True Summer

True Summer

As a True Summer, the key features of your colouring are:

The pure True Summer palette, without warming from any other Season • Pure cool (or true cool in PCA) • Span from pearl to asphalt (bitumen)

When you shop...

  • Imagine soft pastels and peaceful watercolours that would fit into a Japanese garden, along with cool gray stone, waterfalls, and the fresh, cool greens of shrubs and trees.
  • Don't invest in colours that are bold, sharp, golden, or earthy.
  • Focus on colours that are cool, calm, and refreshing, as well as, softly muted. These are the colours of early summer grasses and cool forests.
  • Know that your black is soft charcoal.
  • Look for grays that remind you of driftwood, mushroom, mole taupe, pink taupe, and dark blue whale.
  • Find your white in cotton white.
  • Know that your lightest colours are pastels (you remember colours from your PCA that were icy, not pastel, and learned how to tell the difference). Your other light choices start around light-medium, including sky blue, wisteria, and soft mint.
  • Use the technique demonstrated by your colour analyst for checking colour warmth/coolness (hue). Your level is purely cool. 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) undertone. The best match relates to more than just warmth. As a Summer, your foundation may be in the rose beige family, darker than the porcelain colours worn by Winters, and often darker than might be estimated from your appearance. If your skin is deeper than Caucasian in pigmentation, the colour may appear darker. Precise skin tone is variable in each Season. Try products from a variety of brands. The colour that disappears into your skin, and into your appearance when the entire face wears the product, is the right choice. Disregard the name of the colour, as 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 is most becoming and looks great with your clothing. Cool white gold is good too. You know to avoid warm or dark gold, including eyeglass frames, jewelry, or zippers worn near the face. Coolness of colour is more important than matte or shiny textures, though reflections should be softy white rather than blue-white.

Who knows?...

You might be an individual who looks drop dead gorgeous (men, we’re talking to you too) in soft fuchsia and hydrangea blue. 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.