Friday, 25 November 2016

A New Painting

I am not a very disciplined person though I wish I were.  Much of my creating happens in spurts of inspiration, moments of  just having to write or paint because something needs to come out.  There are long dry spells where I just dabble and slide into negative self talk where I tell myself that clearly I am not a writer or a painter. 

I set the bar high, very high, and perhaps too high to ever reach.  At what point would I consider myself an artist?  If someone purchased something I'd created?  If some outside authority proclaimed me a writer or a painter would that then make it so in my mind?  I suspect not.  I seem to be prone to something called imposter syndrome.  I always think to myself, gosh how am I managing to fool everyone?  How am I getting away with this?  Any day now I will be discovered, revealed as a pathetic fraud just like The Wizard of Oz.

I put a photo of my latest painting on my Facebook page and am getting positive feedback I had not expected.   Today, I feel like an artist.  Today I feel that because I made something that has left an impression on other people, that I must be doing something right.  Most of the time I create for myself, or at least I create because I have to.   But art is communication and communication has to reach somebody somewhere, somehow, and all I ever want to do is connect with people.  To make something that someone responds to emotionally means everything to me. 


As usual, this is a mostly finished piece which I will probably observe for a month and may add to slightly.  I don't like to name my abstract pieces because I think that limits what others might see in it.  I believe that although I had an intention when I painted this, it becomes more than that when others look at it.  Having said that, it does have a name.

                                                              Inner Child

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Revival of 90s Lipsticks




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 I wasn't aware of brown lipstick as a nineties thing, and unless it was popular with children and babies I don't remember much of anything that was on trend in the nineties.  But since the nineties were two decades ago everything nineties is now officially vintage and those who came of age then are old enough to enjoy reviving various aspects of its popular culture.  Brown lipstick shades were popular then, ranging from orange browns to maroon and since I have recently discovered that the brown shades of lipstick are what suit me best, I am right on trend for the nineties brown lipstick revival.  As annoying as it is to be accidentally on trend when I loathe being trendy, it's good to know that my favourite lipstick colours are readily available.  Having spent much time and too much money figuring out what works for me and feels right, I am now fearful of my favourites being discontinued. 

Doesn't that always seem to happen? 

Whether I am looking for a nude, soft and peachy, medium basic neutral look, or my version of red, what works is always a brown based colour.  It works so well I have accidentally purchased identical colours in different brands and formulas because my radar is now so finely tuned to terracotta.

Long lasting formulas tend to be drying, so although I've experimented with them I would rather have a cream formula and just reapply it when needed.  I've found that if the formula is too sheer and oily it doesn't give even pigmentation and a pearl or gold glitter effect can resemble dry patches. 

Even when I thought I was neutral-cool toned I knew that brown was the right direction and always chose browned mauves.  Moving in a warmer direction I still look for brown but I've learned that brown needs to be the dominant colour.

Last year I went searching for my version of red.  I knew already that red in the tube, whether warm or cool, did not work for me and always ends up looking like a neon sign on my face.  I knew I needed the red to be muted with brown somehow and I homed in quite quickly on Rum Raisin.  It looked pretty good, though a bit dramatic.  I was excited.  I had never seen myself look this good in something that looked like a red lip.  I bought it.  I wore it a few times but stopped because it was just too much.  I tried blotting it but that always reduced it to a pinkier-red than looked good.

Reading some explanations about lipsticks for True Autumn on Christine Scaman's blog, 12 Blueprints, my experiences with lip colours began to make sense.  If there is too much  pink in the colour mix it can't find a colour in the Autumn woman's face to harmonise with and it sits apart; the pink begins to be what you notice most.  I had always wondered why lipsticks ended up looking more pink on me than they did in a swatch or in the tube and was puzzled because my naked lips are not overly pink or dark so it couldn't be my lip colour coming through. 

It was awhile yet before I tried anything obviously orange.  Rum Raisin, I learned, was a good colour for people in the Deep Autumn colouring group because it is not a purely warm colour mix. Deep Autumn has a touch of Winter.   It has a hint of cool red in it and that's why it pulls pink on me and looks just a bit off.  The lighting is dim but this is a fairly accurate representation of how these colours swatch on paper.


You can see how Rum Raisin looks more purple/plum next to the other colours I've collected.

