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The Best Skin Finish on Spring Colouring

The Best Skin Finish on Spring Colouring

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Where order and agreement exist between the elements of a composition (for instance, between your natural colours, apparel, and cosmetics), we sense harmony. The relationships are visually interesting and appealing.

More than that, their relationships give the elements the ability to interact. This is visual magic. Now, appearance becomes scintillating, as if the pieces are speaking to one another.

A Spring woman looks intelligent when she wears her own colours. She knows what she came here to say. Her natural cheerfulness in no way detracts from her credibility. In fact, she was selected for this job because she is so clearly non-judgmental. She sees the best in everyone. She was voted Most Loved Principal by her students. Her workshops are so well-attended because people look forward to being around her. They feel that she just plain likes them. Spring is the no-strings-attached person.

Spring shares with Autumn warmth of colour. Spring warmth is clear, yellow like daffodils. Autumn warmth is softer, where yellow becomes darker, richer gold.

Spring is smooth and appears 2-dimensional. Autumn is deep and 3-dimensional. This post is about how to continue those natural optical effects with cosmetics.

Enhancing Spring Skin

Spring skin keywords: dewy, young, delicate, smooth, plump. Like petals.

Spring makeup tips:

1. Try cutting foundation with moisturizer. You’ll look the same or better. Opaque coverage is never needed here.

2. Keep use of translucent face powder to a minimum, just enough so the next products can be blended. Matte and dry finishes don’t feel right for colours that feel like juice and cream. Even peaches manage to be velvety without feeling heavy.

3. Transparency, as sheer products, are better than opaque ones with heavy colour deposits. What looks normal and necessary for colour to get noticed on Winter skin looks like house paint on Spring skin.

4. Uplighters, not low lighters! Choose slight shimmer and uplighting liquids. Highlights, meaning light + shiny + colour (which isn’t the same as Winter’s white + frost + icy absence of colour) beautify the geometry of the face and enhance the vitality of the appearance and how well cosmetics work together.

5. Jingle, twinkle, sparkle, movement, near the face with jewelry. Let the jewelry do what the makeup can’t reasonably do.


Light Spring

petals in hazy light

daisy to daffodils

more delicate and less shiny than tulip petals

peaches and cream


pink rose close up

Photo: yenhoon







For Light Spring, try

delicate peach-gold bronzer very lightly applied

milky or creamy colours, which look creamy, as the upper rose above

still some Summer here so keep a little haze with more powder and less bronzer

sheer and cream products, to create a moist and dewy finish as the bottom rose photo below; notice this isn’t icy, glitter, metallic, bronze, it’s just wet (kept within reason on a face)


uplights on cheeks using coloured (coral, light beige, gold), not icy, products; remember that Light Spring’s lightest colours are more colourful than Winter icy colours because they are pastels

eye shadow probably better light, sheer, and matte to recognize Summer haze


True Spring





Below, notice all the light bouncing off every surface. There are highlights everywhere. Surfaces are tight, plump, moist, with no associations of cold, hard, or frosty.


yellow berries between green leaves

Photo: plrang


For True Spring, try

the least face powder of anyone, just enough to dry the skin so the next product doesn’t stick


cream cosmetics as for Light Spring

eyeshadow can be shiny or matte, your preference; matte is easier on mature skin

peach-gold bronzer, same product as Light Spring but using more of it to create a face that is very vibrant with the colours of health


Bright Spring

delicate shine

icier lights (more colourful than Winter but not soft/muted/grayed/dusty/heathery)


more contrast as Winter arrives

moist lips

The Birds In A Tree picture is smooth, light, shiny, crisp, tight, and clean, with significant separation between lightest and darkest. The overall effect is still warm, bright, and alive.


colourful birds in a tree

Photo: mckenna71 at


On the cherries, the overall effect is darker and the placemement of highlight more strategic than the currants above. The surface is still round, tight, and plump and doesn’t need any strategic shading to make it better.

