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Color analysis may seem like a complex art, but at its core, it's a straightforward practice that can dramatically transform how you see yourself and how others see you. The science behind color analysis is rooted in the concepts of color temperature and undertones. In simple terms, every color has a temperature — cool, warm, or neutral — and every person has an undertone to their skin, which can also be cool, warm, or neutral. The goal of color analysis is to match clothing and makeup colors to your undertone, creating a harmonious look that enhances your natural beauty.

The most common method of determining the best colors for an individual is through the concept of seasonal palettes. This approach classifies personal colorings into four categories based on the seasons—Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter—with each season representing a set of characteristics and color palettes that complement different skin undertones. For instance:

  • 🌷 Spring individuals have warm undertones with clear, vibrant eyes and hair; they shine in warm, soft colors like peach, coral, and creamy yellows.
  • 🌞 Summer folks often have cool undertones with softer, muted features, flourishing in cool pastels and light, airy hues.
  • 🍂 Autumn types usually boast warm undertones with rich, earthy features, looking their best in deep, saturated colors like olive, gold, and burnt orange.
  • ❄️ Winter individuals have cool undertones with high contrast between their hair, skin, and eye color, making them stunning in bold, cool shades such as true white, black, and jewel tones.


There are different methods to discover which season you belong to; the most accurate being professional draping, where a color consultant drapes various colored fabrics near your face to observe which hues enhance your natural features. However, for those looking for a quick glimpse into their potential palettes, online quizzes can provide a starting point. And now, with advancements in artificial intelligence, even tools like chatGPT can offer personalized color advice based on descriptions of your appearance and preferences.

Understanding and applying the principles of color analysis can seem daunting at first, but with a bit of exploration and experimentation, it's possible to discover the colors that best complement you.

My Color Analysis Journey

When I first approached color analysis, I opted for a professional consultation where an expert draped different colored fabrics over me to determine which hues best complemented my natural features. I'll admit, I was highly skeptical at first. The idea that simply changing the color of my clothes could profoundly affect my appearance seemed far-fetched. I couldn't have been more wrong! Attending the session with a friend was an eye-opener. Colors that made her face appear bright and youthful had the opposite effect on me, rendering my complexion dull and aged. Conversely, colors that flattered me best seemed to add years onto her.

Through this process, I discovered I'm a "Muted Autumn", which is also sometimes known as "Soft Autumn". This revelation was nothing short of astonishing. I have both blue and green colored veins on my wrists, so I always knew I had neutral undertones. What shocked me the most was finding out that soft earth tones - colors I had scarcely considered before - were truly my best match. Given that a staggering 90% of my wardrobe was comprised of stark black and white pieces, this insight inspired a wardrobe overhaul. Grey, taupe, and off-white, colors I had previously overlooked, were suddenly my most flattering options. This experience not only revolutionized my wardrobe but also my perspective on personal style. I realized that my skin undertone is the foundation to building a flattering and cohesive wardrobe.

Discovering my season not only enhanced my understanding of makeup choices but also validated my minimal makeup approach. The color analysis confirmed that heavy makeup isn't for me - no eyeshadow, just a hint of peachy blush if I decide to use any. What amazed me was the technician's suggestion to switch from black eyeliner to brown. Trying brown eyeliner transformed my look, making my face appear more inviting, softer, and even younger! It's incredible how such a subtle shift in makeup shade can make such a noticeable difference in one's appearance.


Determining your season hinges on understanding your relationship with color, primarily through temperature/hue, light value, and chroma.

  • Temperature/hue refers to the warmth or coolness of a color, indicating whether it leans more towards the yellow/red spectrum (warm) or the blue/green spectrum (cool).
  • Light value assesses the brightness or darkness of a color, essentially determining how light or shadowed a color appears.
  • Chroma measures the purity or intensity of a color, distinguishing between vivid, saturated colors and dull, muted ones.

This may sound overwhelming, but with some guidance, you can quickly and accurately identify your season. Here is a simplified breakdown are a few steps to get started:

Your Hue, Value, Chroma Determines Your Season

Temperature/Hue: Warm vs. Cool

The first step is to determine whether you have a warm or cool undertone. A simple way to start is by observing the veins at your wrist in natural light. If they appear bluish or purplish, you likely lean towards cool undertones. Greenish veins suggest warm undertones. Consider how gold (warm) versus silver (cool) jewelry looks against your skin; gold flatters warm undertones, while silver complements cool ones.

Light Value: Light vs. Dark

Next, assess the lightness or darkness of your overall coloring, considering your skin, hair, and eyes. This step is less about your preference and more about the inherent contrast between these features. Individuals with light hair, light eyes, and fair skin might skew towards a "Light" palette, while those with a stark contrast between hair, skin, and eye color may align with a "Dark" palette.

Chroma: Soft/Muted vs. Bright

Evaluate whether you look better in soft or muted colors versus bright and saturated ones. This might require a bit of experimentation with different clothing items. If subdued tones like dusty rose or sky blue enhance your features, your chroma is likely soft/muted. If you radiate in vibrant hues like sapphire blue or emerald green, your chroma tends towards bright.