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Best Makeup Colours : Soft Summer

Best Makeup Colours : Soft Summer

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Soft Summer is a nuanced colouring, possibly explaining why these individuals have often been placed in several Seasons in the past.

Therefore, the appearance works best when colours are subtle. Soft Summer dresses for an art gallery opening. She wears her makeup the same way. Ultimately tasteful and sophisticated, she would be invited anywhere.

In 12 Season Colour Analysis, Soft Summer is the Neutral Season that is basically a Summer, incorporating the earliest feeling of Autumn.  Here on the outskirts of Autumn, the drop of gold feels like light taupe, settling over the entire palette, adding softness and only a hint of warming.

Autumn Fog

If you looked at True Summer’s colours through the sky in the picture above, they might look like the cosmetic colors palette below. Look at the effect the mauve-grey-taupe has on the background relative to the colours in the foreground. They become little warmer and more muted and quiet.

Best Makeup colours for soft summer

There are no extremes of darkness or brightness, with all the colours hugging the middle range. The overall effect is cooler than warm, so no gold, warm beige, or orange will be found. The feeling is gentle but not fragile, an oak tree rather than a crystal vase (which would be Bright Spring).

A beautiful eye appears to be gazing out of a misty pool. Eyeshadows and liners are hazy tan greys, mauve greys, smoky browns, and pewter tones. The eyeliner is not much darker than the eyeshadow, to avoid creating an obvious line which may look severe. In this Season, liner can distinguish itself by being a different color than the shadow, instead of a darker color.

Cool for Soft Summer is dusty plum, while warm is tan rose (still definitely a cool version). I love Soft Summer’s red. Summer is restorative, not catalytic. We’re still in the realm of rose petals, they just live on a dusty road.

Shimmer in makeup may sometimes run the risk of over-gilding the lily. A satin finish diffuses more seamlessly with the natural reflectivity of the skin.  The colours are highly sophisticated, in the colours of money. High shine, frost, or a dewy effect are not as natural as a matte finish. A quiet shimmer in an eyeshadow highlight is lovely, keeping in mind the subtle effect.

50 Thoughts on Best Makeup Colours : Soft Summer

  • "; ?> Nicola

    I Love this! About time, indeed. I have just begun wearing the darker shades of Soft Summer’s pink, and I have gotten compliments! I always thought pale pink or nude were the only lip colors I could pull off, and all through high school that’s all I wore. The problem is that I wore lots of eyeliner as well, to try to do the mod look. Well, it closed my eyes up and made me look tired. Now I curl my eyelashes and that is often it besides a little soft blush, and I can pull off a fresh look with a lucious plummy pink lip. It looks great! Thanks, Soft Summer makeup! 🙂

  • "; ?> Tiara

    “Add shimmer to many Soft Summer eyeshadows, and they become Dark Winter’s.”

    This reminded me of something I’ve been contemplating lately Christine, how corner seasons relate. By corner, I mean the seasons that bracket in a set, so Soft Summer/Dark Winter (both on the edges of Autumn), Dark Autumn/Bright Spring (corners of Winter), Bright Winter/Light Summer (corners of Spring) and Light Spring/Soft Autumn.

    Would it be accurate to say that Soft Summer’s colors are softened, greyed versions of Dark Winter? And likewise, that Soft Autumn relates to Light Spring in that they are similar colors, one muted with soft brown? Or that Light Summer relates to Bright Winter shades but with a slightly greyed white added to lighten and subtly soften them? The relation between Dark Autumn and Bright Spring is the one I can’t quite work out. Almost as if Dark Autumn is Bright Spring’s colors heated up with a rich, warm, brown…?

    Or, maybe there is no relation really and I’m imagining the correlation?! That’s entirely possible as I see patterns everywhere that others don’t seem to notice. 😛

  • "; ?> Christine Scaman

    Glad to help, Nicola. Far too many women are doing mod, bohemian, Brazilian, beach, pop, retro, whatever, whatever. Once you finally look like yourself, it’s as if you can breathe again.