red cherries

Photo: al71


For Bright Spring, try

sharper angles with more deliberate uplight placement along upper edge of cheekbones, browbone, and center of nose to sharpen the angles, not a warmth diffusion

lighter uplighters, not too gold/peach/caramel/yellow as Winter’s sharpening comes in

multicolours and colourful colours to keep the Candyland feeling of this colouring; peach eyeshadows, dark turquoise eyeliners, fuchsia lips together looks perfectly fine because that’s how her face is put together to begin with

sparkly jewelry, not pearl/coral/jade/turquoise which don’t feel glassy and twinkly

use glitter in nail polish but keep it delicate, like winking; there is delicacy in Bright Spring that more aggressive cosmetic effects don’t respect

more definition of features from skin (a form of contrast)

more distance between light and dark colours

Will the face look wet or oily? No colouring will in right colour because the whites that the colour brings out in the face don’t exceed your own. That’s part of the magic. When lights get lighter than your own, which can happen for a variety of reasons in wrong colour, there seems to be a random too-shiny white light bouncing all over, which looks a little greasy or sweaty.

What your makeup looks like in pans is only how you see it. The rest of us see it painted right on top of your own colours. When you and your product are a match, your appearance has rhyme and reason.

Recap: The skin is dewy, setting up highlights. The features are fresh, lively, distinguished from the skin by being very colourful, moist, and vibrant.



50 Thoughts on The Best Skin Finish on Spring Colouring

  • Kathy

    I’ve haven’t been officially draped as such, but I think I’m some sort of spring — probably bright, maybe true — but because of my darker hair and eyes (at least compared to most springs), I haven’t ruled out the possibility of being a darker seasons. About spring looking too serious in winter’s colors? Yes! I actually said that to someone the other day: I can “get away” with darker, clearer colors: they’re not my worst (that would be muted and cool), but I look like I’ve been caught playing dress-up.

    I have a hard time with foundation because most of them, if they are light enough, are too grey; and if they are golden enough, they’re too muddy. It’s still too humid where I am to skip powder completely, but what do you think of the new BB creams? I’m thinking about switching to one of these in the winter when it’s not so sticky.

  • Lindsay E

    Great post – I love it when you address specifics like this. I’m looking forward to reading about Autumn’s makeup, as this is something I struggle with – so scared to get it wrong that I mostly go round barefaced, looking tired. Though I’m Soft Autumn, I have very pale skin and hair that in juxtaposition looks quite dark.

  • Kit

    This is fantastic, thanks! I think some of this I figured out myself–I’ve always leaned towards sheer or glowy foundations–but I sometimes used to doubleguess myself. I used to think that there was no way that purple and blue eyshadow (at once) and bright pink lipstick could look good on anyone, much less me. Instead, I tried to make the brown eyeshadow work. Now that I know I’m a bright spring, it makes so much sense and I feel free to indulge myself with the colors I actually like.

  • Kit

    Also, Kathy –

    I’m a Bright Spring with dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and very pale skin. I thought for sure I’d be a winter and because of my coloring, I can actually get away with a lot of winter colors as well. Some of them, especially the reds, look quite good on me, but you’re right that they can also make me look more serious and a little overwhelmed. I wish I could help you with foundation, but it sounds like I might be paler or cooler, because many foundations look too yellow on me.

  • andrea

    I’ve been waiting for a post like this! I’ve never been draped (hope to in the near future), but strongly think I am Spring. I have that glassy dark blonde-not-quite-brown hair, and Springy facial features. However, many people think I look better in Soft Autumn colors in photos. I love yellow and try to drape myself in it. I keep looking at myself in the mirror trying to see if yellow makes me look jaundiced, but I can’t see myself objectively.

    I find the differences between Spring and Soft Autumn so difficult to see. Not necessarily the colors themselves, but how they react on the skin.

    For example, how do you know if a color is too soft? People like me in soft colors, but I find they weigh down my face, and almost make my features puffy looking or dirty. Others do not see this though. I prefer the sunnier colors and styles actually.

