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The Ultimate Guide to Winter Coloring

These are the most flattering clothing, makeup, and accessory colors for winters.

By Aria WhitePublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Before reading this article, make sure you are in the right place. You should first read, How to Determine Your Season, to make sure you are indeed a winter. Once you have confirmed you have winter coloring, continue reading to learn which colors are the best for you to wear when it comes to clothing, makeup, and accessories.

First, let's review the physical traits of winters. This will help you better understand why certain tones and shades bring out your best features, and why you should stay away from other colors that might not be flattering.

Winters fall into two categories: light-skinned and dark-skinned. The common trait is a cool blue or red undertone. Many light-skinned winters have similar coloring to snow white - very fair skin and very dark hair. There are also light-skinned winters who have white or silver hair. Dark-skinned winters also have very dark hair. There are no blonde winters.

Winters can have grayish blue/green eyes or black-brown/charcoal-colored eyes. They will sometimes have white or silver flecks.

The best clothing colors for winters

Winters have coloring that is cool and deep, which means they look best in colors that are vibrant and rich. The winter palette is built off of gray tones that are more cool than warm.

Neutrals that work great for winters include shades like white, stone, navy, and black. Non-neutrals include royal blue, lemon yellow, hot pink, cranberry, and purple.

Because winters have coloring with blueish/reddish undertones, they should avoid wearing any shade of brown or orange. These colors are too warm and will make winters appear yellow and unhealthy looking.

What about prints?

When selecting prints, make sure that the dominant colors in the pieces are ones from the winter color palette. There may be one or more hue that is not a winter shade but as long as the primary colors are from the winter palette, that's what is important.

The best jewelry and accessory colors for winters

When it comes to colors of accessories that look best for winters, keep in mind that accessories include pieces like scarves, hats, watches, and handbags. The colors that flatter winters with clothing are the same colors that winters should use to accessorize.

In addition to the standard colors in the winter palette, winters should stick to silver, pewter, and white gold tones for all accessories, including jewelry. Standard gold will not flatter winters because it is too orange for winter coloring. This applies to watches, metal accents on pieces of clothing such as buttons and belt buckles, and purse embellishments.

The best makeup colors for winters

Makeup colors for light-skinned winters and dark-skinned winters are similar but do vary slightly. Winters with light skin should wear brighter colors on their lips with medium-to-dark shades on their eyes. Dark-skinned winters look best with deeper/darker colors on their lips and eyes.

Light-skinned winters

  • Best shades of eyeshadow for light-skinned winters - medium-to-dark gray, medium-to-dark plum or medium-to-dark teal
  • Best shades of eyeliner for light-skinned winters - navy or charcoal
  • Best shades of lipstick for light-skinned winters - hot pink, ruby, bright red or plum
  • Best shades of blush for light-skinned winters - soft red, deep pink or wine
  • Best shades of mascara for light-skinned winters - navy for day, soft black for night

Dark-skinned winters

  • Best shades of eyeshadow for dark-skinned winters - deep gray, plum or teal
  • Best shades of eyeliner for dark-skinned winters - indigo blue or black
  • Best shades of lipstick for dark-skinned winters - black cherry, medium purple, deep pink or rich red
  • Best shades of blush for dark-skinned winters - brandy or cranberry
  • Best shade of mascara for dark-skinned winters - black

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About the Creator

Aria White

Aria White is an author, mental health advocate, narcissistic abuse survivor, and relationship expert. Her first book, "Dear Me, I've Missed You" is available at Amazon and other book retailers. Follow her on Instagram @authorariawhite.

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