Roses and Oranges – implications of contrasts?

Colour Analysis divides women in four separate colouring types, sometimes with undercategories which make them twelve.

……ing from contrast colours, it’s quite a mystery that Autumn women are said be more becoming in green than blue. That should apply to women with red skin tones, should it not? Aren’t the red toned women winters, and tinged red that is rose and pink skin tones, summers?

But here come the orange toned Autumns, and their contrast colour is turquoise, NOT green. So why?

It’s because of their red hair colour, says the colour theory in question (Colour me beautiful). Ok, so redheads can wear green …..sly well. But red hair comes in more than 250 shades, said colour theorist Susanne Caygill.  Real red hair colours may be present by nature with many women, but nowadays I presume most redhaired women have coloured or toned their hair. A woman I knew had coloured her brown hair red, a strong, dark red, and she said of my natural red locks that they were ”blonde”. My hair colour was of medium contrast value compared to my ”cream white” skin. It is so still, but now, unfortunately, going paler over time. And I am not orange skinned, but rather, should I think, a golden ivory. ”Blonde” can certainly be several different hues, whitish  like flaxen or yellowish like rye or barley, and blonde with a reddish tone: strawberry blonde. I was teased as a girl because of my red hair, not because of my blonde hair. When being a backpacker at 20, talking to some Italians on a train, my friend called my hair ”rosso”, but the Italian said : ”Non è rosso,è ora.”  It’s not red, it’s golden. Which was exactly right, though I had never seen my hair colour that way before. So I have a hair on the reddish side, but more golden, and even a little warmish brown. I’ve toned it a couple of times and warm brown have seemed a good choice, because when the brown fades away, the red stroaks shines through and this is equally as beautiful as when a real brunette dyes her hair in red and get almost the same result: brown with reddish highlights.

I had heard that we redheads should NO’T dye with red hues and that might be true. So I tried a reddish hue I thought would be lighter and more mute, : it was called ”golden copper”. But that made my hair a strong, bright copper helmet, and it brought out an almost violet, coppery tone in my skin, the ”orange” that might be there, but never before seen. Walking about in a big store the woman who told me my hair was blonde said she had been looking for me, and then she had seen ”a stark red head moving among the makeup counters” – that was me. It sounded funny in a way. Because I am not a woman who wants to stand out.

So red haireds are said to be more becoming in green than blue. Myself, I wear greens as well as marines and warm browns.

I should like to see posts about the different skin hues for each Season. But I have not seen anything like that on www.

As several Seasons have the same skin undertones, e.g. ivory. It should be possible to divide the Seasons after the very skin undertones of the persons being analyzed.

For example: Autumn – Ivory Autumns, Golden Autumns and Orange Autumns.

Could we state that an autumn’s ivory different from a Spring’s ivory? In that case that the Autumn version could be more browned or goldened. Which should also be the case for Warm Spring’s ivory?

Other Springs: Ivories, porcelaines. Though I don’t know how a porcelaine undertone looks like exaclty. It should be whiter, and lighter, than Ivory, though.

Could Porcelaine also be brown or golden toned, for Warm Springs and dito Autumns?

In one book, (don’t remember title and author) featuring the four original seasons, the autour said that some Autumns could have a ”cream white” undertone. Is cream white more yellow than porcelaine, but less yellow than ivory? Cream white to me looks almost like off-white.  And off whites are mostly Summer whites. But, as I’ve learnt, off-whites are so very different. Because off-white means that a tiny amount of another colour – could be any colour – has been added to the white. And so, a creamy white may it possibly be a nearly off-white, or not?

Then there seem to be off-blacks to. Now contrasting white is black, but black is NOT the colour for warm seasons, clear spring and dark autumn excluded. So the cream white of Autumns like myself have of course some drops of colour in them. Preferrably some yellow, or some golden to warm it up.

Autumns with ivory, golden, orange or peachy skin tones should have pretty different seasonal colour palettes. This is my theory.

Warm Autumns

golden – palette should be based on contrast colour golden blue (and golden means that the blue has a tone of green, so greenish blue, e.g. peacock blue) Golden – Peacock blue.

brownish orange – palette should build from brownish turquoise,

brownish ivory – palette should be based on contrast colour brownish blue


Oranges dito Ivories – for Soft and Dark Autumns may have their palettes shaped after the contrast colours of their undertones as well. Soft Oranges, and Dark ones.

As goes for the rest of the Colour Seasons.

Those principals should also apply to Springs, Summers and Winters.





This Posting is also about the direct contrasting colours between skin hues and clothing colouring.

Giving the human skin comes in many colours and values, I decided to see if I could define some of them here, from low values (lightest) ones to darker ones.

Don’t say Autumns could not wear roses, or that Summers cannot wear oranges.


1.Ivory (elfenben), this is a yellowish kind of white (like animal horns: elephants or rhinosauruses)

Contrast colour should be an equally whitish tone of light blue. As blue is contrast to yellow.

As colour Ivory goes from lightest head on to ”darkest” – what is a dark yellow anyway? – so does also the contrasting light blues.

2. Then there are toned ivories, e.g. toned with greys or browns. Depending on the degree of warmth or coolness, those ivories become cooler or warmer. If greytoned the contrasting blue will be greytoned as well and cooler, better on a Summer. If brown toned ivory skin,  contrast will be brownish blue, warmer, better for an Autumn.

3. If undertone is golden – from light to darker – how dark can a golden tone go? – that means an ivory tone brushed with brown which makes colour golden. And the contrast colour is then golden too. If there is a golden blue out there, it should be the one contrast colour we’re after.



Pure Oranges,Apricots and Peaches – for the Warm-and-Clears, Warm-and -Muteds. four neutral Seasons: clears and muted.

Orange – Turquoise.

Pure apricot and peach are white tinges of the colour orange. Contrast of orange is an equally bright and value turquoise. So apricots and peacheses give a contrast of equally white tinged variants of  turquoise.

Warm Oranges, Apricots and Peaches are toned with warm browns – mind you there are cool browns out there too. Contrast colour should have the same brown tone, so browntoned turquoise. The warm brown makes the colours softer, less bright, both Orange and Turquoise – so turquoise goes toward teal or petroleum. Those warm variants are for the Warm and Golden, either Spring or Autumn.

Cool Oranges, Apricots, Peaches – yes, they’re out there means a greyer tone. Which are in for example carrots. Carrot orange, as well as cool light corals, all toned with coolest greys are suitable for Summers, indeed.


Then looking into Pinks and Roses (usually Summer colours)

Pink contra Light Green

Rose contra Medium Green

Red contra Green

3. Pure light pink (lightest tinge of rose) should wear a very light green as contrast. Take it that green being contrast of red, then a white tinged red will be rose, and rose tinged with white in turn very light pink, so tinged green is the contrast.

Now there are also blue toned roses /pinks and yellow toned roses/pinks.

Who said Summers could not wear Orange and that Autmns could not wear rose / pink?

For Summer oranges, see about Warm toned oranges, apricots, peaches above.

For Autumn roses/pinks, continue reading.

The yellow roses /pinks were made for Clear and light Springs, whereas the golden ones were made for the Warm Springs and dito Autumns.

Blue shaded roses /pinks for cool Summers and dito Winters.











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