Friday, April 13th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


How much of a role does season play when it comes to what makeup you wear? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerFor me, it’s more of a cool/warm thing, so I will tend to gravitate towards darker, vampier colors in the fall/winter and then brighter, warmer colors in the spring/summer. I will wear a variety of products regardless of the season, but there are always certain seasonal colors that I am drawn to.

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48 thoughts on “How much of a role does season play when it comes to what makeup you wear?

  1. kelli

    I live in SW Arizona, so we don’t have seasons: its hot, and hotter. I play w my eyeshadow, but I always have matte skin and red lips. It’s become my signature.

  2. Miss J

    I am really drawn to warmer shades as well as pops of color for cheeks and lips, so I think my summer skin shade allows me to wear those colors a lot better. Also, I wear less base makeup in the warmer months. In the winter, I lose pretty much all my color, and while I don’t particularly like pink blush at all, I need a bright pop of pink on my cheeks in the winter to give me back some life to my face. The seasons influence small changes, but I don’t necessarily feel I must wear certain looks at certain times of the year. It’s more of I start to gravitate towards certain things because it performs better for a certain season or looks better with my current shade.

  3. Avatar of Amy amy

    I live in Los Angeles, and we don’t really have seasons; it can be 97 degrees in January, as well as pouring rain in June. I pretty much wear the same colors year round, but I will change the formulas of my makeup depending on temperature. If it’s hot and humid, I’ll typicalyy go with a TM and/or MMU. I’ll also stay away from cream shadows when it’s hot. I take major precautions to not tan, so my foundation and color pallette don’t change.

  4. Seasons play a minor role in what makeup I wear. In Autumn, I choose deeper, richer lip and cheek colours, in Spring, out come softer, lighter and brighter shades. Tho I have been known to wear a red lip in Summer and a coral or pink in Winter.

    So I guess… Not a large role, after all. :P

  5. I do tutorials & work at Sephora, so that tends to influence my looks, but overall, when I’m picking what I wear, no, season does not influence what I wear. I do play with whatever is in trend a little more, but I’d hardly call myself trendy, haha.

  6. Just foundation during warmer times. I tend to sheer out my foundation and use less powder. But that’s it. I’ll also put translucent powder on my body sunscreen just so it doesn’t budge as easily. Usually I skip that step.

  7. muffingrl

    I am actually more influenced by the weather than the seasons. Where I live, it is usually very gloomy and foggy, so I love my smokey eyes and vampy lips. On the rare sunny days, I go for chartreuse eyeshadow and bright lips!

  8. Julia

    The only thing that season’s dictate for me is what type of base I use; I transferred from having a makeup artistry major to a fashion design major, so these days I pretty much just change my lip colour rather than eye makeup everyday.

  9. Avatar of Pamela Pamela

    I agree with you, Christine. I wear deeper colors for fall/winter, bright warm tones for summer and metals (copper, gold, bronze) in the late summer. It just doesn’t feel right to wear deep plum lips in July or coral blush in December, you know?

  10. I didn’t used to think that it played any role, but I definitely see now that I tend towards deeper, vampy shades more in the Fall and WInter, and more muted tones in the Spring and Summer. Really bright shades seem to be a purely summer thing to me. I think this has to do with what the light is like at different times of the year. Certain colours look better depending on how bright it is, I guess.

    • Eileen

      You bring up a good point, Kate. The light conditions play an important role in how color is perceived. It is the tilt of the earth which changes throughout the year and the climatic conditions through which the light is filtered that can alter the way a color looks. Add to that the weather, and I think some colors very definitely look better at certain times of the year.

      • Avatar of Alison Alison

        I guess that in bright, stark, sunny light, a dark lipstick may show more flaws… but at night time in a restaurant’s lighting, the softer light and shadows would work to its advantage.

        Same with powder, dark eye makeup, etc.

  11. I would say that it has a pretty large role. I’m pretty season appropriate when it comes to makeup because I like what I’m wearing (whether it be clothing or cosmetics) to reflect what is going on outside… although I like to occasionally sneak an out of season nail polish shade in here or there. ;)

  12. Avatar of Alison Alison

    I’m the same as Christine! I don’t consciously pick makeup based on the seasons, but in cooler weather I’ll naturally gravitate towards heavier, darker, greyer makeup, and in hot, sunny beach weather, I’ll go for more light tints and lighter, glossier makeup!

