Clear Winter Palette (Bright Winter, Clear Cool)

Clear Winter

Also known as Bright Winter in the Sci/art system, clear winters are Dark, Clear and Cool. You will often recognize a Clear Winter because of her striking eyes, which often have a jewel-like appearance and contrast with their dark hair and skin. Clear Winters are the season with the highest level of contrast and can pull color combinations that would look overpowering on anybody else. In fact, anything monochromatic or low contrast looks like they are wearing really boring clothes. Bright winter can also wear black comfortably, particularly as high contrast combinations with white.

General Characteristics Of The Clear Winter Palette

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


Clear Winters often have black or dark brown hair. However, there are high contrast Clear Winters with cold, platinum ice hair though it’s quite uncommon.


The skin is clear and pale, without much warmth to it and often has a certain translucent quality to it. Darker skins have a glowy, almost glassy shine to them. Clear Winters tend to have fair skin, but there are some who have very pale skin.


Clear Winters usually have striking bright, sparkly eyes which are often blue, bright hazel, emerald green or even violet, and they are probably your best feature and the first thing people notice about you. Even people of color like Lupita Nyong’o have bright, jewel like brown eyes that contrast heavily with her skin.

Are You A Clear Winter?

One of the easiest ways to figure out if you are a Bright Winter is the kind of colors that you can wear. There is simply not a color that is too saturated, too bright for them. Bright neon lime? Easy. Sparkling pink? Done. Bright sapphire blue? Sure. All of the above together? It will somehow still look good. If colors never overpower you, but warmer tones look better you may be a Clear Spring instead. If you think you are a winter but the lighter colors wash you out, try Dark Winter instead.

Clear Winter Celebrities

Some celebrities that fall within the Clear Winter category are:

  • Megan Fox
  • Courtney Cox
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Alek Wek

Clear Winter Color Palette

The Clear Winter color palette is formed of clear, cool colors and includes jewel like colors such as emerald green, ruby red, amethyst or sapphire blue. Bright winters look great in high contrast combinations of black and pure white, or any other black and bright color combination, and suit geometrical patterns and clear lines best. Soft and pale earth tones, such as a pale gold or a pastel pink, will make you look yellow and drained and are to be avoided.

Some colors from the Clear Winter Palette
Some colors from the  Clear Winter Palette

Clear Winter Makeup

Bright Winter makeup is intense and contrasting, and you will be able to get away with things such as icy violet highlights or fuchsia lipstick without problems. Most Clear Winters choose to emphasize their eyes with dramatic charcoal and navy or deep plum, and it can look striking combined with a bright pink lip. Avoid makeup with orange undertones or brown, as it will make your skin look muddy.

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