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    You are a Deep Winter type if your hair and eyes are distinctly dark and show high contrast to your skin. When you look in the mirror, the first thing you notice are your dark features. If you’re unsure whether you’re a Deep Winter, feel free to book my Online Course for your DIY Seasonal Color Analysis.
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    Deep Winter is the darkest color type within the clear and cool Winter palette. Its main characteristic is ‘Dark,’ with the secondary characteristics being ‘Clear’ and ‘Cool.’

    Sometimes determining your color type isn’t straightforward because you may not possess all the “typical characteristics.” That’s perfectly normal. If you are having problems, try my online course “DIY Seasonal Color Analysis“.

    Characteristics of the Deep Winter:

    If you need help determining your characteristics, click here.

    The Deep Winter leans slightly towards Autumn. Its main criterion is dark colors. Eyes and hair are never light. Deep Winter types sometimes shift towards the Cool Winter.

    Skin: light, cool beige, olive, black, black-brown

    Hair: black, black-brown, medium brown, steel gray, without golden streaks but reddish shimmer is possible

    Eyes: black, black-brown, dark Hazel Eyes, very dark olive or very dark blue are also possible

    The Colors of the Deep Winter

    Deep Winter Accent Colors
    Deep Winter Neutral Colors

    Colors to avoid for Deep Winter:

    Deep Winter types should definitely avoid colors that are light. They will never be able to borrow colors from the Summer palettes. Even though the Summer types are cool, the colors would not only be too light but also too muted. The same applies to the Spring palette. These colors are clear, but besides being light, they are also too warm. The muted and warm colors of Warm and Soft Autumn usually do not work. These may be dark in different degrees, but both palettes are too warm and have the mutedness of colors as their main or secondary characteristic.

    Color types from which Deep Winter might borrow:

    Deep Winter types can borrow from Clear and Cool Winter as long as the colors are dark enough and not too clear. In principle, all dark tones of these palettes are suitable. Colors can also be borrowed from the sister type Deep Autumn palette as long as they are not too warm and muted.

    Clear Winter Accent Colors
    Cool Winter Accent Colors
    Deep Autumn Accent Colors

    After this wealth of information, you’re probably wondering how you can put it all into practice. Read on here about make-up and clothing for Deep Winter!

    Deep Winter Make up

    The optimal Deep Winter makeup includes dark, clear, and cool colors with high contrast to each other. On many other color types, it would be perceived as strong, but on the Deep Winter type, it looks natural and corresponds to its dark overall appearance with high contrasts and rather cool colors. Avoid bronzer and generally colors in gold, yellow, and peach tones. These are too warm for you and stand out unnaturally.

    *In this post, you’ll also find product suggestions that suit your color type. Please note that there can be no guarantee that all the suggested products will universally flatter you. Often, certain features may be a little “atypical” โ€“ for example, you may be clearer or lighter than average. So, choose your favorite products from my suggestions, taking your uniqueness into account. If you’re unsure, it’s better to order sample sizes first or take my online course to find out if you’re atypical.

    Deep Winter Make up Colors

    Foundation & Concealer

    Choose foundation and concealer according to your skin tone. Deep Winter types usually have a neutral to cool skin tone. Often, a neutral or cool shade of beige or olive works. Foundations with yellow undertones may not work. They are too warm for your cool appearance.

    Finishing Powder

    Choose a finishing powder that matches the tone of your foundation. If your favorite brand does not have neutral or cool tones, choose a translucent powder.

    Bronzer, Contouring & Highlighter

    Unfortunately, Deep Winter types cannot tolerate the typical bronzers. Bronzer should highlight the warmth in the skin. Since there is no warmth in the Deep Winter type, the typical bronzer will make you look sick. If you want to use bronzer look for one with cool undertones. Use a highlighter in a cool color if you want to highlight specific areas.

    Product Recommendations for Deep Winter Makeup Base*

    *To keep the number of products manageable, I recommend only selected brands that I particularly like. If you prefer other brands, you can surely find corresponding colors with a little research. When you click on the link, you will be directed to my Pinterest board where I have listed the products for you. On the computer, you can hover over your desired product with the mouse and click on the link that appears. On your mobile device or in the app, first click on your desired product, and after it opens, click on “Visit”. This will open the corresponding shop in a new window. If you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission as a thank you for the recommendation. You won’t incur any extra costs, and I can maintain my free offering on color types.


    Use cool, well-pigmented eyeshadows that complement your appearance. Warm and soft colors can make you look quickly painted or sick. For accents, you can use the colors from the Deep Winter color pass; for base colors, use the colors from the Neutral Colors for Deep Winter color pass. Further suggestions can be found on the makeup card above or in the Digital Color Palette. For dramatic looks, you can also use black.