Eventually I figured out that I needed purely warm colours and began to read suggestions for Autumn lipstick colours.  Given that MAC brand is very popular it is probably the most frequently referenced brand on Pinterest and in beauty blogs.  Nars is another.  I've not got access to department stores or Sephora, just a variety of drugstores and Walmart for my options so I gathered a limited list of suggestions and began to develop my understanding of what types of colours were being recommended, mentally translating Mac into Revlon as best I could.  Without realising it I bought duplicate colours in different brands and formulas but seem to be headed towards a favourite three.  These are the colours in the photo above.

Revlon Super Lustrous in Pink Truffle is a new  a very sheer formula they call shine and is rumoured to be the same as a now discontinued Lip Butter with the same name.  It is so close to my natural lip colour it's pretty much like wearing lip balm so I treat it like lip balm.  The name is a bit surprising but it's a pale warm pink-brown that is basically my version of peach.  The one actually named Peach Parfait is too yellow-peach for me and would suit someone with Spring colouring. Revlon Colorstay in Runway is nearly identical in colour but the formula is drier.

Revlon Super Lustrous in Rose Velvet is identical in colour to the Wet n Wild Mega Last lipstick in Sand Storm which I bought recently. The difference is that the Wet n Wild is a matte and the Revlon is a cream.  The cream certainly feels better on my lips and I think looks better on lips over 40 too. Despite their names, they both swatch as a warm pink-brown on paper and look like terracotta on my lips. 

Revlon Super Lustrous in Toast of New York is the actual vintage colour in my collection. It's an orange-brown and reads as a red on me, albeit a warm and muted one.  I can apply it straight out of the tube and would wear it any day. Photo at the bottom of the page.
Revlon Super Lustrous in Abstract Orange is similar in colour but the formula, isn't quite working for me. On my lips the colour reads nearly identical to Toast of New York but the formula is sheer and has a gold shimmer.  It seems to wear off in a patchy way that make my lips look rough and dry. 


Last Thoughts

Although I need lipstick colours that are quite brown, I do look best with coloured lips and not anything that approaches the nude look.  Beiges of any type, pink or peach look terrible and chalky and drain my face of colour.  I think this is because I need to match my makeup chroma to my personal chroma.  That is, my own colouring is very medium and a bit muted, and warm so I need to repeat that in the colours I wear, both in clothing and in makeup.  Too light is as wrong as too dark.  Bright and clear are also wrong and so is cool or neutral.  That neutral true red that it's claimed everyone can wear because it's neither more blue-red or more yellow-red?  Nope-it doesn't work for me.  It's not warm enough and it's too bright.  Revlon has lots of reds and several that are dupes for the popular MAC reds, but they all look atrocious on me.  Does this mean I can't wear a red lip? 

 Nope.  It means I needed to think outside the box in order to wear a red lip.


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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Memories of Aunt Helen's Red Lipstick

Although red lipstick is often considered a sexy look, I don't know any men who like it.  Most of the men I know object to any lipstick on the grounds that there is no way they want to kiss lipstick covered lips.  I'm not sure I can blame them for that attitude as I am not sure I would want to kiss lipstick-covered lips either.  The taste and texture would not appeal to me.  In general, most women are not putting on lipstick intending for it to result in being kissed.  It may even serve as an armour against it.  I wonder if red lipstick is in fact a very big sign saying these lips are not for your pleasure.

I have always loved lipstick best out of all types of makeup and it's what I am most likely to waste spend money on.  I'm always looking for the perfect, signature colour but even if I come close to finding it, I then get a bit bored and want something new.  It's a bit strange because I don't consider my lips my best feature and the usual advice is to accentuate our best.  Makeup trends come and go and I haven't been too inclined to follow them since I was about fourteen when all I wanted was pale mauve eye-shadow.  My attempt at getting some was thwarted by the helpful cosmetic counter lady who steered me towards a bronzed-purple.  The cosmetic counter ladies have always seen that I was warm-toned despite my own inability to.  I envied Jennifer at school, who had heavy-lidded eyes covered in thick pastel lilac.

