True Summer Makeup Word Cloud
The True Summer (a.k.a. Cool Summer) makeup list has almost 800 products on it that have been precisely matched to original Sci/Art True Summer colors.
(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.
Pink, blue, and grey. That pretty much sums up True Summer, actually.
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're a confirmed or suspected True Summer, do you recognize your best makeup in these color names? Share in the comments!
(If you don't know your color season, consider trying the at-home draping cards.)
9/24/2018 03:23:41 pm
Could I be a true summer, if I can't pull off icy pinks, orchids, cool violet and indigo? (Neither for makeup nor for clothes)
9/24/2018 04:54:54 pm
It's really hard to answer that without being able to look at the same colors you're calling 'orchid' etc. But as a thought, icy pinks are actually winter colors. This is what threw me off from realizing I was a light summer - I thought what people commonly call 'pastels' were actually the icy-cold-pure tones of winter. They're overwhelming to summers, even though they are light. There's a kind of vivid cold intensity that leeches all the color right out of my face - but looks great on a true winter. (see http://tealinspiration.com/how-to-wear-pink-if-youre-a-winter/) Summer winters should look more like berries or petals. Sometimes, it's the fabric that makes it softer.
9/26/2018 02:10:39 pm
Thanks, I'll try SS. :-)
9/27/2018 03:40:02 pm
Best of luck! Finding a season takes a while if you're doing it on your own. But I think it can be done. I'll add - Rachel's draping cards on this site were really useful and a very affordable way to get my color season figured out on the cheap. I take them shopping with me and even though I get weird looks while swatching stuff in the stores, I come home with spot-on results.
10/1/2018 06:04:23 am
What is the difference between: „Shopping Guides” and „Visual Style Guides” in the store?
9/25/2018 10:37:41 pm
Not every color in your native palette will necessarily be great on you--the ones that aren't are often better as small accents away from your face rather than as, say, a shirt. I know there's some colors in my TW palette that I wouldn't wear in large blocks! :) So long as the TSu palette *as a whole* is your best fit compared to the others, you're good.
9/26/2018 02:20:38 pm
It's just that I have olive skin. I definitely look better with cool colors rather than warm, but the magentas (orchids, cool pinks, etc) are a bit of a problem. Magenta is the opposite color of green, and it makes my olive skin (which already has a bit of green in it) even more greenish :-)
9/29/2018 12:45:05 am
Oh yes, the olive tones would make the pinks difficult. At least as a Summer, you have lots of pretty lighter blues, purples, and periwinkles to choose from. I wonder if the lighter greens from whichever palette you settle on might agree with you--they might cancel out some of the green tones in your skin, and mint equivalents are often great on Ingenues.
9/28/2018 12:38:47 pm
Now, when you are talking about True Summer I had to ask - do you think that colour called 'dove grey' is True Summer's colour or Bright Spring? What is real dove grey colour? because I've seen pigeons with light and dark but cool grey feathers, and with more brownish, warm and I'm confused with one is dove grey :)
9/29/2018 12:38:55 am
Dove grey is actually listed on this site's True Summer page :). Bright Spring has gray, light gray, medium gray, stone, pewter, and silver, but no dove grey.
9/30/2018 04:42:51 am
KC, I just needed to confirm this information :). Now I know I was right when telling one person that dove grey isn't for BSP. That person gives advices on her page as PCA analist. We have to beware of such amateurs who are wrong, they are everywhere, (but not here) :)
10/17/2018 07:40:06 am
I sit somewhere between true and soft summer. Gray is my best neutral, but I can cross into some soft summer and soft autumn colors. Neither true or soft has fully worked for me.
8/11/2021 11:38:27 am
I would like to buy the makeup list recommendations, but I worry if most products are not cruelty free? Just taking a glimpse of the photo of products I see mostly if not all products as not being cruelty free. Should I not buy the shopping list? Does anyone know if there’s a good amount of cruelty free products on the list that I can actually use?
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