    Its similar for day and night, really!

  13. Chiara

    I live in North-Western Europe, so we definitly have seasons here, although we have to deal with (relatively) cold and rainy weather 3/4 of the year. Which has it’s benefits too, e.g we don’t have to worry about sweating off our makeup. On the other hand, when it does get sunny and hot, I have the urge to wear as less makeup as I can. Just some MSF, benetint, cream eyeshadow and mascara.

  14. Hmm, my make-up doesn’t change nearly as much as my skincare. Although I’m more likely to go bare-faced (no foundation/tinted moisturizer) in summer than in winter. I barely ever wear foundation no matter the season, though. ^^;

  15. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    Only real change is in summer, I try to arrange my face makeup so I don’t sweat it all off. If that seems to be failing me, I go with something lightweight that isn’t noticeable when it sweats off! :D

    For the color cosmetics, though, I really don’t pay much attention to seasons.

  16. Definitely! Less foundation in summer, usually tinted moisturiser, in winter foundation almost every time. I also wear darker colours fall/autumn and winter, dark red lips and dark nail colours, with a paler face I also skip the bronzer.. Summer I love pops of colours, bright fun lips and nail polishes/varnishes and likes adding a bit of bronzer to warm up the skin! :)

  17. Marie

    It doesn’t play any role whatsoever. I just wear whatever I want.

  18. LJ

    When it’s summer I just feel weird wearing dark makeup, I think I end up looking over-done and it makes me feel self-conscious.
    I just think that bright make up tends to be hard for me to get away with unless it’s summer, so I try to make the most of it when I can.

  19. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    A little. My skin gets very, very pale in the winter, so I’m more cautious with how I balance looks. I will gravitate to slightly darker colors in the fall/winter months but not extensively. I rotate all of my shades on a regular basis just to make I get my use out of them, so there’s no significant consideration for season.

  20. Amanda

    I don’t think it’s a drastic change for me. In the winter I wear bronzer, and lipstick. Summertime I go with maybe a sheer lip gloss color, and wear very little of it. Also in summer I just use my bronzer on my cheeks and very little again.

  21. In autumn/winter I have less reservation about sporting vampier makeup, but I wouldn’t use a bronzer that’s not matte. I know that some people say you need a bit of shimmer to perk your skin up during the colder months, but for me that’s something I’d wear when it’s nice and sunny instead. In spring and summer I have more desire to play with colors!

  22. gabriella

    I use matte foundations or powders in summer because my skin gets oily and more moisturizing foundations in winter when my skin is dry. My nude lip is darker in the summer as well lol. I also tend to wear a ton of blush in winter because my face doesn’t really flush and I look dull lol

  23. Not much because I am in a tropical country. The sun shines all year round. I only tend to go for more silver and white around Christmas time, to get into the snowy mood, but there is no snow here. Only heavy downpours and scorching sun.

  24. No seasons for me either in the Caribbean so I just wear whatever colour I’m feeling that day! But I’m more of a bright eye colour girl which is maybe due to the mostly sunny weather here!

  25. I don’t think that the season plays a huge role in my make up, but i do tend to unconsciously gravitate towards lighter colours in lipsticks, eyeshadows and nail polish when the weather is warmer, and darker colours in winter months.

  26. Color choke doesn’t really change with seasons to me, generally. What does change is what my skin wants/needs. I’ll opt for more moisturizing foundations in autumn/winter and sheered out drier foundations in the spring/summer (I don’t like heavy coverage at any time :P)

    I suppose I don’t reach for full-impact reds or berries for lips during the spring/summer!

  27. Mar

    None at all, I wear whatever colors my mood strikes up that day, be it inspired by pictures, music, the weather or a movie I just saw. Light spring coral looks in Winter, dark vampy ones in Spring, or a goth day in mid Summer.

  28. Avatar of Kira kira

    I love wearing bright, bright pink lips in the springtime! I am more careful about when I get to whip out those colors in other seasons.