Today, the bright red flowers on my Zygo cactus made me think about my Great Aunt Helen, the only woman in my family who wore red lips.  She was an aunt by marriage, we shared no blood but she was much loved and more so than the peculiar man she married who was my grandmother's brother.  Aunt Helen always wore her lipstick.  She probably also powdered her nose, as her generation did and so did my grandmother who wore no other makeup at all.  Aunt Helen's colour was a bright coral-red, quite vivid and yet, it was so much part of her it didn't seem out of place at all.  She was not darkly coloured and I only ever knew her as mainly grey-haired.  I can't recall the colour of her eyes but suspect they were grey-blue of some sort.  They twinkled, and that is what you noticed most about them.  If they were brown they were not overly dark.  I don't know what her lipstick brand was, but it was available from a small town drugstore so I can guess.  I don't know what the colour was but memory tells me it was something like this.

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                          Revlon Fire and Ice could have been the one she wore though it looks different depending on who wears it.  Whatever she used the colour above is similar to the effect she achieved.                               

 Aunt Helen grew up in Jamaica and had a definite preference for bright and warm colours.  She accumulated plenty of orange and gold coloured home decor pieces in the seventies.

Photos give me the impression she wore brighter colours when she was younger, and I don't know if her tastes changed or if she thought it was fitting to get a bit more muted with age.  Her favourite colours to wear were red, green and brown, a trio I have always loved myself.  She would likely add golden yellows, oranges and sometimes purples in a blouse pattern or scarf.  Her hair was worn in two braids on top of her head until someone gave her an adorable wavy pixie cut when she was in her late seventies.  She often wore a beret and a scarf that could best be described as Hermes type.  She had a sort of old money type of sophistication that I would not have known to call that when I was a child but I could see it was distinct.  There was nothing pretentious about her but she was more put-together looking than her sister-in-law, my grandmother, who had a harder life and little room for glamour. 

I don't know how much my taste is influenced by Aunt Helen or just coincidentally more like hers than any other family member.  It's certainly not genetic.  Her colour preferences were a little bolder than mine and she wore flamboyant patterns I would probably avoid, but I always thought she looked great, distinctly herself, and I relate to her love of warm colours and floriental perfumes.  I have orange things all over my home, as Aunt Helen did  and my current favourite lipsticks are warm with orange undertones,  not as bold as Fire and Ice but  I find myself wanting to wear my orange-red lips  with little other apparent makeup, just as Aunt Helen did.  Whatever a lipstick looks like in the tube or whatever it might be named, different people get a red lip effect from a variety of shades that are not obviously red until worn. A bright coral-red looked just right on my aunt but would look out of place on me, competing with the rest of me.   My version of red is a terra cotta colour and I'm sharing it below.

I should probably question myself over putting this photo out in public but, here goes...

No makeup and unwashed hair but a dap of lipstick helps.  Let's call it my French Girl Look.  This one is a terracotta red in the tube and on my lips.  Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in Sand Storm, goes on smoothly, is matte, a bit drying, has pretty good staying power and doesn't have a flavour or scent that irritates me.

Seeing the colour on me is not necessarily useful to other people.  I think sometimes the effect of the colour with the overall face can be different from what it looks like close up and of course our own natural lip pigmentation always affects the colour. This is another blogger's close up of Sand Storm It seems to look lighter on her than it does on me, and more orange.  Burnt peach?  Still very pretty but not so much a version of red.  This is closer to the effect I get with Revlon's Abstract Orange.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

So Much To Learn, I Need Another Fifty Years


        I achieved quite realistic lighting and colours here though my lippie is a bit more browned than it looks here.

Understanding Myself Better

Fantasy is appealing, or at least it is to me.  I have a mother whom fantasy leaves cold.  I shouldn't say it like that because that is not to say that she is cold herself at all-  she is warm and lovely and very literal and practical.  Practicality and realism appeal to me enormously but I, as always, am a conflicting blend of part realist and part fantasist.  If you are imagining that I must confuse people, you are right.  I even confuse myself.

Figuring out my true personal style and colours had been enormously challenging because I had difficult sorting fantasy from reality but I needed to. Or at least I needed to get rid of the delusions.  The fantasy me might have dreams of mooning about the garden looking like a Pre-Raphaelite, or piling on the layers like a mori or lagen-lady, but the real me sits on the sofa and writes mediocre poetry with denim-clad, crossed legs and bare feet.  Deluded me is supposed to wear cool colours, loves the warm ones but believes she looks terrible in them


For some people fantasy is part of the way they dress.  For others, their clear and practical style is grounded solidly in reality.  I don't know what I truly want or like or need until I can try it out but I never really had the time, money or motivation to do that until the past few years.  It was fun but also exhausting.  Responses from the people around me vary from 'Why would you put yourself through all of that?" to "How can you even think of giving up all the creativity involved in playing with your style?"

