better fit), so you might want to take that into account 😉

  • "; ?> Daga

    Thank you Christine for that Gosh recommendations, I wouldn’t pick it up at the counter but it turned out one of the best eyeshadow colours I ever had!

    I finally found a bright, opaque lipstick I wear very comfortably – light, bright pinky-peachy coral (not muted, not pastel, not orange so still BSp I think, although it seems like a TSp/LSp choice). It matches my lips natural level of darkness (I’m overall pale). My problem with bright opaque/not sheer lipsticks is that most popular bright colours/recommendations seem to be too dark. Christine mentioned (post “When cosmetic recs don’t work…”) that high contrast person can wear wear bigger jumps from skin to lip colour than recommended and vice versa. I don’t think I’m lower in contrast than most of my Season, in fact due to paleness I’m quite high in contrast BUT lips darker than my own create a contrast higher than my own – making me look edgier than I am, more dramatic or just overly “done” and I’m not keen of any of that. Maybe it’s mostly a matter of taste but overall darkness can have something to do. BSprings can be women of colour as well as very pale like me – some changes for women at the both “ends” seem to be reasonable. In clothes it’s not an issue – I were all colours, but since I don’t wear any browns or purples from my fan on my lips… maybe I’m not meant to wear pinks darker than my lips as well.

    @Melina, the colour looks nice on some swatches, it could be too dark for me but worth to try, thanks for rec 🙂

  • "; ?> Joy Boardman

    Oh man this answers so many questions about why I have been so Confused between such seemingly different color palattes. I did NOT understand how I could be a winter/spring and also seemingly fit into a summer/autumn category.
    Whew. I was able to settle on BSp because I CAN wear all the color and if I were a soft summer I wouldn’t be able to….
    I’m ready to embrace my colors and stop my month-long search.

    • "; ?> Murray

      LOVING the Clinique Chubbies from these recs, thank you. They are amazing as an eye zinging instant face-lift with an otherwise bare face (mother of two tines here: full makeup is a rarity!) I am on the hunt for a concealer though, and would love to hear any BSp suggestions please. I’d been liking the texture & coverage of a bareMinerals powder foundation as an under eye concealer, but at my recent PCA we saw it was a slightly deadening colour for my complexion after all. Any ideas? I’m a fair, freckly BSp, pretty much in the middle of the Season.

  • "; ?> thathatlady

    @Murray, will all things Bright Spring we must think translucent, light, moist, dewy. Powders can’t do that. I assume you intend to cover dark spots or circles and not pimples. I recommend Chanel correcteur perfection. It is a liquid wand that delivers a little highlighter with the concealer. You can set it with a light dusting of powder, but go for the translucent kind like MAC mineral skin finish. Chanel is expensive. Once you test this concealer on your hand, you’ll know what consistency to look for in the affordable brands.

  • "; ?> Louise

    Well ,I am positvely a bright spring and I must admit it is very hard to find lipsticks that are a good match. Even if they are a coral shade, sometimes i always go for the wrong shade of coral i.e. with a hint of brown, or too much peach. It seems the higher end brands produce more unusually pigmeted colours, such as coral reds, which are very hard to find with drugstore brands. For me, the ultimate and only lipstick I am truly confident to wear is Estee Lauder in Apricot Sun. It minimises the appearance of redness in my cheeks and seems to tone my hair to a rich deep golden brown. I have had bad luck with many lipsticks as if they tip the wrong shade of red, they bring out ruddyness, I worry that the Clinique Chubby stick in Cherry seems slightly too blue . Another lip balm that I wear everyday, is Korres Pomegranate lipbalm. A discontinued palette for eyes is Revlon, bombshell, which isnt perfect but consists of neutral grey tones, it maybe tips more towards Bright Winter. I tested no7, Pillarbox recently which seemed to pass my test for clearing any skin redness.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Louise, I wonder if you might be a BSp that leans towards the warmer side, close to TSp. Perhaps searching online for those colours might find you some new options. I don’t recall Apricot Sun, it just sounds warm, and you didn’t care for anything too red or blue.

