Light Spring is warm and light and shares characteristics with spring and summer in the 12 season system of color analysis.
Do you have very light features with a hint of gold? Are you drawn to warm pastels like peach and mint? Do you love the colors of a frosty sherbet?
If this sounds like you, you might be a Light Spring!
The is a comprehensive guide to light spring in the 12 season system of color analysis. Keep reading to learn the physical characteristics, best makeup, a color palette, wardrobe staples for light spring, and how to create your own custom palette.
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The 12 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.
- Clear Spring
- True/Warm Spring
- Light Spring
Today we’ll be exploring the refreshing beauty of light spring.
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Warm and Light
Soft Autumn is classified in the following ways: warm hue, medium value, muted chroma.
- Warm hue
- Light value
- Neutral, leaning bright chroma
Light spring is one of the lightest seasons, and as such is fairly easy to distinguish from the other characteristics.
The skin is likely to be creamy porcelain or soft peach. The eyes will typically be blue or green, with a light brilliance to them.
Hair is the in the blonde color family, from platinum to dark, and may have gold, red, or strawberry highlights.
The features are overall similar in depth, with none of the features standing out above the rest. Although very light, there may be a shiny brightness to the eyes and hair that is typical of spring seasons.
Makeup for the Light Spring Woman
To emphasize the features of light spring, makeup colors should be both warm and light as well.
For the eyes, choose light neutrals such as soft ivory, icy pink and taupe, or darker browns such as copper and redwood. Accent colors could be olive, warm teal, or mauve.
For the cheeks, neutral warm shades of peach, sand, and coral are wonderful to bring out a peachy glow for light spring.
Nude lips are a winner for light spring, along with blush and caramel. For a bolder look choose toffee, bubblegum pink, or coral red.
Avoid cool tones like pink or berry red lipstick, cool blue and green eyeshadows, and soft pink cheek colors. Light spring should also stay away from dark lip colors.
Light spring is known by its glowing light warm colors. Think of fresh fruit made into ice cream or sorbet. Since it’s in the warm color family, its heavy with reds, oranges, yellows, and greens.
Here we see some different elements where light spring is naturally found. The 6 color rainbow depicts the truest, most neutral form of colors, but the light spring rainbow is warmer and much lighter.
If you’ve ever seen a soft golden sunset turning pink at the edges, you have experienced the warm range of light spring.
The brightness of a songbird against pink blossoms illustrates the colors of spring, while purple flowers bursting from lime grass show the cooler side of light spring.
Soft ivory blossoms against turquoise give us the light neutrals and classic turquoise of light spring.
Light Spring Color Palette
In creating a palette for light 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. Soft olive and nude are optional neutrals that will be staples in the light spring wardrobe.
Soft and orange red are better than true red, and since light spring is warm, pinks run lean to orange. Yellows appear as banana, honey, and daffodil. Many greens can be worn along light spectrum. Blues are typically cool, but adding green makes them suitable for spring individuals. Light 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 coral, some reds may be too cool and/or dark, any blue without green is also too cool. Purples are best that lean towards red instead of blue.
There are some colors that light spring should always avoid. Black and white have been mentioned as they are too stark and high contrast for light spring. Dark deep colors are unsuitable for light spring as they are overpowering. Bright pastels, specifically watermelon and banana are some of the best colors.
Wardrobe Essentials for Light and Warm Coloring
No matter your style or personal aesthetic, there are a few items that every woman should have in their wardrobe.
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, pink, red, and teal families will add interest.
Frequently Asked Questions about Light Spring
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 light spring than some other seasons. Black definitely isn’t your BEST color, and lighter shades of brown and navy 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
Can I only wear these colors?
No way! You should wear what you love! If you want to wear emerald green, 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 light spring:
Related Color Analysis Articles:
- Explore the 12 Seasons of Color
- Color Theory for Color Analysis
- Eye Patterns and Color Analysis
- Personality and Color Analysis
Ready to create your own color palette based on your season?
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the lovely attributes of light spring. These individuals are truly beautiful in their bright light warmth. They can wear pastels that are juicy and sweet.
Are you a Light Spring? If so, say hello in the comments!
Light Spring sits on the cusp of spring and summer and is warm and light.
Stacey is the owner and creator behind Radiantly Dressed. She is a certified image consultant and AICI member focusing on creating simplicity in wardrobes via color and style.
5 thoughts on “All About Light Spring: Explore the 12 Seasons”
I had a consultation, but still confused with my colours. I was told I am a light warm spring and when asked for a celebrity to compare was told Jennifer Aniston. But I feel I am nothing like her.
My warm is just below the red on your scale , my light and my chroma is where your warm is on the scale.
I found you page the closest to any help on the web.
Thought maybe you could help me?
Hey Christine, thanks for the compliment and I’m so glad this was helpful! For starters, I wouldn’t consider Jennifer Aniston to be a light spring. She is usually typed as Soft Summer. Do you feel like these colors are congruent with your coloring, are you drawn to them? I would try to ignore the comparison and evaluate the colors on their own. Best wishes!
Thank you for your reply, it is greatly appreciated. I would be drawn to the colours for furnishings in my home but not on me. They seem to be a bit too soft. Washed out pale pinks, corals ect seem to make me look like I am in my pjs. I like the blue in the sister season as it is a nice solid colour. I have had my colours done a few times but always seems to not work for me. I felt like having someone to look at may help me understand.
Hopefully one day I will understand. I am currently letting my colour grow out so I can start again with the right highlights, I hope this helps me.
Good morning, thank you so much for this comprehensive report on light springs. When I was originally matched, back in the 80’s, I was a bright spring, now those colors are just too, too something. With all the info here the light spring goes so much better with my now ashy silver hair. And my skin at 70.
Hello~ I enjoyed this page and all the info on my color~ light spring! I have a question. When shopping for clothes, they don’t list in the tags whether the color is warm or cool. How does one know if the shade is a warm or cool undertone of the color? ex: blues, yellows etc. thanks~ Nancy