24 November, 2010


The cools are dominated by one particular feature: The lack of warmth in their skin, hair and eyes. Putting warm colors like mustard or chili up again the face of a cool, will make them look downright awful. Their hair colors range from ash blonde to blue black, their eyes from light gray to blue-green to black, and their skin from alabaster white to a very dark brown. However, what all these variations have in common, is the fact that they are all variations on a theme: Having predominantly cool undertones, no warmth whatsoever!

One easy way to discard the possibility of being a cool, is by holding an orange-based color up against your face. If it doesn't look like you have fallen on your face and aged 10 years in doing so, you don't belong in either of the two cool-dominated groups. If you are a cool, heaps of blue shades awaits, as well as a myriad of grays and blue-based pinks and reds.

Cool colors, no warmth in skin, hair or eyes

Neutrals include, but aren't limited to:


 Coal, spruce, teal
 Light gray, medium gray, dark navy 

Bright basic palette:

  Soft white, taupe, pewter, icy green, rose beige
Coal, black, light gray, medium gray, dark navy
Dark blue green, spruce, pine, teal, light teal
Icy blue, light aqua, duck egg, sky blue, light viola
Cornflower, sapphire, royal blue, purple, dark viola
Blue red, baby pink, dark rose, dark pink, cassis


Cool and muted

The cool and muted are first and foremost recognized by their lack of warmth in their skin, hair and eyes, but also by the fact that they are light, and compared to the cool and bright; soft/low in contrast. Ash blonde to ash/cool brown are the most common hair colors, with white and cool gray being dominant among the elderly cool and muted. Common eye colors are blue, gray blue, gray, gray green, but may also be blue green or a cool brown. Rose beige, a soft pink and alabaster are frequent skintones, but a cool light brown and beige are also existent. When choosing colors, the cool and muted should steer away from all warm colors, in addition to very bright colors, as the former will make them look sick, and the latter will be overwhelming and look unnatural. Opt for cool shades instead. Soft, yet not very dusty. Although black appears in the basic palette, the cool and muted should avoid wearing it up against their face. Instead, try coal, dark gray or dark navy. The cool and muted looks better in amethyst and eau de nil than stark white and cyclamen.

Some celebrity examples:
Sarah Chalke (pictured), Linda Evans, Paulina Porizkova, Kimberly Williams, Candace Bergen, Creed Bratton

 Add-on colors:

Eau de nil, seafoam green, icy pink, powder pink,
Orchid, soft fuchsia, rose, icy violet,
Lavender, amethyst, icy gray, bluebell


Cool and bright

The cool and bright are dominantly cool, but are also known for the clarity of their skin and eyes, as well as higher level of contrast than seen with the cool and muted. Their hair is naturally dark, ranging from dark ash brown to blue black, to silvery gray, salt 'n' pepper or white with the elders. The eyes are clear, not as clear as the high vattage brights' eyes, with eye patterns that remind of spokes of a wheel. The eyes may be dark, like a deep blue or almost black, or a bright blue, turquoise or blue-violet. The skin may be rosy pink, clear olive, ivory or alabaster white, to various hues of cool brown. However, no matter what skin or eye color, the cool and bright needs contrasting, strong colors, and should avoid warm, dusty, pastel-like colors. When comparing their own colors to their sister season, the cool and muted, the cool and bright looks better in, amongst others: black and fuchsia rather than lavender and seafoam green.

Some celebrity examples:
Lauren Graham (pictured), Brooke Shields, Shania Twain, Rihanna (bordering on cool and muted when pale), George Clooney

Add-on colors:

White, peppermint, true green, dark teal

Powder blue, viola, violet, plum
Candy pink, cyclamen, fuchsia, berry pink

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