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Best Makeup Colours Light Spring

Best Makeup Colours Light Spring

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Something in Light Spring renders me speechless. Like the good witch, they could float up off the ground at any moment in a swirl of sweet, sparkling dust. The colouring is so gentle, almost transparent, and yet they twinkle, move, and are full of life.

A magic spell would not surprise, most often one that brings another person something they desire. The Summer wish to do good in the world is mixed with the absence of attachment or over thinking that is Spring. Spring is goodness, happiness, and smiles for their own sake. Wearing their own colours, the sun itself pours out of the iris of the eyes.


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If we take fair to mean light, Light Spring really is the fairest of them all. Colours of almond milk, linen, light peach, and sand. Eyeshadow grays are less blue than in the Summers. Light browns appear. Another option, not shown, is a bit of green in the yellow or brown, as light khaki or golden greens. Not army green, more floaty than that.

Small shifts in darkness level are amplified on this colouring, where they might be less significant on another. Darkness is hard to control. Even in a tiny area, as black mascara, the lashes attract lots of attention, appearing almost aggressive in a landscape foreign to that sensation.

Every Season has light, medium, and dark colours and wears them in attire as well as cosmetics. For Light Seasons, the darker choices are the lightest on a full white to black scale, hovering somewhere around the middle.

Definition of features happens beautifully using lighter colours than other Seasons. Light is another relative term. In fact, because Summer colours are pastel, they may appear darker than Winter's icy light colours. This is because the Summer light to dark range spans chalk to pewter, and this applies to every colour. Winter's range is wider, from white to black, so it makes sense that their light colours are nearer to white.

Colour clarity is quite high in Spring, meaning that pigments are pure. Transparency is a form of clarity and happens to look great in makeup, allowing the reflectivity of light from the skin to come through. Repeating that in cosmetic effect adds magic to magic, perfectly consistent and aligned. Sheer cosmetics also glisten without frost, in the same way as the skin. Lastly, sheer cosmetics allow for a lightweight colour deposit.

Sometimes, this person is very Summer looking and does better in the cooler, pinker lipstick and blush. At other times, she can be warmer or more beige than ash,  and the melon colours look lovely on the face. If the products are sheer, either could work well.

How to swatch makeup

Paint a 1 inch square of the cosmetic on a page of white paper, heavily enough that no white paper comes through. Make a big area, at least as big as the swatches in your book.

If there are several cosmetic patches on the page, cover them with white paper. You want to see only the colour swatch book and the product in question.

Lay your swatch book above the cosmetic area. Hold down the bottom strip with one hand. Looking across at both the colour and the swatches, flip the pages of the book past the makeup. Open the pages enough to see the entire strip.

The colours should look well together, a feeling of colours looking better for being together. The cosmetic and the swatches become more colourful, crisper, and better defined by being next to one another. If either one drops back, seems duller, weaker, or you find yourself ignoring it, it may not be the best choice.

Evaluate the cosmetic with the length of the palette strip. Your attention should be divided fairly evenly and the effect appealing, as much for the lighter colours as the dark ones.

When the strips with the colours most similar to the cosmetic go by, slow down. The cosmetic should look like a plausible extension of the strip, meaning that you could slide the cosmetic colour among the swatches fairly easily.

This process is equally effective with eyeliner, bronzer, any cosmetic you choose. Even mascara.


45 Thoughts on Best Makeup Colours Light Spring

  • "; ?> Laurie

    I am interested in your comment about Light Spring being one of the rarest of the seasons and Bright Winter being common. I agree with Bright Winter–I see it a lot and feel like it’s a standard of beauty I tried to hold myself to for a long time. Can you give us an idea which seasons are more and less common?

