Bright Winter Color Palette For Wardrobe And Makeup
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26 Jun

Bright Winter Color Palette For Wardrobe And Makeup

Are You Wondering If You Are A Bright Winter Color Palette?

I got you covered with these answers from a stylist and artist

Bright Winter Color Palette speaks for itself, it is vivid, shiny and has high contrast.

Those colors are less neutral, more bright that attract a lot of attention. Since winter is a cold season, it has cool tonality and the main undertone is cold.

If you want to understand better, just imagine a Snow-white from the fairytale “Snow White and 7 dwarfs”.

Her skin was snow-like, her cheeks had natural red blush, pitch-black hair created a harsh contrast and her eyes were also very dark.

She was wearing a navy blue dress and a bright red hair ribbon that suited her appearance well enough.

She had a “Bright Winter Color Palette”, so the artists created highly contrasted and vivid clothes.


Your colors might deviate a little, after all, it’s a transitional season that jumps into the winter season.

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How to know if you are a Bright Winter?

You have a high contrast between hair, eyes, and almost ‘transparent’ skin. Your skin is most likely pale in color, so your hair looks really bright and crisp in terms of color.

Your eyes and very vivid and all your features do not blend in easily like Autumn or Summer types. Your features are definitely not muted and warm colors are not for you.

You are naturally a sharp, clear, and vibrant type with cold undertones.

You are a Bright Winter if you have a cool appearance overall, and you are most definitely aware that cold colors and undertones suit you better than warm and soft ones.

It’s effortless to make a test with jewelry. Just take something golden, and something silver covered and put it right near your face.

I, for example, put one gold earring on the left ear and one silver on the right one. I will definitely say that golden earrings suit my skin much better than silver ones.

Because gold has a yellow (warmer) undertone, and silver one is cold.

My skin naturally has a yellow undertone, so a warm palette will suit me better. For you it’s vice-a-versa.

How to find out if your skin type is warm or cold?

That is really easy to do! The fastest way to understand what your main type is is to face yourself in the mirror and play around with gold and silver jewelry.

For example: If you see that you have a slightly pinkish skin undertone and silver earrings suit you better – you are a cold type.

If you have olive shaded skin and gold jewels suit you better – you are a warm type.

 You do have a crispy appearance colorwise, but it’s not completely true when technical resources say that your “features appear somewhat “greyed” out or toned down”. 

There are people with grey-ish appearance, but their blue eyes definitely stand out.

Your true colors are cool and sharp, somewhat “screaming” but if you add perfect color to your features (or at least one of them) those will definitely create a balance.

With the right palette, your features will be enhanced!

It might be true that the contrast between your skin, eyes, and hair is highly contrasted. 

But the important thing is that a usual person that reads these statements will not be able to identify that contrast.

It’s difficult to figure out which chroma, hue, and contrast your own appearance has.

My advice to you is not to put so much attention to these “technicalities” and just go along with a simpler explication of what your true palette is.

The Features


Bright Winter means ocean blue, blue-turquoise, grey-brown, green-grey, black with cool/grey undertone.


Skin is always clear against your natural hair color and eyes. It can be fair like ivory to black with grey-undertone.


Bright Winter is always saturated in color with a shiny glow. That is usually black, pitch-black, brown-black, dark brown, brunette, medium brown.

How To Understand Bright Winter Color Palette

It has already been indicated that Bright Winter color palette has a high contrast. You can clearly see how fair the skin of an actress is.

Pitch-black hair creates a rough outline and sharp edgy end. The eyes are medium brown with cold undertone.

It’s a highly contrasted appearance and if you look similar, you are definitely a Bright Winter.

Bright Winter vs Bright Spring

Bright Winter can be compared to Spring season because of bright colors. However, always remember, winter is harsh and cold, while Spring is warm with yellow undertones.

Winter will always be with blue/grey undertones and warm colors will always look incompatible with Bright Winter.‍

Bright Winter Color Palette Inspiration

Imagine a harsh Siberian winter with a valley of white snow at night. There is a huge contrast between the dark night horizon and the brightness and vividness of white snow.

