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Sonja is a Light Summer

Sonja is a Light Summer

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Meet my sister. Sonja could never find the common thread between the colours that look best on her. Cool and warm colours both worked sometimes. In certain deep blues, she unsure. She has neither the time or the interest to invest in worrying about her appearance too much. She does not wear makeup and probably never will.

My sister, Sonja.

Clothes that cannot speak the truth about us cost as much as clothes that do. When we communicate accurately about ourselves, it feels surprisingly peaceful to both us and the viewer. As a PCA progresses and we begin to identify the perfect colours, there are two expressions that consistently come into the client’s eyes. One is ease, a complete absence of tension. The other is humour. The eyes look quietly joyful.

Summer with a hint of Spring

Within the first 5 drapes, we had established that any dark colour, warm, cool, soft, clear, did not matter, was unflattering. Sonja disappeared. All your eyes could see was the overpoweringly dark drape.

We found her skin to be predominantly cool, but needing a little pale yellow light to be well balanced. The Light Summer was right. In 12 Season colour analysis, this is one of the Neutral Seasons, blending a trace of Spring with the Summer base. This is a surprisingly different palette from True Summer, given that the seasons are neighbours. Just as their colours are very different, so are their energies.

These are more cheerful, energetic colours, like Popsicle colours. Warmer and cooler options exist, as for all Neutral Seasons. None of the colours ever gets extremely dark. They are the June Garden Party colours. The summer holiday. They might fit into a rainbow.

Her own colours do not compete with who Sonja is. They allow us to know her better. She looks relaxed and calm wearing these tones. Light Summer women often shy away from makeup because they have been put in colours that are too bright. Someone got the idea that a pop of colour would liven them up. They have been put in eyeshadows that are too earthy, eyeliners that are too dark, and blush that feels silly. In their light, fresh, cool colours, halfway between soft and clear, with a little pale yellow sunlight, they look truly beautiful and the makeup enhances the woman without becoming a distraction. In fact, it diffuses into her own colours and they become one.


Light Summer women can look great in light highlights as long as the colour is near the base and the amount is moderate. The colour is like this child’s. The base colour shows through, and the highlight is a cool beige, not very yellow at all.

Prague tchquie.

Sonja adds streaks to her light ash brown hair. She knows that she can go very light, to a light creamy beige. When it shines, it looks almost silvery, beautiful with the cool skin and an easy way for silver to arrive.

In Sonja’s Words
I hate shopping, primarily because there is too much choice and it boggles my mind. Having the little color book with me is great because it is like I have a personal stylist in my pocket. I whip it out wherever I am and I know that if the color matches, I am safe to buy the item. I actually get compliments on my color choices now.

It also allows me to reduce the amount of clothes in the store that I have to consider. I bypass entire sections if the color is not one of mine and so I can narrow the field. This helps me shop.

Plus, of course, I feel more confident knowing that I will look good. Now, if you could only make me thinner!



18 Thoughts on Sonja is a Light Summer

  • "; ?> karen raulerson

    Christine, as always, I enjoy your observations and teachings… be blessed today!! karen

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Thank you, Karen. I will carry that blessing with me. Lovely to see you here.

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  • "; ?> Annie

    Yes! I am just like Sonja! Would love to know what good colors/makeup are..and I can share my thoughts as well…once I tend to my crying baby, a Soft Summer. 🙂

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman


      Specific product info usually gets posted on the Fb page – and I’ve seen you there, so keep checking in. I’m going to try to put up some clothes and makeup for Light Summer today.

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  • "; ?> margie

    I am trying to decide whether I am a soft summer or a light summer. I don’t feel particularly “velvety,” as I’ve seen soft summers described. I don’t do dark well at all (like a light summer), but I do like the the lighter muted colors of the soft summer. For instance, gray heather is good; charcoal is not. Maybe I’m just on the lighter side of the soft summer? Eyes are muted greenish with a little blue sometimes.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      This is a fairly common confusion. The only way I know to sort it is with the drapes. Velvety is not a term that comes to my mind for Soft Summer, though I can certainly see it in Soft Autumn. Your preferences are towards Light but our preferences can be equally accurate and misleading.

  • "; ?> margie

    Thanks for helping me with that “velvety” description that I’m seeing on other sites. The more I read, I’m thinking I’m more soft than light, although my skin tone seems/feels a lot lighter or more delicate than Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie, who I keep seeing shown as prototype soft summers. Their coloring seems more intense than mine, but of course I’m seeing hollywood editions. I think I must be on the light end of the soft summer spectrum, not so close to the soft autumns.

    I read in another of your posts that soft summers have pink in the rims of the eyelids that can make the whites of the eyes appear very bloodshot with the wrong makeup. Is that soft summers exclusively or is that all summers? I have always been aware of that for myself but have never had anyone else acknowledge it, so thanks for validating that! I’ve tended to avoid brown and plum eyeliners because they would intensify the pink rims rather than the green eyes. I have finally found a cocoa brown eyeliner from Clinique, though, that does indeed work, and a greyed plum eyeliner from Estee Lauder that works pretty well, too, although it smudges off pretty easily. For years I tried the khaki eye pencil from Clinique, but it did very little for me. Seemed to just fade into transparency.