  • "; ?> Helen

    I was draped a while ago as a LSp and while it’s never seemed right, I am willing to give it another go with these new make-up recommendations. During my draping, the autumn and winter drapes were the best, and my analyst told me I could wear black mascara because my hair is dark. I suppose it’s about the same color as the woman you showed in the article on the two Light Springs (Louise). Would all of these make-up recommendations work for someone with darker hair and eyes (my eyes look most like the DW/DA eyes being posted on Cate Linden’s blog… deep steel blue with golden and orange flecks, appearing green at a distance).

  • "; ?> M.D.

    I have a question in general about the drapes. What would it mean in terms of too warm/cool if one season took a little color from the lips, or if there was a bit of a disparity between the color of the face and the neck? Also, if you are having a hard time deciding between two seasons, do you ever pull out the luxury drapes to help you make the final decision? I suspect that with the science of the process being such, that the final decision is always made prior to bringing out the luxury drapes in every instance, even the harder calls. Presuming that is the case, have you ever been tempted to use the luxury drapes of the final two best seasons just to see if the best season looks better than the second best?

  • "; ?> Helen

    Actually, hair and eyes just like this
    which I found when looking for a pic of the Shiseido eye trio. So these eye shadow colors look fine on this person, but is this really what LSp looks like?

  • "; ?> Ellie

    No surprises I know, Christine, but in case anyone else finds them useful:

    Tried, tested and fan matched with the numbers for Lsp

    Mac Sunny Seoul 2.9
    Revlon Sweet Tart 2.8 (coolest pink on the fan)
    Revlon Juicy Papaya 6.4
    Revlon Coral in Gold 6.4 (next to warmest orange on the fan)
    Revlon Pink in the Afternoon 7.3
    17 Kissable 2.6
    Chanel Monte Carlo 2.7
    (Chanel Liberte also a perfect fan match. I was surprised to see Chanel Effrontee swatch out as too greyed and soft for Lsp on paper, doesn’t fit the fan)
    Clarins Coral Tulip 7.3

  • "; ?> Jacie

    How about mascara recommendations for LSp? Brown is muddy and black is harsh: can you recommend a brand of gray mascara or maybe a color mascara good for LSP? Thanks! BTW I must be a light spring because of the compliments I receive in the colors even at this advanced age 🙂 but I find it hard to believe! Although recently someone called me childish, I think she meant childlike or youthful maybe? But I think she is referring to the traits you talked about in this article…

  • "; ?> Corinne

    Very pretty palette. I notice quite a few of the lip colors recommended here have white bases – i.e. they’re opaque colors built on a white base, like Revlon Sweettart. I know I can’t wear colors like these, and I have heard other complain about them too – appearing chalky, sitting on the lips rather than merging with the natural lip color. Do the white-based products particularly work with LSp (and perhaps LSum)? I’ve always wondered who they suited, as clearly people do buy and wear them.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Laurie – which are most popular probably depends a lot on where you live. In Canada, I see many DW, BW, SSu, BSp, DA, LSu, TSu in about that order.

      Helen – if DA and DW were your best drapes, I’m not certain how you came out LSp. No makeup recs will work on every woman, especially if their colouring is very unusual. If I were you, I wouldn’t spend a lot of $ trying LSp makeup. I wish I could post cheaper choices but I can never sample them, or the pigments are too flat. I agree the image does not look LSp, she’ll look like she’s wearing baby clothes. The top half of the head seems too much for the bottom half, which is disappearing in too light colour. That said, could a LSp possibly look this way? Sure, the variability among humans and the surprises when skin colours are actually tested is very big.

      MD – about the lip/face/neck colours, I would have to see it. Probably the explanation would differ for different people, although what you describe certainly happens. About using Lux drapes to make or confirm a final decision, yes and often. Not as much now that the 12B drapes are more numerous and specific than the Sci\ART drapes I began with, but nonetheless, the Lux drapes help in countless ways for the analyst and the client in the testing process. Can it be done without them? Absolutely, but they sure do help.