I suppose I am just aiming for my own personal blend of creativity and simplicity.  I like to try something new just as much as anyone (or even more than some) but I need and want a framework to do that within.  I like simplicity as much as I like abundant options. 

I need to trust myself more than I have in the past.  I have always been drawn to warm colours but believed I was somehow cheating or doing something 'wrong'.  I have always known I was warm coloured but because more than one person had mistakenly said I was cool I thought they must be the ones who are right.  As I type this I wonder what would make me think that.  It's as though my inner Negative Ninny told herself, of course you can't have what you want.  These people must be right and you are not warm.

Considering how obvious my skintone warmth is to me now, I am puzzled as to how others couldn't see it either.  Some did.  There were people who used to comment on my being yellow.  It never seemed like a compliment.  Yet again, there was something about myself that seemed defective or wrong and needed fixing.  I can't blame anyone any more than I must blame myself and I think the answer lies at least partly in the effect that cooler colours I wore had on my face.  I looked pale and tired and that is how people expect me to look.  I do look pale and tired sometimes still, but I can put the right coloured makeup on and fake peachy-good-health a little better than I could in the wrong colours. 


There are ways in my life that I have been strong and there are ways I have been an easy victim.  The best I can do is live and learn.

What I have Learned Lately About How to Dress Myself

There was a time when too much colour made me feel clownish.  Whether it was in makeup or clothing, I concluded that  I must be a colourless sort of person.  Now I know that it was simply that I was playing with the wrong colours.  I love subtle and soft blends, I love analagous colours and monochromatic combinations but I also love the effect of a riot of Warm Autumn colours.  Relative to other colours the Warm Autumn palette is still a muted one, but it is definitely not colourless.  Even in all the versions of brown and browned colours that could be combined it looks colour-rich and earthy.   Dipping my toes into the Soft Autumn palette was a great start and I love the colours. It felt safe but some of them are possibly too neutral and too muted for me to look my best- those that are warmest tend to overlap into the  softest and lightest end of the Warm Autumn palette where I am now playing.  I love soft gold, cream and very soft peach colours together.

 Hastily tossed together for a run to the grocery store, this outfit has analogous colours on top but they are complimentary to the blue denim.  Colours are pretty good for accuarcy thought the sweater is a more peach than it appears.




Warm Autumn is very medium in colour value and is best with medium contrasts in value but I am very comfortable in complimentary colour mixes of similar contrast value.  Where Soft Autumn has more brown pinks, Warm Autumn has more full out oranges and golds but I would happily combine them like a sunset. My favourite reds have always been the warm autumn reds, the ones you would call brown red, brick red or red-orange.  I've noticed I tend to love all the oranges you might call burnt-something.  My nail polish is a browned-salmon.  

                     Celebrating today's photos being quite accurate in temperature and just slightly paler than reality.

                     I'm going to keep living and learning and I am going to do it in orange and gold influenced shades.  I feel like personified sunshine and it literally lifts my mood.

 True Story

I had a friend, with whom I am no longer in touch ( long complicated story ) and he claimed to be one of the rare people who experience synesthesia.  He always told me that my voice on the phone made him see sunshine yellow.


 Explainy Technical Bit

 Value contrast is where a shade falls on the white-black scale with all the greys in between
 Colour contrast is how far apart two colours are on the colour wheel.
 Low contast is adjacent colours or shade values and high contrast is opposite ones.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Purple Is Magic and a bit Complicated

I love purple, and have typically worn it as freely as I always wore blue but now that I am looking for my best purples it requires some over thinking.

Purple is abundant in the Deep Autumn palette, where colours are neutral leaning warm and deep and rich.  It's a stunning palette.

All of the seasonal palettes have a generous amount of purple and although there is some variation depending on who and which system created the palette, Warm Autumn seems to have the fewest purple options.  Also puzzling is the apparent lack of warmth in the typically recommended purples.  No seasonal palette fan includes every possible colour for that season but is meant to be representative, and to support the user in finding other colours that work with it.  So I am probably being impatient because I do not have a Warm Autumn fan in my hot little paws, and am looking at the different options online.  I have one ordered of course!

Why is Warm Autumn Purple so Neutral?


