If you suit gold best, but silver is ok. Tomato-red, lemon yellow, peach, aqua, jade green, and other warm, medium to light colors gives you a bright and fresh look. A LIGHT WARM is best when they match their natural warmth and intensity. Too much contrast will be distracting, and monochromatic color schemes and delicate patterns and prints, compliment their own low contrast level much better. Some LIGHT WARMS are more neutral than directly warm, and flow into LIGHT COOL. Some are so warm they can get away with some earthy colors because they are borderline an SOFT and WARM/ MUTED and WARM type, but remember to keep it on the fresh and bright side as it's still a LIGHT WARM. Your best color will mirror your eyes, and you will receive the most compliments when wearing sunny and warm shades. Berry colors and dark, dusty, colors, are not for you.
Kate Hudson, Brittany Snow, Busy Philipps, Heather Graham, Amanda Seyfried, Taylor Swift, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Jasmine Sanders.
IF YOU ARE A LIGHT WARM, YOU MAY HAVE
Eyes: Turquoise blue, blue, mixed blue, gray, gray-green, mixed green, green, olive green, topaz (brownish), light hazel, light pale brown. Most likely light eyes.
Hair: Very bright, golden and deep blonde hair, light to medium golden blonde, dark golden blonde, light or medium to dark golden brown or neutral brown, or even deep brown in very rare instances. Coppery red, strawberry blonde or soft auburn. May have light and soft red hair, with blonde or red highlights.
(Signs of ashiness may indicate that you're a SOFT COOL instead, e.g. Jennifer Aniston, Bianca Balti and Leona Lewis, or maybe even a LIGHT COOL or a SOFT WARM).
Skin: Ivory, light ivory, ivory with warm pink or peach undertones. Light peach, porcelain, neutral beige, olive and also warm beige, golden beige, and light brown. May have freckles. Is usually light skinned with a warm or neutral undertone.
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, and look good in the colors on the chart. If you do feel the need to identify with the LIGHT WARM "poster girls", best to google the names above without makeup, natural hair color and in daylight. Makeup, lighting, spray-tans, and photoshop can change the overall appearance a lot.
The stereotypical LIGHT WARM is usually a natural dark blonde, but was probably blonde or strawberry blonde as a child. Most LIGHT WARMs lighten their hair, because it's so flattering on them. This is the "sunny blonde" that has peach cheeks and an innocence to their allover happy and fresh look, but the LIGHT WARM consists of many other variations than just that. They can have a wide range of skin color (as long as it has a warm or neutral undertone. Usually warm.), and many of the LIGHT WARM can get a good tan, but is usually quite fair skinned without sun. They can have any hair color from blonde to brown, as well as shades of red, and a wide range of eye colors. Signs of ashiness might indicate that you are a SOFT COOL/WARM or a LIGHT COOL. The LIGHT WARM will usually lean towards the lighter specter of hair, eye and skin colors. LIGHT WARM, simply means that you have a light contrast level and a warm to neutral undertone to your hair, eyes, and skin, as well as a preference for the sunny, warm colors.
Gold suits you best because it has the right glow for your warmth, but silver can look good too.
This group have a very low contrast level, and most grow up to have dark blonde to light brown hair. So to avoid a "mousy" look they need bright, light, warm, and fresh colors to reach their fullest potential. Your best colors are the ones that look as if they have been bathed in sunlight and mirror the color of your eyes. A LIGHT WARM is at it's best when hair color, makeup, clothing, and everything they wear looks just like that.
It's also important to point out that a LIGHT WARM's need for contrast is different from that of the CLEAR WARM, as it's not about going wild with colors, or a light and dark kind contrast. For a group with a low contrast level, it means that the best colors for this type has to have more or less of a medium to low contrast level as well. Basically, bright, fresh, warm, colors that have some white added to the mix to lighten them. Saturated, but not too strong, bold or dark. Even the LIGHT WARM's darker colors on the chart, is more or less fresh and colorful.
The LIGHT WARM has the CLEAR WARM and the LIGHT COOL as sister groups. This means that this group can look ok in some light cool or clear warm colors as well. For example, light blue, ballerina pink and lilac is a good example of cool colors that look very similar to those on the sister group chart, and can therefore easily be shared, as well as many of the lightest colors on the CLEAR WARM chart. Even though their own version would be better, it can work quite well, preferably with makeup. The colors to be more careful with are those that are the coldest, boldest and deepest, such as the grey-browns, grey-blue, and CLEAR COOL, DEEP COOL colors in general. "Sister group", just means that these types have a lot in common, but they are still different enough to have different needs.
