If you suit silver best, but gold is ok. Blueish reds and pinks, and in general delicate, light, powdery, dusty, and cool colors are your best shades. Your natural coloring is the most delicate and understated of all the groups. You receive compliments in pastel shades and overall light, bright, delicate, and cool tones. Your best color will probably be light blue, because it mirrors your naturally cool and delicate look. Too much contrast is distracting on you, and monochromatic color schemes compliment your naturally low contrast level in a much better way. You might be a natural dark blonde or have light brown/red hair, but you were probably blonde (for red heads, strawberry blonde) as a child. This type is the typical cool and fair skinned blonde, and even though their skin can seem a little warm, it's actually beige with a pink undertone. However, some LIGHT COOLs are so neutral they flow into their sister group the LIGHT WARM, and some so soft that they start flowing into their neighbour the SOFT COOL. For this type, the most important thing is to keep it light, because bold, earthy, too dark and overpowering colors, does not do you justice.
Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Diandra Forrest, January Jones, Jennifer Morrison, Meryl Streep, Bryce Dallas Howard, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jodie Foster.
IF YOU ARE A LIGHT COOL, YOU MAY HAVE
Eyes: Grey, blue, grey-blue, grey-green, green, soft brown, or slate. Usually very light, or muted.
Hair: Light, medium, to deep ash blond and brown. Little or no red tones, or pale and soft red-haired. Your natural hair color is usually dark blonde or light ash/neutral brown, and was probably blonde as a child.
Skin: Cool beige, gray beige, neutral beige, pale neutral beige, or soft beige. Pink toned, blue or mostly blue veins. Also some cases of green veins on pink toned skin.
Don't be too concerned with whether or not the people in the photos match your identical color combination, such as skin, hair color, and eyes. The most important thing is that you have the right contrast level, have a LIGHT coloring, and look good in the colors on the chart. If you do feel the need to identify with the LIGHT COOL "poster girls", best to google the names above without makeup, natural hair color and in daylight. Makeup, lighting, spray-tans, hair dye, and photoshop can change the overall appearance a lot.
The LIGHT COOL coloring is the most delicate and understated of all the seasons, so to not overpower your naturally delicate look, balance and harmony is especially important for this group. The reason for this, is that the LIGHT COOL has an overall low contrast level. In other words, your eyes, skin, and hair are all relatively light and don't differ greatly in how dark or light they are. The best way of seeing your contrast level accurately, is by using a black and white photo. A photo of a LIGHT COOL, will probably look more like a grey toned photo though.
Being a LIGHT COOL means that you have a lightness to you overall look, a cold undertone to your natural hair color, eyes, and skin, and a preference for the cold, soft, powdery, light and delicate colors. This group doesn't need a lot of color to pop, but rather a need for the colors to match their own intensity. Because of this, the most important thing for this group is to keep the colors light and delicate. When venturing outside of your own color family, remember that even though being light is more important for you than cool, you're still a cool toned group. In general, blue shades will look better on you than red. Also, Silver and platinum are the metallics that suits you best, but gold can work pretty well too. Monochromatic or low contrast color combinations, such as multiple shades of blue (or another LIGHT COOL color), is the best way of doing "color blocking" for this delicate type. Prints and patterns should be done in the same delicate way, unless you want the outfit to steal attention from your face and hair. The best neutrals for this group, is nude, beige, soft white, stone, grey and greige. Something in grey or navy blue, is your version of black. Colors that are normally too bright and strong, can sometimes be worn as long as they're used on a small enough surface or far enough away from the face, such as on shoes and accessories. Sometimes even for skirts or pants, depending on the overall look.
