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Eye colours and Warm and Cool Seasons

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We are each given a set of natural colours in perfect harmony.

Colour analysis is the key to making the absolute most of them. The fullest colour, the cleanest shine.

Women often focus on their hair, understandable since it’s the biggest colour block.

The problem is that when hair is more, as chemical dyes often are, something has to become less to maintain balance. What takes a back seat are the eyes.

That’s a mistake. We don’t communicate with our hair. Sure, it’s part of the final picture, a big part, but not at the expense of the eyes.

Nothing should drop the energy in our eyes. Eyes stay powerful and magical throughout our lives. Here is a 94 year old man’s Dark Autumn eye. So much colour, so much geometry.

Eye colours and Warm and Cool Seasons Warm Seasons

In the new edition of the book (Return to Your Natural Colours), there’s a section that describes various ways that people in those Seasons can look. Those sections could be 20 pages long.

Although I say that any eye colours is possible in any Season, the truth may be a little more restricted or need a few more details, more clarity between what we think we see and what is real.

A true blue True Autumn eye may be possible, as might a brown Light Summer or True Summer eye, but I have not seen these. More often, an eye that looked blue was really just light. Or maybe we saw it next to yellow hair and assumed it was blue.

Or the foundation or blush made the eye seem bluer. We may love the idea of our eyes looking blue, but for that to happen, other aspects of appearance may pay a price. Your colour analysis will show you the sweet spot where eye colour is best and it’s all rewards for your complexion, apparel, silhouette, everything.

The eye that looked blue or blue-ish is actually turquoise or teal in warm colouring, especially in Dark Autumn, or warm green, either lighter as warm willow or darker as avocado, in True Autumn.

True Seasons may have eyes of a single colour, as dark brown in True Winter or pure blue in True Summer. This happens in about half the True Season people, and is sometimes seen in Neutral Seasons (blends of two True Seasons).

Many Autumn eyes have a gathering of rusty orange round the pupil, but this is a True Autumn in whom that feature is present without being prominent. Any Season containing Autumn may have it, including Soft Summer and Dark Winter.

The eye colours in this picture live in a True Autumn woman. Her skin is the ultimate in coppered tawny freckles.

Eye colours and Warm and Cool Seasons In Neutral Seasons, colouring often has warm and cool components together. The Dark Autumn eye in the first picture is a good example. A Soft Autumn eye that looks blue may be a tapestry of warm and cool greens.

With silvery pewter hair, this woman’s skin takes on a golden shimmer.  Apparent silver and gold together is visually so rich and unique that she looks the epitome of successful aging. Hair dye has nothing on this. Let it go, watch it float away, shake your hands off, and let yourself breathe.

The blue-appearing True Spring eye is often turquoise, but we won’t see the greens develop unless they wear Spring colours. Or, True Spring eyes may be light yellow-green that can range to an almost sharp golden green in some.

Cool Seasons

The eye below belongs to a Bright Winter.

Eye colours and Warm and Cool Seasons Did you see the second video in the previous post, Preparing for Your Colour Analysis?

We have 3 colour settings. One is set a max high or max low. The other two settle around the medium ranges. For our colour choices to be great, we need to know.

Is this individual darker than warm?

Lighter over warmer?

Brighter over cooler?

If you know at a glance, I won’t be convinced 🙂

How to sort out the possible combinations?

Colour analysis. Takes an hour or two.

However warm his eyes or cool or dark his lashes might be, however bright the iris colours or warm or cool the white of the eye might look, whatever. Notice use of the word might.

Measure it and know. Brightness of pigment is what his colouring wants most.

As many men do, he started paying attention when he saw True Spring yellow-green-gold pouring out his eyes when he wore that colour, a sneak peek at what his colours would be capable of achieving. This, he did not see coming.

But True Spring couldn’t make his other features the best possible. Plus, he blended off into his clothes; you couldn’t tell where one ended and the other began. Adding a little Winter helped him be visible.