    Tiara, if you’re imagining it, my head is in the same place, so you’re not alone. I think about the bracket Seasons too. Remember that any 2 pure Seasons have 1 thing the same and 2 things different in the 3 Colour Scales. So Summer and Winter are cool, but Summer is light/soft and Winter is dark/clear. So Soft Summer is certainly softened relative to Dark Winter, but it’s also a bit lighter. When I said “shimmer Soft Summer eyeshadow and it’s Dark Winter’s”, I was really generalizing, because that would only apply for the Soft Summer’s medium-dark selection…which is about where Dark Autumn takes off toward even darker shades. But there is definitely a relationship in the degrees off a pure cool starting point and the type of warming.

    Soft A and Light Sp : yes, though again there’s also an element of darkness since Autumn is a medium-dark group, though not very dark yet in the Soft version.

    Light Su and Br W: yes, sure. Light Su’s bright red lip is Br W’s starting point.

    Dark A and Br Sp : yes, right, darker and brown instead of yellow. interesting that it’s very easy to confuse these people until you see how awfully awful Autumn drapes look on Bright Sp.

  • "; ?> Ruth Edwards

    Thank you so much for this post Christine. You do write beautifully. I am intrigued that this season is the hardest to type. Despite poring over CMB books etc for 20 odd years, I still sometimes wonder (hope!) if I am just into soft autumn, but I have classic SS colouring, cool, fair pinkish beige skin, medium ash hair and eyebrows, except that my eyes are misty green outer with almost topazey centre. Look warm olive from afar. My eyes connect with warmer greens, corals etc etc but my skin does kidney failure! People who are uninitiated in PCA always think I am an Autumn. Interestingly, because the eyes are warmish green, they zing out in the cooler, purpley colours. I have to watch lipsticks, too rosey and they look like they have been photoshopped into an autumn face bacause of the eyes.
    The depth thing is interesting too. In the 4 season analysis I am def a summer, but the powdery blues everyone lauds are not so good on me. Overall look is not really fair at all.

    2 makeup finds which may suit the darker soft summers. Clinique moss easy eyeliner (the retractable one with smudger on other end) in moss is charcoaley with a hint of green (but no sense of “colour”) is great on me. I have just bought “a different grape” lipstick, about as dark as I can go but again, wow the eyes have it. Nice for evening. perhaps you might think it’s a deep winter colour.

    Incidentally I once had a CMB analysis. She was a bit miffed I had an opinion on my own colouring, and typed me as deep Autumn. The then boyfriend’s only comment was: I don’t like your lipstick.

    I am sure my fascination with PCA is born out of the misery of 7 years in a school uniform that was black, white and bright red!

    I’m getting highlights on Friday. Will carry the pine cone image, but most hairdressers make thinly veiled comments re dead boring hair colour and want to warm/ brighten it up. I am resolute on light ash brown. Will let y’all know how it goes.

    Thanks again for the blog, love it.

  • "; ?> Kathy

    “The relation between Dark Autumn and Bright Spring is the one I can’t quite work out. Almost as if Dark Autumn is Bright Spring’s colors heated up with a rich, warm, brown…?”

    I’m glad the relative similarity between bright spring and dark autumn mentioned, given that more than a few us here, and at A Greener Tea, have thought ourselves to be a dark autumn or a bright spring. Both have some degree of “winter-ness” (dark, clear), so both seasons share a common thread there.

  • "; ?> Tiara

    Thank you for replying Christine, nice to know I wasn’t imagining things! 😉

    Yes, I was generalizing too, the light/darkness aspect is certainly important when thinking about how they relate. This whole bracket thing struck me as another way to understand the seasons, how someone could be typed as something seemingly clear across from what they appear on the surface (like a photo typed Soft Summer draping as a Dark Winter or vice versa). As well as helping to understand the colors, like understanding the difference between Dark Autumn’s browns and teals and Bright Spring’s browns and teals.