    Generally, your eyes are dark and intense. Therefore, make sure not to use too dark, intensely pigmented eyeshadows.


    Your best choice for mascara is black. It provides the necessary high contrast. You can also experiment with other colors. Just make sure they are clear and cool. Avoid warm brown tones and choose a cooler black-brown instead.

    Eyeliner & Kohl

    The best eyeliner or kohl is always the one that harmonizes with your eye color. You can find suitable, cool colors on the makeup card for Deep Winter. Avoid light, strongly luminous, or warm colors.

    Product Recommendations for Deep Winter Eye Makeup*


    The choice of your blush depends on how dark you are. If you are a lighter Deep Winter, orient yourself towards the lighter raspberry tones. If you are a dark Deep Winter, choose the dark raspberry and raisin tones.


    Dark, highlighted lips are perfect for the Deep Winter type. What may look exaggerated on other color types brings your face into harmony. Dark plum, raspberry, and burgundy tones are your choice. Avoid ‘Nude Lips.’ They are not intense enough.

    Product Recommendations for Deep Winter Cheeks and Lips*

    Daytime Makeup

    Your natural look has little to do with a ‘Natural Makeup Look.’ This usually uses many nude, brown, and taupe tones. While you can orient yourself to these tones from your makeup card for your eye makeup, nude tones do not work for your lips.

    As a rule of thumb, remember that you should always emphasize your lips more than your eyes. Since your eyes naturally have high intensity, this contributes better to the balance of your face.

    Use colors from your palette that harmonize with your natural color scheme for your daytime makeup. However, do not use too many different colors; that would be too much and could make you look like a clown.

    Evening Makeup

    Classic smokey eyes, black eyeliner, and darker, bold colors for the lips create a dramatic look for the Deep Winter type. Winged eyeliner or cat eyes are perfect. Do not mix too many different colors here either. You can also simply follow the daytime makeup and emphasize the eyes a little more and choose a darker lipstick.

    You can learn how to put together clothing, accessories, and jewelry suitable for your color type below.

    Deep Winter Clothing and Accessories

    The main features of the Deep Winter type are its dark overall impression and high contrasts. Color selection and combination of Deep Winter clothing and accessories should reflect and complement these main features so that the Deep Winter type looks vibrant.

    This works best with the combination of one of your neutral colors from your and an accentuating color from your Deep Winter Digital Color Palette. If you choose a light neutral color, combine it with a dark accent color and vice versa.

    You can also choose only dark colors, but contrast flatters you better. Just make sure the contrast is not too high – do not choose colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.

    Deep Winter Clothing Color Combinations

    Color Combinations Deep Winter Should Avoid

    All color combinations that have low contrasts to each other, such as monochrome colors, and very high contrasts (complementary colors = opposite on the color wheel), Tetradic color systems are also not suitable. The latter is a complementary color scheme that has been expanded by another complementary color scheme.

    Also, avoid combinations of exclusively light colors from your neutral color pass. Since you are a dark type, this combination does not flatter you.

    I have described which colors you should generally avoid further up.

    Patterns and Prints for Deep Winter Clothing

    For patterns and prints the same applies as for color combinations. Patterns that consist exclusively of Deep Winter colors are best. If only a very small part of the pattern consists of a color from a disharmonious color palette, the pattern will surely flatter you as well. Avoid patterns with a predominant proportion of colors that come from other color palettes.

    Large patterns with high contrasts suit you well, but low contrasts and delicate patterns make you look washed out. It’s best to choose geometric patterns or abstract prints. If you like floral or nature patterns, choose stylized instead of natural representations.

    You can find examples of patterns and prints in your Digital Color Palette.

    Appropriate Clothing

    You’re best off choosing appropriate clothing with the help of a color palette. You always have your Digital Color Palette with you. Simply place it on the garment you’ve chosen and see if the colors harmonize. At first, this may be a bit difficult for you, but over time, you’ll develop a good eye for which colors match and which don’t.

    For color combinations and matching patterns, my Digital Color Palette also help you further. If you want regular suggestions for clothing that suits your color type, feel free to follow me on Instagram.


    Deep Winter types usually have many neutral undertones, so silver and gold jewelry suit you. However, the overall undertones are rather neutral-cool, so avoid warm gold tones that lean towards orange. Pewter also goes very well with you.

    Since your color type stands a little between Soft and Clear, theoretically both matte and radiant metals suit you. Try out what you like better on you. Suitable gemstones are ruby, amethyst (dark), sapphire, and emerald.

    If you want to set up your wardrobe sustainably and always find something to wear, my article on the capsule wardrobe or minimalist wardrobe will help you.