    I hope to get an analysis done this fall, and if it turns out I’m not a Spring, I’m going to have a very hard time giving up my yellows!

  • Kirsten

    Andrea, if the people who like you in soft colors are responding to photos of you, they’re not quite seeing the real you. Do you think you could be a Light Spring? A Light Spring is softer than True Spring and could be confused with a Soft Autumn because both border Summer, but Light Spring still has much of Spring’s clear yellow glow. I hope your draping is a happy revelation for you!

  • RK

    I love this article!

    The only thing I’m wondering is if anyone knows of any (analyzed and confirmed) spring who hasn’t got perfect skin? You know, the type of skin that gets ruddy or especially pimples etc.

  • Jill

    I found this article really helpful. Before having my colors done I thought I was an autumn of some sort and kept trying brown makeup. It never looked right or natural. Now knowing I am a Light Spring, I am finally finding the right makeup colors. ELF’s healthy glow bronzing powder in Luminance is great. It adds a little shimmer/dewiness and it matches my 12 tone fan. Thank so much for these articles!

  • Deana

    This is great – but one problem about the powder. I’m a True Spring and I have the shiniest nose out of anyone I know. Straight out of the shower, clean as a whistle, it looks like I’ve polished it. I’m constantly fishing out my compact. T-zone gets oily during the day. Should I let everything but my nose shine? Almost all my makeup does happen to be cream makeup. Looks much better.

    Any recommendations on the peach-gold bronzer? I haven’t done well trying to find Spring bronzers.

  • Emma

    RK, I was draped by Maytee as a TSp. (I’m the first Emma in The Emmas are True Springs.) My skin is very dry under the eyes from childhood eczema, which I would say is not perfect. 🙂 Other than that, I do pretty much have perfect skin. However, there was a year where I spent an hour a day at the gym, six days a week, and I had pimples that I just couldn’t get rid of then. Once I stopped, though, they went away. Don’t know if that helps at all….

  • Rachel Ramey

    RK, a number of the Bright Springs, at least, on Facebook have talked about having ruddy cheeks.

    I love this line: “What looks normal and necessary for colour to get noticed on Winter skin looks like house paint on Spring skin.” This seems to throw “outsiders” who are looking at Bright Springs. They see intense color and think it doesn’t look right, so the person can’t be BSpr. But, really, the color is just too heavy/opaque/matte – things many of us have determined just don’t work well for us as Springs, even if the color itself is perfect.

  • Kathy

    RK — I haven’t been draped, but I think when color analysts talk about the clarity of spring’s skin, they’re don’t necessarily mean “blemish-free” (lord knows I’m not; I have mild rosacea and the crinkling around the eyes that comes with being a person in her late-thirties no matter how diligently I apply sunscreen), but a clearer skin tone; i.e. something other than light beige to brown. (I look obviously peach-yellow compared to the rest of my family.)

    In another post, Christine commented that by comparison other seasons look slightly “cross-hatched,” and that’s the image that’s stuck with me when trying to get a mental image of this color, irrespective of hair, eye color, or ethnicity.

  • RK

    Thank you for your interesting answers!

  • Kit

    Does anyone know any good neutral eyeshadows for bright spring? More colorful ones are easy, but finding work-appropriate neutrals has been harder. So far I’ve been sticking to a variety of pewter, light pink, and light purple shades, which work pretty well, but I was wondering if anyone else has run into anything good.

  • Cathy

    Christine, Though I’m not a Spring, this article is so informative to anyone fascinated by personal color analysis. But then all of your articles are so great. You have clarified so many things for me. You unlocked the key by repeating it’s the skin coloring that puts it all in focus. Hair and eye colors were confusing for me. I was analyzed as a Summer twice, years apart, but I now understand I’m a True Summer and why this is so. I just want to thank you again for all the mental effort you put into these articles to paint pictures with words. I know your articles take time to compose and it is always such a happy moment to see you’ve posted another article, no matter which of the 12 you have chosen.

  • Emma Peel

    Christine, excellent article! Please recommend a peach-gold bronzer. I haven’t been able to find one that doesn’t look heavy/muddy or like a glitter bomb.