Some LIGHT WARMs, such as the LIGHT WARM neutral, is flowing into the sister group LIGHT COOL, and can therefore use colors from both groups with great success. It can sometimes be really difficult to decide which group the LIGHT WARM neutral belong to, and SOFT WARM, SOFT COOL and LIGHT COOL, might come to mind. The trick is to see how they react to the coldest and warmest colors on the LIGHT WARM and LIGHT COOL chart. A LIGHT WARM should look great in yellow and peach, and less striking in a shade of cold grey-blue and grey-brown. Berry colors are also a good tie-breaker, as they are also too dominantly cool for the LIGHT WARM. A neutral can maybe pull them of, but the warm colors will be better. The 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 peachy pink lips when wearing an all black outfit, or add an ivory white shirt instead of pure white to your black suit. It can also be a good idea to use makeup to crank up your contrast level or to make sure you don't loose your warmth, just to hide the fact that a color is actually too strong, too cold, and so on. It's obviously best to only wear colors that suit your natural coloring, but the reality is that most people still love wearing dark colors, so it's best to know how to go about it to not look completely washed out. Another good survival method to keep up with a black outfit for a LIGHT WARM, is a black-brown wet-liner, and some blush/sun powder to give extra color to the cheeks and add more contrast to your face. The better the condition of your skin, the easier it will be to get away with, and the more delicate you skin is, the more you have to cheat to not look drab. The tolerance for other colors will usually be defined by the LIGHT WARM's own glow. A bright look and a fresh skin tone is crucial for this type to look it's best. The right colors will do that, but a LIGHT WARM with a tanned skin and bright warm hair, can get away with a lot more than one with a pasty winter skin and a mousy hair color. It's a little bit like with the body types, you can't break more than one rule at a time. For a group this delicate and light, you always have to compensate for the rule you break with adding a little extra of your best.
Bright and golden hair is usually the best look for a LIGHT WARM, but which exact hair color would look the best can vary a little from one LIGHT WARM to another, depending on the sub-group. All three LIGHT WARM sub-groups have a slightly different take on warmth, because they are flowing in slightly different directions. "The true" is flowing towards the CLEAR WARM, "the soft" is flowing towards the MUTED/SOFT WARM, and "the neutral" towards the LIGHT COOL. For example, since the LIGHT WARM soft is flowing into an autumn type, they might actually be a natural red head, and one of the few natural red heads that can dye their hair bombshell blonde, and it will most likely look as natural on them as red. Anything from strawberry blonde, copper, soft copper, or a rondette look, to an ombre, bronde, caramel, hazelnut, golden brown, chocolate, or highlights, to golden, bright warm blonde, and so on, is all a good look on the LIGHT WARM. As long as it's a light and warm shade, it's considered pretty safe for this type. Just make sure that the balance between you eye, skin, and hair color gives you the warmth and brightness level that your particular sub-group needs. If in doubt, go for a shade of golden blonde, or strawberry blonde if you are a LIGHT WARM soft.
WORST COLORS ARE Dark and dusty colors. The warmer your coloring, the worse dusty, cool, berry colors will get too.
The only dark or dirty colors you can get away with are those that are warm and still has some colorful brightness to them.
Pitch black, and deep, dark, and too bold colors, as well as icy cool blonde, or cold shades in general, are not hair colors for your light and sunny look.
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 colors that suit your warm intensity, you might feel that you can pull of some colors that aren't on the LIGHT WARM chart. This might mean you have a "soft" or "neutral" tendency, and that you look your absolute best in one type of the LIGHT WARM colors, such as the softer and warmer. It can also mean that you are flowing into a different group, such as CLEAR WARM, LIGHT COOL, or SOFT WARM, but if you borrow colors outside of your group, never go too soft and muted, or all cool, or too bold and bright. You can still run the risk of looking faded and dull, because you are above all a LIGHT WARM, and need hues that reflect that. These colors are based on your natural coloring, and might vary a little from one LIGHT WARM to another, but that's what the "add on" is for.
Basing you type on looks alone might not be the safest way to find your sub-group. For example, I have seen a LIGHT WARM true with green eyes and an overall coloring that said SOFT WARM, but during the color analysis the LIGHT WARM colors all matched perfectly, and the SOFT WARM colors were a little too dull for her.
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 out 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 are a LIGHT WARM, is that a LIGHT WARM must look great in lemon yellow, and if you don't, look towards the LIGHT COOL, SOFT WARM or SOFT COOL.
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", and if they are the lightest or warmest, or if you suit LIGHT COOL colors almost equally as good.
For example, you can be a
LIGHT WARM true, or should I say simply light and warm, and the closest to the CLEAR WARM (Busy Phillipps and Brittany Snow). In traditional systems, I would call this type a typical spring, and they will usually find themselves in almost all color systems out there. This type will usually have blue eyes, but can also have green, mixed, or something similar. Their skin tone is most likely a type of beige or ivory that has a peach or warm pink undertone. They're naturally somewhat light skinned, but tan well (But don't get too focused on the skin tone. The most important thing is that you have a warm, or at least neutral undertone). They're usually natural dark blondes, and was probably blonde as a child. Because of this, most of them look their best with golden blonde hair. But, dark golden blonde, light golden brown, caramel, strawberry blonde, or soft copper hair colors can be great too. Blonde is definitely the most stunning look for a LIGHT WARM true, as it will make them look like sunshine. Highlights, baylage, or an ombre is also a really good look. Just remember that platinum, white blonde, or icy cool blonde is too cold, and more of a LIGHT COOL thing.
