Bright (Clear) Spring Color Palette: Makeup, Hair, and Fashion Guide

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Gorgeous cherry trees in full blossom

Like nature’s most saturated colors, the bright spring palette will give you a tour to the richest jungles, the most peculiar-colored animals, and the enticing coral reefs. It’s filled with the most vibrant colors, from the sky to the sea. 

If you find most of these colors in your natural features, this is the season for you!

Seasonal Color Analysis

Seasonal color analysis, followed by an even more detailed flow seasonal color analysis, will give you the full grasp of the things you need to understand to create the fashion statement that’s uniquely you.

It takes note of your hair, skin tone, eyes, and the contrast among these features to create the most powerful combination and style by harmoniously matching your natural colors with your makeup and wardrobe choices. 

The road to a better palette can be one color combination away, but it may get confusing, so let’s dive right into it and solve the missing puzzle pieces of your style accordingly.

Bright Spring Color Dimensions

An infographic featuring bright spring color dimensions such as hue, value and chroma

Hue

The temperature or the level of warmth and coolness of your natural colors determines which sub-season you’re categorized in and plays a very significant role in sorting the appropriate colors that look best on you. 

This sub-season introduces spring as we transition from winter. And with that, bright spring shows hues relatively heading over to the warmer side without going all the way through. 

You can still see a hint of blue or cool undertones now and then, but warmth and yellow undertones will be the dominating hue. 

Value

Light or dark — this will help you to easily identify which season you are and align your best and worst colors based on it.

The bright spring color palette includes various colors, from light to dark. 

Although you may find a greater cluster of suitable colors in the middle of the value scale, the bright spring color analysis will show you how the greater concentration of warm and yellow undertones from these colors seem to lean toward the lighter end of the scale.

Chroma

Identifying whether your colors lean toward saturation or desaturation may be tricky, but this is important to find out which sub-season you belong to.

Given its name, bright spring’s primary aspect is predictably brightness. 

Colors in this season have high chroma or saturation, making them intensely and vividly bright rather than soft or muted. 

Bright Spring Comparison

Like every other season, spring relates to its neighboring colors. This is why you’ll see familiar colors in the palettes of different seasons. 

This isn’t a bad thing though. In fact, it allows you to broaden your options.

Bright spring is in the middle of two sub-seasons. Because of that, it shares its traits with bright winter and true spring.

Bright WinterBright SpringTrue Spring
HueNeutral-coolNeutral-warmWarm
ValueMediumSlightly lightNeutral-light
ChromaBrightBrightBright

Bright Spring vs. Bright Winter

With the two seasons sharing brightness as their primary aspects, it can be hard to differentiate them, especially when their contrasting features are also alike. 

The easiest way to tell the spring seasons such as this one apart from the winters is by looking at the hues prominent in their colors. Winter is cool, and spring is warm, just like the literal aspects of each season.

Winters have more of a bluish effect, which drives the colors to remain in the darker zones, while spring has fresh, saturated colors with intense brightness — a warmer version of some of those lying within the winter.

Bright Spring vs. True Spring

Aside from a neighboring season that sits next to bright spring, another sister comes from the same spring family, and there’s barely any difference.

Bright spring and true spring are both bright and warm, but true spring has no cool tones incorporated into its palette. That’s why it’s the most authentic essence of spring.

The eyes can tell which spring you belong to. If you have clear, sparkly eyes that contrast with your skin tone and if the brightest colors of spring look best on you, you’re probably a clear or bright spring. 

But if you have a bit darker eyes and richer colors, you’re most likely a true spring.

Bright Spring Features

An infographic featuring bright spring features such as skin tone, eyes, hair, and contrast

Skin

Common skin tones: Porcelain, light peach, classic ivory, nude beige, natural buff, buff beige, sun beige, bronze, almond, deepest brown, and brown-black.

A bright spring’s skin is fresh, clear, radiant, and glowy. It comes from an extensive range of complexions, from fair to tan, but it can also go deeper.

Since it’s a transitioning season, these skin tones are relatively neutral to neutral-warm.

Eyes

A close up of a woman's blue eye.

Common eye colors: Bright blue, green, topaz, and brown. 

Bright spring eyes are naturally enchanting per se. 

They are commonly seen in light and warm shades of blue, green, or brown. You may notice a sunburst pattern on the iris. This embodies the typical spring eyes. 

And against the whites, they create a particular contrast that makes them look bright and clear, as if they’re translucent.  