We don’t want to over-define him. The balance point is between 3 positions, not 2: not enough, just right, too much. Darkest and coolest in Bright Winter was too much at this time in his life, but that’s an extreme he may not wear till he’s 30.

For now, his most breathtaking colour is Bright Winter’s brightest, buttery yellow. It’s easy on him, a gorgeous, exciting, delicious yellow, and even he, who was perfectly accepting of the climb from his current wardrobe, was intrigued as he took it in.

This is a Winter who would wear a large block of yellow. The Bright Winter who tests near Bright Spring often does. At this age, he will shop for it with intention. In a decade, it may be a stripe in a tie, but will always be part of his most magnificent appearance.

Today, he is 13 and three degrees out of Bright Spring. Already, he is darkening so quickly that his family can barely keep up. He can. He did his entire analysis basically on his own once I explained what to look for and how to decide.

Young people often have the best comments. Readers ask, “What would a wrong combination look like?” He put into words what colour analysts see all the time. In True Autumn khaki, he said, “I look like this really passive-aggressive guy. Or my grandma with green hair.”

He is the grandson of our first and second eyes, above (who are related by the marriage of their children). For colour analysts reading this, bring your eye lens to family parties. They will be amazed and upgrade your cleverness rating, you’ll bond with your relatives, your children will be all, “Yeah, that’s my mom.”, and you can reflect on how much you love your job.

This eye appears to have a gathering of orange around the pupil, as we described for Autumn eyes. The take-home message: You can’t tell Season from eyes, pictures, stereotypes, or any other assumption. Sit yourself down in your colour analyst’s chair and find your answer the right way.

Here is his eye when he was 5 years old.

Eye colours and Warm and Cool Seasons He’s learning a lifetime of productive shopping. His colour analysis showed him how his current clothing colours are almost always less than his, with a gap between him and what he wears, or unrelated to him in the first place.

Today, he knows how to fix that. He has understood how to create his appearance with equal energy and perfect transition. His life will be different. Those looking at him will see and sense an expensive watch keeping perfect time.

23 Thoughts on Eye colours and Warm and Cool Seasons

  • Crunchycon

    Interesting article…would like to have seen some comparison of brown eyes, as they’re the most common and brown is typically a warm color. How might you reconcile a warm eye color to a cool season?

  • Melina

    Interesting that you say eyes take the back seat when hair is dyed, as to be honest, I’ve got (much) more compliments about my eyes when my hair has been dyed… Now that it’s natural colour, not so much. Baffling. 😉 (Though a factor may be that my natural colour is a bit ashy light brown, not a colour that ever generates compliments, it seems…)

  • Linda

    Yes, those lovely greens make my eyes look green. It could be a pitfall in going too far from my palette, though. One in particular, a light olive green makes me wonder if I’m just cheating on my spring palette or it’s a fine colour because it’s a kind of greyed green (and thus greened grey?)

  • Alice

    Thank you very much for this post, since I wondered quite a bit about my own eyes which are somewhere between the first two photos in this post. According to the Wikipedia article, “Central heterochromia,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterochromia_iridum#Central_heterochromia, the greyish blue-green in the outer region of the iris is a structural color due to the scattering of light, not from pigment and is considered the “true color.” The brownish gold region around the pupil is due to the pigment, melanin.
    I find it challenging to pick shades of blue and green that highlight my eye color(s). At ~3′, my average eye color is some shade of blue to green, depending on the lighting. At that distance, the color is quite greyed but the region around the iris is a bit browner. The color at its coolest is near the teals in the Soft Summer palette. Indoors, the color of my eyes shift warmer because the pupil expands, pushing the brown region into the blue, creating a warmer green. Artificial light tends to make the eyes even warmer. I have more than once bought something green, thinking that it really brought out my eyes, only to see that the item was too green to match my eyes in daylight. Reds such as maroon, eggplant, and brick most consistently highlight my eye color without upstaging it. Stronger teals (all but the darkest blues on the True Autumn palette) tend to upstage my eye color. Greyed blue-greens do not upstage my eyes but do grey my skintone. I like wearing blue and green. I find that darker and subtle blues, teals, and greens are a safer choice. They don’t play up my eye color as well, but they don’t upstage it, either.

