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Seasonal Colour Analysis Explained. Shine Bright Like A Diamond!

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Do you want to stop spending lots of time choosing clothes or lipstick pigment, look gorgeous and shiny all the time? Once you know which colours flatter you the most, it won’t be a problem.

The only question is how and where you can get this palette of your ideal colours?

If you’re not familiar with seasonal colours analysis yet, it’s time to figure it out.

In a few words, seasonal colour analysis is the tool that allows defining a person’s best-matching colours. According to this theory, all of us belong to one of the four seasonal types:

  • Winter

  • Spring

  • Summer

  • Autumn

This differentiation is based on the pigments of our hair, eyes, and skin.

The colours are evaluated from two perspectives:

  • the temperature (warm or cool)

  • the value (light or dark)

So the combinations of these variables result in four appearance seasons:

Some people perfectly fit one of these categories. But your body colours can be brighter, warmer, or more intense than mentioned above. What should you do then? The truth is that most of us don’t get precisely in one of the four original seasons. That’s why this model was refined and completed to 12 types (three subgroups for each season) due to the adding a new “chroma” variable.

Chroma (or saturation) distinguishes strong, intensive colours from weak greyish ones. High chroma is bright and clear, whereas low chroma is muted and dull.

That’s how these values work in the twelve season colour theory:

  • Temperature determines the colour family (warm or cool)

  • Value stands for the brightness of a colour (from dark to light)

  • Chroma defines a colour’s saturation (clear or soft and muted)

To identify your season you need to study your appearance and understand the balance of these three characteristics.

Step 1. Define your skin undertone (warm or cool)

The most convenient way to do it is the paper test. Take a small piece of white paper and hold it near your face.

If the skin acquired a light peach or brownish colour then you are the owner of a warm colour type. In the sun you easily tan and the veins on your wrist are mainly green.

If the undertone of your face was light brown with pink or lavender, then you have a cold type of appearance. Also, you have blue veins on the inner wrist and burn quickly in the sun.

Step 2. Determine the value of your hair & eyes (dark or light)

Dark characteristics: strong, rich, deep colouring, some shade of black.

Light characteristics: tints of white, low contrasts, light eyes and hair.

Step 3. Look at the overall saturation of your pigments

Clear: bright, clear colours; eyes are often sparkly; no single feature is muted or dusty.

Muted: ashen shades, dim and muffled colours; nothing bright and overpowering; there is little contrast between the eyes, skin and hair.

Once you get your three characteristics, check the following combinations to know your seasonal group:


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