The LIGHT COOL, is in classical terms a light summer, and is not as cold as their PURE COOL neighbour (the classic summer). The reason for this is that the LIGHT COOL is sort of a mix between traditionally light and cold summer colors, and light and warm spring colors. It's kind of like you mixed a PURE COOL with a LIGHT WARM, and the result was a LIGHT COOL. This group is mainly cool toned and light, but has a hint of warmth that gives them a higher tolerance for warm hues, and makes them flow into the LIGHT WARM. You would think that the LIGHT COOL would have more in common with the PURE COOL since they're both summers, but it's not always that straight forward. Because of the many similarities between the two LIGHT groups and the fact that their color charts are both equally bright and light, it can sometimes be really difficult to separate the LIGHT COOL from the LIGHT WARM. They actually have so much in common that some are basically borderline the other group. These similarities, makes the LIGHT COOL and the LIGHT WARM, sister-groups. That means that one group can look can look pretty good in the colors on the sister-group's chart, and the other way around. However, one of the color charts will be better than the other, and you can tell the difference by which of the colors best bring out your natural glow and which are only ok on you. Light blue, ballerina pink, and lilac is a good example of colors that look very similar to those on the sister-group chart, and can therefore be easily shared. Some however, will be a less typical LIGHT COOL and lean more against the other groups bordering on the LIGHT WARM. The range of differences and variations of the people in any color group is probably as extensive as the colors on the the color charts. So, where you in particular will fit in, can be determined by how much PURE COOL you have in you, how much LIGHT WARM, or even SOFT tendencies. Try to imagine where you would fit on the color chart. Would you be one of the colors closer to the coldest shades, the warmer ones, or the softest ones? This affects what cusping group you're bordering on, and what colors you can borrow from where. One size does not fit all, so you have to experiment to determine where your comfort zone is. If in doubt, stick to your own color chart only, but if you want more options, testing what works and what doesn't is the only way. The LIGHT COOL colors will still be the absolutely best look and best suited for a makeup free face, but for those who want to have fun with fashion it's a good way to get more options.
Another trick to borrowing from cusping groups, or if you want to wear a color that's not even close to your preferred hues, such as black. Is to balance the look with the help of your own color chart. E.g. wear light pink lips, flattering eye makeup that's not too dark, but still gives you a little extra contrast, and make sure you hair color is perfect for your type. This will provide a color buffer that will absorb some of the fading of your natural coloring. Or, combine a soft white or light grey shirt with your black suit, for a lower contrast look and to mix in some of your own colors with this otherwise dark and harsh look. In some instances (like if you dye your hair a dark color) it can also be a good idea to use makeup to crank up your contrast level or to make sure you don't "lose" your features. This is more of a fashion statement advice and not one for a natural look, as bold is not a natural look for a LIGHT COOL. For example, a dark smokey eye combined with a black dress will wash this type out. To sum it up, for a natural look when wearing a too dark or bright outfit, go for a fresh faced makeup look, using your best colors. This will make sure your face wont lose it's wholesome natural glow, even though the dark/bright outfit might overpower you natural coloring and steal some of the attention. The extra fresh face, will compensate for the draining of your colors that usually happens when you wear the wrong colors, and make sure you still look like your beautiful self. The better the condition of your skin, the easier it will be to get away with the wrong colors. The more sensitive you skin is, the more you have to cheat to not look drab in the wrong shades. So, maybe just stick to your good colors if you want to keep it safe. It's a little bit like with the body types, you can't break too many rules at a time without it starting to affect your overall look.
It's obviously best to stick to the colors that suit you, the reality though is that most people still love wearing dark and bold colors. And in that case, chances are that people will be looking at your clothes and makeup and not you. So, it's good to know how to go about it to not be overpowered, or look tired and washed out. Something to keep in mind when venturing outside of the LIGHT COOL comfort zone
For a group this delicate and light, you should always compensate for the rule you break with adding a little extra of your best. LIGHT COOL's looks their best when they don't have a competing color nearby. Delicate coloring needs delicate colors.
Natural or light colored makeup, a soft and light foundation color, soft eye-brows, a soft colored eye-liner, and light lipstick, is the LIGHT COOL's go-to makeup look. The key-word is natural and light, as on this type it's more than enough and will still look like a full makeup look. A dark smokey eye, deep red lips, or black eye-makeup in general can be a risky look (unless you want a goth look). A grey-brown, grey, or blue liner/eyeshadow will give a similar look, and come of dark enough for an edgy look on a LIGHT COOL. Some people like that goth-like and grungy, un-fresh look for effect, but it should be avoided if that's not what you're going for.
