This post is part of a series exploring how to make the best use of your color palette.
Two women with the same color season might wear their color palette very differently. Part of that will be because they manifest the colors differently within their own bodies.
(For example, Light Spring Alicia Keys will probably choose different neutrals than Light Spring Scarlett Johansson.)
But part of what determines a woman's best palette colors is her lines -- the qualities of her beauty you'd notice even in a black-and-white photo. In other words, her style type.
I've talked about a Dramatic's intimidating palette, a Natural's easygoing palette, a Gamine's high-energy palette, and a Classic's reserved palette. Today, I'll talk about an Ingenue's sweet, innocent palette.
If you're an Ingenue, the colors you look right in are your palette's version of candy colors: your light pinks, light yellows, light blues, light purples, light peaches, and light greens. You could also think of these as popsicle colors, or Easter egg colors.
You might say "my season's pastels" as a simple shorthand for yourself. I avoid that terminology because, in the more saturated color seasons, the light colors technically aren't pastels; although they're light, they're still quite vivid, not soft. But on an Ingenue woman, those very light colors will give a soft, gentle, pastel-like impression, even if her color season is Bright; the effect of the colors exists relative to her own coloring.
Ingenue has both a high-energy aspect and a gentle aspect to its color use. The gentleness is because Ingenue represents the qualities stereotypically associated with femininity. You can see the gentleness in the individual colors of the palette.
But because it's a youthful essence, Ingenue has a high-energy quality as well, and this comes across when you playfully combine your Ingenue colors. Feel free to combine any of your gentle Ingenue colors with any of the others. The effect is still feminine and sweet, because the palette is feminine and sweet. (If you were a Gamine, freely combining your palette's version of primaries, the effect would feel very different.)
Your palette whites and light grays are great neutrals for you; they communicate innocence. Mix in whites and light greys wherever it feels right.
Are you an Ingenue blend? How have you created Ingenue looks with your palette colors? Please share in the comments!