    RK – I’m the second Emma in The Emmas Are True Springs. I have very good skin but it isn’t perfect. I have rosacea that is under decent control with prescription medications.


    Hi everybody! I think I am a Spring of some sort but I have never been draped since there is no PCA where I live. But I look great in yellow and navy and cream, all types of green ( yummy lime! ) and whenever I wear these colours my eyes develop a strong yellow/gold shade that glitters. I’d say my eyes are a light/amberish brown, the skin is peachy/ivory with very light freckles, eyelashes are blonde and eyebrows look brown but are in fact a mixture of brown and some lighter shade. Natural hair – a dark blonde, somehow ashy/coppery in strong light. Like someone sauf before, with the right makeup and the hair dyed in balck I can pull off almost any winter coloring. I tried to figure out my season by reading all the articles in this blog and by experimenting. I wish I could post a picture of my eye! 🙂 Thanks, Christine for everything, and especially for this article with make-up tips. Since I got my hair coloured in light copper blonde ( I did it after reading everything written here) people keep telling me how well I look and I need almost no make-up at all, I can go au naturel, something I wasn’t able to do when I was young and a brunette. isn’t this AMAZING?

  • Ashley

    Kit, have you looked at the Elea Blake website? I’m sure they have Bright Spring neutrals, and you can purchase samples of the colors for $0.25 each.

  • Kathy

    Emma Peel — I’ve been looking for a good bronzer too. Right now I’m using Tarte’s Park Ave. Princess (I think this is its — rather silly — name). It’s more gold than bronze, but I wish it weren’t so glittery.

    • Christine Scaman

      There are 2 issues for the bronzer – one is that it be peach/gold, so the overall feeling if of beige as the brown base, not a heavier brown. The second problem is finding one that isn’t glittery, or doesn’t look that way on skin. I like Cover f/x Gold. I think Stila’s lighter colour is good, 01, it might be called. Some of the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Naturals are good, in the Medium range.

      When we say clarity, we don’t mean free of imperfections. We’re referring to the colours in the skin, where those colours are pure, not heathery or grayish. They are bright, or ‘clear’. RK, trust me, everyone has something or other.

      Eyeshadow for Bright Spring – not easy. I like Dior 5pan Earth Reflection quite well, and their 2pan Silver Look. Love Lancome Meet Me in Paris.

      Andrea – get that analysis so you don’t have to rely on advice you doubt. And if you’re a Spring, you’ll not be giving up yellow anytime soon. It’s the core colour of the Season!

      Deana – everyone has to adjust advice to work for them. You might powder your nose just enough to align the reflectivity with the rest of the face, keeping the rest of the face quite dewy. And if you get a little breakthrough shine, so what?

      Kristal – it amazes all of us 🙂

  • Kit


    I have, and while there were some interesting options, nothing really struck me in the mid-toned neutrals range. But definitely the more options I’m aware of, the better!

  • Jeannine

    Excellent article and I also love all the comments. I am a True Spring and was wondering if there was a Spring forum or group where we could share tips, tricks, swatches and ideas on makeup, or anything else that works for Springs. So far, I have resisted Facebook, but would reconsider if I could find something useful and targeted like a Spring group. Anyone know of any? Thanks!

  • Melinda


    I have read this article over and over again and it is really fascinating. If I am right about Spring colors for me, this would explain SO much. I use to wear a TON of concealer, foundation, powder, blushes, eye shadows and all in the wrong colors. I look back at pictures and I really learn a lot from seeing the mistakes I made. It was almost like wearing a mask. You can see the thickness in the makeup and never see my skin. I look at pictures from when I was in my 20’s and it is odd that now in my mid 30’s I look younger. Reading your articles has helped me to see that in the right colors, less really should be more for me.