This sub-group is the closest to the CLEAR WARM, and can sometimes borrow colors from that group. Just be sure the clear colors don't overpower your delicate coloring. Fresh colors make them pop, and muddy, dark colors can mute their fresh and sunny look. This type is usually their best when hair color, makeup, clothing, and everything they wear look warm, sunny and bright. The fresher the colors, the fresher the LIGHT WARM true will shine too (but remember to use the right kind of light colors).
Their "best colors" are the lightest, brightest, sunniest and freshest on the LIGHT WARM chart, such as lemon yellow, aqua blue and warm pink. If you are a LIGHT WARM true, the typical spring look should work more or less perfectly for you.
LIGHT WARM neutral, a.k.a "The Spring flowing into summer" (Amanda Seyfried, Scarlett Johansson and Heather Graham). This sub-group is above all LIGHT, and for some, just minor differences are what keep them in the WARM family. This type is borderline LIGHT COOL and can handle a lot of LIGHT COOL colors. I some cases they can use LIGHT COOL colors in the winter if they are pale, and LIGHT WARM colors in the summer while they have a tan. The only way of knowing which group the most neutral of the neutrals truly belong to (as they usually have a neutral skin tone and very little visible warmth), is to test and see what their worst colors are. If berry colors, grey-brown and grey-blue is stretching it a little too far for you, and if yellow is good on you. That would mean that you're probably slightly more towards a warm and therefore a LIGHT WARM neutral. This group can with ease combine LIGHT WARM and LIGHT COOL colors too, but the absolute best way to do it would be to keep the look dominantly warm through hair and makeup, and then experiment more with clothing. The neutral can come in many variations, but will still look amazing with golden blonde hair, wearing lemon yellow and peach.
This sub-group's biggest enemies are not cold colors, but rather dark, deep, and bold colors that are too saturated and will wash them out. Berry colors will always be difficult for any LIGHT WARM, no matter the sub group, but will not be horrible on the neutral.
Remember that for this sub-group it's not so much about what you can't do, but more about what you can do - Like taking advantage of your "sub-features" to get away with even more colors.
LIGHT WARM soft, a.k.a "The Spring with a hint of Autumn" (Amy Addams, Nicole Kidman, Deborah Ann Woll, Lauren Ambrose, and Christina Hendricks). The LIGHT WARM soft is the warmest of the LIGHT WARM sub-groups, and the reason for that is that this type is flowing into MUTED WARM or SOFT WARM, depending on your color combination.
This sub-group will usually have either, blue, grey, hazel, or green eyes. Their natural hair color is usually red (ginger or strawberry blonde) or light brown, but can also be dark blonde to light blonde. Their skin is usually quite fair with a peach or warm pink undertone (anything warm or neutral really), but can also be warm beige, golden and so on (tanned looking). It is this combination of warm features that aren't quite warm and muted enough to be an earth-toned type, that defines the "soft", and in this case the LIGHT WARM soft. Many identifying with this type have probably never really found a perfect match in classic color systems, although spring was probably their closest fit. The LIGHT WARM soft is often confused for the SOFT WARM or SOFT COOL (summer-autumn mix), as they have some similarities. For the SOFT WARM however, the dominating feature is autumn with a hint of summer, and the other way around for the SOFT COOL. For the LIGHT WARM soft, the dominating feature is spring, but as I've mentioned before, with a dab of autumn. Because of this mix, the LIGHT WARM soft look their best in the softest or warmest colors on the LIGHT WARM chart (e.g. the golden yellow is even better than the lemon yellow). The LIGHT WARM soft, should always try to add more color and warmth to their look, and be careful not to drain their naturally fresh glow by going too earthy or too bold. Colors that are too soft, cold, or faded will make you look dull, and too saturated colors will overpower you. For the best LIGHT WARM soft look, combine your warm and sunny colors with the golden and soft. Even though you can borrow colors from the autumn groups, you can only really pull of the ones similar to the freshness of the colors on your own chart. Don't go too earthy, you're not an autumn even though you might be a green eyed red head.
All hair color other than the natural and neutral look, has to be in a warm shade. Adding more warmth to the hair and turning up the heat on your look, can help you appear even more fresh faced (especially if you have some neutral colored features). Think warm and fresh hair colors, not muddy and ashy. Colors that are too dark, or red with cold undertones are especially harsh and draining for this type. Just, never go colder than a neutral.
The little hint of autumn tones in the LIGHT WARM soft, still has an impact, so I would recommend strawberry blonde, a warm golden blonde, a dark golden blonde, warm brown, chocolate, caramel, toffee, soft red, rondette, or even a bright copper tone for this sub-group. This is also actually one of the few natural red heads that can dye their hair blonde and get away with it. It will most likely look as natural on them as red.
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 WARM 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.)
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