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Summers Can't Have Brown Eyes and Other Color Analysis Myths Summers Can't Have Brown Eyes and Other Color Analysis Myths

Posted on by Valora Abbett 2 comments

Myth #1:

Summers Cannot Have Brown Eyes

What the what?! This has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life. Summers can and do have brown eyes. The truth is you can find any eye color in any season. 

The thing is that they will vary in intensity, clarity, and undertone depending on the persons seasonal color type. Summer brown eyes are soft and are usually cool in tone. They are a soft cool brown ranging from light to dark and some contain soft reddish tones giving them a rosewood-like appearance. 

Summer Brown Eyes

 

Two famous brown-eyed Summers are Richard Gere and Jennifer Garner

Richard Gere has deep rosewood brown eyes, rose beige skin and when he was younger his hair was a rich medium brown. As he aged his hair transitioned from a lovely blue-gray to a soft white, which is very striking against his rosy skin and darker eye color. 

Richard Gere Summer Color Type

 

Myth #2:

The Vein Test

Why The Vein Test is Wrong

 

I recently had a client tell me that she was surprised to find out that she is a warm season because the veins in her wrist appear blue. The color of our veins is really not an accurate way to determine your undertone at all. 

For example, I have never encountered a redhead with a cool skin tone. Some redheads have really super duper light skin that looks "white" but is actually warm in undertone. It is extremely subtle but the warmth is there and becomes easily visible as soon as they put on a warm clothing or makeup color. Their veins may appear blue, but that does not mean they are a cool color type.

A person with extremely fair skin can have undertones that are hard to see, if their hair and eyes are brown it can make it even more challenging because at first glance they will just register as being very neutral. 

Because of this, I can see why something like the vein test which has been floating around for years is really confusing. To learn more about undertones and how to spot them, please check out my page on Understanding Your Undertones.

 

Myth #3:

You Can Be Any Season

Wrong vs Right Colors

Yes and no. You can find blonde and brown hair, blue, green or brown eyes in any season. However, they will vary in chroma (brightness or softness), value (depth), and tone (warm or cool). Winters are cool and bright overall, while Springs are warm and bright.  You can't have an obviously warm skin tone, hair color, and eye color and fit into a cool season and vice versa. Every season has their version of every color, but again those colors vary in chroma, value, and undertone. You can read more about this on the Personal Color Analysis page.

 

Myth #4:

A Single Characteristic Determines Your Seasonal Color Type

Some color systems believe that only your hair color determines your color type or only your eye color. I believe skin tone is the most important indicator, but it is not the only one. Hair and eye color are both factors as well. The colors in all three characteristics harmonize with each other and are what makeup your coloring. You cannot discount or ignore any of them. 

You may find what appears to be an anomaly, such as gray or grayish blue eyes in a Spring or Autumn. This may be confusing and make you feel like you don't fit into any seasonal color type. However, if you really look and compare them to say a gray or blue-eyed Summer or Winter, the Spring or Autumn's eyes will actually be a tad different.  

Summer Eye Color vs Autumn Eye Color

 

Myth #5 -

Color Analysis is Old and Outdated

Vintage Color Analysis

Color analysis dates back to the dawn of the commercial beauty industry in the 1920's. It was widely used by fashion and costume designers, which is why the classic Hollywood beauties such as Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and many others always looked so amazing. Watch 'Singin' in the Rain' from 1952 and you will notice that Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor are both dressed in their correct colors in each scene. Costume designer Walter Plunkett and his team of stylists knew what they were doing.

It wasn't until the 1970's that color analysis, especially at-home analysis, became popular and hit the mainstream thanks to Carole Jackson's book 'Color Me Beautiful' and The Suzanne Caygill Method as well. If you are interested in historical beauty and Fashion then I highly recommend that you checkout Glamour Daze. They have an amazing site and have collected all sorts of historically accurate beauty guides from the 1920's through the 1970's. 

The older color analysis systems did focus mainly on hair color, which is outdated and limiting. However, they did agree that everyone has some warm color and some cool colors that look good on them. Some current systems are overcomplicated and also limiting in some ways. In my color system, I use the classic 4-season color types but I have expanded the range of colors in each color palette to include every color found on the color wheel. 

Summer vs Spring Yellow-Green

This is what makes my system different and up-to-date. I have found that you truly can wear any color as long as it is in the right value and chroma for your season. For example, Summers can wear yellow-green. It's just not the exact same yellow-green as the ones in the Spring or Autumn palette. Color is relative and not as rigid as some believe. 

I hope the above has answered some of your questions and cleared up any confusions you may have had about color analysis. If there is anything I didn't address that you would like to know more about, please leave your questions in the comments section below. 

 

Image Sources:
https://tinyurl.com/y9h6ohxn
https://tinyurl.com/yaed7aes
https://tinyurl.com/y9fkjx3u

Myth #1:

Summers Cannot Have Brown Eyes

What the what?! This has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life. Summers can and do have brown eyes. The truth is you can find any eye color in any season. 