      Jacie – Benefit Badgal makes a cool neutral brown. Soft black is often a good dark gray for many brands. About childish, there is the juvenile, bland, chubby, naive meaning, and then the smooth, energetic, strong, healthy version. The person saying the word often has not sorted out the two.

      Corinne – I agree about that white base, it’s weird and doesn’t work anywhere. Like those gray brown colours that make think, “who has blood this colour?” The LSp creamy aspect could look somewhat like that in certain cases or on the wrong colouring but it won’t look white or flat or a LSp, it will be flesh coloured and full.

      Ellie – thanks for these, some great ones in there.

  • "; ?> Kate

    Thanks for another interesting article, very useful for this newly diagnosed Lsp. Interesting comments about the lip bases – I have been wondering about this myself. I find the Revlon lip butters opaque and thick looking on me for some reason, seem to do better in sheerer colour deposits (DiorAddict lipsticks in particular seem to work well). Interesting link to the shiseido review too, this is actually quite similar to my own colouring, although I’m a bit lighter and warmer. I’d love to see more examples of brown haired light springs…

    Christine, about the beige swatches – I’ve noticed the lightest swatch is quite pinky looking. Do you know if Lsp can wear a more yellowy cream colour? Can we go any lighter than that swatch?

    Also, do you notice any difference appearance wise between the cooler and warmer leaning Lsp? Do you think Diane Kruger could be Lsp?

  • "; ?> Chiara

    Another LSpr (as assessed by Amelia at True Colour).

    My small addition to this conversation- tight lining. Tight lining gives me enough definition to get away with no mascara in day time. It also avoids creating a rim of pale skin visible under the eyeliner, which dogged me when I applied eyeliner conventionally, on the eyelid above the lashes. I imagine this is not just a Light Spr problem- any colouring with very pale skin could experience it. However, I think the subtlety of tight lining is what makes it so useful for the Lights!

    There are many, many good tutorials about how to tight line.

  • "; ?> andrea

    Christine, I know you say any season can have any eye color, but I was wondering if there is a season that is most likely to have a form of heterochromia? My eyes are grey with a yellow or gold ring around the pupil and outer iris. Always called them hazel, but they are really grey. Some people mistake them for blue, or green. I am a Light Summer who leans into Light Spring. Just curious what your thoughts are.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Andrea – No particular Season comes to mind for heterochromia, which I figure means a difference in colouring between the two eyes. The basic colour you describe is not uncommon and could fit the description of eyes I have seen in many different Seasons.

  • "; ?> Helen

    I just wanted to report back that I’ve tried some of the colors recommended with good results! Something has finally clicked. I think the colors given to me when I had my analysis were not really LSp colors – that the analyst had a limited range of make-up and tried a bit too much of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I have since seen one of the lip colors recommended for Soft Autumn, for example. Like Kate I would like to see more brown-haired light springs though. I have read that if you have spring in you, you should be able to wear blond and yellow-blond hair. Although my hair was golden blond when I was a child, it is not an improvement for me to highlight it now (tried for many years). I seem to need the contrast that my darker hair provides, although arguably it’s really really dark blond. I thought this contrast was leading me to being a different season, but maybe LSp is working after all and I just need to use some of the darker colors within the palette.

  • "; ?> Kate

    Helen, not sure if this helps at all, but I have highlighted dark blonde/light brown hair and have found a really good colour in what my hairdresser calls “beige blonde”. The blonde highlights totally drained me when they were too light and ash, and also went through a phase of being too golden, which I now realise was unflattering due to being autumn. I think it was difficult to get the colour right, as due to the underlying red tones in my hair it would either end up too warm,, or would be overly toned down with ash. The right blonde highlight colour now turns out to be very flattering, although I still keep quite a bit of my natural colour in for some contrast 🙂

  • "; ?> Helen

    Hi Kate, thanks so much for sharing this. Your hair sounds a lot like mine… there is a lot of underlying red which has come out when my hairdresser has used warmer blonds, and I’ve been too ash too, with both highlights and lowlights. I’ll see if we can identify a beige blond and just try a few. Since I’ve seen some sun over the summer, it’s got some highlights in it now anyway, so that might help. I spent years growing out my natural color. I think prior to that it would have been hard to tell what the base color was.