  • "; ?> Daga

    @thathatlady, It’s too stereotypic to think there’s one skin finish suitable for all Bright Springs (different in overtones, skin type, age, skin issues, Archetypes…) especially when it comes to texture of specific products. There is a direction worth keeping in mind but make up is about adjusting to individual needs. I don’t see a reason for BSp to avoid minerals cause it’s powder. There is no other make up so invisible that also man can wear it. The key thing is to use it the right way and right type of mineral powders – it can give various skin finishes, from mat to dewy, luminous feel. Eye area is the hardest to use powders and your recommendation for light coverage liquids is great for most people (not only BSp) without skin issues cause the skin there is really delicate.

    @Murray, I can’t tell what your issues are but people with dark circles often complain because of “deadening effect” and very fair skin is more prone to dark circles. If you have that problem I recommend something with a bit more coverage than what @thathatlady suggested, most importantly – in peachy colour (more orange than your foundation colour). It doesn’t make dark circles look grey like pinkish or flesh toned and especially lighter than skin tone, brightening products do. If you don’t have any dark circles and you want just brighten up the area the reason for looking “dead” might be product too light or pinker than your skin – makes you look paler; or the opposite – too yellow colour (especially slightly olive ones) – it “kills” red tones in skin which are important to look healthy, opposite of “dead”.

  • "; ?> Trisha

    Hello! I enjoy this website 🙂
    I believe I am a Bright Spring, as much as I can determine for myself (someday hope to be professionally determined)…
    My problem area is foundation. I know Br.Sp’s look better with sparkle (I generally find that to be my case), but my skin is very oily and most products seem to make it appear even oilier. Hot weather is the worst! I dislike heavy liquid foundations, and thought it would help to use something mattifying instead of dewy. I tried out a new product yesterday that had a matte finish… and it just look like a heavy mud mask over my face. 🙁 So maybe matte isn’t for me. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Trisha, the first thing is getting the colour perfect. If it was an Autumn foundation, it will look like dirt regardless of the texture. Bright Spring is a very tricky skin colour group, one of the hardest to find foundation for. Arbonne Buff can work sometimes if you can find a sample of it from a rep. Because choice is limited, I go for colour first. Without that, there’s nothing. Try some lines you’ve never looked at. Merle Norman is very decent in how they colour foundation.
      Despite the dewy finish idea, no woman fits into every pattern perfectly. We all have our variations. You’ll need a powder, which is fine. I think near everyone does to create a polished finish and have dry form cosmetics glide and blend. Also, get to know the product called Shine Stopper at Works like a dream.

  • "; ?> Lizzy

    I am a professionally analysed Bright Spring. I would like to share some of my favourite makeup products & shades.
    Mascara: I can wear black but for a more natural, softer look I prefer grey. Brown looks muddy on me. Yves Saint Laurent , Yves Rocher and ArtDeco all make a grey mascara.

    Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz or Brow Pencil in Taupe (my hair was a very pale, almost white golden blonde as a kid; now it’s a medium-dark neutral blonde with golden highlights.

    Eyeliner: I prefer green or grey shades although purple makes the green in my seafoam-green eyes stand out. For purple I like Clinique Creamshaper in Starry Plum or Clinique Quickliner Intense in Intense Plum or Intense Amethyst. For green: Clinique Creamshaper in Egyptian, Clinique Quickliner in Moss, Quickliner Intense in Intense Peacock or Intense Ivy. Laura Mercier makes a beautiful muted greenish grey (Graphite) in her Cremeliner. Greys: Clinique Quickliner Intense in Intense Charcoal. MAC PowerPoint in Industry, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Smoke, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil in Smoke or ArtDeco Eye Pencil in Anthracite.

