Dark Autumn Blonde

Today I did the experiment I mentioned in this post. To review, I purchased Truth Is Beauty home draping cards for six season (Light Summer, Soft Summer, Soft Autumn, True Autumn, Dark Autumn, and True Spring) and took a picture of each season’s fan underneath my chin. But before I posted the pictures, I cropped the colors out, so all you saw was my face. Online color analysis has limitations no matter what, but I felt like this got rid of one of the major problems: people see what they want to see. If they like a color, that’ll influence their opinion. If they feel in their heart of hearts that you’re a Soft Summer, that’ll influence their opinion. This way, all they were looking at was the effect of the color on my skin, not the color itself.

When I posted the photos, the results came in quickly. The worst was Light Summer. The best was… Dark Autumn. And when I posted the individual colors of Dark Autumn (again not showing the color itself), the best color was this one:

The attractively named “Newt Green.” Definitely not a color you could imagine a Spring or Summer wearing.

I think this experiment was a successful one. People looked at what I wanted them to look at–skin effects–and not my hair and eye color. I’m not taking this to be the same as being draped Dark Autumn, but it’s enough to make me seriously consider it and want to experiment with it.

5 Comments on Dark Autumn Blonde

  1. Molly
    March 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Dark autumn is a lovely palette. Have fun experimenting!!

    • stylesyntax
      March 9, 2015 at 12:13 am

      Thank you, it’s definitely one of the palettes I’m drawn to the most. I did pick up two DA lipsticks today, and they look very nice and natural on me.

  2. nouveau
    March 8, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I was hoping to see the pics you showed the Facebook group – I’d love to see the photos of you with the various color fans below your face (either with or without cropping out the fans themselves). Any chance you would add those photos here? Thanks!

    • stylesyntax
      March 9, 2015 at 12:12 am

      I’m hesitant to put up photos of myself here because I only have an iPhone camera and my draping photos are taken with no makeup and unstyled hair, etc., plus I think I wouldn’t be able to be as nice as Christine Scaman is when people would insist I was Light Summer 😉 But if you are a member of seasonalcolor, I’d be happy to upload them to my profile there.

    • Nouveau
      March 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      I totally understand. I’ve been appalled at how rude some of the commenters have been to Christine. She asked for people’s honest feedback – but some folks took that as an invitation to rudely bash her about all sorts of things related to PCA. She is always very professional and gracious about any feedback she receives – but I can totally see why you wouldn’t want to post your own photos online.


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