Also, be careful with fake tans and bronzers in general. Anything too warm toned can end up looking orange and fake. If you're warm toned a cold shade can make your skin look orange too, which is also a good test to use when in doubt about your undertone. If you or the color looks orange without actually being orange, either you or the color is too cold for the other. Embrace your delicate light skin and features. After all, it does make you look like the queen of winter, snow and ice. To best bring out the look nature gave you, you have to compliment your cold undertone and your low contrast level with colors similar to your own.
Coloring your hair can have a very altering effect, and a naturally light hair can be a great base for many fun looks. But, if you want the color to look natural, pick a color that suits a light and cool. Don't go too far away from your natural shade. Platinum, soft, ashy, and icy shades of blonde are all great hair colors for this group. Neutral tones, light brown, or light golden shades, can also work quite well as this is not a 100% cold color group. Blonde highlights, baylage and ombre are some other great looks. If you want red hair, go for a soft and or cold to neutral red. Black and dark hair is usually a terrible choice for this naturally low contrast group, but as black still works well with pale and cold skin tones, I have seen some people pull it of. They usually have to commit to helping out their low contrast look with makeup, so that their features don't disappear next to the hight contrast hair. For example, Dita Von Teese and Katy Perry are two people who have pulled it off very successfully. However, I have seen Katy Perry without makeup, and her eyebrows and lashes are very light in comparison to her dark hair. So, she does look a bit faded with black hair, au natural.
Balance between cold and warm, in a soft and light way, is the best styling advice for this type.
Many color systems would be much stricter with these "color sharing" rules, but I feel it's important to include how to cheat with colors so that you can have more fun with fashion. Instead, I want to underline when you can cheat and when you really shouldn't. Also, a harsh or drab look, might be your form of self-expression, so the point is to give you the information on how colors affect you, and leave it to you to decide what to do with it.
Looks does not determine your worth, but knowledge is power and knowing what suits you gives you the power to take control over your fashion choices.
To sum it up, this is a very delicate color group, so borrowing colors is a tougher game than for most. Try to stick to your own colors, or borrow from cusping groups if you must. If you are in a sub-group that is already flowing into a different group, it's preferred to borrow from that group. Lastly, unless you are about 50/50 another group (like a neutral), it's still a makeup affair to even borrow colors from sister-groups. These rules apply to all the colors groups, but I go into this in greater detail for the LIGHT COOL, because it will have a bigger impact on a delicate coloring and low contrast level. A high intensity group can handle more than a low intensity group.
Don't get too focused on the skin, eye, and hair color though, there is always some unicorn person out there who breaks the mold. If these are your best colors, this is your group. I've found that what looks good on you, is far more important than what you look like.
WORST COLORS ARE Wild and bold colors, and deep and dark colors. Dark, deep, bold, and wild colors, will overpower this light colored type and drain color instead of reflecting it. Keeping your colors light is so important that it's easier to get away with warm shades (if they're as light as the colors on your own chart), over darker ones. The LIGHT COOL, has a delicate and light palette, so you should avoid colors that are bright and strong at the same time. Harsh contrasts will wash you out, and soft, powdery colors with a cool undertone will complement and harmonize with your natural coloring. Those who have a visibly pink undertone to their skin has to be even stricter with the rules, because it makes you even more susceptible to an irritated skin look, if underlined by the wrong colors.
Remember that your biggest "no colors" are the ones that will clash with either your eye, skin or hair color, no matter if everything else tells you it should be great.
Now that you know which "season" you belong to, and what type of shades that suits your light and cool coloring, you might feel that you sometimes also can wear some colors that aren't that cool. This might mean you have a "soft" or "neutral" tendency, and that you are flowing into a different group, such as the LIGHT WARM or the SOFT COOL. But, never go too warm, bold, or earthy, you still have to make sure you don't overpower your overall light look, as it can wash you out. You are above all a LIGHT COOL, and need hues that reflect that. These colors are based on your natural coloring, and might vary a little from one LIGHT COOL to another, but that's what the "add on" is for.
Basing your type on looks alone might not be the safest way to find your sub-group. For example, I have seen a LIGHT COOL true with green eyes and an overall coloring that said MUTED WARM and a LIGHT COOL soft that looked more like a SOFT COOL, but during the color analysis the LIGHT COOL colors all matched perfectly, and the SOFT COOL and MUTED WARM colors were a little too dull, warm, and dirty for them.