    Eyeshadow: Clinique All About Eyeshadow Quad in Jenna’s Essentials for a neutral palette or their 8-Pan palette in Greys. Nars Eyeshadow in Abyssinia or Urba Decay Virgin for a pearly creamy off-white. Yves Rocher Mono Eyeshadow in Anthracite (Charcoal). If you like more shimmer Stila Kitten is a classic soft golden champagne shade. Urban Decay Vanilla is a very shimmery pale white gold with yellow tones. A nice matte shade is Clinique French Vanilla.

    Blush: for blue-based pink MAC Satin Blush Well Dressed or MAC Dame or Nars Angelika. But I prefer peachy pinks/coral blushes on my very fair NC10 skin like Clinique Precious Posy, MAC Cremeblend Something Special, Nars Deep Throat or Shiseido Luminzing Satin Face Color RD401 (Orchid).

    Lips: bright corally pinks! Clinique Different Lipstick in Rose Taffy, Long Last Lipstick in All Heart, Clinique Chubby Stick Chunky Cherry. Dior Addict Gloss in #783 Atout Coeur. Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm in Rosey or Berry. For a more cool toned (blue based) pink I like Clinique Different Lipstick in Shy or in Rose Aglow.
    Well, that’s about it. Don’t be afraid of bright colours; they’ll make you look fresh, youthfull and they’ll suit your bubbly Spring personality;-)

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      So helpful, thank you, Lizzy. It gives women a shopping list. You’re right about not fearing bright colours. On Bright women, the brighter the colour, the better it just finds home and belongs in the face. I’ve seen crazy bright lipsticks look more like natural lips on Bright Winters, for instance, than a colour that looks similar but calmer in the tube. The calmer one reads more apart and lipstick-y.

  • "; ?> Kayleigh

    Sadly, there are no analysts in my area, so my friends and I had to analyse one another. Ever since I’ve been obsessed! This site has been so helpful and informative! Apparently I’m either a cool-leaning Bright Spring or warm-leaning Bright Winter. At some point I hope to have a proper analysis done, but at this point I’m okay since I love colours from both palettes and feel at-home in them.

    I’ve become a lipstick addict, so I thought I’d share those I’ve purchased since discovering colour analysis. Since I’m not certain I’m Bright Spring, some of these recommendations may be better for Bright winters. For reference, I’m 30, have dark warm-brown hair, N10 skin and violet-blue eyes. Most of these are *bright*, but some are sheer. Neutrals don’t really show up on my face. I put a clear gloss over most of the mattes – since I go ‘dewy’ (read: oily) by midday.

    Estee Lauder:
    Pure Color ENVY Sculpturing Lipstick
    -Jealousy (Pink)
    -Defiant Coral (Bright coral)
    Pure Color ENVY Shine in Blossom Bright (Strawberry)

    Fusion Pink – Warm saturated reddish pink with a cool overtone?
    Russian Red – Intense, neutral blue red. A bit vampy. Matte.
    Relentlessly Red – Coralish-pinkish-red with matte finish.
    Viva Glam Miley Cyrus – Hot pink.
    Luster in Lustering – Sheer medium pink.

    Chanel: Arthur (440) Rouge Coco Lipstick (Clear red)
    Clinique: Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Pop Punch (Bright fuschia)
    Dior Addict: High Impact Weightless Lipcolor, No. 865 Collection (Slightly cool pink-red)
    Smashbox: Electric Pink Matte ( Warm pink)
    Maybelline: Colour Sensational Vivid Lipstick Shade 914 Vibrant Mandarin (Orangey coral)
    YSL: Glossy Stain in Rose Tempera ( Fuchsia Rose)
    Chanel Monte Carlo (Sheer red-coral with gold flecks)
    Benefit – Benetint (Rose-red stain)

    I live in the UK, so these may not be available in other parts of the world. I hope this helps someone! Even if its just an excuse to go try on new lipsticks. 🙂

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Thank you, Kayleigh 🙂 These lists are helpful to many women. Several UK women are planning on training soon, so hopefully you will one day sit in front of their mirror and watch what your own skin and eyes do in reaction to colour. You’ll find it astounding – and more so when you watch what happens to your friends’ faces, often totally different from your own even if they’re the same Season. Truly a “you gotta see it to believe it” experience.