    I’m hoping this helps me decipher the commonality in colors within my swatches so I can translate them into makeup, since I haven’t been draped in Sci/Art yet, so I don’t quite know which recommendations to follow! 😉

  • "; ?> Nynd

    Ah, those are kind words about soft-summer being frequently mistyped, and something of a absolution. Perhaps this is some kind of ultimate inter-season? (Prior to the definitive analyses, About the only thing I’d never considered as a possibility was spring, though it’s got to be said (now I’m slowly wising up) that it takes a special brand of self-deluded daftness to look at ash blonde hair and wonder about winter (in my defence, this would have been back in the very dawn of populist PCA, around the time the first CMB books were circulating …)

    Ruth, you could be onto something profound with your comment about school uniforms – am sure my determination to be diagnosed as some species of Autumn had a lot to do with the too-cool summer hues of mine, and that’s going back 25 years …

  • "; ?> Jeanie

    Over the last few years, I finally realized that I am a soft summer. No one could figure me out, as I have cool skin tone but hazel eyes that have gold/brown/green colors, primarily warm. The veins on my wrist are blue, indicating coolness.

    I am now 67 , and my hair is partially salt and pepper, and I am told I look best with a champagne blonde hair color. Are there any other blond hair colors that would work?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Honest truth, Jeanie? Leave your hair colour as is. Two reasons: One is that I’ve never seen a Soft Summer look better blonde. Two is that one of the most beautiful S Su I know has the hair colour your describe, though she’s probably about 42. It looks simply incredible with her makeup and clothes.

  • "; ?> Yvonne Ticer

    I love you sharing your knowledge with me. I to have been searching for years. Is there any place I can purchase the make-up for a soft summer. I love the containers shown. I am 68 years old and would love to look my very best now. I keep buying shadows and blushes that look good till I put them on. Too much color or too pale. Hope you can help me out.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Two places – has lovely and perfect makeup custom-coloured for the 12 Sci\ART Seasons. This is loose powder colour but it really is lovely. You can see the colours on the website.
      Also, Lora at … has a store with Season-coloured makeup, closer to the Color Me Beautiful palettes. What do they call their Soft Summer? I can’t recall…I think it’s still Soft Summer?

  • "; ?> Sarah

    Hi Christine.
    What lip colors do you recommened to a soft summer who has a highly pigmented lip? I feel like snow white sometimes as I’m usually the second lightest foundation color and my lips are a dark rose/berry color. The eye shadow colors you suggested look fantastic on me, but I always feel like I should try to go for a softer lip, but since they are so dark, all soft pinks turn a wretched BRIGHT pink or turn purple on me. Needless to say, when I do that soft eye color and leave my lips bare with just a bit of balm or gloss, my natural lips dont match! I’ve tried blotting out my lip color with foundations and then putting on lip color, but then the lipsticks go chalky. Am I destined to mulberry lips forever????

  • "; ?> Lena

    A very good lipstick for Soft Summer: L’Oreal’s Colour Riche “Vagabond Mauve”.

    I love L’Oreal’s Colour Riche lipsticks in general because they offer department store quality at drugstore prices.

  • "; ?> Lena


    I am also a SSu with very light skin and highly pigmented lips. I have had good success with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche “Tender Pink” as an everyday go-to lipstick. It is a tan pink / rose color that doesn’t turn garish on me.

  • "; ?> Sarah

    Thanks Lena, I will check these out. I have found that if I go with soft autumn lip colors, they end up looking soft summer on me. I guess the slight browned down pinks tone my lips down and looks more natural. I seem to like Rimmels Asia, a pinky brown color.

  • "; ?> Pattie

    I love the autumn colors I had talked myself into a soft autumn. My natural hair color is mousy brown. Due to my mistaken color palette my hair has been altered from paprika to golden blonde. I was never happy with the results. I chalked my dissatisfaction with makeup, hair and clothing choices to aging. That’s likely why I appear matronly at 56! Perusing your articles without preconceptions, I used a medium ash color and my face isn’t so old anymore! Yay I believe I’m onto something. Sadly my closet is FULL of high contrast and inappropriate colors. And where in the world can I shop for clothing in my colors I wonder. I’m a plus size moving down to my normal healthy weight. Can you suggest a shop that doesn’t just carry tangerine or black? I love your site and your insights thanks

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Pattie – finding better hair colour is a huge leap towards taking back control of our appearance. Congratulations! You know, I think the bigger challenge for you won’t be to find a shop that carries your colours. I write newsletters for my own clients and I put together 2 SA to any one of the others. Your job will be to step into stores and never again be able to see black. Own your palette and learn to only see those colours. You can do this. It takes practice, I know that, and some mistakes, I know that too. But you’re moving to a better place – and you’re most of the way there already.