    I have really oily skin, but now I realize that a light dusting of powder is okay and I LOVE how you said ‘if you get a little breakthrough shine, so what?’ Oh stars, that gives me hope and made me happy! I always feel better with a little glow and lots of gloss, but had convinced my self it wasn’t okay. Too much comparing myself to my sisters and others really misdirected my inner compass. I guess you don’t see dew and glow as often here in Utah with all of our dry weather or something (either that or I just wasn’t seeing it). I don’t know, but what I do know is that reading these articles helps me to see how desperately I need to give myself permission to be ME.

    I still haven’t been draped, but I have an appointment to see John Kitchener next week, so I’m excited to see what he will say about me. Then I can take the colors and see what swatches match with what. It is going to be an adventure, but one that I am very, VERY, excited to take. Thank you for the guidance and I would still love to take a trip to Canada one day to meet you. How awesome would that be?! 😀

    Thanks to everyone for the comments too, they really open my eyes to new things. I will let you know how things go and I wish everyone else luck too!


  • Lian

    What a fabulous article! Thank you so much, Christine.

    I’m a House of Colour Paintbox Spring and very likely a Bright Spring. All of your suggestions for Bright Spring ring true with me, especially the need for moistness, transparency and glassiness. I realise now that I’ve kind of always known this (e.g. I’ve always favoured gloss for my lips) but it didn’t crystallise until I read this.

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for this article! Being a spring, I guess my skin has always been oily / shiny for a reason? Because shinier skin looks better on springs? I went through years of wearing heavy opaque super matte foundation, which always muted my natural skin color, and I couldn’t figure out why I was never happy with any shade, and I tried a lot. Everything seemed too grey or too pink. I finally stumbled upon Bobbi Brown foundation and I am so much happier with how my face looks now. Her foundations are all yellow based and I finally found a foundation that matches my skin and doesn’t mute or grey my coloring (Warm Sand). It is also very natural looking / lets your coloring show. I just thought I’d share if any other spring is struggling with foundation like I did for years.

    Also, Christine – do you have any recommendations for lip gloss colors for True Spring? I have lists of lipsticks, but most of these seem too opaque on me. The only lipsticks that aren’t too opaque on me are the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines. I’m also wondering about eye shadow colors – in a previous article you mentioned grey eyeshadow probably being best for light spring, but this and other articles say brown is better? Thanks!

    • Christine Scaman

      I seldom swatch gloss, Stephanie, because it’s an oily blob by the time I get to study the colour. I also prefer the stay power of lipstick. I figured women could match the lipstick colours in a gloss. Revlon Coralberry is pretty for True Spring, you could just apply a clear gloss over it.
      I like True Spring better in brown/beige makeup than grey. I prefer Light and Bright in grey eyeshadow, but there are certainly beiges and sands on Light and clean,crisp browns on Bright that would be great. Could be a matter of taste and if some women disagree, they’re not wrong.

      Lena, you don’t sound like a Spring to me but the number of variables in verbal descriptions, self-assessment, and even photos boggles the entire guesstimate process.

      Kit, superb good experience! What an excellent outcome. Autumn colours are painful on Bright Spring, there’s just no other word for it.

  • Lena

    I have a question for the community here. I was analyzed as an Autumn years ago with the old CMB system. I lived for a long time as an Autumn. As I got older, my hair turned from dark auburn to silver gray. I do not dye it. I am sensitive to the chemicals in hair dyes. Many of the colors I once wore ( like camel and olive ) no longer flatter. In fact, the olive tends to make my hair and skin look greenish.

    I have dark teal eyes that can appear dark blue, green, or gray depending on the light. There is a pronounced darker blue ring around my pupils. I have some brown and gold flecks in my eyes, but they are not very noticeable. My eyebrows and eyelashes are very dark, almost black ( Elizabeth-Taylor-type dark and thick ). My skin is extremely pale ( I do not tan at all ) and translucent. The veins in my wrists are teal and the palms of my hands are coral pink.

    I have been trying to live as a SA or a SSu since my hair turned silver. The colors look okay but are drab and gray on me. My best color now is coral. I also look very good in emerald green and teal. I can wear black. These are colors that looked good on me when I thought I was an Autumn, too. My worst colors are pastels, especially light blue. That has always been true.

