Spring or Warm & Fresh can be divided into three subcategories.
Clear Spring are the highest contrast of the Springs, they have a noticeable clarity in their features. They commonly have very bright and striking eyes that allow them to shine in colors that might overwhelm others. They border the Winter category and can wear colors reminiscent of the intensity of the Cool & Brilliant season.
Light Springs may seem similar to Light Summers at first glance, but they have a subtle peachy undertone in their skin and golden tint to their tresses. What would be too weak for other categories brings out the inner glow in these beauties.
Warm Spring is flowing into the Autumn category. It is a warm and intensely saturated season. Oranges and Yellows that are dreaded by cooler complexions thrive in these Warm & Rich hues.
Meet Kylie Barber, one of my favorite former students in MCC’s Fashion Merchandising program, and a fashion forward graduate student in Chicago. She’s also a truly gorgeous Warm & Fresh, Warm Spring. Follow along through the color draping to uncover your own coloring. Each drape represents a season: Warm & Rich – Autumn, Warm & Fresh – Spring, Cool & Delicate – Summer, Cool & Brilliant – Winter.
Kylie has amazing green eyes that vary from olive to turquoise in a sunburst pattern. Her flawless skin has rich, peachy undertones.
Kylie glows in gold, her bright eyes pop, and her skin looks lit from within.
The turquoise really mimics the turquoise in Kylie’s eyes. Many of your best colors will mimic hues in your features (hair, lips, eyes, cheeks) or contrast them.
Kylie’s best neutral is brown. See how the camel draws all the rich colors and highlights out of her hair? The chocolate is also pretty on her, but is just a bit too dark. The cocoa leaves her skin looking a bit red and the khaki isn’t strong enough and leaves her looking slightly gray and flat.
Kylie looks amazing in green. Some color families flatter you in almost every shade. Very few people can pull off a full lime green, but Kylie is one of them. Her features are also strengthened by the olive green. Since she is on the border between Spring and Autumn you can see flattering colors in both categories.
Orange may be the most feared hue in the rainbow. But the Spring tangerine is one of Kylie’s friendliest colors. It brings vibrancy to her copper hair and her peachy skin.
Coral and Salmon the warm pink in Kylie’s cheeks and lips while the fuchsia overwhelms and the powder pink underperforms.
Kylie shines in colors that are mid-range (neither pale nor dark), clear (true to color not soft and gray), and warm. Pansy purple has just the right mix of saturation, clarity, and hue. It makes her already stunning eyes sparkle. Winter Indigo is clear, but slightly cool and dark. Autumn Wine is warm, but slightly muddy and deep. Summer Lavender is the obvious option to avoid: cool, pale, and muddy.
Flame Red, according to David Zyla in Color Your Truth, is Kylie’s Romantic color. It’s the color of her blush. The Autumn brick is also flattering contrasting perfectly with her green eyes, but the deep Winter Burgundy casts a shadow and the Summer Cranberry doesn’t bring her lips and cheeks to their full potential.
Spring buttery yellow and Autumn’s rich gold are both intoxicating on Kylie. It’s leaves her skin luminous and showcases each of the unique colors in her complexion at their best. You see Winter’s neon yellow just a bit before you see Kylie and the Summer Chiffon leaves her sick and waxy.
Photos by Red Poppy Photo, Breanne Johnson
Not Cool & Brilliant (aka Winter)
Warm & Rich (aka Autumn)
Cool & Delicate (aka Summer)
Warm & Fresh (aka Spring)
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Hi Reachel, I think im somewhere between light spring and clear spring. Any such thing as a soft spring?
Jillian, I believe different color systems include a soft spring. My system doesn’t include this. Spring typically has warm, clear, pure colors in their sets. There is a soft autumn that you could look at in the Warm & Rich category.
I’m not sure which type I am. My hair is dark blond to light brown with golden undertone but it sometimes also appears a bit ashy. When I was younger it was light blond. My eyes are golden green. My skin is very light and I’m pretty sure I’m warm. I also have some light brown freckles. What confuses me is whether I’m clear or muted.
Does someone know what type I am? 🙂
Hi Larissa, initially I would lean towards either Light Spring or Soft Autumn. I’d love to help you with a virtual color analysis if you’re interested. There’s a link to purchase at the bottom of this post, above the comments.
Hi Reachel Bagley, I would really like a virtual color consultation from you; however when I try to buy one it just sends me to paypals website with no link to pay you, and when I tried to email there was no email address! Please help, thanks.
Bryony, are you still interested in a color analysis? If so I would love to help you. I just sent you a direct invoice to purchase. If you are no longer interested, you can certainly delete it.
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Hi Racheal! A couple of years ago, you typed me as a Clear Spring, and then I got in the Carol Tuttle stuff and was wearing muted, dusty colors for over a year and felt depressed, lol. I am so happy to be back in Clear Spring colors! I love these colors so much. But….I have a hard time knowing what to look for when I shop. Do you sell color swatches we can take with us shopping? Or know where we can find them?
I also thought (if you were interested) you could make money posting items of clothing for each type on your insta account or blog that we could purchase. Just a thought…
I’m not sure which color category I fall under. I have naturally medium to dark brown that had a lot of red in the sun. I’m not really pale, but not tan either. I use to tan more easily than burn, but I stay out of the sun now. My eyes are a dark blue/Gray color. I wear silver jewelry but 14k gold looks good. I think 24k gold is too yellow. My veins look blue, green, and purple.
Hi Meg, I think Clear Spring could be a fit for you. It’s hard to say for sure without pictures and all the details. If you’d like a virtual color analysis, there’s a link to purchase at the bottom of the post above the comments.
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Would it be strange for a spring too look horrible in yellows since spring is associates with warm colors?
With my naturally hair, I’m pretty sure im a soft summer with deep neutral ash hair and slate blue eyes but find the light and peach colors of spring more flattering on me as ive more warm pink but pale skintone so i often dye it in ginger tones. Many people think I look like Taylor Swift. Along with earthy tones which look jaundice on me and deep bright colors stand out too much, every seasonal palette, the light spring when my hair is warmer and a neutral soft colors of soft summer naturally works best, but often makes me wonder how this hue in any shade looks horrible on me. I can wear lemon but im not quiet that light. Red-based colors like Rosebrown and peach are my favorites.Btw this is me, although im just wondering about yellow: ?