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 Winter. You may look different but still be a True Winter.
You are a True Winter if the dominant characteristic of your overall appearance is cool, and the secondary characteristic is bright.
When you look in the mirror the first thing you notice about your colouring is its frosty coolness. There is no warm quality in any of your features and blue undertones dominate your skin, hair, and eyes.
In addition, your skin, eyes, and hair have a brilliant and clear appearance – there is no muddiness or softness in them. Overall, the contrast between your features is high.
Eyes of this season are usually cool with blue undertones in them. They come in a wide variety of colours – grey, blue, blue-violet, icy hazel, dark grey, or cool dark brown (especially for darker ethnicities). Characteristic of the Winter eye, you may notice a border defining iris and possible spokes on the iris.
True Winter skin is nothing but cool. It has clear blue undertones and while silver flatters it, gold looks completely disharmonious against it. The skin is typically a shade of beige and can range from fair to tan (I to IV on the Fitzpatrick scale).
The hair is typically dark, ranging from dark ash brown to black. This sub-season's hair does not have any natural highlights and the hair is either neutral or ashy.
True Winter has a stark contrast between the features. There is also a high contrast between the iris and whites of the eye. In the images below, you can see the big differences in shades between the features. The hair is very dark compared to the light skin and eyes.
True Winter vs True Summer
True Winter and True Summer share the same dominant characteristic – cool. The difference lies in their secondary characteristic – True Winter is bright and True Summer is muted.
True Summer is soft with a somewhat lower contrast between the features. It has a high content of grey pigments mixed into its colouring which tones down a True Summer's appearance.
True Winter colouring, on the other hand, contains blue, dark grey, and black-blue pigments. It has a very high contrast between the features and appears crisp. Because of this, True Winters can wear black, handle a lot of colour, and they look better in highly contrasting colours than True Summers do.