  • "; ?> Nynd

    I draped as soft summer, and I think the “velvety” gets at, as in say Lora’s description, is a sort of sueded, muted, nubuck quality, especially to the eye colour – nothing primary or secondary or even tertiary about it, a sense of complexity to the tones. It’s best seen in indirect daylight. When I saw the word velvet I first think of very dense, jewel-toned dark wintery colours, purely by association as this is what you tend to see at the fabric shop or in evening wear, and that’s not what we’re about as soft seasons. Velvet in this contxt is more about that subtle texture, like upholstery that’s been sitting about and weathered gently.

    I see it more in the colours of soft autumn palette than in the soft summer one, but I see it in my colouring as a soft summer, if that makes sense? And for what it’s worth, I saw myself as a soft autumn for a long time (suspect I’m in some odd overlap of the curves, with undertones more on the summer side but with a lot of soft autumn in the execution, which probably won’t make much sense to anyone else :grin:).

  • "; ?> Nynd

    My sincere apologises for some truly dreadful typos, here as everywhere – English really is my first language, but I over-edit and do it badly, hence the grammatical disjunctions.

  • "; ?> margie

    Me again. I think I am a light summer after all, not a soft summer, now that I’ve studied up on it some more, read comments on the FB page, looked at Rachel’s website, etc. The questionnaire and charts on Irene Riter’s website were very helpful. I was thinking I wasn’t “light” enough to be a light summer, but now I understand light summer really means you are on the brighter side of summer, not necessarily lighter in terms of pastel, which is what I had in my head to begin with. I’m much more comfortable and confident now that I have a pretty good idea of where I fall. Summer influenced by spring seems right in every way.

  • "; ?> Kirsten

    This article makes me feel I’ve come home. When I was a child I loved colors such as are shown in the garden landscape here. During my adolescence I developed a preference for dreamy pastels, lavender et al., but now I’m enjoying the clearer, happier colors again–and feeling vindicated by this article, which is the best explanation of Light Summer colors I’ve read.

  • "; ?> Shirley


    You said gold highlights can make the nose red on a Light Summer. Can the redness spread to the cheeks and forehead too??

  • "; ?> Shirley

    Nevermind, I just read this on another post: ‘Too yellow hair flushes the skintone red.’

  • "; ?> Jennifer

    Have you ever seen or heard of a red-headed Light Summer? I was draped in person a week ago (as opposed to online), and told that I was a Light Summer and not an Autumn. To say that it blindsided me would be an understatement. My skin *is* pinkish and translucent, and I can see why the Light Summer colors look best with it….but the colors seem to clash with my red hair.

    Not only that, but now the whole connection between color palette and personality doesn’t seem to fit anymore. I see many more Autumn traits in my personality than Summer (or Spring, quite frankly). I am often soft-spoken, but I’m also very pushy, blunt, dictatorial, impulsive, random, sensual, earthy, tactile, my personality has presence, and I’m capable. And…I think as far as Kibbe goes…I think I’m a Soft Dramatic. How does all that gel with being a Light Summer?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Certainly, I have seen that, Jennifer, once during my training with my excellent instructor right beside me. In fact, I have not seen a natural red-head as an Autumn that I can recall, they’re usually brown (but look great in the right red). I bet the colours don’t clash with your hair as much as you think, it’s just that media and advertising has taught you generic rules about pink and orange, for instance. The woman I saw, her hair wasn’t really orange, it was cinnamon rosy red. But, it’s hard to ignore our hair colour, which is why I cover women’s hair colour for an analysis even if it’s their own colour. It’s very distracting and there’s a tendency to make wrong decisions for the wrong reasons. My daughter is a redhaired TW. You’d think red-orange and fuchsia would clash because magazines told us to think that. B.S. She looks like Nancy Drew, titian-haired, unexpected combinations, stunning. Makes you catch your breath to see it. I expect that’s what you will do too once you get used to the whole idea. Right now, you’re processing too much “It can’t be, it can’t be.” to see you quite as the rest of us do.
      FORGET the personality thing. FORGET it. It has NOTHING ZERO NOTHING to do with which colouring group you belong in. I know Light Springs who are as tough and bossy as Autumn and Winter personality stereotypes. I know gentle and soft Autumns. Maybe when we talk about personality, it’s the character of the colours we’re describing, not the people. This is why I will never include personality in any training, it pulls people way off course. How your skin reacted to the drapes is your Season. IGNORE the personality stuff you read and don’t think you know yourself all that well either 🙂 You sound a lot like my sister actually. Blunt, used to think she was Autumn, dressed in curry, good grief. I meet many L Su and they’re no pushover. Hillary Clinton.
      FORGET Kibbe and Season. FORGET it. It has NOTHING ZERO NOTHING to do with Season. I know DCs, SNs, Ds, FNs. Taylor Swift. In fact, I keep charts of every Season and every Kibbe. No problem finding any combination. SD sounds perfectly reasonable and gels gorgeously. I am asked to do Kibbes combining certain Seasons and Kibbes, and I’m never sure what the problem is. You just find those lines in those colours.
      Just go with it. Decide to live it for a month or two since shopping is easy right now. Don’t overthink it, that’s usually where the damage gets done because it makes it impossible to feel it. I think you’ve been given a special gift and you don’t know it yet. Don’t ever let anyone talk you into fooling with your hair colour.

      • "; ?> Christine Scaman

        Let me stir the pot some more about red-haired L Su: Nicole Kidman. The facial architecture is mostly Summer.

  • "; ?> Jennifer

    Thank you for your post, Christine. Your point of view has been very comforting to me.

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