    Could I be a Spring? There are no color analysts in my area and I can’t travel at this time for family reasons. Please help if you can. I am tired of buying clothing and makeup that doesn’t work on me.

    Thank you.

  • Kit

    Lena, your comment strikes a chord with me, as your experience and your coloring sound somewhat similar to mine. I was analyzed ten years ago as a CMB dark autumn. Looking back, I suspect the analyst saw that I had yellow-tinged porcelain skin, dark eyes, and dark hair with natural warm highlights and concluded that I was dark and warm, so I must be autumn. What she didn’t see is that autumn colors make me look dead. I spent years trying to make the browns work and I never even tried to make the yellows and burnt oranges happen. Eventually, I gave up, dismissed the whole color analysis thing, and wore whatever I wanted.

    Several months ago, I happened upon a description of the Sci/Art system and its focus on matching skin, rather than hair or eyes. I figured it was worth a try and set up an appointment with Maytee, secretly suspecting I’d come out a Dark Winter. Surprise! Bright Spring, which is full of colors that I’d never even considered before (bright yellow, anyone?), but which make me look glowing and lively.

    If my experience is anything to judge by, don’t rely on the CMB analysis. Not only was mine off, but when Maytee and I were doing our initial analysis, we rapidly determined that the autumn seasons were the absolute worst on me. It feels like such a relief to get rid of all the mousy drab browns!

  • Lena

    Kit, your story does sound a lot like mine. I always felt the CMB analyst saw my auburn hair and automatically said “Autumn”. Brown was NEVER a good color on me. One of my worst so I avoided it. Camel was boring, but not terrible because my auburn hair provided some needed color to my face. I wore so much camel over the years, my family even complained. Olive was better, but now with my silver hair, it really clashes and turns my skin a bad color.

    I am going to give Bright Spring a try. I figure I couldn’t look much worse than I do now. 🙂

    Thank you for your insight.

  • Lena

    I bought Revlon’s “Ravish Me Red” lipstick, which is often recommended for Bright Spring. When I looked at it in the tube, I thought, “Wow, it’s bright!” But I put it on and, wow, it’s great! The color clears my skin and makes me look ten years younger. I’m glowing.

    I’m not sure this proves anything about my season, but at least I found a new lipstick to love.

  • Kathy

    Lena — I had the same reaction to Revlon’s Siren, which is supposed to be good for a True Spring, I think. It’s seriously orange; I never would have thought of picking it up before I knew about seasonal color analysis, but I love it. I’m not entirely convinced I’m a true spring — I think I look obviously “wintery,” or at least, some season influenced by winter — but warm, clear, and bright works — so much better than the brownish plums I’d been wearing.

  • Kathy

    Christine, do you still recommend Nars Luster as a True Spring blush? (I think this may have been listed on the old Greener Tea page.) I swatched it the other day, and it looked quite brown.

    • Christine Scaman

      It’s not on my T Sp list, Kathy. I’m trying to remember the colour but I think I’m confusing it with Penny Lane, which I have in Soft Autumn. My memory of it is a sheer golden brown? And you’re right, it doesn’t go with my present idea of T Sp.

  • Kristina

    Thank you for another great article! It mirrors a great deal of what we’ve been discussing on the Bright Spring FB page, about how colors can be correct but in the wrong finish (opaque, heavy etc) they still don’t work on us. This is important information!
    Lena, I know exactly what you mean! I was analyzed years ago as an Autumn because of my ivory skin, golden brown eyes and dark hair. I tried, I really tried. But like Christine said, Autumn colors are painful on Bright Spring. So I went to another analyst, who said “No, you’re not an Autumn, you’re a Winter!” To her credit I must say that Winter was better than Autumn, but still not right. Long story short, it took me years to find my season, but now that I know that I’m a Bright Spring, it all makes such perfect sense. Also, since I learned to see the difference between opaque and translucent skin, it’s even clearer to me why Autumn never worked and why Spring is so right.
    Like many of you, I tried to get that opaque look in foundation for years and years. It looked so good on everybody else, didn’t it? No matter how much I piled on, I’d still look transparent, like you could see into my skin. Now I know why. When I enhance that quality instead of working against it, the effect is amazing.
    I can highly recommend having a look at Elea Blakes cosmetics. I’ve found my perfect foundation shade and blushes, and I’ve ordered some samples for the more neutral eye shadows that are wearable at the office. Darin is a very sweet person to deal with, as is all her staff.

