Deep, bright and icy, Cool Winter has the most vibrant colour palette of the 4-seasons. Picture a winter scene – everything is clear, crisp and lacking any real warmth. Winter colouring is intense and high contrast – which is why Winter types shine in black and jewel-like colours. Think bold scarlet, bright white, emerald green or hot pink.
Do you shine in these colours? Then you could be a Cool Winer (also known as a True Winter). Dressing for your natural colouring is absolutely crucial and a real game-changer when it comes to your wardrobe routine. Wearing the right colours will make your skin look healthier, features more defined and imperfections minimised. So, it pays to get your colours right.
In today’s post, I share my quick guide to Cool Winter skin tones: what they are, how to know if you’re a Cool Winter, their best colours and celebrities who share this season.
Defining Characteristics of a True (Cool) Winter
If you’re a Cool Winter, when you look in the mirror the first thing you’ll notice is your cool and bright appearance. Your hair, eyes and skin have cool blue undertones, which can show up as pinkness. You’ll also have dark, and medium to high contrasting features.
Winter types typically have dark hair – or dark hair that has gone grey or white. These tones can be blue-black to medium brown but they will never have red or golden tones (but this doesn’t mean a little warmth may not be present from natural lightening from the sun). A cool winter can have a range of hair colours and eye colours, which includes natural platinum blonde hair and blue eyes.
The eyes will be brighter shades of blue, green, hazel, brown or black. Again for a cool winter there is an absence of warm, gold tones here.
Cool Winter skin appears bright thanks to the high contrast in features and for lighter skin it is likely to burn just as easily as it can tan. It can range from very fair to dark (with ethnic skin types this must be considered within your race, if you are fair or very dark). A cool winter have a dominant coolness and varying ranges of brightness.
In the images above you can see how dark the hair and eyes are in comparison to the skin. There are no grey areas in the image. They are dominated by high-contrasting areas of light and dark.
so, am I a cool winter?
Identifying your colours via online resources isn’t as straightforward as it may seem (due to the fact we’re all unique and the 4-seasons system relies on us al fitting neatly into one of the descriptions) but looking at how your skin reacts to certain colours is a great indicator of your natural colouring, and if you’re warm or cool.
If you’re a winter type, you’ll find earthy colours, golden browns, muddy greens and oranges don’t look great on you. That’s because the warmth of these colours clash against the icy, coolness of your complexion – making you look washed out and tired. Unless you’re a Bright Winter (more on that soon) you’ll also find the neon brights from the Spring palette too much for you as well.
As I said, figuring out your season within the colour analysis system is tricky. Despite having very different colour palettes, each season can share similar characteristics. For example, Cool Winters and Warm Springs both have a bright, clear appearance which can often lead to confusion.
An easy way to distinguish these two seasons is to look at your undertone. If there’s a yellowness to your skin, you’re likely a spring type. While a blue or pink undertone indicates that you’re likely a winter type. If you’re a True Winter you can wear deep blues and rich purples effortlessly – while a Warm Spring will find these colours harder to pull off without looking washed out.
Your intense colouring means you look better in bright, vivid colours. (Fun fact: Cool Winters are the only season that can rock black and white!). Whereas Cool Summer, your sister season, is better suited to delicate tones and should stay clear of these bold colours.
Because these sister seasons share the same cool undertones they are also often confused – which can wreak havoc on your wardrobe’s colour palette. So it’s important that you complete a thorough colour analysis.
If you’d like to complete your own DIY colour analysis and discover which colours make you shine, then my online personal styling course is a great option for you. Or if you’re in London and would like to enquire about my next availability for in-person analysis, please get in touch.
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Cool Winter Colour Palette
Winter colours are intense and icy. Think back to the winter scene – it’s full of black, bright whites and the coolest blues. Unlike Cool Summers, your high contrasting features mean that pastel colours will wash you out. Instead, stick to more vivid colours such as: fuchsia, bottle green, icy blue or cherry. nAnd, of course, steer clear of warm colours.
If you’re struggling to tell the difference between warm and cool colours, then check out my cool colours blog for a step-by-step breakdown.
Best Colours for Cool Winter Skin Tones
- Icy or vibrant pinks (carnation pink, deep rose, hot pink)
- Clear reds
- Bold purple
- Greens (jungle green, bottle green and emerald)
- Bright white
This is just a small selection of your most flattering colours. If you’d like to learn more about your go-to colours…and which ones to avoid, then enrol on my course to access my bespoke winter colour wheel and handouts.
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True Winter Celebrities
Looking to other Cool Winter celebs is great for style guidance and inspiration. There are plenty of celebs who you’d expect to be a winter type – and some that might come as a surprise. Contrary to what you might expect, Naomi Campbell is a great example of a Cool Winter and pulls off bold colours, black and silver exceptionally well.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have Katy Perry with her jet black hair and icy blue eyes. Then the more tanned and almost warm looking Brooke Shields. Other famous winter types include: Anne Hathaway, Lucy Liu, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Demi Moore.
Do you think you’re a Cool Winter? Not sure? Let me know why in the comments below and I’ll pick one of you to win a virtual colour consultation with me.
Think you might be a different season? Read my other posts to find out: