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making faces :: bright [spring] ideas

thought i'd share a look that i did, one that i felt was a decent example of a bright sprain palette.

if you've been reading these posts for a while, you'll know that i have been trying to figure out my sci/art colour type. although i haven't specifically posted about this in a while, i have been categorizing some of the looks here with seasonal colour analysis tags, based on my understanding of where they would fall. now, not all looks go easily into one season or another and i am not a trained analyst, so this is far from a scientific process, but i still think that it is at least a pointer in the right direction.

as a quick recap, sci/art analysis takes the "four season" system and develops it, acknowledging that most people are neither purely warm or purely cool and that things like eye and that hair colour are actually less relevant to determining a person's most natural colour matches [or "season"] than a careful study of how their skin tone reacts to different colours. in order to do this, colours area divided by hue [warmth vs coolness], value [lightness vs darkness] and chroma [level of saturation, from soft to full].

i've approached finding my own season with as open a mind as possible. for instance, i was always pretty certain that i wasn't one of the pure warm true seasons- spring and autumn- but i tried them out anyway. interestingly, neither was among the worst on me. neither was good, in that really warm, rich colours have little to connect with in my skin, but i was a little surprised that they were more manageable for me than others.



playing around with diy draping and makeup colours has indicated the cluster of seasons influenced by winter as the most likely candidates: the dark seasons which connect autumn to winter and the bright seasons that connect winter to spring. that's as far as i've managed to get, although the fact that the purely cool seasons were definitively better than the purely warm ones would indicate that it's more than likely that i'll lean closer to the winter season than to autumn or spring. but nothing is certain.

so lately, i've been trying to focus on dressing and using makeup from the palettes of those seasons, in order to test my theory and, hopefully, to come up with colours that seem to meld naturally with my skin and features.

so what makes me think that this one is a bright spring look? well, the colours are clearly very saturated, but they're overall lighter and warmer- even the blues are a bit warmed. one of the hallmarks of a bright season person is that even intensely saturated colours don't overwhelm them. what do you think? do i pull this off?

i clearly benefit from having hooded eyelids, which allows a lot of colour to remain "hidden" when my eyes are open, but they can still look heavy if i'm wearing comparable amounts of shades in copper, bronze, khaki or warm brown. i don't get that here. furthermore, i tend to think that makeup works better on me when there's a fair amount of contrast present- as there is on the eye.

there is a fair amount of yellow in my eye, as i discovered by digitally dissecting it, so i've noticed that putting colours around my face that have some yellow to them [and spring palettes have lots] tends to make my eyes look brighter. [violet purples tend to have the same effect, for the opposite reason. they brighten through contrast rather than complement.] i highly, highly recommend the eye close-up exercise if you're wondering what sort of colours might flatter you. it helps to know what's really in there.

 

here's a breakdown of what i used.

the base ::
nars radiant tinted moisturizer "terre neuve"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
inglot e/s "364" [bright yellow chartreuse]
inglot e/s "388" [deep cobalt blue]
mac e/s "tilt" [cool blue with silver-green sheen]
mac e/s "electric eel" [bright cyan]
mac e/s "plumage" [dark green teal]
dior e/s "blue lagoon" [light yellow green shade only]
urban decay 24/7 e/l "perversion" [blackest ever black]
makeup forever concealer pencil "light/ medium" [flesh tone- used on lower water lines]
ysl baby doll mascara

the cheeks ::
nars blush "deep throat" [light coral pink]
hourglass ambient lighting powder "diffused light" [yellow-white]

the lips ::
hourglass l/g "fortune" [pink-peach with gold shimmer]

as you can see, a lot of colour there, but no one can take more colour than the bright seasons and i don't feel like i'm overwhelmed by what i have on. think this might be the best choice of season for me? think this might be the best choice of season for you? or shall we keep looking together?

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