Episode 9: Colour Instinct and Leaning Warm or Cool

In today’s show…

We discuss the following questions:

  1. Do people know their colours instinctively? (begins at 1.14 min.)
  2. How can I tell if I have a warm or cool undertone? (begins at 13.49 min.)
  3. What does it mean to lean warm or cool in our Season? (begins at 19.39 min.)

Duration total: 32.03 minutes

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Episode 9: Colour Instinct and Leaning Warm or Cool

Show Notes:

The Questions discussed in today’s show:

  1. Do people know their colours instinctively?
  2. How can I tell if I have a warm or cool undertone?
  3. What does it mean to lean warm or cool in our Season?

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The Season Cycle:

Season Circle c-w-n-min

Your Podcast Hosts:

Christine Scaman is located in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In addition to in-person Colour Analysis, Christine blogs about Colour and 12 Seasons. Christine is an instructor for the Colour Analyst training program.
Christine Scaman
Jorunn Hernes is located in Norway, where she offers in-person 12-Season Colour Analysis. Jorunn blogs in English and Norwegian about colour and style, with particular focus on minimalism and practicality.
Jorunn Hernes

4 thoughts on “Episode 9: Colour Instinct and Leaning Warm or Cool

  1. Mary says:

    Thank you, Christine and Jorunn! As an individual who has both “warm” and “cool” characteristics, I can attest to the paramount importance of the skin’s reaction to color. I had been fascinated by color analysis for decades, but never felt confident placing myself in a single season until I draped as True Summer in a Sci/Art color analysis. I saw how the yellow green I had previously considered attractive because it echoes colors in my eyes actually cast green on my skin. With regard to the non-negotiability of makeup colors, my experience has been that makeup with any warmth appears orange on me, while roses, plums, and berries are natural and flattering. The focus on hair and eye color used by other color analysis systems was what confused me. Now I can see that the colors of my own season’s palette make my complexion glow. These colors complement and enhance my eyes, even though they don’t precisely match them. I am experimenting with usIng small accents to incorporate an element of warmth while honoring my essential coolness. Finding our correct colors honors the unique expression of our beauty and, as you said, there are billions of ways in which beauty takes human expression.

  2. Oya Komar says:

    I agree that leaning to another temperature other than your season’s, seems not possible. Maybe if we redesign the question e.g. for a summer person, the scale would be:
    soft neutrals → cool ← light neutrals
    (neutrals that are neither cool or warm)
    so the warmth or coolness is just a representation of relativity, never exceeding the season boundaries, which probably confuses the clients.

    • Christine Scaman says:

      Mary, I’m impressed with how well you understand your colouring and the clarity with which you explain it. You’ve incorporated the details into a cohesive holistic image and have found your beauty.

      Oya, well said. Because the Seasons are a progression from one to the next, the boundaries between Seasons control the relativity. Nobody is 2 Seasons and the difference between any 2 Seasons is significant enough to stay within one’s own. Also, the ‘leaning’ conclusion may be unfounded if we’ve only seen ourselves or our clients in a few colours, or a few version of several colours. A client may wear light warm red but cool dark reds best. They may do well in warm greens and less well in warm whites. Borrowing the odd colour is different from leaning, a topic best left to each analyst and client. As you mention and Mary comments regarding hair colour, it becomes confusing for clients to know where to place their attention.

      Thanks to you both for your insightful comments.

  3. Oya says:

    Thank you for taking your time to answer Christine.

    Mary’s explanations reminded me of my personal experiences until 15 years ago. Being a summer myself (soft) I was drawn to olive and moss greens and rusts which gave yellow reflections to my skin which I really liked then and interpreted as “Oh nice, I look healthy with this apricot-like skin, I’m not faded any longer, just like the celebrities, let me aggrandize it with warm makeup!” I realized the difference between this “catastrophic unhealthy warm image of mine” and my own beautiful natural glow during a colour analysis session which was so eye-opening.

    I personally like my cool undertoned warm colors. My browns, my reds. And for special events I enjoy my cool undertoned cool colors. My purples, plums, pinks.

    Enjoying the podcast a lot. Thank you!

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