Clear Winter wears the rainbow.

All About Clear Winter: Explore the 12 Seasons

Are you features bright and cool with dark hair? Are you a contradiction with neutral skin and cool eyes? Do you love the clear colors of a warm winter day? 

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

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

The 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 winter color family is cool and includes deep winter, true/cool winter, and clear winter.

  • Deep Winter
  • True/Cool Winter
  • Clear Winter

READ MORE: Seasonal Color Analysis: The Ultimate Guide to Beauty

Today we’ll be exploring the bright beauty of clear winter.

Cool and Bright

Clear Winter is classified in the following ways: cool hue, medium value, bright chroma.

  • Cool hue
  • Medium value
  • Bright chroma

Clear Winter is cool and bright.

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

The skin is likely to be creamy porcelain or gentle beige. The eyes will typically be a bright blue color, with some green or gray. Occasionally the eyes will be a light amber color.

Hair is the in the brown color family, from medium to dark, and may have a touch of white gold highlights, but no red.Clear winter hair and eyes.

The features are very high contrast if if taking a grayscale picture, the hair and skin would be very different. There is a clear striking quality to the entirety of the clear winter features.

Mountain scene colors.
Bright amethyst colors.
Berry cheesecake colors.


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

The best makeup for clear winter.

For the eyes, choose light neutrals such as silver, mauve and gold, or charcoal and pewter. Accent colors could be purple, soft teal, and aegean. 

For the cheeks, neutral warm shades of rose, deep pink, and coral are wonderful to bring out a bright glow for clear winter.

Nude lips are out for clear winter, as they are underwhelming next to winter contrast. Stick with bubblegum or rose for a natural look, along with cranberry. For a bold lip choose sangria, ruby, or deep red.

Avoid warm tones like orange or brown lipstick, warm pink and orange eye shadows, and bronze cheek colors. Clear winter should also stay away from light lip colors.


Clear winter is known for it’s brightly saturated cool toned primary colors. Think of the brilliant colors of rainforest creatures. Since it’s in the cool color family, its heavy with blues, purples, pinks, and greens. 

Clear Winter wears the rainbow.

Here we see some different elements where clear winter is naturally found. The 6 color rainbow depicts the truest, most neutral form of colors, but the clear rainbow is cooler and highly saturated.

If you’ve ever been to a clear mountain lake with the teal and jade of the unspoiled water, then you’ve experienced the colors of clear winter.

The brilliance of sugar rock candy display the purples and pinks, while new life on an underwater reef displays the blue tones.

A decadent berry desert shows the types of red seen in the clear winter palette.

The Palette

Clear Winter Color Palette

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

Black and white make a central appearance in the winter color family, as do most shades of dark and light gray. Midnight navy, nude, and ivory are also flattering neutrals for this bright season bordering spring.

Reds are wonderful for clear winter so long as they are close to true red, along with neutral and blue based pinks. Yellows are difficult, but lemon line, lemon, and marigold can be worn . Many greens with a hint of blue are amazing on clear winter. Blues and purples should be brilliant, and make up the core of 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. Pinks can easily become too muted, reds can be a bit orange, and greens may be too yellow.

There are some colors that  clear winter should always avoid. Gray is a very difficult color to wear as it is naturally muted. Soft pastels are not suitable for the clear winter woman as they create a washed out look. Cool brilliant colors, especially jade and fuchsia, are the best colors in the palette.

Outfit Ideas

Here we see some outfits for deep autumn. I’ve included two outfits for each season, one with a dress and another with skirt separates.

Deep Autumn dress and skirt outfits.

When putting together outfits, low contrast options featuring mostly darker colors in the palette will be best. Using light neutrals is still a suitable outfit, however.

Patterns should feature mostly dark colors with a hint of light, such as traditional leopard. When choosing other patterns such as florals, plaids, and stripes, look for options that have a dark background with smaller elements as contrast.

Dark wash denim is preferred over medium and light wash. Leather should be in the brown family, like mocha or cognac. Yellow and rose gold are great metals for deep autumn.