  • Kit

    Kristina, there is a Bright Spring facebook page?

  • Rani

    I am LOVING this article on Spring makeup! I’m looking to implement some of the suggestions, especially finding a less opaque, more creamy/sheer foundation. As a color analysis wannabe, I have diagnosed myself as a True Spring (until I get professionally draped!). Christine, could Revlon’s “Ravish Me Red” lipstick also work a True Spring? I have it and LOVE it on me! Also, one of my favorite products is L’Oreal True Match Blush. I’d love to know which colors are good for us Springs!!

  • Kathy


    I found the Luster recommendation here. Nars’s site calls it a “golden apricot.” Personally, I think it’s a brown apricot. Maybe TA rather than TSp.

    Gilda, however, is gorgeous. I’m looking for a believable dupe, since it’s fairly pricy and a little hard to find. Mac’s Pinch O’ Peach is a good one, too. It might edge a little closer to light spring, as it’s so sheer (not and really peach — more warm rose). It’s kind of like Fleur Power’s shy sister. MAC’s blushes in general, though, have too much grey in them.

  • Shirley

    Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc ‘Peach Mosaic’ is a peach bronzer that might work for Light Springs. Have to watch the highlighter though–real sugary.

  • Lena


    Revlon’s “Ravish Me Red” is recommended on the True Spring Colors Luminosity Facebook page. It lists a lot of other True Spring makeup suggestions, too.

    Sounds like you are on the right track!

  • Miclalala

    One of my favorite actors ever, Hannah Murray aka “Cassie” from “Skins”, (the show that made her famous). A character based on fairydust and magic 😉

    • Christine Scaman

      Oh, very very good call. Eyes darker than the golden brows is a Bright Spring features. I find sharp ends on teeth is too (maybe Jessica Simpson?), I know that sounds odd, also seems like a British gene pool thing (Julie Andrews, Dan Radcliffe). Hannah is a superb choice to watch in motion.

  • Kathy

    If any of you guys find “Ravish Me Red” too strong, you might want to try “Siren.” I like it better on me than the brighter reds and corals recommended for BSp. (Which makes me think I might be, or lean closer, to true spring.) I would have never tried this lipstick in the past — at first glance, it’s seriously orange — but I love it, and it doesn’t look orange at all on me, but like a true coral.

  • JC

    Christine, Your insights about color are so helpful, in a practical sense—but also poetic and uplifting. Thank you!

    I’d like to recommend Jane Iredale’s bronzing quad in MOONLIGHT for Bright and Light Springs. The yellow and shell pink can be used—- sparingly, and the deeper gold and coppery shades avoided—but it gives a lovely, fine, shimmery glow that seems to be exactly what you recommend for Springs.

    Also, I have Mac’s Fleur Power blush, which I like, but just recently purchased Mac’s Peachykeen, which I think I like a little better. For reference, I’m a self diagnosed Bright Spring.

    Hope you’ll one day come to the Boston, MA area to do color analysis!

  • JC

    Oops! The Jane Iredale product is MOONGLOW—-not Moonlight. The name is spot on, it really does make my skin glow.

  • Arienne

    I love this article and can identify with everything you’ve written. As a TSp, I wish I had had this info years ago, as I wouldn’t have wasted a TON of money on matte foundations, blotting powders, contouring powders, heavy dark lipsticks etc!