  • Jessica

    I really enjoyed reading this! I love seeing people’s eyes, the colors are so interesting. And the article was really intriguing. I could read about these topics all day. Thanks for posting this.

  • Eylem

    My eyes is really dark brown but also they are not warm. I’m sure my eyes a bit ashy,muty and cold altought they are very dark. Same way, my skin color is “a bit” dark but i’m absoulty sure i am “soft autumn.” İt is possible, right? I know, soft autmn has mostly a light or medium skin and eyes color but this station is rare or something? And my second question, is it possible a black person is a soft autumn? Sorry my english not so well, i hope you will understand my questions.

    • Christine Scaman

      Yes, I understand, Eylem. Of the ways that colours can appear in people, the ranges of what is possible are very wide, and more so when we use verbal descriptions of colour impressions, rather than actually measuring what the colours are. To answer your questions, yes, persons of deeper complexion can belong to many Seasons. Beyonce and Rihanna might be examples of how an Autumn might appear, which is not to say that they are these Seasons. I do not believe that we can look at others or ourselves and know our colours, and I prove this to myself day after day. Soft Autumn is not rare where I live in Canada, but I cannot speak for your location.

  • Suzy

    Hello, I have been classed by HoC as a true summer (sweetpea summer) and I definitely have brown eyes – not dark green, dark blue or hazel, but brown for sure. I must be a rarity 🙂 I actually find some of the summer pinks too pink, like they clash with my eyes and hair (which is mid brown but with a definite coppery glow in the sunlight). Something about this combination looks a bit off. I tend to go for the greys, blues and greens in the palette.

  • Sasha

    Your site has been an eye opening experience) I love your writing. I am making peace with my color season, as I narrow it down. It teaches you to see ppl more clearly or what we r unaware we are communicating. Imagine how important that is in our profession, & love life even. Not saying if you mess up a color combo, your life will go into ashes, or it will stop an argument from happening, but it can add an extra something into daily life. It might more change you, not other ppl around you. Says young padawan here…unfortunately you are in Canada, a bit far from me.

    • Christine Scaman

      Thank you, Sasha, I’m happy to hear that my perspective on colour and appearance is interesting for you. I also appreciate your sense of perspective about colour. When it’s right, it’s amazing how the language of colour can explain us to ourselves and improve our relationships, but close enough is still incredibly good, and the sky won’t fall if the person and colours they wear are poles apart.

  • Andrea Walduck

    I found online a photo of your soft autumn eye with a blue outer circle. It was the exact copy of my eyes and the first time I have found anything anywhere near to it. I have blue and green veins on my wrists but green veins on the inside of my elbows. I have freckles but burn in the sun. My hair is dark blonde with copper highlights and there is little colour in my face. My father had light blonde hair with pale blue eyes and very fair skin that easily burnt while my mother was auburn hair with eyes like mine, golden skin and loved sunbathing without any burn. I do not have any idea what season I might be and would be grateful for any advice to start with as I seem to be some of each season.

    • Christine Scaman

      Hi, Andrea, thank you for your question. The short answer, and the most honest, is that the only way I know of identifying Season is by in-person analysis. The reason for your Season is how your inherent colouring reacts to outside colours, like your clothes or makeup. Verbal descriptions, and even photographs of your appearance, may be thorough and perceptive without ever getting to what makes the Season decisions. If you were to visit chrysaliscolour.com, you would find a listing of colour analysts by location. The in-person session is the action step and answers your questions, including ‘why do I look like every or any Season?’ After that, you’re ready to shop.