All three LIGHT COOL sub-groups have a slightly different take on warmth, because they are flowing in slightly different directions. "The true" is flowing towards the PURE COOL, and will be the coldest of the LIGHT COOLs and true to their summer nature. "The soft" is flowing towards the more earthy summer, the SOFT COOL, and can borrow some of those colors. "The neutral" is flowing towards the LIGHT WARM, and can get away with a lot of LIGHT WARM colors with ease.
It might be difficult to find someone with your exact color combination to compare yourself with on the chart, so if you can't quite decide, try the group you lean towards the most and work your way from there. If that's not quite right either, try the next. A good tiebreaker for people who wonder if they're a LIGHT COOL, is that a LIGHT COOL must look great in powdery, cool, baby-blue, and that blue should be better on them than red, as this is a mostly cold group. If not, look towards the LIGHT WARM, or other groups that might fit.
All the sub-groups look good in the same colors, they just have a different set of "best colors", a different approach to combining colors and prints, and are cusping towards different (sister) groups.
The best way of finding your sub-group, is to figure out which ones are your "best colors", or if you suit LIGHT COOL colors almost equally as good as some colors on a different chart. If you can go anywhere but the LIGHT COOL, you're most likely a "true".
For example, you can be a
LIGHT COOL true, or should I say simply light and cool, and the closest to the PURE COOL (Kirsten Dunst, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep, and Jennifer Morrison). In traditional systems, I would call this type a light summer, and they will usually find themselves in almost all color systems out there. This type will usually have blue eyes, grey, grey-blue, slate, but can also have green, mixed, or something similar. Their skin tone is most likely a type of beige, with a pink undertone. The veins on their arm is most likely blue, or mostly blue. They're naturally light skinned, and great at making pale look good. In fact, the pale skin and blonde hair can make them look like a snow queen, when other people would look winter drab. Don't get too focused on the skin, eye, and hair combo though, the most important thing is that you have a cool, or at least neutral skin color, with a pink and or blue undertone. This type is usually a natural blonde, dark blonde, or light brunette, and was probably blonde as a child. Because of this, most of them look their best with blonde hair. Anything from a blondette, dark blonde, icy blonde, soft golden blonde, platinum blonde, highlights, ombre, baylage with light colors, and similar, is a great look for them.
This sub-group is about 50/50 PURE COOL and LIGHT WARM, and can sometimes borrow colors from both the PURE COOL and the LIGHT WARM. Just be sure the pure colors don't overpower your delicate coloring, or the warm colors get too warm (you're not a neutral). Light colors make this group pop, and dark colors can dim their light and delicate look. This type is usually their best when hair color, makeup, clothing, and everything they wear look light, soft and balanced. Monochromatic color schemes or delicate prints, are a good way of mixing colors for a safe and gentle look.
Their "best colors" are dusty, light, soft, and fresh hues on the LIGHT COOL chart. If you are a LIGHT COOL true, the typical light summer look should work more or less perfectly for you.
LIGHT COOL neutral, a.k.a "The summer flowing into spring" (Naomi Watts, January Jones, Diandra Forrest, and Emma Stone). Some LIGHT COOLs, such as the LIGHT COOL neutral, is taking the sister-group phenomenon one step further and is actually flowing into it's sister-group, the LIGHT WARM. The LIGHT COOL neutral can therefore use colors from both groups with great success. It can sometimes be really difficult to decide which of the groups the neutral belongs to, but the trick is to see how they react to the coldest and warmest colors on the LIGHT COOL and LIGHT WARM chart. A LIGHT COOL should look great in a shade of light and cold grey-blue and grey-brown, and less striking in "true spring" shades of green. For example, if tomato red looks orange on you (and make sure it is red and not orange) even though it looks nice, it means that you are a little more cool toned. If bright yellow, grass and apple green looks just a little too bright on you, and berry colors looks great, thats a sign of cool toned too. If cold pink looks more calm and natural on you than peach, you are most likely a LIGHT COOL neutral. This sub-group is above all LIGHT, and for some there are just minor differences that keep them in the COOL family. The LIGHT COOL neutral, is pretty much borderline LIGHT WARM and can handle a lot of LIGHT WARM colors (depending of level of neutrality). I some cases they use LIGHT COOL colors in the winter when they are pale, and can use LIGHT WARM colors in the summer when they have a tan. Be careful with spray tans though, it can look a little orange on cool toned types, even if they're a neutral. Going for a full LIGHT WARM look, might come off a little unbalanced and sometimes fake.
