True Summer

Make-up palette

True Summer combines coolness with softness. This sub-season is part of the Summer family and is the original Summer palette.

Its colours are cool, quite muted, and range from light to dark. True Summer make-up is therefore naturally cool and understated.

Natural appearance

The contrast in True Summer's natural appearance is medium. The skin is typically quite light in contrast to darker hair and medium eyes.

Unlike True Winter, though, this season is completely muted. There is no brightness in any of the features.

The combination of all of these factors makes the True Summer overall appear cool, soft, and quite gentle.

Consequently, these natural characteristics will need to be repeated in your make-up.

So remember, a natural look on you is a soft, cool look. And the True Summer colour palette lends itself well to creating the required softness.

The Colour Palette

True Summer's dominant characteristic is cool, and its secondary characteristic is muted. If you want to learn more about the True Summer colour palette, check out the comprehensive True Summer guide.


True Summer is the original Summer season in the four seasons colour analysis. It is also the coolest of the seasonal Summer family. There is no warmth in this palette.This means the colours contain blue undertones but no yellow ones. There are very few yellow shades, and even these ones have a heavy tint of blue to make them cooler. Instead, you will find lots of cool blues, pinks, purples, and blue-based greens.


The colour palette ranges from nearly white to nearly black and is so quite broad. Overall, though, there are more colours that are medium-light rather than truly dark. This is because this season cannot handle too much contrast.


The colours are medium-low in chroma.This means that they lean more towards the soft end of the scale. They are more dusky and soft - rather than saturated and bright - to match True Summer's lower level of contrast.

Make-up Colours

True Summer make-up colours are taken from the same colour palette that is used for clothing.

Complexion Make-up

Complexion make-up includes foundation, concealers, and bronzers. These would typically be taken from the beige neutrals palette.

Foundation & Concealer

True Summer skin is cool with blue undertones and often a pink tinge; it's typically some form of beige or alabaster. However, it's not possible to give recommendations on complexion make-up - such as foundation and concealer. These must be colour-matched to your individual skin.

Generally though, foundation and concealer are best when they are matte, smooth, silky, and pink-based, in beige shades.

Avoid peachy tones with warm undertones that will clash with your naturally cool complexion.

Bronzer & Highlighter

Bronzer is supposed to bring out warmth in the skin. This is completely opposite to what True Summer skin is. Since there is simply no warmth in your skin, all that bronzer would do is make you look sick. Please stay away from it!

Eye Make-up

Eye make-up colours are also taken from the neutral area of the True Summer colour palette with the exception of highlight eyeshadow colours. These come from the complementary and accent colours area on the palette.


Your neutral eyeshadows are the whites, greys, and taupes on the colour palette.For highlight eyeshadow colours, opt for the pinks, plums, blues, and greens on your palette.

When you are selecting eyeshadows, opt for a matte finish or a slight shimmer and make sure that the colours are extremely cool.

Avoid bright and warm eyeshadow colours that will clash with your complexion. The same goes for glitter and sparkly eyeshadows. They are not a great match for your muted appearance.

Make sure to blend your eyeshadows in really well. Harsh lines do not look good on True Summers.


Even though your appearance is darker in value than that of a Light Summer, black is still too harsh on you. Choose mascara in cool, dark grey tones, or navy instead.


Eyeliner colours are similar to mascara with the addition of the more colourful aubergine. To really bring out your eyes, choose an eyeliner in a colour similar to your eyes. That will make them pop!However, on a True Summer, eyeliner can almost be too harsh, so make sure to blend it in with your eyeshadow really well.

Again, avoid black since it's too harsh on you. Your darkest colours here are deep grey and ash brown.

Lip & Cheek Make-up

Blush and lip colours come from the pink, red, and plum area of the True Summer colour palette.


Blush colours inspired by the pink and plum area of the colour palette. These colours are cool and muted, and will give you a fresh-faced appearance.

Like with your eye make-up, make sure to blend your blush in really well. Any harsh lines will be even more visible on you than on other types.

Avoid overly bright and warm colours - such as oranges and reds, as well as any sparkly blushes. Opt for a matte finish or a very slight shimmer.


True Summer lipsticks range from pink over red to plum.They are blue-based to make them as cool as possible.

And like with your blush, avoid overly bright and warm colours - such as oranges and redOpt for a matte or shiny finish. Sparkle or gloss might be too much on you.

Make-up Looks

Natural Looks

True Summer make-up is at its best when it is cool and understated.

A natural make-up look is one that will mimic the characteristics of your natural appearance. For a True Summer, this means coolness and softness. A dark lip combined with heavy eye make-up on a True Summer will make them look overwhelmed.

What is required here is a nude lip, delicate skin with a fresh pink blush, and subtle, light eyeshadow. Take a look at Emily Blunt here. Because the colours are cool and muted, the make-up she is wearing is so unobtrusive and gives her a very natural look. Even the slightly highlighted lip doesn't stand out but blends in with the rest of her look. Beautiful!

Dramatic Looks

For dramatic looks, the same principle as above applies. Keep your make-up cool and soft; and avoid heavy, opaque colours.

You can choose from the many deep berry and plum colours to liven up your lips. Add a smoky eye in one of your cool grey shades and you've got a great look!

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