Something Called Simultaneous Contrast
Redder purples belong to Deep Autumn because they also belong to Winter and Deep Autumn is approaching Winter.  That's my understanding.  It doesn't really work to warm up purple with yellow or gold so it seems that instead, the true warm seasons wear it as a complimentary colour, complimentary to their own yellow or gold tone.  That makes the best purple more of a true purple than anything very blue or very red.  For Spring it's made more pastel with white and for Autumn perhaps muted a bit but not so much as to remove it's identity as purple.  A drop of golden brown would mute it quite nicely and be very in keeping with Autumn colouring.

Simultaneous Contrast explained here.
It's essentially a fancy term to explain why complimentary colours are so powerful.


Celebrities in Dresses ( okay just two of them )
 
I would hazard a guess that this is an Autumn woman in a Spring purple.  The purple is warm but its brightness seems to compete and win against the muted, coppery warmth of Julianne Moore.

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And I wonder if this purple  ( worn by Paige Butcher and accessorised with Eddie Murphy )
might look fantastic on Julianne.  But she doesn't need Eddie.  Let's give her a different Eddie.  How about Eddie Redmayne?


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This gown seems warmed with brown, a bronze looks is present, something metallic even though the finish is matte. And that is the general quality of Warm Autumn. 

Julianne and Paige both need some gold jewelry.  Listen to me!  I'm turning into a stylist.  I've got a muted mauve dress that needs dyeing and hopefully I can achieve this purple. I'd better buy more than once box of dye.  That's okay. It beats crushing snails.
                                                               

You can see it represented here-seen better on in the fabric as the swatch fan is a bit shadowed.  You can just make out that there is a lighter option but it still doesn't look pastel or bright. 

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                                Pantone's Plum looks like it has potential to be a good one.

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 Why is a Red-Violet in the More Neutral Deep Autumn Palette?


I'm going to attempt to look at it in the context of the overall palettes.  Here the point is not to look at individual colours but the overall effect of the two palettes. 

Warm Autumn is noticeably more golden than Deep Autumn, which has a Winter influence, and the red-violets of the Deep Autumn palette are too close to cool red.




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Moving around the colour wheel this is what would happen:  As blue moves towards red it becomes purple, then purple becomes red, and it's a cool red, which gets warmer as it moves towards yellow.  That's why the red-purple is in a cooler palette.

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I have analysed that to my own satisfaction and perhaps put readers to sleep.  Speaking of which, it's time for me to do just that!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Knock Knock. Who's There? Orange. Orange Who?

Orange you glad I am so obsessed with colours?



I've had a love -hate relationship with orange my whole life.  Essentially I love some versions of it and loathe others.  Most people are this way with green.   What I have learned over time is that often colours make different impressions on me in different contexts but there is a pretty strong chance I won't care for bright colours much.  Having said that, some people wear them beautifully and they certainly suit tropical flowers.  People respond emotionally to colours and what is drab to one person can be soft and calm to another.  What is uplifting and cheerful to many is intrusive and loud to me.  All of that is without other factors considered.  A big box store ( so named either because they sell things in big boxes or are generally build in the shape of a large box ) that is a giant concrete and metal rectangle is often a blot on the landscape in any colour but it's typical of them to be done in bright colours.  Bright colours get attention.  McDonald's used primary red and yellow because it gets attention immediately, and bright yellow is a favourite of many other brands too.  I generally find them an assault on the landscape but there is more than colour going on with that association.

I loathe the incessant orangeness of a Home Depot store but I have no explanation other than emotional response for why I might like that same orange colour in a different context.

Given the assumption that I do prefer my colours at least a bit muted, I quite like every colour there is and even the colour blue, which most people find quite benign, is not my preference when it is a very bright blue.

But then context again....

Look at Nicole Kidman in the blue gown.  She looks jaw-dropping and I instantly love this bright teal-blue.

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Or Vanessa Hudgeons in this bright deep orange.

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Oh good, I managed to work my way back to orange.   My personal biases fit well with the theory that most of us are attracted to our own colours. They feel like home.  The more brightness you have in your natural colouring, the more bright colours look and feel right to you.  The more muted you are the more the muted colours feel right.  Of course experiences and biases develop over our lifetimes.  Being the only person in my family to love warm
(yellow/gold/orange infused colours) tended to undermine my likelihood of choosing them.  Particularly in choosing them to wear.  It's funny how in the end, my goal would be to have someone say, 'you look great' as opposed to 'nice dress' and yet if the dress itself doesn't appeal to those closest to me, I will be reluctant to wear it.

