From talking and listening to Winter women, particularly on the 12 Blueprints Facebook page, I've learned that deep, vivid Winter colors can take some getting used to.
It can be difficult for a newly identified Winter to see past the intensity of the color in a swatchbook and imagine how normal it will look on a Winter face. Even seeing the color on the lip, it can be hard for a Winter woman to take in how the color is balancing the rest of the face.
What will read as natural on you is a color you might not expect:
You know those cool, fairly bright, medium pinks in your swatchbook? The ones that look like Barbie cars? They look absolutely normal on a True Winter face.
Match the swatch; don't be afraid. In the tube it may seem very, very pink, but on your lip it will be natural.
Doesn't this look loads more normal?
(Probably it's True (Warm) Autumn's. Seems like all their best lippies are called Creamy Nude, Rosy Nude, Nude in the Afternoon, Nude at Breakfast, etc. A very sexy season, apparently.)
Consider this particular light, cool pink.
It might look natural on a Light Summer:
But on you, this lip is utterly unnatural:
You'll look healthier, happier and more normal in a deep, dark shade that the other seasons are afraid of. Like this one.
Notice the balance. This lip is miles more natural and less made-up than the one above.
On you, they're perfectly balanced.
Question: Who could possibly look balanced in a hot pink lip?
Well, not True (Warm) Spring, that's for sure.
And not True Autumn.
Bright Winter, that's who! :-)
I just get silly when I look at Bright Winters. I heart them.
They make me believe in magic. Sort of like unicorns.
Own your colors. They're perfect on you. Don't listen to the voice in your head that says they look crazy. They don't.
You know what looks crazy on you, Bright Winter? This:
No! Don't do it!
Don't even think about leaving the house in this wishy-washy lip, telling yourself that since it's called Nude Something it will let you fade into the background.
If anything, it draws attention to you - negative attention - because it looks so totally wrong.
Here is Sophie Ellis-Bextor yet again, alongside Alek Wek. Both of them look miraculously natural in the same "crazy" Bright Winter lip color.
(BTW, aren't these two models a great example of how two people with very different coloring can have the same undertone - i.e., season - and how the same palette can work beautifully for both? Google them and you'll see: their best colors are the same. Wild.)
Bright Winter, embrace the gift that is your magical palette. The magic lies in the fact that the outrageous colors make you look more normal than wishy-washy colors ever could.
Leave the wishy-washy colors to Soft Autumn, who's glorious in them.