The thing is that they will vary in intensity, clarity, and undertone depending on the persons seasonal color type. Summer brown eyes are soft and are usually cool in tone. They are a soft cool brown ranging from light to dark and some contain soft reddish tones giving them a rosewood-like appearance. 

Summer Brown Eyes

 

Two famous brown-eyed Summers are Richard Gere and Jennifer Garner

Richard Gere has deep rosewood brown eyes, rose beige skin and when he was younger his hair was a rich medium brown. As he aged his hair transitioned from a lovely blue-gray to a soft white, which is very striking against his rosy skin and darker eye color. 

Richard Gere Summer Color Type

 

Myth #2:

The Vein Test

Why The Vein Test is Wrong

 

I recently had a client tell me that she was surprised to find out that she is a warm season because the veins in her wrist appear blue. The color of our veins is really not an accurate way to determine your undertone at all. 

For example, I have never encountered a redhead with a cool skin tone. Some redheads have really super duper light skin that looks "white" but is actually warm in undertone. It is extremely subtle but the warmth is there and becomes easily visible as soon as they put on a warm clothing or makeup color. Their veins may appear blue, but that does not mean they are a cool color type.

A person with extremely fair skin can have undertones that are hard to see, if their hair and eyes are brown it can make it even more challenging because at first glance they will just register as being very neutral. 

Because of this, I can see why something like the vein test which has been floating around for years is really confusing. To learn more about undertones and how to spot them, please check out my page on Understanding Your Undertones.

 

Myth #3:

You Can Be Any Season

Wrong vs Right Colors

Yes and no. You can find blonde and brown hair, blue, green or brown eyes in any season. However, they will vary in chroma (brightness or softness), value (depth), and tone (warm or cool). Winters are cool and bright overall, while Springs are warm and bright.  You can't have an obviously warm skin tone, hair color, and eye color and fit into a cool season and vice versa. Every season has their version of every color, but again those colors vary in chroma, value, and undertone. You can read more about this on the Personal Color Analysis page.

 

Myth #4:

A Single Characteristic Determines Your Seasonal Color Type

Some color systems believe that only your hair color determines your color type or only your eye color. I believe skin tone is the most important indicator, but it is not the only one. Hair and eye color are both factors as well. The colors in all three characteristics harmonize with each other and are what makeup your coloring. You cannot discount or ignore any of them. 

You may find what appears to be an anomaly, such as gray or grayish blue eyes in a Spring or Autumn. This may be confusing and make you feel like you don't fit into any seasonal color type. However, if you really look and compare them to say a gray or blue-eyed Summer or Winter, the Spring or Autumn's eyes will actually be a tad different.  

Summer Eye Color vs Autumn Eye Color

 

Myth #5 -

Color Analysis is Old and Outdated

Vintage Color Analysis

Color analysis dates back to the dawn of the commercial beauty industry in the 1920's. It was widely used by fashion and costume designers, which is why the classic Hollywood beauties such as Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and many others always looked so amazing. Watch 'Singin' in the Rain' from 1952 and you will notice that Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor are both dressed in their correct colors in each scene. Costume designer Walter Plunkett and his team of stylists knew what they were doing.

It wasn't until the 1970's that color analysis, especially at-home analysis, became popular and hit the mainstream thanks to Carole Jackson's book 'Color Me Beautiful' and The Suzanne Caygill Method as well. If you are interested in historical beauty and Fashion then I highly recommend that you checkout Glamour Daze. They have an amazing site and have collected all sorts of historically accurate beauty guides from the 1920's through the 1970's. 

The older color analysis systems did focus mainly on hair color, which is outdated and limiting. However, they did agree that everyone has some warm color and some cool colors that look good on them. Some current systems are overcomplicated and also limiting in some ways. In my color system, I use the classic 4-season color types but I have expanded the range of colors in each color palette to include every color found on the color wheel. 

Summer vs Spring Yellow-Green

This is what makes my system different and up-to-date. I have found that you truly can wear any color as long as it is in the right value and chroma for your season. For example, Summers can wear yellow-green. It's just not the exact same yellow-green as the ones in the Spring or Autumn palette. Color is relative and not as rigid as some believe. 

I hope the above has answered some of your questions and cleared up any confusions you may have had about color analysis. If there is anything I didn't address that you would like to know more about, please leave your questions in the comments section below. 

 

Image Sources:
https://tinyurl.com/y9h6ohxn
https://tinyurl.com/yaed7aes
https://tinyurl.com/y9fkjx3u

2 comments

  • Posted on by Valora

    @Caitlin Glover

    I am sorry if this made things more confusing for you. Have you read my page on Understanding Your Undertones? If not that may help clarify things for you. However, if you are still confused please email me at admin@yournaturalcolorpalette.com :)

    XO,
    Valora

  • Posted on by Caitlin Glover

    This is all interesting yet terribly confusing to me and I want to know what my skin tone & undertone are. If I sent a picture could you help me?

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