Bright Winter is one of the three Winter seasons and sits between True Winter and Bright Spring on the seasonal flow chart.
Unlike Bright Spring, this season is cool. However, both sister seasons are a blend of Spring and Winter, with Bright Spring leaning more towards the Spring palette and Bright Winter leaning more towards the Winter palette.
I. Natural Appearance
The contrast of Bright Winer's natural appearance is very high. Bright Winters may have some darker and some lighter features, which creates value contrast. But since the colouring of the Bright Winter features is fully saturated, the vibrancy of the colouring also creates contrast.
The combination of these factors generally gives Bright Winters a highly contrasted, crisp and intense appearance.
A natural-looking make-up needs to repeat these natural characteristics and the level of contrast present in your natural appearance. For a Bright Winter, this means vibrant and highly contrasting looks. So remember, a natural look on you is an intense look rather than a no make-up look.
Don't be afraid! And the Bright Winter colour palette lends itself well to creating colourful, intense make-up looks.
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II. The Colour Palette
If you want to learn more about the Bright Winter colour palette, please refer to the comprehensive guide.
Bright Winter's primary colour aspect is bright, and its secondary aspect is cool.
The colours lean towards the cool end of the scale but are not extremely cool. As a result, you will find fewer shades of yellow (which is the warmest colour of all) on the palette. And you will only see cooler shades of yellow, which have a tint of blue. Instead, there are more blues, pinks, and purples that are naturally blue-based and therefore cool.
While the colours range from very light (bright white) to very dark (true black), the majority is medium in value, leaning slightly to the dark end because of the greater concentration of blue undertones.
In line with Bright Winter’s primary aspect, the colours are very high in chroma, meaning they are extremely saturated, bright and vibrant. These are the most intense colours of all the seasons.
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III. Make-up Colours
Bright Winter make-up colours are taken from the same colour palette that is used for clothing.
Complexion make-up includes foundation, concealers and bronzers. These are taken from the neutrals area of the palette.
Foundation & Concealer
Bright Winter skin is neutral-cool and comes in a wide range of shades, from fair to deep. Lighter skin tones often have a certain translucent quality to them. And darker skins have a glowy, almost glassy shine to them.
However, it's not possible to give recommendations on complexion make-up - such as foundation and concealer. These are best colour-matched to your individual skin.
Generally, though, foundation and concealer are best when they have a sheer or satin finish.
Avoid yellow and peachy tones, which have warm undertones and will clash with your naturally cool complexion. And steer clear of matte finishes, which will make you look dull.
Bronzer & Highlighter
Bronzer is not a make-up product designed for Bright Winters since its purpose is to bring out a golden warmth, which Bright Winters do not possess. Stay away from bronzers, as they will simply look off on you.
If you want to add some highlights to your face, apply some highlighter to your cheeks instead. It will add some shimmer without the golden tones of a bronzer.
Eye make-up colours are also taken from the neutral area of the Bright Winter palette. Highlight eyeshadows come from the complementary and accent colours areas on the palette.
Neutral eyeshadow colours are the taupes and greys on the palette.
For highlight and accent eyeshadow colours, opt for the brighter, darker colours on your palette.
Since Bright Winter eyes have a natural intensity to them, so should their eye make-up. Don't be afraid of colour, it's only natural for this season.
And while colourful is the right keyword, dark is not what Bright Winter is about. Since Bright Winter is influenced by the lighter Spring season, anything too dark will look out of place on you.
Opt for a shimmery or frosted finish on eyeshadows.
Avoid warm, yellow-based colours as well as muted colours and matte finishes. Both will clash with your bright appearance.
As a Winter, your best choice of mascara is black or very dark grey. Other colours just won't look as good because Bright Winter needs contrast and intensity.
If you're feeling particularly colourful, you can also try out a bright blue as mascara.
Stay away from warm browns, which will clash with your cool appearance.
While you can choose to keep your eyeliner neutral, in a similar colour to your mascara, you can also opt for more colourful choices, such as blue, purple and green.
Lip & Cheek Make-up
Blush and lip colours come from the pink, red and purple areas of the Bright Winter colour palette.
Generally, Bright Winter blushes are a cool coral or reddish-pink colour. Depending on the depth of your skin tone, choose the corals for lighter skin tones and the reds for darker skin tones. Some trial and error may be required to find the perfect shade.
Avoid overly warm oranges and peach colours that will clash with your cooler appearance.
Bright Winter lipsticks are, of course, bright! From fuchsia over red to purple, these are not shy colours.
But even though these colours may at first glance seem bold, don't be afraid. They will look very natural on you and not at all attention-grabbing because they mimic the natural intensity of your appearance.
Avoid dark colours, warm oranges and yellow-based reds. Nude lips are also not great on you because they lack the intensity that you need.
IV. Make-up Looks
Bright Winter make-up is at its best when it's contrasted and colourful.
When we think of a natural make-up look, we often think of nude, skin-tone or bare lips and very little eye make-up in neutral colours. However, this type of 'natural' look does not work on Bright Winters. And it's a wrong idea that we need to get out of our heads.
A natural look is one that will mimic the characteristics of your natural appearance. For a Bright Winter, this means high contrast and intensity. A nude lip on a Bright Winter will make them look washed out and off. What is required here is a bold lip paired with defined eye make-up.
Even though this might seem unintuitive at first, this is what will look natural on a Bright Winter.
One important thing to remember for a Bright Winter make-up look is that both your eyes and your lips must have the same intensity. Don't go for just a bold lip with minimum eye make-up. It will unbalance your face.
For a more dramatic make-up look, you have several options. You could simply intensify your lips with an even brighter lip colour. But make sure to balance out your eye make-up with the same intensity.
Otherwise, you can go for smoky eyes. But again, don't go too dark. You have so many greys on your palette to try. And don't forget to keep your lips colourful.
And the classic dramatic make-up look for Winters is the pin-up look, with light eyeshadow, winged black liner and a red lip.