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CLEAR WINTER

COOL + CLEAR

Also referred to as Bright Winter is the COOL + CLEAR season. Their colors are bright and vivid. Think crisp and borderline unnatural colors from wintery landscapes.

Color Dimensions

You are a Clear Winter or a Bright Winter, if your features create either an opposites type of contrast or if they are very saturated and defined. The main color aspect of a Clear type is its Chroma level, in the sense of how saturated they are.

If you remember when we were talking about color dimensions, you will remember that tone and saturation were determined on a grayscale, so there would be nothing muted or blended about a Clear Winter.

CONTRAST AND SATURATION

There are two types of contrast that will indicate if this is your type.

 

The first one is being a mix of opposites. For example, if your skin and eyes are opposites, like having very dark skin and light eyes. Or if your skin and hair are opposites, like having dark skin and light hair or having light skin and dark hair.

 

The second one would be having a high saturation level, this is a very important aspect to look at if you do not have a high contrast level, for example, dark skin and dark eyes. If you have bright, saturated, and defined features, you will be able to handle intense colors.

 

That is why very dark people look great in bright colors, not because they have a high contrast level. If you have very dark skin and very dark eyes and hair, you have a low contrast level. Some stylists might tell that it is because of the contrast that their skin makes with the whites of the eyes and teeth, but that doesn’t actually play much into it, your eyes can be slightly more yellow, and you will still look good in bright colors if your features are very saturated. Also, two people can have the same skin tone and the same intensity of white in their eyes, but one can be muted and the other one saturated.

VALUE

The default is a medium value level, depending on the coloring on the person it can be slightly lighter or darker, but since it is a tertiary feature, it won’t be a lot.

HUE AND TEMPERATURE

As a cool season, you will look your best in cooler colors. If you are neutral cool, then your colors will be cool, but not extremely cool and you can also wear some warmer colors.

If you feel like this might be your type you must be able to wear bright colors. See if you look good in colors such as royal blue, cyan, magnets, and scarlet. Since you are CLEAR + COOL, the opposite would be MUTED + WARM, try to see if your worst colors are dusty olive, wheat, and pale peach.

Is this the right season for me?

CLEAR WINTER VS. CLEAR SPRING

Your sister palette is the Clear Spring palette, you can borrow the cooler colors from it. Let's also remember that since your two main color characteristics are COOL and CLEAR, when you want to wear colors that are not from your palette, they should match one of those. For example, if you want to wear a warm color, it should be bright, and if you want to wear a muted color, it should be cool, still, these won't be the best hues for you; also, try to avoid wearing them near from your face.

CLEAR WINTER  AND LIGHT SUMMER

We already established that Bright Spring is your sister palette, now let's talk a bit about your cousin palette, Light Summer. They are both the more saturated types of their respective seasons, but the colors of a Clear Winter will be brighter and a bit darker and the colors of a Ligh Summer will be lighter and a bit more toned down. For example, baby pink vs magenta or peacock green vs seafoam.

More resources for Clear Winters

DYI color season guide

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Colors for Bright Winters

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  • What you want to do is replicate your cool undertone and brightness in your colors. This is why your colors will have a dazzling and intense vibe.

  • If you can wear neons without being upstaged by them, you are definitely a Clear Winter. However, not all Clear Winters will wear neons, wearing very bright colors can be enough.

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  • Most of the time neutral colors won't be bright, but what you need is to wear neutrals that are cool and not muted. You can go for the regular black, whites, and greys as long as they are not muted.

  • Your accent colors are a mix of greens, all sorts of blues, and a wide variety of both blue and red purples, including cool pinks.

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COCOA STYLING'S
CLEAR WINTER  EXAMPLES

*Keep in mind lighting affects how skin might look, so we might move some celebrities to the cooler or warmer counterpart. It’s very useful when they post their makeup routines because they mention their foundation shade letting us know if they are warm, cool, or neutral.*

LUPITA NYONG'O

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NYAKIM GATWECH

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NYMA TANG

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CYDNEE BLACK

LEOMIE ANDERSON

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ALEK WEK

ARMANDO CABRAL

NCUTI GATWA

MICHAEL K WILLIAMS

IDRIS ELBA

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FAN BINGBING

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MING XI

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ALIA BHATT

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TAMANNA

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