True Winter Color Palette For Wardrobe And Makeup
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28 Jun

True Winter Color Palette For Wardrobe And Makeup

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

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

True Winter is the central palette that is located between Bright Winter and Dark Winter.

As it’s in the middle, that also means that this is the palette of colors that are the most saturated.

This color palette is not in any transition, so the colors are the brightest, the most vivid, and the most “screaming” creating very high contrast.

This is a cold season that is definitely not mild or soft like Autumn. It’s relatively similar to True Summer, however, the latter one is greyed down and much softened.

True Winter is edgy in its nature. People with this kind of appearance often have a ravish allure that can be noticed far away.

true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette

Characteristics Of True Winter Color Palette

Your colors might deviate a little, after all, it’s a harsh season that is at its highest peak.

As a True Winter, you have highly contrasting features with a little bit of edge to it.

It’s a Vamp woman that is strong, and clear and her undertones are only cool.

It’s so frosty that it’s not only pitch-black but black with blue shadow. That color is cool and crispy with no softness.

true winter color palette
true winter color palette

You are a True 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 is cold.

My skin naturally has a yellow undertone, so a warm palette will suit me better. For you, it’s vice-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 not have a soft appearance colorwise, but it’s not completely true when technical resources say that your “features appear somewhat “toned down”. 

There are people with grey-ish appearances, 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

true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette
true winter color palette


True Winter is known for a “frozen” look ranging from deep but cold blue, light blue, deep brown and black.


True Winter skin is usually “transparent” with blue veins. This is why some technical resources claim that True Winter skin has a blue undertone.

However, nobody has blue skin, we are not avatars after all.

This white crispy skin is usually visible during winter times while in summer it might have a slight tan, but almost no freckles.

It’s usually ivory pale, to medium tan during the hotter season.


The hair is always dark, ranging from dark ash brown to black. This is the typical brunette with no highlights or pitch-black shaded hair.

There is a natural contrast between the ivory (or even os its black) skin and the hair shade.

All of the True Winter features don’t blend in like in Autumn and don’t create a soft outlook.

Those faces are highly memorable with edgy touch to them.

How To Understand True Winter Color Palette

It has already been indicated that the True Winter color palette has 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 a cold undertone.

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


Both of the color palettes appear to be cool in their undertone.

However, True Winter falls into the category of irascible clearness while True Summer melts down into an ice-creamy diffusion.

True Winter is harsh and there is no softness as was mentioned before.

‍Styling For True Winter Color Palette


True Winter is the original Winter season. As such, the palette contains both true black and white.

You also have dark blues and browns, which you can use as dark neutrals.

And apart from true white, you have light beiges and greys, which can act as light neutrals.

On that note, black and white is the classic True Winter combination and will look truly striking on you.

True Winter Neutrals

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

In technical fashion materials, it is 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.

Harsh and way too bright/cold colors can create an undesirable effect on the skin, especially if you have a delicate/muted appearance.

But that is right on the contrary for you, sharp colors are right for you!

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

The main centre 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.

This especially 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 is what we are trying to avoid when constructing the perfect wardrobe.

Colors to Avoid For True 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 them in smaller accessories like bags, belts, etc.

True Winter Colours to Avoid

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 which 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 be 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

Throwing my fashion & color philosophy like confetti ;)