  • Andrea Walduck

    Hi Christine Thank you for kindly responding to my question. I live in the UK and have twice been colour tested resulting in Spring and Soft and Cool. It was recognising the picture of an eye and it’s area that looked exactly like mine (described as soft autumn with gold flecks that matched my freckles and with a summer outer rim) that made me contact you. I only wish I lived nearby. I shall continue to read your articles and blogs and I wish you every success. Keep safe. Andrea

  • Eva

    Hi Christine, I really enjoy reading your articles! Is it possible to be a blonde winter? I am a cool blonde with very dark blue-green eyes that some people mistake for charcoal or brown at first glance. I can easily wear black and white and look better in intense colours. Soft and muted colors make me look (and feel) ill and tired.

    • Christine Scaman

      I believe that it is entirely possible to be a natural-blonde-in-adulthood Winter, either True or Bright, Eva. I don’t recall any blonde Dark Winters. If you visit chrysaliscolour.com, you’ll find a recent episode on Hair Colour for Winters under the Podcast tab.

  • Eva

    Hi Christine, thanks for your quick reply! I have to admit I’m a little relieved… as my closet is full of the brilliant colours I love to wear. I got a little confused because I read about many winters having light eyes contrasting with dark hair but in my case it’s the other way around.

  • Melina

    I wonder what counts as “blonde” here? 😉 As you say, Christine, that you don’t recall any blonde Dark Winters – but I’m natural hair colour level 6-7 (on the fence of dark blonde and light brown, with balance tipping on the former), and believe I am DW… Or more generally, I fully believe i’m some type of Winter, and TW is too cool and BW is too bright, simply put. I have no chance of getting officially draped, but the chroma of DW is just right for me.

  • Eva

    Hi Melina, my hair is a kind of glassy beige blonde that becomes lighter as it grows longer, with very light streaks in summer. At first I thought I was some kind of summer (because my hair was not a ‘winter’ color), but summer colors are too muted for me and look a little meh when I wear them. Maybe we shouldn’t get too distracted by which hair colour is ‘typical’ for winters 🙂

  • Melina

    Hi Eva, I never really care which hair etc. colours are typical for each season, as I know that’s not what determines it, but I’m just curious to hear what’s Christine’s experience or opinion in this regard, and how “blonde” did she mean when she said not recalling any blonde DWs 😉 Dark blondes are tricky in that regard as they’re kind of on the border or in between of “blonde” and “brunette”, and that just happens to be my natural hair colour 😉

    • Christine Scaman

      This is a difficult question. I don’t recall any level of blonde that a random person would refer to as blonde. I have fairly light hair for this Season, most others have darker colours of brown.

  • Melina

    Thanks for reply, Christine; what a random person would call blonde is a tricky concept, sure, as I guess to most people it would only be light blonde 😉 But I noticed that Rachel Nachmias has posted several DW women with hair about as light as mine in her article “The Brightness of Dark Winter (Or, how Dark Winter can appear to be Bright Spring)” on her site (bestdressed.us), so it does seem to be very much possible, and not even that rare 🙂 (I won’t post the direct link as I’m not sure if direct links are allowed here, but it’s easy to find by googling, for anyone interested.)

  • Eva

    Hi Melina, I read Rachel’s article too. Very interesting! I wonder if being a winter has anything to do with saturation level?
    Because of my light hair people might mistake me for a summer, but my coloring seems to be more intense: dark and bright eyes, red lips (I seldom use lipstick). If I wear muted colors, my face seems to be too bright. Colors like icy mint, bright purples and cobalt blue balance everything out though.

  • Melina

    Hi Eva, yes, I can relate – my face also seems too bright, or just strange somehow, if I wear muted or too light colours (pastels); for me, darker colours, incl. dark purple, dark blue & especially black seem to balance it all out best 🙂 I look like a textbook Summer too, but do believe I’m somewhere on the DW/TW border (probably on the DW side of it, as I can take a fair amount of warmth).

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