Dark Winter

Dark Winter

As a Dark Winter, the key features of your colouring are:

A blend of Winter and Autumn colours (a Neutral Season), with more Winter than Autumn • Intensely pigmented colours and jewel tones with the slightest dulling • Medium-cool (or cool-neutral in PCA) • Span from white to black

When you shop...

  • Many colours have a warm or barely rustic feel, while others are jewel colours yet slightly dulled, like a ruby or sapphire found in an ancient castle.
  • Don't invest in colours that are dusty or heathery, faded, or have a candy or Santa Fe feel next to your palette.
  • Focus on colours that are 'saturated' in the sense of having lots of pigment, but are not overly bright. Shine is optional.
  • Your light colour choices start around light-medium compared to the other groups (except Dark Autumn). In the reds, geranium colours may be good examples. You have many medium and dark colours. Use your entire palette to aim for an overall darkness level of medium to very dark.
  • Know that your black is rich, true black.
  • Look for grays with barely any colour and remind you of ice, gunmetal, lead, diesel, and charcoal.
  • Look for a pure white that gives neither a frozen-blue impression nor looks faintly yellow-green next to true white. It may look slightly dull, as pure white would in linen compared to plastic, or it might look like yesterday’s snow.
  • Your lightest colours are icy clear (avoid light + muted = pastel).
  • Use the technique demonstrated by your colour analyst for checking colour warmth/coolness (hue). Your temperature level is cool-neutral. Every colour is selected for that amount of coolness. Getting the colour temperature right is key for good results, and hard to 'guesstimate' without comparing to a fan.


Foundation matches overtones, as well as your (cool-neutral) undertone. The best match relates to more than just warmth. As a Winter, your foundation may be porcelain pale, even lighter than your skin appears. Your best colours may also be slightly blue, green, or gray to match the coolness or olive tones in your skin. If your skin is deeper in pigmentation, the colour may appear quite yellow, orange, or red. Precise skin tone is very variable in each Season, and especially in Winter where pigmentation is the most highly varied. Try products from a variety of brands. Choose the colour that disappears into your skin and into your appearance when the entire face wears the product; disregard the name of the colour. (Makeup and hair colour have their own terminology.)


Use your new insight into your best colours to choose the right metal for jewelry. Next to your skin, silver and gold are attractive and look great with your clothing. You know to avoid gold that is very yellow or has a brassy quality. The metal should be shiny or only slightly brushed. Modern works as well as vintage as long as the piece is shiny. Vintage works better when combined with jeweled stones, as in estate jewelry or artistic museum pieces. To check that items work with your entire palette, divide the fan into sections to harmonize separately, including warm or cool and rustic followed by jewel colours.

Who knows?...

You might be an individual who looks drop dead gorgeous (men, we’re talking to you too) in dark ruby or jeweled pine green. All it takes is your 'wow' colour in an earring or a stripe in a navy blue tie, and your appearance moves one step higher.