But in a previous post about the actors on Mad Men, I typed Cardellini as a True Winter. I thought she was gorgeous on that show in very dark hair and Winter colors. I especially liked her in black and white, which is excellent on True Winters.
So I've been asking myself, was I wrong about Linda Cardellini?
She's beautiful on both shows. But at least one of these shows is successfully presenting her in colors that aren't her best.
(An actor can look lovely in the wrong colors if her costume, hair, makeup, and lighting work together to create the false impression; see Light Summer Cate Blanchett passing as an Autumn in The Aviator. Notice how orange the lighting is! That's necessary to make a cool-toned actor like Blanchett look warm.)
To figure out actor Linda Cardellini's actual color season, we need to focus on real-life pictures of her. I like using pictures from premieres, because those pics are generally taken outdoors, with a lot of light.
First, we find pictures where Cardellini looks healthy and alive, not tired and not overly made-up. Then we try to identify the color season of her clothes and makeup in the flattering pics.
I think she looks really good here:
The first thing I notice as a color analyst is that she's not overwhelmed by this big block of black right under her face. Her skin looks healthy, not blurry or washed out. We're seeing her, not her dress. So I feel confident she's one of the five seasons that can handle black -- the three Winters, Bright Spring, and Dark Autumn. All three Winter seasons are cool-toned, while Dark Autumn and Bright Spring are warm-toned. (You can see this more easily if you just look at the reds and pinks.)
I really like her here in a cool-toned pink lippie and a black, white, and grey dress. That makes me think Winter.
Here she is again in black, but with warmer makeup and warmer hair. Are these pictures as good?
I do think she's a Winter. Perhaps she's a Dark Winter instead of a True Winter; sometimes Dark Winters can look almost right in the colors of neighboring Dark Autumn.
Here are more pics of Cardellini that I think are color harmonious. What do you think? Is she a Winter? If so, which one? If not, what do you think is her correct season?
7/30/2019 12:24:49 am
I actually think Cardellini is a Dark Autumn. She can carry off black, but it's not her best color -- I found photos of her on the red carpet looking smashing in teal, and another one in a sort of royal purple. I also don't like her in silver; that dress from Mad Men is washing her out and making her skin look lumpy. In fact, my impression of her in Mad Men was very much that the colors were aging her badly.
8/20/2019 04:03:27 am
I have the sam opinion. I think it often happens with many women classified as Dark Winters, I don't know what happens to me with Winters but I usually see them better as Dark Autumns (like Penelope Cruz).
8/30/2019 05:14:10 am
As far as it's possible to analyze based on photos with a ton of make-up and professional lighting (red carpet events aren't actually a natural environment for anything), I tend to agree with you. I also think they purposefully put her in "close but no cigar" colours in both tv series: Her character in Dead to Me tries to appear more soft and friendly and warmer than she actually is, and on Mad Men she look suitably colder, older and sadder.
7/30/2019 01:05:31 am
I think she may be a Dark Winter. She can tolerate some warmth and doesn’t look terrible in Dark Autumn. She can tolerate True Winter but I find it looks a bit stark. Dark Winter has my vote!
7/30/2019 08:29:36 am
To be honest, I like her better in the warmer colors. I can see the beauty in her being styled as a TW, but the warmth of her personality seems to be missing there.
7/30/2019 04:07:25 pm
I think her natural skin tone points toward dark winter. She seems to get a sharp tan often, which helps her wear more of the autumn like colors.
7/31/2019 01:18:58 pm
I think she looks amazing in Dark Winter colors.
8/23/2019 03:00:36 pm
I think she looks washed out in Mad Men. The black hair doesn't suit her skin tone at all. The warm brown / golden hues of the autumn, both in her attire and her hair, seem more like her natural self.
8/27/2019 12:37:33 am
I vote Dark Winter! She looks STUNNING in the black/white/gray dress. There is warmth in her skin, but she is not warm. True Winters coloring looks inescapably icy, even in their skin, and there is some warmth to her skin. But go too warm and the caramel hair just sits on her skin too. The last row of pictures scream DW to me, and she looks very good in each of them.
9/10/2019 02:06:53 am
Having examined these pictures and others online I conclude that Linda is some kind of Spring that can handle black.
10/9/2019 07:41:51 am
5/12/2020 05:29:20 pm
Her skin looks the most healthy at the third picture from the end (with the strapless black dress). The colors of her makeup are soft, and neutral to warm, aren't they?.. So I suspect dark autumn. Also, the bright red lipstivk on the next photo seems kinda too harsh...
10/11/2020 10:55:55 am
I believe she is a bright spring. Bright Spring combines brightness with warmth. This sub-season is part of the Spring family and flows from Winter into Spring.
5/28/2021 11:40:33 pm
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