(For those of you just joining us, if you're a True Summer, the colors in your True Summer palette are your most beautiful makeup colors.)
In terms of hue, value, and chroma, True Summer's colors, and therefore its makeup products, are
- very cool (appearing blue-toned)
- somewhat more light than dark
- somewhat faded
When you look at a list of makeup products that all match a very defined palette, you start to see certain color words over and over again. Let's look at the list of ~800 products that match the True Summer palette, and see which color words appear the most often.
Here's True Summer's makeup word cloud next to Light Summer's makeup word cloud, which I talked about last week:
Pink is super-important for True Summer, as it is for Light Summer. But as we move from Light Summer into True Summer, the colors become both cooler and darker. The increase in coolness explains why blue and grey suddenly become much more important, while brown almost disappears; the increase in darkness explains why plum is now making a huge showing.
While we're on the subject of darker colors, you may be wondering why "black" appears in any True Summer makeup names, since True Summer technically does not contain black in its palette. (And True Summers are overwhelmed by black.) In the True Summer makeup list, you see "black" appear as a modifier indicating a darker shade: for example, Estee Lauder's Black Plum eyeliner, or CoverGirl's Black Sapphire mascara. True Summer neutrals don't go as dark as pure black, but True Summer does have some deep blues, purples, charcoals and purple-browns. (By contrast, there's no Light Summer makeup color that could be described as "black" anything.)
Here are True Summers Ashley Green and Georgina Chapman in makeup that's great for their season.
(If you don't know your color season, consider trying the at-home draping cards.)