Thanks to everyone who weighed in on my lasted Facebook contest guessing celebrity Rihanna’s season.
It’s a good thing I didn’t give out a prize on this one because there would probably be a LOT of debate about it (though I get a fair amount of disagreements regarding my celebrity assessments anyway).
First let me say this about how I analyze celebrities: I prefer to post someone that I have seen many times on television, preferably many years of watching them (like in my “Type Casted” section of my site). This ensures I’m pretty confident about their season. But for those who are not on TV or that I just don’t watch if they are, I have to look at LOTS and LOTS of photos and try to determine if the coloring I’m seeing is actually their natural coloring or close to it, or whether it’s just makeup, lighting or Photoshop. I can never be really sure unless I either see them in person or they approach me for a color analysis, in which case I would ask for lots of photos with no makeup.
So with Rihanna, I honestly have never seen her videos or watched her on TV, and I even missed the Oprah interview with her her recently. I’ve just seen lots and lots of photos. And with that I just see what I feel looks best on her based on what I *think* is her natural coloring. We know she wears every color of the sun in haircolor, makeup and clothing. For a young pop star, this is what they do. Some colors I feel work better for her, meaning they enhance her natural coloring, and some not.
Before I go on I wanted to say that because I hadn’t really seen her in any high definition videos or television I just wanted to ask some of my colleagues and mentors what they thought about her. I was pretty sure I’d get an agreement with what I determined but that was not the case! 3 out of 4 thought she had cool undertones, two labeling her a Winter (Cool Winter, Toned Winter), one Soft Summer and one labeling her a Toned Autumn.
I personally think she is either a Toned Autumn or Pure Autumn (Warm Autumn). Here are the photos which I feel look best and most natural on her:
To me her skin looks warm and muted and her eyes are definitely warm. Peach blush looks totally natural. I don’t see any photos of her with pink blush but I can’t see that harmonizing as well as the peach. And though I’ve seen a photo of her as a child and her hair color does look black, the warm highlights she often wears look natural and consistent with her Autumn-y look. (just an fyi: women with naturally black hair can still be an autumn if their skin and eyes are warm). I would be inclined to say she is a Toned Autumn, but possibly Warm Autumn since she can definitely handle more color.
Now, like I said above, I know that makeup and PhotoShop can make anyone look different than what they naturally are. While I see many more photos of her with warm skin and makeup than cool, I did find a few where her skin is seems much more cool than the other photos, like the one below.
IF these cooler pictures are representative of her natural coloring, then I would definitely change my mind and agree that she is a Winter, most likely a Toned Winter since I still see a muted quality to her.
Which photos are her NATURAL coloring? I can’t say for sure. I can only speculate. But if she really is a cool season, then she’s got some good makeup artists and they know how to coordinate a warm look for her. ~