Hair

Common hair colors: Medium golden blonde, dark golden blonde, copper, auburn, medium brown, and dark brown.

Like the skin, your season’s warmth also radiates through your hair. They are in shades innately golden to dark golden blonde, or they can have a tint of red or reddish-brown. 

Natural streaks also appear on any of the bright spring hair colors.

Contrast

High contrast is not an unusual sighting of differences in the flow seasonal analysis, and bright spring is one of those sub-seasons with this characteristic. 

From the skin and hair to the eyes, all these features are rich in brightness, and this brightness generates high contrast.

The Bright Spring Color Palette

An infographic featuring bright spring color palette such as the best colors, best neutrals and worst colors
Worst ColorsBest ColorsBest Neutrals
CornSunshineBright navy
Cameo LemonNavy
Icy pinkSunflowerSoft navy
CarnationButterAsh gray
ThulianHoneyPewter
MulberryBananaTaupe
ThistleGrapefruitIvory
PeriwinklePunchCream
CornflowerOrangeCamel
Steel blueSalmonCanvas
BermudaBubblegumExpresso
SageFrench pinkCognac
SunsetChocolate
CoralCharcoal
True red
Chili
Heliotrope
Violet
Rhubarb
Sapphire
Turquoise
Teal
Aqua
Shamrock
Jade
Green screen
Lime

Colors to Avoid

Cool and muted — these are the two elements that can take the spotlight off your striking bright winter features. 

Because of your innate warmth and unmistakable vibrance, toned-down and cool pastels clash with your palette and make you look dull and sickly. 

Warm, earthy colors that aren’t in your alley must also be avoided if you don’t want to look untidy, muddy, and dull. 

Let’s sort out the dimensions you shouldn’t keep on your palettes:

  • Hue — Most cool shades clash with your transition toward the warmer end of the scale, while colors that are too warm may be overpowering.·       
  • Value — Dark colors, especially those influenced by blue undertones are definitely not the best ones to go for because they can dim out your brightness
  • Chroma — Colors that are too soft and muted will diminish your naturally bright and lively appearance and will make you look pale and ill.  

Neutrals

For a season this bright, you might be confused about whether neutral tones flatter you. Well, even though these colors aren’t as striking as you think, they complete your style and palette by generating the desired level of contrast you need.

Your season has neutrals influenced by your features and traits, as well as your neighboring season’s palette. Your neutral palette is backed a little by the cool traits of winter, but they often lead to a warmer version of the true colors. 

  • Dark neutrals — True black is for the winter, so have it yours with a hint of warmth to it. Charcoal is a great alternative, but you can also try dark grayish browns.
  • Light neutrals — Mix your light neutrals with a greater concentration of colors. Opt for soft white, cream, beige, and ivory shades.

Best Colors and Combinations

The best colors for bright spring are always compelling and never boring, and the combinations appeal to the natural contrast this season obtains. 

The typical combination for every season is the same light-dark combination of colors. But the contrast it produces might not be enough for the clear spring. Instead, use bold colors and match them with the depth needed. 

Always aim to have at least one in every combination as we’re trying to avoid a bland, all-neutral, and monochromatic look. 

This list is broken down based on their different base colors so you can identify your best colors: 

  • Red, orange, or pink — chili, true red, coral, orange, salmon, bubblegum, sunset, grapefruit
  • Yellow or green — butter, honey, banana, sunshine, lemon, sunflower, shamrock, jade, lime
  • Purple or blue — purple, heliotrope, rhubarb, azure, blue, sapphire, turquoise

Bright Spring Hair Dyes

An infographic featuring bright spring hair colors in copper blonde, tinsel gray, chocolate brown, strawberry blonde and copper

If you want to give yourself a clear spring hair color makeover, you have quite a long list of options to try. 

Since this sub-season is entitled to one of the broadest hair color selections, you can go from light to dark and even try fashion colors!

For those with a fairer complexion, you can go for an overall blonde or have your hair in stylized highlights or balayage.

However, you might want to keep the blonde on the yellowish side — not brassy, just coppery enough to give you warmth. 

But if you want a really light color, you can keep growing your tinsel-like natural grays or recreate them instead.

Jet-black hair may be an uncommon sight for a bright spring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go dark. What you can consider is a deep, glossy shade of chocolate brown.

For fashion colors, you can go for reds, like strawberry blonde and copper. Strawberry blonde is also a good statement to try!

And because this season is the intersection of spring and winter, your values make lowlights and highlights look stunning!