During such night, the snow is so white that it illuminates the darkness all around.

You can see bright red roses on the Valentine’s day, the shallow light sunlight and the sky that goes into dark purple lights.

Styling For Bright Winter Color Palette


When it comes to neutrals in the Bright Winter Color Platte it’s always very contrasting almost like the colors are clashing into each other.

You still may use light colors but you’d rather have to mix it with darker ones. After all, winter is darkness and brightness at the same time.

Try to play around with light blue and darker grey, grey-beige with black or medium grey, light grey with dark purple.

Bright Winter Neutrals
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How to mix and match a bright winter color palette in your wardrobe?

In technical fashion materials, it is being stated that you should only combine colors from one color palette that belongs to your skin tone.

So colors that work for a bright winter palette should only be chosen from the palette given to you.

As warm and way too bright colors can create an undesirable effect on the skin, especially if you have a contrasting appearance.

Obviously, sharp colors are right for you!

I have already mentioned that dark/dark warmer colors can still be used for the lower body.

The main center is always your facial zone which attracts the most attention. So you mainly need to concentrate on the face and decolletage zone with your true winter palette.

You have to understand that even if you use all blue combinations or all dusty pink or creamy combinations in your upper and lower body.

It will be color correct for your skin but still unflattering if your body shape is not perfect hourglass shape.

Especially it concerns those that have an ampler bottom-like pear body shape. So that would mean that light pink pants will not be the best choice for your bottom line because they can make you look bigger than you actually are.

And this what we are trying to avoid when constructing the perfect wardrobe.

Colors to Avoid For Bright Winter Color Palette

We have already established that in order to enhance your beauty, you need to use cold and bright color in your wardrobe.

Yellow or golden tones will look unflattering on you and you’d rather keep away or use in smaller accessories like bags, belts, etc.

Bright Winter Colours to Avoid
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Patterns & Prints For Bright Winter Color Palette

Patterns are usually used for upper body garments like blouses and sweaters, etc., or summer dresses. People rarely wear trousers with patterns; most likely blatant colors are used.

As a Bright WInter type, you can wear prints, but those would need to be in the right color palette for you.

If you see a patterned fabric, you need to concentrate on the primary color of the whole garment. There might be blue flowers on white, but you need to figure out which color is primary here.

It’s primarily white that is basic here, so you need to see if that primary color is from your Bright Winter color palette.

It’s believed that Bright Winter needs to use low to medium contrasts because of the delicacy of natural beauty.

You might still go for low-level contrast, which would right for you. However, there is always a solution for you if you didn’t find anything from this guide.

Jewelry For Bright Winter Color Palette

How you could fix your non-perfect colored look with just one thing. It’s a necklace, and for me it’s pearls. Be mindful that pearls need to fit your skin color perfectly.

When you put something like a pearl necklace on your neck, you create a rough separation between the “wrong” color for your skin and the necklace.

So, the chain is going to be the primary color reflector for your skin color.

For example, I have a purple dress that does not really fit my skin color, and my face tends to look a bit tired with it.

You know it, especially if you have blue eye bags in the morning. It doesn’t make me look the best. So I create a cut between the color and my face with a pearl necklace that perfectly fits my skin.

So the jewelry is the first color reflector near my face.

Check out my article: “How to wear pearl necklace and where to buy it. “

As stated between gold and silver, I’d recommend silver as it’s cold enough for your skin tone.

Gold is appropriate if it was mixed with silver and looks primarily cool-toned.

Pearls need to be bright white color as it matches your complexion perfectly.

You can even use colorful plastic earrings of vibrant shades like Samantha from Sex and City wore.

Iryna Fedorchak

Hello, I am Iryna. A creative Ukrainian soul living in Lisbon, Portugal. I know fashion, I speak beauty and I know what lifestyle suits you the best. Here I will show you how fashion manifestation looks like as well as I want it to be an inspiring space for women of all religions and heritage. I hope I can help and advise you about your fashion preferences. Let's do fashion together! I love to create and re-create looks showcasing the life of European Bohemia in Portugal, researching Dos' and Donts' of the beauty realm, throwing my philosophy like confetti.