  • "; ?> Olga

    what about a BSp eyeshadow matching with 5.4, 5.3 Bright Spring swatch?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      BSp eyeshadow is very hard to find exactly as in the swatch book. Those swatch colours are hard enough to find in fabric. Often too, cosmetic colour might look fine as it reacts with individual pigments, even if it’s not exact to the swatch palettes. Any BSp shadows I use, I came upon by accident, trying them on clients. There is a post called Best Makeup Colours Bright Spring that might have ideas (look it up in the Blog Index under the About tab).

  • "; ?> Dalma

    Hi ladies!
    I’m not professionally analysed, but I think I’m a Bs or Bw.
    I wear pink better, but with some red in it. For example, these days I’m wearing Essence Metal Glam eyeshadow in Frosted Apple. I think it works better on me than peachy shades.
    Lush liptint ‘it started with a kiss’ is my everyday blush and “lipstick”. On top of that I wear KIKO extra volume lipgloss, 19. This is an italian brand.
    As eyeliner I usually wear NYX Charcoal, 912.
    And black máscara.
    (I live in Spain, so I don’t know if these brands are common in other countries.)
    I find I wear better lipgloss. Matte is too much for me. And peach lipsticks are not enough, or maybe I have a wrong shade. I have kind of green eyes, or turquoise, (it’s hard to say) with a dark blue-grey ring around the iris, and brown spots, so I think pinker shades (with enough red) complement me better.
    Thank you for all your advices ladies, and Christine :)!

  • "; ?> Ricarda

    Thank you for all there recommendations, ladies! I have become a lipstick addict myself 🙂

    Dalma, I have a similar situation. No chance to be tested in Germany until now and not sure if BSP or BW.

    In the meantime I get more and more convinced that I am probably BSP. Because the warmest shades (of the BSP fan (the golds, rusts, corals and oranges) really flatter me. And even brown-black-yellow leopard print is great on me. But black aswell, although I am neutral to golden light/middle blond. I can easily go too cool, but if I go darker at the same time then I can handle a lot of cool shades – thats why I am still confused if I am BW instead? The worst thing on me ist still any kind of light or soft pastel.

    Do darker bright springs exist who stay better in the darker areas of the fan?

    My iris has a dark blue-grey-purple rim and yellow “beer bottle” flecks near the center. Around is teal, a mixture of blue and green. Sounds similar to your eyes, Dalma. I think aswell that pink around the eyes is better on me than a truly warm shade. Sparsely applied charcoal eyliner and one layer of black mascara are almost invisible on me. My eybrows are two shades darker than the haircolor. (All natural.)

    Lipcolors: My lips tend to cool any sheer or glossy lipstick down very much. Does this sound familiar to someone here?

    The BW pinks and fuchsias seem to cool and harsh for me. And the BSP pinks seem to weak sometimes? To too light or flat? Mac Fusion Pink for example seems so cool and a bit plastic and light on me – it’s so sad, because I wear the color in clothes very well and I love it. But it feels and looks not right on my lips. Maybe it is a question of taste? It looks so young and barbie together with the blond hair and sparkling eyes, and at least at work I prefer something more decent. (I am 41 and still rather young in my profession).

    I go better with a clear red or sligtly orangy red like Smashbox Legendary or Body Shop Color Crush 115 Enraptured Red. And these two are maybe more BW? Or even True spring? I am confused here, I have seen the color Legendary as recommendation for true spring.

    When is a clear red with a hint of yellow BW, BSP or TSP?
    It depends on the amount of yellow I suppose. And maybe on the lighness? But I would like to really see the difference in a direct comparison. Whenever I try to match “clear” red lipsticks with my BSP and BW fans, I remain confused. The comparison with the tube ist not the same as the comparison with the smear on white paper or the comparison with my lips.