Bright Spring Makeup

An infographic featuring bright spring makeup such as blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, mascara, lips and eyeliner

Clear, fresh, and dewy are the perfect description for bright spring makeup. When you achieve these three fully, you’ll look like a doll!

Your natural makeup includes the contrasting eye and lip look with a classic cat-eye and a peach or coral cheek and lip with no contours, just illuminators.

Complexion Makeup

Foundation and concealer look best on anyone when they both accurately match and lift your natural skin color.

In the bright spring color palette, makeup that covers the majority of the surface of your skin or your base makeup remains on neutral-warm hues with pink undertones more than yellow ones.

It also has to be kept looking dewy and natural to look flattering, so going for the mattes may not be your best option.

Eyeshadow

For starters, you can work with bright spring neutrals to build your look.

You can use both your dark and light neutrals, but just to be safe, lighter neutrals like creams, champagnes, and beiges have a light abundance of colors that are easier to work with. 

If you’re opting to use darker shades, choose your colors accordingly. Most grays tend to be too cool, while most taupes can be too brown — both of which can overpower your brightness with the illusion of too many shadows. 

Every bright spring makeup look won’t be complete without at least one vibrant color. And for the eyes, you can allure everybody or highlight color using the bolder purples, pinks, blues, and greens of your palette.

Golds, peaches, and corals can be surprisingly flattering on you. Choose the shimmery and shiny finishes over the mattes and powdery shadows to accentuate your sub-season’s glow fully.  

The best eyeshadow shades for bright spring are vanilla ice, ivory, rutabaga, summer sand, brindle, chimera, taffy, lime, turquoise, azure, emerald, hazelwood, gunmetal, iris, sea green, violet-blue, navy, fandango pink, royal purple, and mosaic blue.

Eyeliner and Mascara

Close up of a woman's closed eye with green eyeliner.

Eyeliners and mascaras give a good definition and intensified contrast to the bright spring eye makeup.

The winter season influences your lashes; they look best in darker shades. But be careful when wearing blacks; there’s a thin line between the spring and winter versions of this color, and the latter one may be too cool for you. 

So instead of using jet black, reach for charcoal or warmer versions of black instead.

The best mascara shades for bright spring are bristol black, olive drab camouflage, chimera, cacao, walnut, and dark slate.

Adding more color to the eyes won’t hurt if you use the right eyeliner colors. Bright spring-appropriate blues, greens, and purples can bring more sparkle to your eyes.

The best eyeliner shades for bright spring are chimera, tropical green, mazarine blue, deep blue, raspberry radiance, violet-blue, royal blue, emerald, forest green, and navy.

Cheeks

Makeup for bright spring leaves the cheeks with a healthy flush of color and with the right amount of warmth. 

Bright spring blush leans more toward the corals and peaches as these colors embody the warm characteristic we’re talking about. 

If you want to go toward the pinks, make sure it won’t be too cool for your features and your season; otherwise, it will be a perfect bright winter blush. 

Blue-based colors will look rusty and dark on you, leaving your skin dull.

Best blush shades for bright spring are taffy pink, rose pink, razzmatazz, coral red, mandarin, tomato, calypso coral, persimmon, pink lemonade, aurora pink, sangria sunset, and fandango pink.

Bronzers aren’t what you usually expect to take out of a bright spring’s makeup stash to avoid the muddy or muted effect. But if you’re seeking extra shadows and depth, you can use peachy or yellowish bronzing shades. 

Preferred bronzer shades for bright spring are light peach, light gold, and medium gold.

Instead of bronzers, what you can do to make your face look more lifted is to use highlighters in shades that aren’t too golden or too yellow.

The best highlighter shades for bright spring are peach bud, rutabaga, buckskin, and persimmon.

Lips

Like your blushes, the shade range of lip colors that work for bright spring is from coral, peach, and pink families. They also match the intensity of your eyes. 

To remind you, these colors will look bold and somehow intimidating. Before you hesitate to turn to these colors, remember that intense and vivid colors are the trademarks of your sub-season. 

On the contrary, the dark and cooler shades from the same families mentioned, like purples and reds, will clash with your complexion. The same goes for matte, powdery, and dry-looking finishes. 

You can keep your lippies creamy, but don’t skip sheen and gloss for extra vibrance.  

Some of the best lipstick or gloss shades for bright spring are persimmon, calypso coral, hot pink, geranium, sangria sunset, fandango pink, pink peacock, raspberry rose, and raspberry.