  29. Em

    Seasons play somewhat of a roll in the makeup I wear. I do tend to reach colors that are associated with the seasons, like bright for summer, soft colors for spring, and darker vampy shades for the fall/winter. I will also wear less makeup in the summer because it can easily get up to 110-115 degrees here and even the most long lasting makeup doesn’t hold up well in that kind of weather.

  30. breyerchic04

    Not a complete role, I’m equally likely to wear warm and cool lip looks, red, or dark colors no matter the season. But there is no way I’ll wear aqua liner in the winter, that’s a summer look for me. Also I’m totally loving matte coral lips this spring, but I’m not sure I’d totally rule them out for winter.

  31. Elizabeth

    More of my makeup changes through the weather of the seasons and rather not the trends. Winter time I gravitate towards heavier foundations and nourishing BB creams and the summer is usually through lighter application of foundations/BB creams/tinted moisturizers/Powder Foundation and relying primarily on concealers for spot covering (the new Tarte’s Amazonian Clay one is AMAZING). I don’t change my color themes for the seasons–I primarily do natural neutral looks all year long. Colors look especially intimidating to play with.

  32. Lark

    Definately! We have sort-of-winter here on the Gulf Coast, occasional cold weather but mostly a break from frying heat. So pale skin, Nars Sin cheeks, Blacktrack… But The Dripping Months get mineral make up, it actually stays on! and bronzer, Orgasm and poppy pink blush, although those do get used year round. But bright pink lips and lighter teals/ darker aquas on the eyes, they work with my pseudo tan.
    Wish MAC would re release Dare To Wear. Those were all great 100 degree F lip colors, every one of them.Even the hot pink did it without going overboard somehow. Pink Simmer is matte, that’s tough for six months. And they did a red that’s forgiving, not many of those around!

  33. Ana

    Depends on the weather and season!
    Fall/winter = Foundation, darker colors
    Spring/summer = Concealer + Powder, brighter colors :)

  34. i live in london and we go through every season . in winter i brighten it up with plums and pinks and coral colours and in spring following it up to summer i go golden bronze cheeks , sun kissed skin , nude lipstick or lipglass’s from MAC with their stunning relfects and let my skin show through a lot more !

  35. Shauna Connelly

    No role at all. Fall and Winter are depressing enough without the dreary colors. Same goes for clothing.

  36. Kate Shaw Mochida

    It plays a major role. Probably about the 3rd point considered when choosing my makeup look for the day.

  37. Santacruz Celeste

    It plays a lot because I use different colors and the foundation changes also. I try to put minimal sheer foundation on hot seasons and normal to heavy coverage in cool/cold seasons. The main focus for me is the coverage of the foundation I mostly change.

  38. Aranza Slaranza Rage Sanz

    No role at all in my case. U wear my loud and colorful shadows year round. Same with the fall colors.

  39. Mindy Sumner-Tucker

    Of course in the spring and summer my foundation color changes. Other than that it depends on how hot it is.. If I’m gonna sweat a lot no point in wearing a lot of powder products, they’ll just end up looking cakey. So I stick to cream products when it gets super warm out. As for colors I wear what I feel like no matter what season it is.

  40. Mary-Lynn MacInnis

    The only thing that changes is my foundation color and routine for blush and eyeshadow I wear whatever colors I like no matter what the season

  41. Conniption Queen

    Nothing. Even my foundation is the same. My skin doesnt change its composition from summer to winter and I don’t bother with trends in the first place, why on earth would I bother with them with my makeup. Pft.

  42. Melissa Pearson

    My only change is to mineral make-up in the summer, because liquid foundation melts off!

  43. Nicki Manivanh

    Not much because I live in Hawaii and it summer year round

  44. Melissa Fermon

    The seasons don’t play a role in the kind of makeup I wear. If I want to wear a bright red lip in summer or coral lips in winter, I will because they make me happy.

  45. Kathleen Hall Harris

    I like to wear teal liner (ocean!) and bronzy shades (beachy!) in summer. Pinks in spring, lots of purples in fall& winter. :) I think it’s fun!

  46. Michelle Denise

    None at all honey, I do what I like when I like.