Embracing orange now, is a strong step towards owning who I am.  I look good in orange.  I am a bit orange, and not through the use of any spray tan!  That doesn't mean every orange will work, but the ones that do may not be the shades my loved ones would pick out in a lineup and say 'okay I like that orange'.  Such things used to weight on me and effect my decisions.  I could not get through a day conscious of the fact that people around me probably didn't like my shirt.  Life gets complicated when you just want to make everybody happy.  It's a ridiculous goal most of the time, unless perhaps you are the host of a party.

Depending a little on the lighting, this sweater looks brown-peach, gold-peach or muted orange.  I had a sweater in a similar colour once which I used to refer to as my orange sweater and everyone else called it brown.    I always did love colours that are difficult to name.  That means they are not obvious primaries or easy mixes.  A bit of gold in the mix mutes a colour, as well as making it what we usually call 'warm'.  I do like orange that is more complex than the secondary colour achieved by mixing primary red with primary yellow. 


Digression:  Do you ever accidentally publish an unfinished blog post and realise it moments later, quickly grab it back but notice it's had at least one hit?  My apologies to that confused person who tried to read a blog post that probably made no sense.  Perhaps you were relieved by how short it was. 


The oranges I am playing with, as part of the Warm Autumn palette, are oranges that require modifying adjectives.  Golden-orange, red-orange, rust-orange, muted dark orange, amber-orange, burnt peach, are descriptions that come to mind as I type.  Somehow the name must describe that it is not a pure secondary hue derived form mixing two pure primary hues.  It may look brown-orange or orange-brown.  It  may be coppery or bronzed.  Swatched on paper it tends to look brown.

Back in the summer, while searching for a new nail polish I bought one from L'Oreal called Julianne's nude.  It looked so pretty in the bottle but I got it home and put it on my toes and was horrified.  It was orange.  I didn't wear orange polishes; I always went for a browned- pink generally muted enough to blend more than stand out.  I tossed the once used polish into my donation bag.  A week ago I bought it again.  Having learned that the cosmetics sale's people don't seem to mind people testing out the polishes, I dabbed a little on my thumbnail and loved it.  Why had I not liked it before? I wondered.  Four months ago I saw it as garish and now I saw it as pretty.  I have a changed perspective.  I am the woman who wears Abstract Orange on her lips and is experimenting with coppery and gold eye shadow.

Having learned that there is so much orange in my own natural colouring, how can I reject it?

I have orange all around my home.  Brown-oranges, typically.  Terracotta is a favourite and so is rust.  Whatever you want to call the colour, and whatever I might say about Home Depot while rolling my eyes.  I love orange.


Monday, 14 November 2016

Part Two Blue and Blue-ish Because of Course I Digress

Part Two is For Colour Nerds Like Me

Colour names are not used consistently and we have biases about warm or cool associations with colours but the actual definition of whether a blue is warm or cool is based on where it is on a colour wheel.  Blue that works it's way towards red, but before becoming purple, is cool blue because it is moving further away from yellow.  Blue moving towards yellow, before it becomes green, is warm blue.  And yet, the bright yellow- blue that we associate with ice and snow feels cold because of that association. Google the term 'icy blue' and you will see blues that are pale turquoise.  The deeper, purple-blues are often associated with royalty, opulence and the blueberries of summer and so we think of them as warmer.   Confusing!

For the purposes of wearing clothing, we are trying to coordinate the colours with the colours of ourselves because the appearance of skin is affected by colours near it.  Wearing blues that are closer to yellow if your skin is warm reflect flattering similar warm light onto your face.  If you are cool skinned  then the blue that is closer to red will reflect the right light onto your face.  People who are neutral leaning cool have the most blue options just as the warmer coloured people have more yellow/orange options.

Many of the blues recommended for Autumn don't immediately look warm.  The addition of gold mutes them as well as warming them so they have a soft, dulled look.  Blue doesn't really appear warm as we usually  understand it until it is pretty nearly green but it doesn't have to get that warmed up to work with the Autumn palette.  Both blue and purple almost seem to me to function as complimentary colours to the warm golden appearance of Autumn skin, and perhaps it's that fact which makes it work.  Complimentary colours enhance each other and thus blue and purple, in the best formulation, and still warmed slightly, should pop but in a flattering way when next to golden skin.  