Bright Spring Nail Polish

An infographic featuring bright spring nail polish in different colors

An additional pop of color to the nails elevates the essence of bright spring. You have a wide range of fun, bold, and lively colors, from blues, pinks, yellows, and greens to purples.  

The best nail polish shades for bright spring are yellow, coral pink, coral glow, hot pink, fuchsia, icy pink, yellow-green, mint, turquoise, azure blue, violet-blue, and lavender.

Inside a Bright Spring’s Closet

An infographic featuring bright spring style such as the wardrobe basics, prints & patterns, and jewelry & accessories

Wardrobe Basics

Dressing a bright spring can get tricky because of its contrast.

With that, black and white are still part of this sub-season, whether as a standalone color or combined in an outfit. But you should warm them up, especially when worn near the face. 

So instead of wearing straight up black and white, you can try these shades to portray the light and dark sides of your palette: bright creams, taupes, and browned charcoal.

But wearing black is more welcome than wearing white for this sub-season. It should not, however, exceed 50% of your overall outfit, or else it becomes a bright spring catastrophe. 

Classic denim outfits won’t leave your bright spring closet. And for you, they’ll appear in brightly dyed, solid, and purple-based indigos or cobalt.

You have a hue leaning toward the warmer colors, but all brown will be a bit too warm. Instead, try bright pumpkin orange for shoes, bags, and accessories. This goes perfect with your neutrals. 

Shiny and bright are two things to remember when choosing your clothing.

Another staple that has a space on a clear spring’s wardrobe is patented leather. This can be worn paired with your bright suits in lagoon teal and Santorini blue. Not the usual colors for classic formal wear, but they definitely make your features stand out.

One last tip: if you really want to accurately match your clear spring color palette in terms of clothing, break down your neutrals and bright colors and combine them rather than creating a monochromatic statement. 

Prints and Patterns

The bright spring color palette has many bright, vibrant, and lively colors. And if these aren’t enough for you to build your statement, you can refer to the appropriate prints and patterns for your sub-season. 

Your color still says a lot about your style. You’d want to keep them as the most striking factor. Make sure a disharmonious color doesn’t outshine your palette or give you the opposite effect of what we’re trying to establish.

And since you live off of high contrast, medium- to large-scale patterns that aren’t too clumped together will accentuate the colors, making them more distinct so they’ll pop even more. 

For patterns, bright springs look best in dotty, busy geometric patterns.

Hand-drawn elements and florals are also good examples of appropriate prints. 

Jewelry and Accessories

As we transition from winter, bright spring is a sub-season where warmth builds up. With that said, you might automatically think of gold when choosing the perfect accessory for your outfit. 

But your season’s hue doesn’t fully depend on the warmer side of the scale. Remember, you’re a neutral-warm, and this will allow you to reach for rose gold, white gold, silver, and platinum. 

If you’re planning to wear golds, make sure they aren’t too yellow and orangey. And for the silvers, incorporate them in outfits filled with warm colors. This way, they’ll balance each other out. 

Like your features, the best bling for you will shine brightest! So keep them reflective and gleaming.

The best stones for bright spring are opal, yellow sapphire, topaz, diamond, zirconia, emerald, citrine, sunstone, and Swarovski crystals. 

You’ll have to avoid the metals and stones that look antique and oxidized. The dark and earthy features on these are dull and autumnal; we’re looking for the bright and sunny.  

FAQs

Can a bright spring have dark hair?

Yes, bright springs can have both light and dark hair, depending on the hair color’s depth, the person’s skin tone, and skin undertone. 

However, black may be too overwhelming and too cool for this season, so it’s better to build dark hair shades from a rich chocolate brown. 

Can a clear spring season wear black?

Beautiful Woman In Black Clothes with her hands on her hips On Gray Background

Black can be too cool for you, but it doesn’t mean you can’t wear similar shades. If you want a dark outfit, use charcoal or warm shades of dark brown instead of true black. 

Let’s study more sub-seasons, shall we? 

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  • Stephanie Martin

    Stephanie Martin blends her beauty industry background with expertise in communications to lead in the fashion and beauty world. As a fashion and beauty editor, she is known for engaging and informative articles. Her lifelong passion for fashion, makeup, and hair shines through her work, earning her widespread respect among readers and clients. Stephanie's style, a mix of classic and contemporary, makes her a dynamic and influential figure in the industry, inspiring others with her knowledgeable and approachable insights.

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  1. Katarzyna says:

    Really professional analysis of sub-type. Best I’ve ever met. Thank you!

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