    For the longest time I have been looking for the right coral-pink and coral-orange shades for the lips. These great colors between pink an orange.
    I have found Rouge Dior Montmartre 765 as warm coral pink-red, that cools to a nice neutral pink on my lips. A very good every day color. Not very bright.
    And Barbor Lip Gloss Stick 03 Glossy Melon: it is quite orangy in the tube and on my lips and it stays as a warm coral pink. This is the first really warm (in the realm of BSP) and light shade on my lips that convinces me. (…of the color “coral” on the lips an being a spring 😉 )

    Opaque or matte lipstick is difficult. Together with gloss it’s ok, but tends to melt. On me it works better with pink-golden shimmer from my eye shadow on the top. Or if the finish is opaque but shimmery or metallic itself. Like in one of my absolute favorites: Milani 06 Cherry Crave.

  • "; ?> Dalma

    Ricarda, about the lipsticks, barbie pinks are really flat on me too. The lipgloss I have is darker (although I think it works because it’s translucent) and redder, and the lush liptint is difficult to describe. Maybe a poppy red. I think it’s warm rather than cool, but when I apply to my cheeks is rosy, and looks healthy.
    I have a peach lipstick that doesn’t work because its frosty finish. I want to try MAC See Sheer (peach) and Fullspeed (peachy pink).
    It seems my perception about the colours that flatter me fluctuate everyday. I have to try more makeup, but if I try some lipsticks in the shop, running outside with a mirror to see them with natural light, It will look like I’m mad hahaha.

    I hope Christine or someone else answers your questions about your season, I’m not a great help there. I just can say that what makes me thing I’m a BSp, is the makeup. I can’t wear browns (one day I wore a bronze eyeshadow and someone ask me if I was sick), so not TS. I can’t wear true red, neither cool pinks, so not winter. And definitely not summer. I mean, if you have some parameters clear, and you just wonder because you look best with some colours in the palette (and the rest look good too) , there’s no reason to think it’s not your season. Maybe you just rock the darker colours in the palette 🙂

  • "; ?> Dalma

    Does someone know a peach eyeshadow that doesn’t look muddy? I would like a peachy shade for doing a ‘natural’ smoky eye, because browns are really bad.

  • "; ?> Lizzy

    @Dalma, I can’t wear true peachy eyeshadows but I like Stila Kitten. It’s a warm-toned, beige peachy gold. It brings out the golden flecks in my green eyes. Yes, it is quite shimmery (normally I stay away from overly shimmery eyeshadows) but if you tap the brush first and apply by patting it makes a wonderful, glowy wash of color. Stila Starlight is slightly lighter and less shimmery. Hope this helps!

  • "; ?> Krystal

    I’m a BSp and I find that I can get away with a matte lipstick if I blot it a lot, or apply very lightly so that it’s more like a lip stain. I can wear a matte lipstick slightly more opaque if it has some shimmer to it. I have a light peach shimmery lipstick that I apply over matte lipsticks and that helps to soften the look. I don’t like the feel of lip gloss, so by doing these things I don’t need it. I’ve found that makeup has to be applied with a light touch, and it doesn’t take much before I’ve over done it. I’m one of those brown eyed brunette BSps with pale olive skin for reference.
    I was of course put into deep autumn by the rudimentary system, so I always looked worse in makeup. I thought it was just that my face didn’t take makeup well. Now that I know matte doesn’t work with my dewy skin, and which colors I should be using, I actually look enhanced with makeup on! It’s very exciting. Next step is to get rid of the black eyeliner and mascara I have lived in and trade it in for charcoal or toupy-brown-black.
    Do any other BSps notice they have purple in their coloring? My veins are mostly purple, my natural lips are a berry shade, and under my eyes are purple. This is interesting because I have a lot of yellow in my eyes, hair, and especially skin (and purple and yellow are opposites on the color wheel).