Another way to take advantage of this neutral ability, is to combine LIGHT WARM and LIGHT COOL colors in one look. The absolutely best way to do this would be to keep the look dominantly cool toned for makeup (foundation, blush, bronzer, eyebrows, eye shadow, eye liner), and then experiment more with clothing, accessories, and maybe lipstick. The hair is also a good place to experiment with warmer shades, so the LIGHT COOL neutral can choose between a neutral towards warm or a cold hair color without much difficulty. For the neutral LIGHT COOLs closing in on a 51/49 LIGHT COOL/WARM look (like January Jones), they can pick and choose between a spring and summer look, as long as they keep it light and bright. Sometimes even so much, I have seen CLEAR WARM colors work. The LIGHT COOL colors will still be their absolutely best look and best suited for a makeup free face.
This sub-group's biggest enemies are not warm colors, but rather dark, deep, dirty, and bold colors that are very saturated, because that will wash them out. Remember that for this sub-group it's not so much about what you can't do, but more about what you can do.
LIGHT COOL soft, a.k.a "The summer with a little hint of autumn" (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jodie Foster, and Bryce Dallas Howard). The LIGHT COOL soft is a LIGHT COOL with a hint of earthy warmth, giving them a cold with "a dash of neutral" quality. As opposed to the bright and sunny warmth of a LIGHT COOL neutral, the LIGHT COOL soft is flowing into the SOFT COOL instead. This sub-group will usually have either, blue, grey, grey-blue, slate, grey-green, or green eyes. They might have blue, or a mix of blue and green veins without being a warm group. The skin color may appear neutral beige or fair, and have a pink undertone (which keeps them in the cold color family). Hair will usually be a natural dark blonde to light brown, but was probably blonde to strawberry blonde as a child. The strawberry blondes may grow up to be like Bryce Dallas Howard, a natural red-head that looks their best in LIGHT COOL hues and dull in most colors typically associated with natural red-heads. If you wan't to dye your natural red hair, pick a soft red or a cold red. Look at Bryce Dallas Howard and the colors she picks, they're not too warm and not too wild, but usually a soft copper or a type of mahogany. Be careful with going red unless your a natural one. For the brunettes and dark blondes, a little soft golden, higlights, ombre, baylage and so on, is a very good soft look, but still light and delicate enough. Leaving the roots dark, can be the most delicate way of going blonde for this type. Some golden tones can also work pretty well on this type. Neutral is the best color choice, and icy blonde might be a little too purely cold. It all comes down to the skin color of each individual. Especially with age or for those with visibly pink areas on their skin, very bright blonde hair can become a little aging or harsh.
The LIGHT COOL soft, is still a blonde type, so it's always a good idea to keep it in the blonde family (or red if that's your natural color). The key is natural and soft. The fact that this type is borderline SOFT COOL, is why dark blonde or light brown hair is such a good look on them (or red for the natural red-heads). They still look their best in LIGHT COOL colors and can look good with blonde hair, so they're not an actual SOFT COOL and rather just someone who shares some qualities with their neighbouring group. It's this combination of cold, warm, and neutral features that aren't quite warm and muted enough to be an actual autumn-mixed type, that defines the LIGHT COOL soft. Many identifying with this type have probably never really found a perfect match in classic color systems, although summer was probably their closest fit. The LIGHT COOL soft is often confused for the PURE COOL or SOFT COOL (summer or summer-autumn mix), as they have some similarities. The dominating feature of the SOFT COOL is summer with a hint of autumn, and the PURE COOL is colder and not as bright as the LIGHT COOL. For the LIGHT COOL soft, the dominating feature is light summer, but with a dab of autumn. Because of this mix, the LIGHT COOL soft look their best in the softest colors on the LIGHT COOL chart and can borrow some colors fromt the SOFT COOL (as long as they aren't too far from the look of the colors on the LIGHT COOL chart. Too saturated colors will overpower you even more easily than the rest of your fellow LIGHT WARMs.