  • "; ?> Ann

    Beautiful color poetry. I’m a soft summer exploring
    Jane iredale liquid mineral foundation.
    Neutral or cool be better skin undertone?
    Thank you,Ann

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      It depends more on the particular cosmetic company than on the word, Ann. Generally Neutral and tending Cool is better. But they all warm foundation differently. They all cool it differently. And then they give it different names. Sigh.

  • "; ?> Farimah

    Hi dear Christine,
    I’m a self diagnosed Soft Summer (after years of struggling in the dark seasons because i’ve got dark brown eyes and hair so typically everyone would put me either in the DA or DW), and your articles in the website have helped me so much through this journey of self discovery. Thanks a ton for taking so much time and doing all these detailed analyzed of the seasons!

    So i had this question: right now i’m very comfortable with the soft summer colors, and in many online swatches for colors i’ve seen many peach and brown variation being put on as SSu’s ideal fits, but i can’t seem to pull off most of them, especially in makeup. (I’m the worst with peaches, they dont work at all) I meant to ask, is this natural? To not fit in a specific spectrum within a sub-season and not being able to pull all the colors off??
    And what’s your opinion on SSu’s pink-pitches and browns? what shade, how warm or cool, or should we be using peaches at all?

    Here in this picture i put a question mark on the hues i had the most problems with:

    So i’d really appreciate your views on it, thanks in advance!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Hi, Farimah,
      I’m happy that you have found information of value here. This is a big Q with an answer that may be a little different for each woman asking it.

      Generally, everyone within a Season can wear the colours pretty equally in clothing. The woman herself might not agree- one issue.

      The colours you’ve marked look about right for S Su and are accommodated by that skin tone. I would agree that peach and brown are not ideal on S Su but those colours in your image don’t say peach and brown to me, they are variations on soft pink, perhaps soft pink flesh tones, but not all the way to peach and brown – so another issue, people see and name colour differently. I can’t answer your Q about what shade of peach and brown, how warm or cool, verbally. If you search the Pinterest boards for Soft Summer, you’ll see a palette based on the SciART system. That’s my closest estimation. Palettes based on other systems would not necessarily concur with my beliefs.

      Third issue, while people within a Season can wear most of the colours well, though maybe not equally well or in equal sized blocks to be ultimately perfect, this is not true in cosmetics, especially in the Neutral Seasons. Every woman finds her own heat and darkness level inside her Season palette.

  • "; ?> Kim

    What about mascara colors for a soft summer?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Navy can be good if eye colour is blue. For many, eye colour is warmer, with teals and soft yellows, and I find Soft Black (charcoal colour) better.

  • "; ?> Josephine Baldacchino

    Hi Christine, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Your posts are so beautiful to read. I was analysed as a Spring with Summer as a second season. In my youth I had an Elizabeth Taylor complexion. Can your season change with maturity or with medication? Lately I have become very unhappy with my colouring: where before I I used to be complimented on my peaches and cream complexion, now all I see is yellow. I changed my hair colour from dark brown to golden blonde and felt I looked yellower and yellower. What I want to ask is whether that rule about the wrist vein being green in warm complexions and blue in cool tones is absolute? My vein is green. I have asked for an appointment with an analyst but she is abroad at the moment and won t be back soon. I seem to belong to all the seasons except where there are mustard colors.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Season is very unlikely to change unless you were extremely on the border to begin with, and even then, it depends which Season you started in. I can’t say much about the yellow without an analysis, but it sounds like an overtone. It may be that you’re in the same Season but need to make a few adaptations in how you wear the colours. I don’t know much about vein colours and never use them as part of an analysis. Don’t even glance at them because I have no way of measuring them, so the result would be too subjective for my comfort. The thing to do is wait till a well-trained analyst with a scientific approach and set of drapes can see you.

