Soft Summer

Soft Summer

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

A blend of Summer and Autumn colours (a Neutral Season), mostly Summer • Medium-cool (or cool-neutral in PCA) • Span from vintage white to dark pewter

When you shop...

  • Your colours are softly heathered, light and powdery, or deep and dusty. They are elegant, sophisticated colours with enough warmth to feel velvety.
  • Don't invest in colours that are pure white, crayon bright, or warmed with peach, tan, orange, or gold.
  • Focus on colours that are softened with dove gray. The gray may be noticeable or the colour might seem to have a lot of pigment without being bold or jewel-toned, like grapes and blueberries. Shine is optional and soft, like opal.
  • Be flexible about the lightness or darkness of individual items, aiming for an overall medium light to fairly dark level.
  • Know that your black is moose black.
  • Look for grays that remind you of clamshell, shadow, cool smoke, mauve gray, taupe, gray mink, and Ragdoll cat.
  • Find your white in off-white, like handmade lace.
  • 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).
  • 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

Foundation matches overtones, as well as your (cool-neutral) undertone. The best match relates to more than just warmth. As a Summer, your foundation may be rose beige, not as light as the alabaster colours of (Caucasian) Winters. If your skin is deeper in pigmentation, the colour may appear darker or warmer. 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.

Jewelry

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 extremes, in gold that is very yellow or has a brassy quality. Metal should be slightly brushed, especially if the surface is larger. This helps to soften colour in jewelry, as in fabric. When shine is too smooth or polished, highlights become sharply white and the effect may be overwhelming or apart from you and the rest of the outfit, more of a consideration for items viewed near the face, such as earrings, or larger pieces, such as pendants.

Who knows?...

You might be an individual who looks drop dead gorgeous (men, we’re talking to you too) in desert rose and seafoam 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.