  • "; ?> Chroma-hue

    Great article! A propos SA and LSu being easily mistaken for one another — is there a season that is likely to do that for LSp?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      LSp is a very unique colouring and type of colour reactivity it is harder to confuse them. Still, PCA is not easy and human colouring is endlessly variable in its presentations. To look at the person, they can be confused with any Spring-influenced group, I would think. When draping, they sure can get crossed over with Soft Autumn.

  • "; ?> Sarah

    Kate, there are yellow-cream colours in the Light Spring corporate fan.

  • "; ?> Ingrid

    Hi Christine,

    Have you ever swatched Dior Addict 530 Bobo? I thought I read somewhere that is a Light Spring lipstick but now I can’t find where.


    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      It might be, Ingrid. Sounds about right. As I recall, it’s also up there with The Invisible Lipsticks. On a young Light Spring, it might do something but if you are over 30, save all that money and buy something that has more presence and impact. Maybe Lancome Rekindle or Clarins Coral Tulip 116?

  • "; ?> Deb A

    Just a note on the mascara discussion – Clinique do a brown mascara called Naturally Glossy. Yes it is brown, but the texture, while giving what it needs to, is very soft and – well glossy. It lasts all day too.
    I was draped as a LSp.

  • "; ?> Deb Adams

    Corrine’s post about white based lipstick is interesting. I find Sweet Tart too – white? much? The best Revlon Lip butter for me is Candy Apple in the evening. Revlon do another colour which I do wear a lot in the day called Carnival Spirit. For me it is what the none of their brand of lip butters are.
    Another fun drug store brand colour is by Loreal – the Glam Shine Balmy Gloss called Dare the Dragon Fruit 913.
    Just colour – sheer but certainly there like Carnival Spirit.
    I still love Chanel shine in Sourire a little treasure and so easy to apply in the day. For me it beats Liberty in the same line.
    I do love your blush recs Christine and have at least 3 of them now, each work for a different reason and time of day or year. Thank you.

  • "; ?> Chiara

    I’m a warm leaning LSpr, so Revlon Candy Apple becomes my perfect colour if I go over it with a wash of elea blake Gregarious lip gloss, which is a transparent orange. Uncanny, how suddenly you can’t see I’m wearing lip color anymore, although the Candy Apple on it’s own is quite obvious.

  • "; ?> Hannah

    What season would Burt’s Bees Scarlet Soaked fit in to?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I’m not sure, Hannah. There are many online groups for the Seasons and PCA in general. If you ask there, someone might know the answer?

  • "; ?> Jan

    Hi Christine. The cosmetic lists for each specific season are most helpful and greatly appreciated. I noticed that some of the ones listed for Light Spring have been discontinued, which is certainly unfortunate for the customer. Would you ever consider updating/revising these lists for your readers? I have your book to which I frequently refer as well as my Sci\ART fan and a personalized palette. However, having the exact names of cosmetic shades is an added bonus.


  • "; ?>

    you have no idea how much your article has helped me .I was so frustrated with each makeup looking so harsh on me that I had made up mind to not wear any makeup at all .I am a light spring and now I know how to work with it ,thanks to you !