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 much more harsh on soft autumn than some other seasons. Fortunately that isn’t the case for winter women, so happily continue wearing black. You’ll have an easy time creating a capsule wardrobe based on black!

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 white? Refer back to my statements above about wearing black. Is it one of the color families, pink or green 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

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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 winter:

Icy aurora colors.
Cool Winter
Bold neon colors.
Clear Spring

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the lovely attributes of clear winter. These individuals are truly beautiful in their strikingly cool brilliance. They can wear highly saturated colors that are unflattering on most others.

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

PS <– I am a clear winter and this is my season! Some of my favorite colors are cobalt, turquoise, jade, and fuchsia! Fun fact, clear winters are one of the rarest types at only 5% of the population! 

8 thoughts on “All About Clear Winter: Explore the 12 Seasons”

  1. Having trouble deciding if I am bright winter or bright spring. Are there any tell tale signs that differentiate them? As a kid I was golden blond, aqua eyes but darker brows. Dont look good in muted tones and come alive in brights. As I’ve gotten older, golden hair color looks wrong. Should I be flowing into winter as I age?

    1. Hi Dixie!

      It’s uncommon to change out of the 4 seasons unless you were typed wrong initially. Golden blonde suggests clear spring is prob accurate. If your hair is getting lighter you may benefit from some of the lighter bright colors of Light Spring! Hope that helps!

  2. I’m also having a hard time trying to decide between Clear Spring and Clear Winter. I know positively that I look drained of all life in gray, with the exception of a very dark charcoal. I love bright pure pigment colors on me, but the cooler colors are better. My hair when I was younger was a very dark burgundy auburn and I have white Irish skin, with no true undertone. My eye is totally cool having both gray and brown colors, looks like a winter eye to me, but I could be wrong.

    1. Hi Myrna! Clear seasons (like all the crossover seasons) have a bit more trouble landing on the cool or warm side. Colorless qualities in the skin are definitely a winter quality! And hating gray is assuredly a clear attribute (I’m a Clear Winter and agree on the gray!)

  3. Could you help me? I am of Scottish and Irish descent, with naturally fair skin with freckles and rosy cheeks. In the summer, my arms do tan a Mauve. Say peachy..and my face gets extra color, but that’s not my baseline..my legs stay super white! I have eyes that range from bright blue to almost a soft blue gray, depending. When I was a small child, I had Strawberry Blonde hair, leaning more towards the red than blonde. And it gradually darkened, until at the age of 5 it was so deep brown that it was almost black. When I hit puberty, it lightened up just slightly to a deep brown with auburn glints in the summer. I feel my aura is winter, but I’m one of those who due to my contrast, could fit in multiple seasons. Definitely cool or clear. I feel best in deep purples, teals, truer classic reds (containing no orange), charcoal, black and white. I always choose either Mauve or rich reds for lips and nails. I felt shades of brown looked best for eye shadows, but as I age, I’m leaning more towards just lighter, brighter ivories, golds, or slight hues of browns or mauves.

    1. Hi Miranda!

      It’s common for those in the overlap seasons (clear/soft/dark/light) to experience some discrepancies in their skin such as picking up a slight tan. You’re describing high contrast, which is most at home in winter and the clear seasons! The only way to know for sure is to test drapes!


  4. Hi Stacey — like the other commenters, I have always had trouble determining my color. I do generally have high contrast between hair, eyes, and skin, but I have quite a few freckles on my face and arms and will get a light tan in the summer. My eyes are a bright blue-green but contain large flecks of gold/hazel around the iris, and my natural medium-brown hair definitely has more of a reddish tint than a black one.

    In short, I have fair skin with freckles and hair/eyes that contain traits that are both distinctly warm and distinctly cool. I look best in brighter jewel tones, but orange is also one of my best colors and this has always made me think maybe I am not a winter. Any thoughts on other colorings to consider? Or would I overall be a clear winter?

    1. Hey Katelyn,

      Orange is a pretty specific color to the warm seasons! Most winters won’t gravitate to it or look great in it. A coral is about as close as a clear winter will get! Clear Spring might actually be your best season!

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