The colours below were on Pinterest listed as Autumn Blues but I am skeptical and think some of them are Spring.  The deeper ones look like Autumn to me and I would probably wear 2,3,5 and 7.  It's difficult to tell out of context.  Colour is always relative.



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Green-or Teal

The true definition of teal is a dark greenish-blue colour but most people also give the name to a colour that would better be described as bluish green.   It's a subtle enough distinction that I get eye rolling from some people when I make it about any of the non-primary colours.  To me, the first colour name is a descriptor and the second one is still the main colour.  So a greenish blue is a type of blue and a blueish green is a type of green and you may have to squint and scrunch up your eyes to notice a difference.  I used to argue with my ex-husband over whether the flower known as grape-hyacinth or muscari was blue or purple.  He called them purple and I just had to divorce him over it!  ( Terrible sense of humour, I have. )  A teal is also a type of duck and just to make things confusing there is a green-winged teal duck and a blue-winged teal duck.

When does teal become turquoise?  The lighter it gets the more it approaches what we call turquoise (which is short for bleu turquoise, which means Turkish blue)  When it is light and bright it is a Spring colour, the lighter and brighter warm season.   Green is a warmer colour than blue because green is made equally of yellow and blue, so even adding green to a blue is adding some warmth to it.  That's how I understand it.

We associate similar colours with warm seas and swimming pools as well as snow and ice warmth and coolness associations do not always match up with the idea that yellow is the warm colour direction on a colour wheel and blue is the cool direction.  It may be better to refer to colours not as warmer or cooler but simply bluer or yellower.

Purple-It's Kind of Blue

 The more red added to blue (or the more blue works its way around the colour wheel towards red) the more likely we are to call the colour we see purple.  Of course it works the other way around too.   I remember my childhood box of crayons had Red-Violet and Blue-Violet.  They were two of my favourites and were among the most quickly worn down crayons, requiring lots of the paper wrapper to be peeled off.

For reasons I am still learning, the purples recommended for True-Warm Autumn look very neutral and not as close to red as I would expect, given that they would need to be warm.  I know that it has something to do with the way the Autumn types have warm skin.  For Warm Autumn, the warmth comes from gold, and gold is yellow that is slightly muted with warm grey.  That's why the Warm Autumn palette colours are muted colours, though not as muted as the Soft Autumn palette, which is muted, lighter and just cooler enough to be more neutral than Warm Autumn.  Deep Autumn is again, more neutral than Warm Autumn, still mainly warm but as Soft Autumn is on the border with Summer's light and cool colours, Deep Autumn is on the border with Winter's cool and deep colours.  So Deep Autumn skin tone is warmed more with red-brown than with gold.  Thus most Deep Autumn palettes include some gorgeous red-purples.

Having said that, palette suggestions do vary somewhat between colour analysis companies and purple is included in some palettes and not others. However, palette swatches are not meant to be the only colours, but a sample that gives you the best guidance.  Thus I would hold my Warm Autumn swatch next to any given red purple and attempt to determine if the colour looks like it belongs with the others.  If it does, the theory goes, it should look like it belongs on me too.

My other theories include the idea that if true purple (equal mix of blue and red) is the direct opposite and compliment of yellow, perhaps in that sense it is flattering to yellow toned skin.  Also, if I think of the Autumn trio-Soft Autumn, Warm Autumn and Deep Autumn, the two more neutral Autumns have some form of red-purple, Soft Autumns is muted mauve and Deep Autumns is red-violet, so if Warm Autumn is in the middle of Soft Autumn and Deep Autumn, it's best purple might be in the middle of blue and red. 

Final theory of this post 
( but not my final theory ever because theories are what I do! )

Because I have always worn a lot of blue and probably at least half the time was unknowingly wearing warmer blues, I have received compliments in blue and could easily conclude blue is my best colour.   That would certainly lead me to think I am cool and not warm, just as I would have thought the opposite if I'd had experiences being complimented in yellow or orange.  I haven't though, because the number of times I've worn yellow or orange can be counted on one hand.

If you are rolling your eyes and asking why I am making this so complicated, the answer is simple.  I'm an INFJ-I need to understand.  Everything.