    What I’ve found works best for me, rather than foundation (which always makes my skin break out, no matter how “pure” it is) is to layer different moisturizers. Sometimes I’ll have 3 layers on at the same time (!) which gives a fantastic glow to the complexion. A product worth splurging on is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It consistantly wins those “annual best of beauty” awards, and for good reason. Use it as your top layer — instant radiance! I couldn’t live without it.

    However, in one of your answers at the bottom, you suggest that Springs can wear some of the lipstick colors you recommend and then just put gloss over the top. I haven’t had any success with that type of layering — right off the bat, the effect looks too heavy and thick and then, since the lipstick has better staying power, the gloss will come off sooner, leaving only the too-matte lipstick behind. This effect is even worse over penciled lips. I prefer just a gloss over naked lips, which I reapply often. I choose a smooth shiny color that’s easy to reapply wherever I am, without a mirror: Elea Blake Flighty Flouncy & Fabulous, and Positively Perky, and Chanel 165 are my current faves.

    Thanks again, Christine, for all your wonderful articles! I also enjoy reading the articles about other Seasons, because they remind me of what I shouldn’t be doing!

  • Kate

    I’m a warm-leaning bright spring and have recently found quite a nice lip color in dior’s “diorblush cheek creme” in the “panama” shade. Despite being a blush, it actually works quite well as lipcolor with a light application of clear gloss over the top. It may actually be a little warm for bsp (perhaps it’s even a true spring color- the swatch came out very sheer, so difficult to tell), but I have found it to be a flattering coral shade on me. Possibly worth a try/swatch anyway… Do any other bright springs have any eyeshadow recommendations? I had high hopes for dior earth reflections, but it somehow looks too dry/heavy on me, as most shadows seem to 🙁 Cream shadows seem better generally, but difficult to find the shades…

  • Victoria

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I just draped as a Bright Spring after years of thinking I was a DW/DA (dark hair, fair olive skin, brownish/amber eyes). No wonder all the makeup I tried to wear looked too dark, too heavy, too much. I went to high school in the 90’s so believe you me, I know I looked more Goth in Revlon Blackberry than any proper DW would.
    I can “do” black, and it became the staple of my wardrobe because I couldn’t figure out why I looked tired (dead) in everything else…but it never really made me glow. Now I know it was because the Autumn/Winter colors this Earthy Capricorn was trying to wear were all wrong.
    Interestingly, I did know that wearing black with a bright scarf or bright earrings helped greatly. As did looking dewy and using highlighter. I’ve always shied away from bright lipstick, but now that I know I’m a BS, my mind is blown. BS lipsticks aren’t really that bright on me, they just look healthy and vibrant. I’m 35 and now that I know my colors, I *think* I look as good as I did 10 years ago wearing DW/DA colors. Maybe better? A little Revlon Coralberry and a nice aqua shirt and the decades seem to roll back.
    Each time I read these articles describing my season, I have that Ah-ha moment, and realize. “THAT’S why I’ve always looked bad in nude browns, full coverage foundation and bronzer. I can’t tell you how helpful and affirming it feels. Thank you and never stop doing what you’re doing! 🙂

  • Tallandyellow

    I have good reason to believe that I’m a true spring and a Kibbe dramatic. Such clothes are virtually impossible to find in stores, but I just think of it as general guidelines. I have tried some of the makeup recommendations for true spring that I have found on various sites. I would like to share what I have found so far to suit me the best. I have very yellow skin and some type of warm blue eyes, with golden hair. Everything on my body looks as if it has a yellow overwash. For me, Clinique Peach Pop is the perfect lipstick. Mac Industry is a very nice eyeliner. I also use Mac Duck, to soften the line a bit. Clinique Roast Coffee has a nice color, but it smudges too much for a dramatic. For eyeshadows, I use Mac Cork and Bobbi Brown Banana. My blush is Nars Gilda. I use Nyx color correcting concealer in Yellow 10. It has fairly sheer coverage, but looks almost invisible on my skin color. The overall effect of these cosmetics is very natural: yellow, brown and coral, with a slight hint of drama on the eyes. Perhaps this may help someone who is also a very yellow true spring.

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