  • "; ?> Melina

    I think the Clarins tropical pink 19 lipstick mentioned in the post refers to the Joli rouge one? I have no experience of that, but I have Clarins Rouge eclat 04 tropical pink, and it’s like made for BSp, in my opinion! Or at least it’s made for me, a perfect fit shade-wise, so whatever season it fits, then that’s me 😉 (Though I am about 99% sure I’m a BSp.)
    Although I do love lots of other lipstick shades too, e.g I’ve lately fallen in love with peach ones, they’re so great for summer!

  • "; ?> Jan

    Krystal, your looks sound very similar to mine, especially the brown eyes with yellow in them, berry lips and the purple in your coloring. Have you been professionally analyzed? Does anyone have any comments about this type of coloring for Bright Spring?

  • "; ?> Bee

    Christine, have you ever swatched Urban Decay´s eyeshadows?
    I´m trying to switch to more natural make up, but it´s useless: the only neutrals (taupe/gray/brown) that look radiant on my eyes are UD Suspect, Verve, Pistol.
    Actually, most of the eyeshadows from the Naked 2 palette have a crisp, crystalline vibe that I can´t find anywhere else.
    In general, the whole concept of “bright” taupe is quite difficult to come across in real life. BS beiges and nude eyeshadows are far easier to find, by comparison.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I have not swatched UD eyeshadows, or not for some time, Bee. From ‘bright taupe’, are you looking for Bright Winter? Those colours are elusive, and speaking only for myself, part of the reason I had difficulty finding them was because I didn’t fully understand what I was looking for. Actually, Bright Spring was as challenging, if not more. Once I began seeing the colours in fabrics, Pinterest boards, and various other places, I could project what I was looking for. The Neutrals Collections fabrics helped enormously but choices are not huge, it’s true. Among the best neutrals for BW is MaryKay Granite. And then, I got tired of looking and we assembled our own palettes, so these days, I swatch even less in stores. The online groups often have many good suggestions. Many colour analysts are BW and they have lists. If you are located in Europe, I may be of less assistance since you have different brands.

      • "; ?> Bee

        Thank you Christine! No, I was referring to Bright Spring. However, I always check BW recommendation because I lean very close to it and it´s somehow easier to find.
        And just to narrow down my already narrow options, my skin is sharply sensitive to synthetic pigments and ingredients. Which, for a Bright, it´s more or less a cosmetics disaster.
        I still manage to find decent options in blush and lipstick, though.

  • "; ?> Lili

    Dear Christine! I’ve been religiously following your blog for many years and would like to thank you from the very bottom my heart for your insightful contribution, enormous passion and brilliant creativity in discribing such a complex science as color analysis.Back in my native Russia I was diagnosed a Soft Summer ( although I always looked quite fresh and lively in bright pink and true red) ,but unfortunately a plenty of SS hues,colors and general contrast doesn’t seem to work for me. The makeup colors recommendations by wonderful and knowledgeable Cate Linden such as Bobbi Brown’s hibiscus and Nars Goulua blush seem to seat on my face making me dull,uninteresting and too old for my 27 years.Everytime I’m trying any other SS professionally approved colors in clothes and especially makeup I basically look as if I borrowed the colors from my mother or the general impression makes the look as if my makeup palettes and clothes are outdated and very old-fashioned( No offense to SS people out here,it’s just a contrast that doesn’t seem to work) My friends and family keep friendly recommending me to wear bright and vivid colors as they see how dull and pale I look in dusty roses,mauves and soft plums.You wrote here that BS is often confused with SS which makes me extremely curious if that might the very case of mine .I look quite in color harmony every time I try my coral blush on my cheeks and as a crease color,oranges, and peachy tones in my color palettes, although they make my very fare Slavic complexion a bit orangy tanned ( is that normal?).My question is whether it’s a normal color reaction for Soft Summer to look kind of fragile,maybe a little old (elegant?) and pale in its colors? Is it on often case of BS to be confused with SS and do you professionally often see the reaction of corals,peachy hues,reds to create a tanned orangy effect on a face?