  • "; ?> Sam

    Hi Christine,
    I believe I am a light spring but I do not look good in brown mascara because I have naturally black eyebrows. My hair was blonde as a child and is now dark golden blonde with a red tint that only seems to show up in photos where flash is used or if l am standing in the sun. Can a person be a spring and have naturally black eyebrows? I look like death in muted summer colors and can’t really do autumn either- too heavy. And l think winter colors are a bit too much for my coloring. I can however wear an icy pink. The color l get the most compliments in is a super bright coral. The only thing that makes me think l might not be a spring is that I don’t look good in warm greens. I absolutely cannot wear chartreuse. It casts a green glow on my already yellowish skin and makes me look sick.
    any ideas?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Sam, besides being properly draped, I can only speculate, which will sound like “might be this and might be that”, which puts you no further ahead. It has to be done in real life with well calibrated drape colours. We are watching for a colour reaction, so even a picture is of little use. There are 5 Seasons under Spring influence, 5 under Winter influence – you could be any of them, or some other blend perhaps. Can a Spring have black brows? Depends on the woman, the individual pigmentation, the genetics, many factors. Never say never to any possibility.

  • "; ?> Sam

    Is it possible to be a spring and not look good in warm greens?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      You’d have to show me the green and tell me which kind of Spring, Sam. If it’s Autumn’s warm green or a Spring green that is too warm for the Spring Neutral Seasons, definitely, it’s possible. Plenty of other scenarios for conflict to happen too.

      • "; ?> Mary

        Can anyone recommend some nice drugstore reds for LSp? I am looking for stocking stuffers for a friend.

        Christine — would you consider doing a post on redheads in every season? Your pin with Michael Fassbender was very interesting and I’d love to see red tones/variations explored more since they are so often automatically put into the autumnal camp.

        • "; ?> Deb

          Bourjois color boost in 01 red sunrise is a possibility for a drugstore red.

      • "; ?> Sam
        Hi Christine,

        Out of all the greens in this link, lime would be the worst. Kelly, Harlequin, and olive would not be great either. Army green would be too dark. I think I could wear the rest of these greens with no problem. But the really bright yellowish greens cast a green glow on my face. This has at times made be question whether l might be a summer but cool dusty colors are definitely some of my absolute worst colors. They make me look very pale. Dusty rose is the worst, as is a soft gray-blue. Can’t do any shade of burgundy either, and purple really does nothing for me. So all this leads me to think that I must be warm…. but then there’s those troublesome greens! My wardrobe now consists mostly of shades of coral, and turquoise because they are always good, but I would like to expand my palette.

  • "; ?> Mary

    Not sure if it is LSp, but Dr. Hauschka has a gray mascara

  • "; ?> Melina

    Sam, I’m not a professional color analyst but FWIW, I don’t think it is… Though it has to be the *right* shade of warm green, i.e. Autumn-y warm greens won’t do it (same as for me, very likely an Autumn, the Spring-y greens are so off, too bright).

  • "; ?> Sam

    I guess that previous link didn’t work. Try this one. The chart is called Shades of Green and came up on an artists site when doing a Google search.

  • "; ?> summergirl

    I read most often from colour analysts that Light Summer is the fairest of them all. So how can it be light spring? I think this in the eye of the beholder…

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Or it could be in the colour collections. True Spring is overall lighter than True Summer, and Light Spring goes to a lighter endpoint (higher value) than Light Summer. But a different company, a different palette designer, might see the groups differently. The Sci\ART-designed palettes are the ones I stick with because they do translate into draping results on real people. Good point though, summergirl, a LSp in one system could end up a LSu in another system because the colours are partitioned between the Seasons differently. It’s important for clients to keep that in mind, and that switching between systems is not easy or accurate.

  • "; ?> Meg

    This was posted quite some time ago, but what a wonderful article! I picked my makeup for my wedding without the benefit of this article, but seem to have picked correct shades anyway. Charlotte Tilbury’s Amazing Grace matches the peachy-pink swatches you have here beautifully, and I loved wearing it. Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in Babe is a pretty close match. I also did a grey liner, and Nars Orgasm blush- another luminous peachy pink. This also seems to make sense now why I love sheeny pale peach-pink shadows (my favourite has sadly been discontinued) and slightly yellow-toned browbone highlights. I will be taking this page with me next time I go makeup shopping. Thank you!

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