Please note: Do not worry too much if one characteristic of your appearance deviates from the below descriptions. You may still fall into this colour season if your overall appearance matches the profile.
The following images are examples of True Summers. You may look different but still be a True Summer.
You are a True Summer if the dominant characteristic of your overall appearance is cool – meaning cool colours suit you better than warm ones, and the secondary characteristic is muted.
When you look in the mirror the first thing you notice about your colouring is its obvious cool quality. Your skin, eyes, and hair all have cool, blue and pink undertones.
In addition, your features are muted – they blend together rather than contrast each other. Compared to the two other Summer sub-seasons, however, True Summer has the most contrast. Overall, the level of contrast between the features is medium.
True Summer eyes are usually blue, grey, green, or light grey hazel. Darker ethnicities will have muted brown eyes. Regardless of the colour, True Summer eyes are always softly greyed, making them muted and less vibrant than sparkling Spring or Winter eyes. Typical of the Summer eye, you may notice a crackled glass pattern on the iris.
True Summer skin is always cool, with blue or beige undertones and possibly a pink tinge. It ranges from fair to tan (I to IV on the Fitzpatrick scale). Since True Summer skin is cool, silver looks good against it, but gold does not work at all.
The hair can be any shade from dark blonde, over light and medium brown to dark brown, but what defines True Summer hair is the absence of brightness. Instead, True Summer hair is ashy and muted. There is no warmth in the hair – i.e. very little to no red undertones, no golden glow, and usually no natural highlights. Redheads therefore aren’t usually True Summers.
Due to the combination of darker hair with lighter skin, the level of contrast between a True Summer's features is medium. This makes True Summer the season with the highest contrast out of the three Summer types. In the images below, you can see how the hair is darker compared to the skin, but the contrast is not too strong. Overall, there are some darker and some lighter areas in the image, but they are neither very dark nor very light.
True Summer vs True Winter
Being the coolest of the Summer family, people who fall into the True Summer category can sometimes be mistaken for Winters. Both are cool seasons, but while True Winter is dark and contrasting, True Summer is lighter and softer in comparison.
And although True Summer has a higher contrast than the other two Summer types, the contrast is not as striking as True Winter’s. In fact, the high-contrasting colours (including black) of Winter are overpowering on True Summers.
Instead of black, there is more grey mixed into the True Summer colouring (as you can see below) – making the natural appearance soft and muted. The colours of True Winter, on the other hand, are more intense and more contrasted with lots of black and black-blue pigments.