    I hope someone on this wonderful blog can relate as well.

    Many thanks for your endeavors!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Thank you for sharing the value you have found in the blog, Lili. I wish I could give definitive answers to your questions but they are very contextual situations. Which Soft Summer, which coral colours, and so on. Pale and fragile compared to what other appearance? There is only one way to set your mind to rest and that is with a draping. If you still reside in Russia, we have a 12 Blueprints analyst in Moscow. If you reside in N. Am. and do not find an analyst in the directory on this site, you could email and I may be able to help find one who has not yet been formally introduced. (

  • "; ?> Lili

    Dear Christine! Thank you so much for your prompt answer.I live in NYC now and I truly enjoy the opportunities this beautiful city offers in color analysis industry,but it’s really hard to find an absolute and brilliant professional like you,Cate Linden or Rachel Nachmias.I would be very grateful if you could recommend me the one in my area.
    Today I literally wore Laura Mercier Sable and plum smoke on my lids,beautifully blended when my husband told me that these look quite harsh on you,you look tired and it’s like your face is overwhelmed with makeup.Theafter I changed my look applying stilla kitten and doucce kristi which is a sheer orange and he said I look fresh and lovely.Im literally confused.Also,I noticed that not only dusty SS colors are making me look fragile and overdone with makeup but they are also making my temporal area blue-green veins (which are very much prominent) even more visible and for some reason dark.Im absolutely confused with the effect,although I have some supposition that I might be true summer.As other seasons ,in my personal opinion, don’t seem to work.I look terrible in Camel and Electro Blue. Thank you so much Christine,I apologize if I wrote too much unnecessary info,as it’s understandable that color analysis is not set only in words.

  • "; ?> Melina

    Lili, I’m not a professional analyst, just another commenter on the site; but I’d say if the system by which you were analyzed as a Soft Summer wasn’t Sci/ART, I’d definitely take the result with a big pinch of salt (to say the least)! Which you seem to be doing, too 🙂 In most systems, your outward characteristics tend to decide or at least influence the results, so people with certain natural colouring seem to be almost automatically put into Softs, whether they actually are that or not. I know I probably would be, too, but SSu just washes me out.

  • "; ?> Lili

    Melina,thank you so much for your comment!i can absolutely relate too !!!the funny thing is that I was analyzed specifically by sci/art system a couple of years ago while I was living in Russia and I have been following the SS palettes almost in every aspect of my life,until one day I looked at my picture and finally realized what had been wrong with my self-esteem for all these years.It was like”aha!” moment:)) I look decent in SS clothes(a boring stay-at-home mom to be specific) but SS colors in my makeup wash me out – just like you said! I have dark grey circles under my eyes,I look old and weird,pale and overdone with makeup,and so on:)how does SS palette of clothes,drapes react to your face or it’s just makeup that washes you out?I absolutely love bright spring on me but ,again, it’s not precise:) it’s extremely challenging to define yourself what looks best on you,so I’m looking forward to booking professional color analys with Rachel Nachmias,(thanks to wonderful Christine,who informed me she’s coming to my area!)otherwise I’m really lost with my mirror reflection:)

  • "; ?> Melina

    Oh, great that you’ll have an analysis with her! Although I’m surprised that the SSu was actually Sci/ART, too 😉 (Well, there seem to be somewhat different emphases in different Sci/ART branches, though.)

    And it’s precisely the SSu clothes / drapes that wash me out, I haven’t really tried much SSu makeup, as most recs are too light, too grey or too cool for me 😉 At least most lippies recommended, type MAC Faux.

  • "; ?> Annag Chandler

    Re Gosh: for anyone in Switzerland, I just saw a whole display at the Coop in Zürich at St. Annahof.

  • "; ?> Ksenia

    Hi Lili, were you by any chance a client of mine? I’m one of the two analysts who have been certified in using the Sci\Art method, the other one being Olga who was trained with True Colour International and now resides in Australia.

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