16 Seasonal Color Types | Dark Winter Color Palette and Wardrobe Outfit Ideas

Last year I wrote this blog post that got thousands of views on 16 seasonal color types. This week I decided to introduce gradually all color types through my blog posts. I'm going to show how correct colors are elevating our appearance and why knowing your color type is an essential step to great style! We're going to start with the darkest season which is Winter. There are four winter types: dark, true, light, and soft. I'm going to start with the Dark Winter because it's actually my color type :)

Dark Winter Seasonal Color Type

The Dark Winter palette is sensual and mystical. The palette is rich in rich greens, blues, deep purples, and berries. 

The main characteristics. The dark winter color type is dark, cold, and muted. It also has a high contrast level between skin, hair, and eyes. It's the only season in the whole 16 Color Analysis System that can wear pure black and look amazing! 

Here is an example of a woman who has a dark winter color type. You can see how this dark emerald green makes her skin look even and polished. It also compliments her dark eyes and hair. I created a wardrobe color scheme that can become the basis for her. You can see more ideas if you scroll down.

Choosing a color scheme for your wardrobe is an essential step in creating a cohesive and put-together look. It allows you to mix and match different pieces while maintaining a consistent color palette throughout your outfits. When it comes to dark winter color palettes, there are several schemes that work well, including monochromatic and analogous schemes.

If you know that you're Dark Winter you can get my e-guide! 


This guide includes:


Description of the Dark Winter Characteristics
Dark Winter Color Palette
Color Combinations for Cohesive Wardrobe
Makeup Recommendations
Outfit Ideas
Hair Coloring Suggestions


These schemes make it easier to create a cohesive wardrobe as the colors are similar and complementary, allowing for easy mixing and matching. Additionally, incorporating accent colors can add pops of interest and depth to your outfits while still maintaining the overall color scheme.

When it comes to mixing colors for a dark winter palette, there are some fundamental principles to keep in mind. The key is to aim for contrasting color combinations that will make a statement. You can achieve this by pairing light and dark shades or mixing dark neutrals with bold accent colors. Alternatively, try combining light neutrals with bright accent colors for a fresh and vibrant look. For a more cohesive and harmonious color scheme, consider using a monochromatic or analogous color scheme with pops of accent colors to add interest and depth to your overall look.


Basically, remember this:

  • Contrasting color combinations are the best
  • Light + Dark
  • Dark Neutrals + Accent Colors
  • Light Neutrals + Accent Colors
  • Monochromatic scheme + Accent Colors
  • Analogous scheme + Accent Colors

You can learn more on how to mix & match colors in my FREE guide here:

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Makeup Ideas for Dark Winter

If you have a Dark Winter color palette, you likely have striking features that can be enhanced with bold makeup. Dark Winter complexions can handle deep, rich colors and dramatic looks. A classic red lip or a smokey eye can work wonders for this season, as can metallics like silver and gunmetal. Opt for eyeshadows in shades of deep purple, navy, and emerald green to make your eyes pop. And don't forget to play up your brows - defined brows can frame your face beautifully and add to the overall impact of your look.

When it comes to lips, the Dark Winter season looks best in deep, rich shades. Bold reds, burgundies, plums, and even black can look stunning on this color type. For a more subtle look, dark berry shades can also work well. It's best to avoid light and bright colors that can wash out the striking contrast of a Dark Winter's features.

For blush, deep rose or fuchsia shades can be a great choice for dark winters. Avoid using light or muted shades as they can look washed out on your complexion. Experiment with matte or satin finishes to find your preferred look. For a more natural and subtle effect, apply blush slightly higher on the cheekbones and blend well.

How to Truly Understand if You're Dark Winter?

The only way is to get a consultation from a professional stylist. I don't mind DIY methods; however, there are subtle nuances that can change the whole picture. It's about ensuring you've correctly identified your temperature and analyzing the contrast (using black and white filters on your photos won't suffice!). After that, you need to check the tonality of your skin and other factors to discover your true color type.


Instead of guessing which colors suit you best and potentially making expensive shopping mistakes, I can help you determine your exact seasonal color type and provide personalized recommendations for your wardrobe and makeup.


Don't hesitate to book a consultation with me and take the first step towards creating a wardrobe that makes you look and feel confident and beautiful. I provide online color analysis sessions and use the best color system (16 seasonal color types) to truly highlight your appearance. You can email me or book your FREE consultation here.

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