Cool Winter: Colour Analysis Guide

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 – which is why they 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.

Woman wearing grey winter coat in snow | Colour Analysis | Are you a True Winter?

Defining Characteristics of a TRUE WINTER

If you’re a Cool Winter, when you look in the mirror the first thing you’ll notice is your bright and cool 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.


The eyes will be brighter shades of blue, green,  hazel, brown or black. Again there is an absence of warm, gold tones here.


Cool Winter skin appears bright thanks to the high contrast in features and often tans easily. 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).

In the images below, 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.

Women with Black Hair and High Contrast in Features | True Winter Skin Tone Example in Colour and Black and White
Cool Winter skin type with a high contrast in features

so, am i a cool winter?

Colour analysis isn’t a simple process but looking at how your skin reacts to certain colours is a great indicator of your natural colouring. If you’re a winter type, you’ll find earthy colours, golden browns 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.

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, True Winters and Warm Springs 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 like me, you can wear deep blues and rich purples effortlessly – while a Warm Spring will find these colours very hard 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

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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: fuschia, bottle green, icy blue or cherry. And, 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
  • Blues
  • Greens (jungle green, bottle green and emerald)
  • Bright white
  • Black
True Winter Colour Palette | Best Colours for a Cool Winter Skin Tone
Cool Winter Colour Palette

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.

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 apparently a Cool Winter and pulls off bold colours really 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, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Demi Moore.

Are you a Cool Winter? Let me know in the comments below – and share your go-to colours!

Think you might be a different season? Read my other posts to find out:

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