  • "; ?> Abigail

    Absolutely love your site and the poetry behind the way you describe colours. I have been described as a soft summer and the colours suggested are all good on me, particularly the pale blues.
    What colours would you suggest for eyeshadow and eyeliner if your eyes are greeny-blue with some yellowy spots? My lips are naturally pinky-plum and pale pink blush suits best?
    Thanks for any help.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I’m a neutral eyeshadow person, Abigail. Brown eyeshadow is not my preference for SSu, gray is. Su grays are a little mauved. Neutral gray to pewter is great too. NARS Tokyo duo and Lhasa. Mercier Pewter, Sable, Plum Smoke. Clinique Neutral Territory duo. Like that. Do have your colouring analyzed before you spend any kind of money on makeup and have the most skin-flattering hair colour. Makeup is just too expensive.

  • "; ?> Julia

    Dear Christine,
    I’m enjoying your blog and my huge interest tends to the posts about Soft Summer colors and makeup especially as I am Soft Summer. I read your recommendations Laura Mercier Lipstains from Gilded Garden collection in Hibiscus and English Rose few years ago. They were limited collection unfortunetly, but they had so beautiful color! Could you recommend the same colors in lipsticks from current brands?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I wish I could, Julia, but I don’t keep a record of what those colours were from back then.

  • "; ?> Terrie Patton

    Can you recommend some stores for shopping in my soft summer palette. It seems everything in my closet is either black, magenta or royal blue…definitely not my coloring, and I need to start over acquiring a few things in the proper palette so I don’t look my age (60), but feeling like I’m 45. Thank you for your posts, I really enjoy them.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Ssu stores…JJill comes to mind. Anthropologie. SSu colours seem to abound anywhere I look. Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s. What determines the store for me more often is the archetype. Soft Surroundings, Garnet Creek, Territory Ahead, Coldwater Creek, and Modcloth all have loads of these colours but they are dressing different women’s body types.

  • "; ?> lorraine

    When are you coming to south africa

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      The question, Lorraine, is “When is someone from South Africa coming here to be trained?” I doubt I will ever find myself, my drapes, lights, etc, etc. in your location.

  • "; ?> Katie

    Christine, I’m on a desperate but so far unfruitful search for a lipstick matching the “red” (top right) in your makeup graphic. Any ideas? Thanks as always for your informative posts.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Probably as good as red gets on SSu, in clothes and makeup. You know, as I look at the graphic, if I were to remake it today, I would make lighten the eyeshadows and warm up the whole thing. I will find time to do that and post a new version.
      Insofar as that lipstick, we have two jobs. One is to find that colour. Give me some time and I will do that for you. The second will be to find the one that looks like that, or your image of that, on your face. At least, a month from now, you will know the product.

  • "; ?> Leah Eigenbrod

    In case anyone is looking for a good non-irritating Soft Summer eyeshadow option, Alima Pure’s Satin Matte mineral eyeshadow in “Bramble” is really good. It’s a very pretty taupe/gray/mauve color. My eyes are very sensitive (skin, too), and I just can’t wear most brands of eyeshadow/liner/mascara.

  • "; ?> Tess

    So glad to have found your blog… I also am a SSu Deep Self-Diagnosed but have been drifting between Autumns and Dark winter my whole life with nothing EVER looking right. The first time I looked at the foggy mauves and taupes I shook my head but put them up to my face and I was transformed. It was the first time my grey-blue eyes ever glowed. Before they never stood out always faded into the background or they would turn dark blue-ish. After spending so much money over the years on makeup fails I wanted to share what worked… All thanks to your spot-on advice.

    Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid 2CN1(Pure Beige). This is an exact match for my skin. It’s sheer and doesn’t cover my freckles.
    Desperation eyeliner from Urban Decay. Gorgeously mauved, smokey, blue-grey.
    Desperation, Bust, Busted, Verve, and Tease Eyeshadows also Urban Decay.
    Bobbi Brown Nude Rose Lipstick. It’s cream with no sparkle!!!

    I have found a lot of the makeup mentioned for SSu on Pinterest and other places are too light for SSu Deep. Christine, are there any reccomendations you can give on this??

