All About Clear Spring: Explore the 12 Seasons

Clear Spring is warm and bright and shares characteristics with spring and winter in the 12 season system of color analysis.

Are your features bright and warm with high contrast? Are you drawn to overly saturated colors that stop traffic? Do you love the colors of neon signs?

If this sounds like you, you might be a Clear Spring!

The is a comprehensive guide to clear spring in the 12 season system of color analysis. Keep reading to learn the physical characteristics, best makeup, a color palette, wardrobe staples for deep winter, and how to create your own custom palette.


The 12 Color Seasons

In seasonal color analysis we look at the skin, eyes, and hair to find a common color family. The 6 main color components are warm, cool, deep, light, soft, and bright.

The spring color family is warm and includes clear spring, true/warm spring, and light spring.

Today we’ll be exploring the brilliant beauty of clear spring.

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Warm and Bright

Clear spring is classified in the following ways: warm hue, medium/light value,  bright chroma.

  • Warm hue
  • Medium/light value
  • Bright chroma
Clear Spring is warm and bright.

Clear spring differs from its fellow spring seasons in that chroma is the primary characteristic. Although there is definite warmth, there is an overall brightness to the features.

The skin is likely to be gold or tan. The eyes will typically be amber, green, or blue, and stand out against the face.

Hair is the in the brown color family, from light to medium/dark, and may have gold, red, or faint auburn highlights. Clear spring hair and eyes.

The features are very high in contrast, and if looking at a grayscale image the hair and eyes would stand out against the skin. Clear spring is very similar to clear winter, the difference being that clear spring is a bit lighter and can wear warm bright colors.

Bold neon colors.
Bright green tree colors.
Neon sign colors.

Makeup for the Clear Spring Woman

To emphasize the features of clear spring, makeup colors should be both warm and bright as well.

The best makeup for clear spring.

For the eyes, choose bright neutrals such as cream, gold and mauve, or copper, redwood and olive. Accent colors could be warm teal or purple.

For the cheeks, neutral warm shades of coral, copper, and wine are wonderful to bring out a bronzy glow for clear spring.

Clear spring should avoid nude lips, opting instead for a darker latte as a natural look.Caramel, toffee, and raising offer deeper neutrals. For a bold lip choose coral red or true red.

Avoid cool tones like pink or berry red lipstick, cool blue and green eyeshadows, and soft pink cheek colors. Clear spring looks best in bolder makeup looks versus completely natural.


Clear spring is know for its brilliant warm colors that most of the seasons avoid. Think of the brightest colors in nature and multiply that by 10. Since it’s in the warm color family, its heavy with reds, oranges, yellows, and greens.

Clear spring wears the rainbow.

Here we see some different elements that illustrate the nature of clear spring. The 6 color rainbow depicts the truest, most neutral form of colors, but the clear spring rainbow is warmer and as highly saturated as one can go.

Most of the colors of clear spring are almost painful to look at, and rarely found in nature. The colors under black light, mixed media paint and neon signs exhibit these traits.

A bright lime tree scene allows for the neutral tones found in clear spring.

Clear Spring Color Palette

Clear spring color palette.

In creating a palette for clear spring we start with neutrals, and work through the major color families.

Black and white are out for all spring types with brown and denim taking the place of black, and ivory functioning as white. Bright navy, pewter, and taupe are bonus neutrals that will be staples in the clear spring wardrobe.

Clear spring looks great in most shades of red, orange, and pink so long as they are bright. Yellows appear as butter, honey, and banana. Many greens can be worn along the medium to light spectrum. Blues in both the green and purple family are great saturated colors for clear spring. Warm purples complete the palette.

There is usually a version of every color that can be worn by any season, but some may be more difficult to match and find. Warm pinks often become blush, some reds may be too cool, and purples are best that lean towards red instead of blue.

There are some colors that clear spring should always avoid. Black and white have been mentioned as they are too cool. Soft pastels are out for clear spring as they will clash against the high contrast features. Warm brilliant shades of pink, green, and blue are some of the best colors.

Clear Spring Best and Worst Colors

Closet Staples

No matter your style or personal aesthetic, there are a few items that every woman should have in their wardrobe.

Here are 10 core pieces for the Soft Autumn woman:


The basics of any wardrobe should be neutrals, and you could certainly choose the same neutrals. Layering similar shades of the same color will create a rich luxe look.

For those that enjoy a more colorful look, the basics are still appropriate, but fun and funky accessories in the yellow, orange, purple, and blue families will add interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still wear black?

Of COURSE you can still wear black. I personally believe that black is a staple in any wardrobe. Any season can wear black, but some may find it is overwhelming. Black is likely to be a pretty close match with clear spring. Black definitely isn’t your BEST color, and lighter shades of brown will be most suitable. However, if you’re building a capsule wardrobe choosing black as a base may be easiest to find.

I hate these colors, could my season be wrong?

Yes absolutely, it could be true. But I want to challenge you, what is it that you hate? Is it the neutrals that you don’t like? Perhaps you don’t like brown? Refer back to my statements above about wearing black. Is it one of the color families, yellow or orange perhaps? Don’t wear them! Just because a palette includes all these colors doesn’t mean you should wear them all. I dare you to look at your closet and see if you naturally gravitate to any of these colors. If the answer is no, and you still feel this is completely wrong, let me know! I can help!

Should I wear all of these colors?

Well, that depends on you and what you consider minimalism! If you like a lot of variety, then go for it! However, when building a small capsule, you’ll find that limiting your color options is the best idea. I recommend the following:

  • Black base
  • Dark neutral
  • Light neutral
  • Main color
  • 2-3 Accent colors
Clear Spring Year Round Colors

Can I only wear these colors?

No way! You should wear what you love! If you want to wear lavender, then go for it! You may find, however, that learning your season affects how other colors make you feel. If you feel confident rocking a color, then it’s yours to own. But if you don’t, feel free to leave it to the seasons that wear it well. If you’re looking to expand your palette, you can also consider sister seasons.

The following are sister seasons for clear spring:

Mountain scene colors.
Clear Winter
Neon flowers colors.
Warm Spring

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the lovely attributes of clear spring. These individuals are truly beautiful in their brilliant sparkling warmth. They can wear the brightest colors of the rainbow and look stunning.

Are you a Clear Spring? If so, say hello in the comments!

clear spring color palette

Clear Spring sits on the cusp of spring and winter and is warm and bright.

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  1. Hey! Would I be a clear spring- I always get either clear spring or light autumn

    Light brown hair / tends to be on the warmer side
    Bright green eyes
    Fair skin neutral but warm leaning

    1. Most of the time I thought I was deep autumn which obviously as a Southeast Asian normally got, then I did a test online and turns out I am clear spring. I was surprised but it make more sense now because I have a deep autumn wardrop but I have some colorful stuff that my mom had it for me and I always get complements when I wear of my mom’s rather than my autumn outfit which however I feel more mature and suitable for job. So I will wear clear spring outfit in a situation when I want to be more approachable or family occasion.

  2. Does getting grey hair change the season? I’m a clear spring, but I’m noticing grey hairs here and there; kind of silvery. Am I still going to be clear spring?

    Also, what about jewelry? Gold, silver, etc? What metals look best for clear spring?

  3. Coz I’m an southeast asian, I tend to have darker color of eyes & hair. Can I be a clear/bright spring with natural black eyes & hair?

  4. Hi! I always think I’m a winter cause my eyes are dark coffee brown, my hair is reddish brown, and my skin is very fair with a pink undertone. However I look better in a warm orange red lipstick than in a cool red…
    Can I actually be a spring or autumn?

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