Last, but not least. Remember that the only thing that really matters is what looks and feels good on you. The rules are only there to guide and help you, not control you.
LIGHT COOL VARIATIONS
(My sources are "Color me beautiful", thechicfashionista.com, http://visual.ly/, http://www.truth-is-beauty.com/, the 12 seasons system, the 16 season system, and the basic four element system. I have made alterations and created my own system. Photos in this post are random pictures from Tumbler, Pinterest or borrowed via Google. Unknown source.)
9/12/2017 09:07:27 pm
This is hands-down the BEST explanation of color analysis I’ve ever read! Very thoroughly researched and clearly explained. I finally- FINALLY -understand the various colors that will flatter my light cool coloring. (I’ve struggled in the past with seasonal analysis figuring out whether I was a Summer or a Spring). Thanks so much for this! I look forward to putting these great tips to use.
4/1/2018 09:22:16 pm
Thank you so much for that lovely comment, Dove! I’m so glad I could help! <3 Best of luck to you, and Happy New Year!
20/8/2018 04:17:00 pm
Thank you. From reading these descriptions I am not as uncertain that I am a light cool. I think I am probably a light cool soft but possibly a neutral. I have always had more warmth than what is put forth as a light cool, but I can't pull off all of the light warm. I can, however, wear some light autumn colors. I have died my hair a neutral copper red and it worked really well for me. My natural hair is a light Ash brown with a hint of warmth, and I do look good as a light blonde but must have some of my natural hair color threading through it or I do look aged or harsh or washed out. My skin has been the most difficult to match for foundation. The tones are a very specific balance of neutral. I have both pink and yellow undertones that in areas blend to give off that silvery look. But if I'm not careful I will look too pink for my neck, or to washed out or pale with a yellow foundation. Drives me crazy.
3/10/2018 10:32:33 am
Hi, Susan! If you're a LIGHT COOL neutral or a LIGHT COOL soft, depends on if your warmer tones is in the direction of spring colors or autumn ones. From what you're describing, it sounds more like you're flowing into the SOFT COOL light, and that you are a LIGHT COOL soft.
9/7/2019 10:20:52 am
First a huge thank you for posting such thoroughly and with great photo examples about colour theory. I am really into colour stuff and I also like to help others find their best colours.
9/7/2019 10:27:01 am
So actually the question is: do you think someone can have porcelain skin with yellowish undertones and still be cool? If the skin is more a mixture of yellow and blue than yellow and pink = peachy.
14/10/2019 03:58:10 pm
Hi, Emilia! Thank you so much for your kind words. That makes me so happy!
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13/10/2020 11:33:00 am
Well, and here comes hating my own skin colour again i thought i had matured past that, i guess i shouldn't read stuff like this. Fair enough, light blues, as much as i hate them on me, are the safest, i guess. But one thing that i just don't see is how pink and beige are supposed to look good. I have always hated white, beige and any pink on my skin tone because they really just make me look like an egg white wall. I don't mind the colours on their own, i just think that the low contrast of features plus low contrast on clothes is like an invisibility cloak. And i have tried different pinks, some are okay-ish, but they're just not great.
15/10/2020 07:57:30 pm
Hi, Nadine! :-) If beige and pink doesn't look good on you, I suspect that either the shade of pink or beige could be wrong. Warm and cold shades can affect you differently depending on if you're a LIGHT COOL or maybe LIGHT WARM. Also, it is possible that a light colouring that looks bad in those shades could actually be a SOFT WARM light or SOFT COOL light for example. I know of many with light colouring that are SOFT types. And based on the shades you don't feel good in, SOFT WARM light, and LIGTH WARM comes to mind the most. Especially beacause you mentioned white. My brother is a SOFT WARM, and he said he looked terrible in white, until I showed him how great he looked in dirty cream white. Pure white really drained his face from colour, so i could see why I had that aversion to white.
22/1/2021 07:30:02 pm
What a great system! The subtypes have really opened things up, and I love that the system is tied in with ethics--I know I've wasted a lot of clothes in the attempt to figure out what works.
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