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I can’t be much help, Tess. SSu Deep is not a category that I recognize or work with. IDK the specifications for that classification system, its boundaries or what defines the belonging colours. One reason for this is that I have never seen the SSu who looks better in her dark colours or is restricted to only part of the SSu palette, but I confess that in saying this, I have made an assumption that may to be correct (meaning that SSu Deep implies a darker or more saturated or both type of SSu). Great makeup recs, thank you 🙂 Probably lots of info online, and you can pick and choose the colours you prefer from the main lists.

  • "; ?> Helen

    It’s interesting that you don’t recognise the SSum who wears the deeper colours better, because four of your trained analysts have recently draped people into that area, with photos posted, discussions online, one has blogged about it. And these aren’t amongst the analysts you’ve kicked out of your group either.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Helen..Telling a SSu that she wears darker colours well is a different thing from giving her a whole new category. Saying that somebody looks good in red does not imply that they should wear only reds. I am not familiar with the precise definitions and boundaries in colour space of “SSu Deep”, I cannot comment on its similarity with SSu as we define and use it, which is identical or very close to the SSu that Kathryn Kalisz defined in its colour dimensions.
      My larger concern from your comment was that our analyst group might be suggesting that SSu needs subdividing or limiting in the use of the palette, which would not accord with how we teach or apply our beliefs about human colouring, harmony, and attire. Every person in every Season can and should wear their entire palette in attire. Everyone has light, dark, and medium colours in their collection.
      The number of any colour, and versions of that colour, that any analyst has in her drapes is limited. Suppose someone looked great in her dark and medium green, and would have looked fabulous in some version of lighter green but she didn’t happen to have one in her set? I have suggested that clients be cautious about darker colours in their Season to stay inside their palette, but I sure wasn’t telling them to wear only light colours. I hope that isn’t what they heard, but it might have been. I see some of the posts you might have in mind from our analyst group. I read their suggestions differently than you have, so perhaps just some misunderstanding of intentions going on.
      I read my words repeated on other sites and marvel at the assumptions and misrepresentations. Ideas about bone definition taking precedence over skin tone or vice versa, our definition of harmony, changes to the Sci\ART method. These assumptions are simply not true. None of these ideas do I believe, teach, or practice, and nor have I ever.
      To be fair, I understand how it can happen. First, this blog is not a training course. It is a partial picture into a very big world. As long as our students understand the whole picture, I’m satisfied enough. No member of the public can learn the decision making processes of medicine, law, architecture, or any other complex algorithm, without training and time with a teacher to give them a context for the entire logic tree. I wouldn’t expect them to. If the doctor or colour analyst spewed the contents of their brain every time they articulated a decision or choice, the session would take hours. Beside, they’re not training and the client wouldn’t get it without the larger framework. Secondly, PCA is far more difficult than people think it is.
      Third, what conclusions folks choose to draw without asking me first is their choice. Every professional just has to release worrying about that. They are fighting to lose, which I would not do. Professional judgment is misunderstood all the time because folks have incomplete frames of reference, but that’s just the way the world is.
      Insofar as anybody being kicked anywhere…I guess we come back to every person being free to think whatever they want about me or us, to complete an image from the half-truths and partial pictures that they have. If they feel that such action would be taken lightly, without long reflection, many attempts to resolve situations, and a lot of honest discussion on both sides, that’s fine. They can go ahead. Our not-so-nice twins love conclusions like this, they feel terribly busy and very important, or is it very busy and terribly important, hence the basis of 80% of media. There is no way that the topic would be given air time in an online format, just as I would not remotely consider explaining conflict between any two people, me and you or anybody else, unless both were present, agreed that some good could come of it, and that any member of the listening audience deserved any justifications. Not the case here. Fairness, respect, discretion, truth, and dignity must be foremost for both parties at all times. Stirring the pot would compromise these, therefore not an option.
      Please understand, Helen, that I absolutely know that you were never suggesting such a thing. You and 99% our community are above all of this, but here is not the only place that the situation has been mentioned. I am simply taking advantage of this time to clarify my position.

