Cool Winter Palette (True Winter, Cool Deep)

Cool Winters can be recognized by their overall cool appearance, lacking in any warm or golden tones, and dark in intensity. Unlike Deep Winter, Cool Winters have no warmth on their skin or hair, and they look great in pure cool colors, such as icy pink or fuchsia.

General Characteristics Of The Cool Winter Palette

You are likely to be a Cool Winter if you have several of the following characteristics:


Cool Winter hair is dark, from blue-black to medium brown or even an ashy white-blonde without red or golden tones at all.


True Winter skin is rosy beige, cool beige, soft olive, and it tans easily. There is no golden undertones or anything that would make you think orange is a good color for them. If you can wear orange, you are not a True Winter. If your skin is warmer, try Deep Winter.


Eyes are usually light and cold, gray, blue, violet or an icy hazel or dark brown without gold on them.

Are You a Cool Winter?

The typical characteristics of a Cool Winter are a combination of cool eyes, cool skin and cool natural hair color. Most Winter seasons flow into Cool Winter as they age, and salt and pepper hair is frequent. Unlike Cool Summers, Cool Winter coloring is clear and high in contrast and looks great in black and high contrast color combinations. If you look great in stark white and black combinations, icy pink, royal purple and other cool and intense colors, you are most likely a Cool Winter.

Cool Winter Celebrities

There are many celebrities that fall into the cool winter category:

  • Liv Tyler
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Katy Perry (though she tends to dress like a Bright Winter)
  • Marion Cotillard

Cool Winter Color Palette

As a True Winter, there is no warmth to your coloring and this need to reflect on your best colors. It’s important to stay away from golden and warm colors, such as golden browns and oranges, and stick to intense blues, purples and icy colors that make you glow. However, unlike True Summer your coloring has an intensity that makes you look washed up if you choose pale pastel colors such as lavender or sky blue, so avoid them and choose instead more intense versions such as Chinese Blue, Icy Blue, Fuchsia or Plum.

Some colors from the Cool Winter palette
Some colors from the Cool Winter palette

Cool Winter Makeup

As all the other Winters, True Winter has an intensity to its coloring that allows for quite intense makeup that looks natural on them but would look garish on more delicate looking seasons.

Cool Winter doesn’t flow into any warm season, which can make finding the right blush and lipstick colors a challenge. However, raspberry, plum and deep rose (which are on the Cool Summer palette as well) are perfect for this season, along with many of the pinks and cold purples on the True Winter palette. Cold, steel grey makes for a great eye shadow, along with an icy white as highlighter, and navy, pure deep blue or black eyeliner for definition.

The worst makeup colors for Cool Winter are those with warm or golden undertones. Avoid golden and orange eye shadows and brown or nude lipsticks with a warm undertone, as they will just make you look sick or go all muddy.

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