Light Summer Makeup Word Cloud
Many of you will be very happy to see me continue my series of posts about the word clouds I've made from products in the seasonal makeup lists. :-) I apologize for the delay!
To orient those just joining us, there are 12 color seasons, each with its own palette of colors that exist at precise points on each of these three spectra:
light ............................... dark
Light Summer is a color season. Its colors are mostly cool-toned, a bit faded, and very light.
The Light Summer seasonal makeup list has hundreds of products that have been precisely matched to the Light Summer color palette. (Because a Light Summer's perfect makeup is makeup that matches those colors.)
Since the products on the list all occupy a small, defined area in color space, one tends to see the same color names over and over.
Here's what happens when I feed all of the color names from the Light Summer makeup list into a word cloud generator. The size of the word represents how freqently the word appears in the list.
Pink! Wow. Pink is important for Light Summer.
That makes sense if you think about it; pink is technically just light, cool red, and Light Summer is a light, cool palette. Light Summer's "oranges" are peachy pinks, and Light Summer's "reds" are deep pinks.
"Rose" is basically a synonym for pink, so it makes sense to see it feature so prominently in Light Summer's makeup word cloud.
The importance of "brown" in Light Summer makeup reflects the fact that, for deep neutrals (like we typically use in eyeshadow and eyeliner), Light Summer will never get black or charcoal. It's just too light a season. Brown and grey are the neutrals that lighter seasons rely on in makeup.
Light Summer's browns will always be cool browns: pinkish browns or purplish browns or greyish browns or silvery browns. You'll see words like "cocoa," "mink," "taupe," and "stone" use to describe these cool browns.
In the background of the word cloud, we have many more forms of pink: fuchsia, watermelon, cherry, berry, and raspberry. We also see coral, which is a peachy pink; Light Summer borders light and warm Light Spring, and has a hint of warmth. (Light Summers, but not True Summers, look gorgeous in a buttery yellow.)
If you have cool undertones, and you see the makeup that flatters you reflected in this word cloud, you may be a Light Summer.
If you're not sure which of the 12 color seasons is your perfect fit, consider trying the home draping cards. They're precisely matched to original Sci/Art colors, the gold standard of seasonal color palettes.
9/17/2018 11:07:43 am
PINK! Ha! It's so true! I'm a LSu and I got both the makeup list and the seasonal draping cards. They are wonderful. And they are very pink!
9/17/2018 02:25:15 pm
Thank you for your feedback!
9/18/2018 12:17:27 am
If I find a good one, I'll let you know. For now I go easy on black-brown from Honest Beauty. I have asked at dept store makeup counters, but only get a confused look. If I find a good one, I'll definitely share!
9/24/2018 01:45:32 pm
Eleablake sells a brown mascara, but that's still an online venue unless you live in Tennessee, so I don't know how helpful that is to you.
9/18/2018 04:16:02 am
It's totally true that pickings in non-black mascara are very slim, especially in the not-so-expensive range - I wonder why black is nowadays the absolute default one in mascara? It seems cosmetic companies think everyone looks good in black mascara, and do not agree with seasonal color analysis ;)
9/19/2018 09:59:06 pm
I've read some famous MUAs declare that women should "only" wear black mascara, only "allowing" black-brown for women who have very light coloring. Maybe for the cameras it makes sense, but I think we've all seem plenty of people irl who are not at all flattered by black mascara.
9/18/2018 04:13:35 am
"Its colors are mostly cool-toned, a bit faded, and very light" - that goes to reason, it's Light Summer after all, but in the palette pictured just below that comment, there are actually several very dark colours...? Especially in the 2nd row from bottom, there's even one that looks black! I'm not sure how or why that would be..?
9/18/2018 07:44:22 pm
I'm wondering about that, too. Those colors did not appear in the pack of cards I got from this site, and I know I can't go much darker than a medium pewter grey.
9/24/2018 06:33:43 pm
Maybe the darkest colors are meant for ebony skin? They can also be light summers.
9/29/2018 05:53:32 am
Lilac, sure they can, but as far as I've understood, your skin colour should not matter in this - if you are a certain season, all the colours in that season's palette should suit you, regardless of your skin colour... (Of course some may be better than others, but none of them should look awful on you, that's the theory.)
9/25/2018 10:25:41 pm
Maybe those colors are LSu's equivalents to black, and they wouldn't look so dark next to other seasons' palettes? Then again, I don't see any colors near that dark in the LSu palette images below, so maybe the one in this post is just distorted:
9/29/2018 05:50:15 am
KC, the palette in your link is by Invent Your Image, not TCI (which the one in this article & most online references is), so that might explain the difference ;)
9/18/2018 07:41:22 pm
What season is Burt's Bees Blush Basin lipstick?
9/22/2018 07:02:53 pm
Alex, though I’m no expert, I’d guess there’s a good possibility that blush basin would be an awesome choice for a soft summer! It looks similar to soft summer’s dusty rose.
9/24/2018 03:22:20 pm
That makes sense! Thank you, Jane!
9/20/2018 01:59:33 pm
This is wonderful! Thank you so much! :)
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