True Winter Makeup Word Cloud
Every product on the True Winter makeup list has been swatched to match a color-accurate True Winter palette book.
If you're a True Winter, these are your best makeup colors. They look natural and healthy on your skin.
These colors are very vivid and very cold (bluish). Even the yellows are as cold as yellow can be -- you can't detect a bit of orange.
On the makeup list, which has over 400 precisely matched products, you tend to see the same color names appear over and over. That happens on every list, because each color season represents a very specific section of color space.
Here are the most frequently-occurring color words on the True Winter makeup list:
Last week I said I love Dark Autumn because it's so complex. This week I find myself thinking that I love True Winter because it's so focused! (I guess I love all 12 palettes. :-) )
Above, compare True Winter, which is in the center, to True Summer on the left. They're both cool-toned, but see how important grey is for True Summer, while black is True Winter's biggest makeup neutral. Red is also very important for True Winter, but only shows up for True Summers as shades of berry.
Also, compare True Winter to Dark Winter, on the right. Notice how Dark Winter stays intense, but brings in warmth with colors like brown, chocolate, moss, coral, and cinnamon.
On True Winter skin, this makeup doesn't look shocking or extreme; it looks natural and healthy. Looking at these faces, you'd never guess how saturated and cold the makeup appears on a piece of white paper.
If you're not sure of your color season, consider trying the home draping cards.
10/31/2018 01:50:41 pm
Hello Rachel! I've got a question about clothing and style IDs. I thought about comentting here because comments get lost in older posts.
11/2/2018 07:26:00 am
Can you possibly go into detail as to how Michelle Williams is a True Winter. There is no doubt that she’s a winter she looks amazing in black and silver but how did you narrow it down to true winter? Her skin tone is brown and I thought there isn’t any brown in the true winter pallete. I’m just trying to better understand because I’m close to her skin tone myself but I’m a Dark autumn.
11/3/2018 09:30:35 pm
You're right about those cool colors not looking so cool on a True Winter. That red lipstick looks so warm on Katy Perry! What would that red lipstick really look like if swatched on white paper? And what eyeshadow colors are the above celebs most likely using?
11/4/2018 10:11:04 am
I think the lipstick Katy Perry is wearing is surely warmer than what others pictured here are wearing, even on paper ;) So I was a bit surprised for it to be given as a TW example.
11/17/2018 10:19:04 pm
The way that red lipstick turns too warm on Katy Perry is exactly what happens to me if I try a pure red lip color (no yellow, no blue, etc.). Some TWs seem to require a blue tint in their reds, like the color of highest-quality rubies. I’ve heard the pure reds tend to work better for TWs with olive-toned skin.
11/4/2018 09:29:51 pm
Does anyone think that Keanu Reeves is a True Winter?Just curious as he seems to be the closest match to myself color wise. Oddly enough my skin has seemed to lighten up recently, and my hair (which I shaved down) to “start over”, is coming in almost blue-black with a smattering of grey. I wonder if it is my recently going off hormones, or just genetic, as the same thing happened to my mum. I wonder if this has happened to anyone else? Am I cooling down, if that is even possible?
11/8/2018 09:24:24 pm
Great post, Rachel--these are definitely the kinds of colors that work best on me! I was especially pleased to see the emphasis on blue for TWs in this post. Discussions of this palette often focus on its red, but I have very pale skin with obvious blue tones in it (with which I've frightened the natives in SoCal and Hawaii), so TW's pure blues are what really speak to me in this palette. And black is certainly a very important neutral for TW; you know you're a Winter when black eyeliner clears and enlarges your eyes instead of making you look like a raccoon!
11/11/2018 11:17:26 am
KC, that's an interesting thought: "you know you're a Winter when black eyeliner clears and enlarges your eyes instead of making you look like a raccoon!"
11/17/2018 09:38:24 pm
Hi Melina—I think many Bright Springs could wear black eyeliner, because contrast. Some Dark Autumns might also be able to pull it off depending on their depth, contrast, and style ID.
11/18/2018 05:02:50 am
Thanks, KC! The black issue does confuse my thoughts quite a lot; having settled on TA for quite a while, only yesterday I again realized how black is actually good for me, no denying it... Not in eyeliner (I've ditched my black ones years ago, alas), but in clothing - I held a garment next to my face, mainly to confirm it's not a good colour for me ;), but couldn't help seeing how it actually evens out my skintone quite a bit, and brings me into focus... So, DA & BSp are again in the cards. Oh well. ;)
11/18/2018 07:42:33 pm
Caught between two of the most gorgeous palettes—your life is rough indeed ;). Should be easy to figure out which one is better for you, at least: just see whether hot pink or dark brown is more flattering.
11/19/2018 02:43:27 am
Yes, isn't it rough ;) But not as easy as that, as I've been going back and forth for years, between those and a few other seasons... As to hot pink and dark brown, both are good but not ground-shiftingly so; and I can wear colours from both palettes, though a lot of BSp feels a bit too bright. Darkness is good, but then again in lipsticks not, they tell I need clarity. Oh well. ;)
11/22/2018 04:52:27 am
Hmm, that does make things confusing . . . I have a feeling I know the answer to this question, but I’ll go ahead and ask it anyway: Have you completely ruled out Dark Winter?
11/23/2018 10:46:09 am
Yes, DW is ruled out, as the lipsticks make me look goth, which they surely wouldn't to a DW ;) Also other Winters are more or less ruled out, as I just can't do pure white.
11/11/2018 10:33:27 am
Thank you for the tip KC! I will check that color out, and see if it can help me determine if TW is better for me than DW now. It’s so nice to be in a space where women build each other up and help each other out:)
11/17/2018 10:11:11 pm
Hi Susan, glad to be of help :). If the Sweet Violet doesn’t work for you or if you’d just like a comparison, the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms also include a sheer burgundy shade called Red Dahlia that looks like it would work for a Dark season.
11/17/2018 05:31:47 am
Katy Perry is Bright Winter, anyone who's ever seen her on tv or her Instagram would know that. She even looks amazing in all gold outifts when she's a blonde, looks great in almost neon colros which are quite warm, a simple Google search will show that. Pretty big mistype rigth there.
11/17/2018 06:13:16 am
That's quite condescending ("anyone who's ever seen her on tv or her Instagram would know that"); Rachel surely *has* seen her, and yet classifies her as TW. She actually writes elsewhere on this site (which may explain your mistake):
11/18/2018 08:33:58 pm
Great KC, I will check that color out. Thanks!
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