  • "; ?> Tam

    Christine, hoping it’s not too late to comment in this post. I was just analysed as SS and am SO happy! It was quite a process as I have been difficult to determine (being somewhat of an extreme chameleon), and as others have mentioned, I, too, have been told over the years that I fit into just about every season. Ironically Summer was THE only season I’ve never been determined to be.

    Though over all this color challenged time, I have actually loved or at least appreciated all the palettes in their own rights (color is beautiful),yet I suffered being a Winter, feeling the colors were just so heavy and weighed me down, Spring’s brights felt a bit clownish and in Autumn’s warmer palettes I looked matronly or perhaps just stark against the warmest heat (for lack of better description).

    Well, now… a SS… I am finally ME (again)! Analysts in the past (CMB, CMAS, etc) saw me, with my dark hair (was a blond when under age 5 and slowly got darker but always retained warmth and lots of red in the light or sunshine)… hazel but very muted when seen up close… green, topaz, some sort of blue way in the back and all wateried together (and, again, a bit chameleon) eyes… skin neutral to cool as either deep, dark, striking, or Winter.

    I looked at pictures of myself as a teenager and into my early twenties and I see the SS colors that I intuitively reached for and I now look around my home and notice bed linens, wallpapers, etc. all in my SS colors! The answers to my color delemnias were all right here around me, yet I didn’t ‘see’ them being connected to ‘me’ and have been in this sort of color limbo with my own personal color choices in makeup and clothing for soooo long…. that is until my recent analysis. I now feel liberated again and though I could wish it had happened sooner, or regret this or that from the past (I’m almost 57 now), I am going to embrace my color and be ever so grateful to move forward with whatever time I have to enjoy and clear out and simplify (closets and drawers, here I come!)

    So thank you for your amazing talents (which drew me to your site to begin with and enabled me to seek one of your PCA’s) and for analysts who persevere… ‘Treading where no other analysts have gone before!, lol.

    As your book states on it’s cover and is true for me… I’ve ‘Returned to my Natural Colors” and it’s SO good to be ‘home’!

    Thank you!

  • "; ?> Edie

    Recently discovered the soft summers (and your wonderful site l). Had always assumed I was a winter. I had med to dark brown hair that didn’t work as I grew older (sometimes wore it black). Now I’m a dark ash blonde and everyone says it’s lovely. I have soft green eyes and fair but med skin (cool with some warmth). The main reason I decided I was soft summer was because I realized their colors looked dynamite on me. I was wondering if the Naked Cool palette (the smaller basic one, not the large) would suit me. I tried it and thought it looked good but I’m very nervous about it! Thanks!

  • "; ?> Melissa

    Thank you, Christine, for your amazing ability to paint with words! I loved reading your post and all the comments. I’ve finally self-diagnosed myself as a SSu–after trying all eleven other seasons! If I’d known it would take me years, yes years, of frustrating trial and error I would have splurged on a PCA in the beginning. I thought I could save money by doing it myself never dreaming how difficult it would be. And, SSu was my favorite palette! That was the one I most wanted to be. But, I was 100% certain I didn’t have medium coloring or soft eyes or a blended quality. As a child I had somewhat blended coloring, but once my hair turned dark everyone told me I reminded them of Snow White. So, of course, I “knew” I was high contrast, not dusty rose petals. When all the winter palettes made me disappear I looked more closely at my skin and “knew” where I’d gone wrong. My skin has warmth. So, no wonder winter hadn’t worked. I had to be an autumn or a spring of some sort. Ugh! The day I actually wore Bright Spring colors to go shopping a salesman kept looking at me suspiciously as though he thought I was going to steal something. That’s how crazy those colors made me look! I shouldn’t have ever left the house wearing them. My family kept telling me to forget about colors already, just stop, colors aren’t that important. But I couldn’t stop. I’m sooooo glad I didn’t give up and I’ve finally found the palette that actually makes the dark circles under my eyes disappear and brings everything else into focus. I just wish I hadn’t tried to do it myself. I would advise anyone trying to DIY to get a PCA. Save your time, save your sanity, save your relationships! It’s worth every penny to just get it done and get it over with. No one should go through what I’ve been through trying to figure it out on my own.

    Tam, I had to laugh reading your comment. I also found photos of myself as a teenager wearing harmonious SSu colors and realized I’d also chosen bed linens and wallpaper in SSu colors. Some part of me must have always known, and yet it still took me YEARS of obsessive-compulsive up-all-night color draping sessions to figure it out. Ha ha ha.

  • "; ?> Tam

    Melissa, you and I certainly have walked a very similar path and, I agree, now that we have arrived at our destination (Soft Summer), it was oooh so worth the trip; and Edie, GL and welcome to the dark haired, Soft Summer club!

  • "; ?> Sandra Roberts

    Hello…I am a Light Summer and have two questions. I have very pink cheeks (a bit on the red side) My father was Welsh/Irish and I have his coloring. except the red hair. Is there a clear/white cream on the market that I can use to cover the redness? I have been using a green cream for the redness (I use a primer also) and it take on a universal color when applied. It doesn’t match my foundation. Should I be using a pink foundation? The one I use has a very pasty, bland color when applied. According to the the bottle is is suppose to be a fair to light color Thank you for your time reading my questions.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I hope that a reader might be able to help with this, Sandra, because I’m not very familiar with correctors. Once Season (clothing palette) is right, I find most pinkness in cheeks is controlled enough that foundation is usually plenty to even the complexion. I wonder if using concealer might be easier than white cream in terms of the rest of the makeup. There’s a line at Sephora (Awake? Alive?), great coverage, very creamy, they must have 30 good colours, because you want a skin colour on the face, maybe not as light as the concealer used to cover shadows that can act as highlight as well. I often like for LSu is Arden Soft Sunbeige (Intervene line, do they still make it?) and Chanel Aqualumiere Vital Beige 20.

  • "; ?> Tasha

    Just thought to add something about colour correction. I’m a self diagnosed Ssu, Esthetician and some training in makeup artistry. Still at 42, I’ve recently thrown away all the makeup that wasn’t flattering (thankfully I’m a minimalist) it leaves my drawer almost empty and with no foundation I feel does my complexion and texture justice. Better to use my Clinique airbrush concealer in fair under my eyes, around nose and chin and moisturizer very well than to be too pink or too yellow. I went through a phase of trying to lessen the pink nature of my skin with a light yellow primer and a yellow based Mineral foundation .. wrong. Also, wrong is matching a cool foundation to a pink and cool skin tone, pink on pink is more pink. The goal is neutral and bringing out the very subtle beige I can sometimes see. As Christine wisely said in one of her posts that foundation is a one woman one bottle at a time process. Very wise words indeed. Once that goal is achieved I feel the rest will come together in time as well. Lipstick is a whole other project.
    Christine, you’ve opened my eyes to a whole new world. I’m still not positive I’m a Ssu but there have been a few hints that leave me no choice to believe it’s who I am. The colours that look amazing on me are hard to describe but are spot on for soft summer. Shopping is still a challenge (the palettes on Pinterest don’t always stay in my memory and sometimes I get rushed) my rule of no more black is a good start. Thank you. I’m going to keep reading and learning.

  • "; ?> Melina

    Tasha, as you said your goal is neutral, you might want to have a look at the N line of L’Oreal True Match and Lumi Magique foundations – N denoting neutral, obviously. They go according to skin darkness leves, e.g. N2, N3 (the smaller number, the lighter). It’s not overly expensive (and you can find them online too), and they usually have good testers in store. Just an idea 🙂

  • "; ?> Joanna

    I have found a shade of bronzer that works. Guerlain Terracotta Light Sun Blondes 04. It is pink and most pople would use it as a blush and say this is not a bronzer at all but i think it works perfectly for soft summer for bronzing purposes.
    For eyeshadows there are many Bobbi brown eyeshadows that work. Taupes, dusty pinks and what not.
    When I am feeling fancy I am going with muted dusty gray blues on eyes. There are not many shadows that fit that description. I have found Natasha Denona palette no 3 to be perfect. Silver shade needs to be used in moderation.

  • "; ?> JC

    Bobbi Brown Heather 15 eyeshadow, the Guerlain 04 Sun Blondes bronzer that Joanna recommended (thanks Joanna !) and Rimmel Kate 28 lipstick are a nice combo for this SSu.

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