What is seasonal color analysis? …also…Determining Your Seasonal Color Analysis

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What is seasonal color analysis?

 

Seasonal color analysis categorizes people into one of 4 categories…

  1. Winter
  2. Summer
  3. Autumn, and
  4. Spring

The categories are named after the seasons and the colors found together in nature to help you remember the range of colors they include. Your seasonal color range will complement the coloring of your skin, hair and eyes.

Understanding Color

Understanding a few characteristics of color will help you understand your own coloring and help you make more informed color choices when you buy clothes. Attributes of color include it’s:

  • Hue –this is the name of the color
  • Temperature –a color can be perceived as cool, warm or neutral. Yellow-based colors are perceived as warm, while blue-based colors are perceived as cool. Pure colors are neutral — that is neither cool nor warm
  • Value –a color can be described as light, medium-light, medium, medium-dark, dark
  • Intensity –whether the color appears clear or muted

Your main seasonal color has these attributes and so do clothing colors. When you know your flow season, to determine if an item of clothing is the correct color for you, look for colors with attributes that most closely match your seasonal colors’ attributes. Keeping this in mind helps if you’ve forgotten your swatch or the exact color isn’t in your swatch.

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Determining Your Seasonal Color Scheme

Try the following experiments to discover the colors that best complement your skin, eyes and hair. After you establish what seasonal color family is best on you, shopping for clothing and makeup will be a joy, not a chore that you hate doing!!

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Are you a COOL or WARM type?

  • Foundation Test

Foundation-test-565x849-150x150 The easiest and most accurate method involves putting a dab of pink-based cream foundation on one cheek, and a dab of yellow on the other. Then spread the foundation evenly on each cheek until they form a very thin layer. Finally, look at which one blends in vs. which looks painted on. The one that blends is your match.

Pink means COOL, yellow means WARM. It’s as easy as that.

  • Gold/Silver Test

Gold-Silver-Test

Take one silver-colored and one gold-colored piece of fabric or paper. Place one hand on the silver-colored piece and the other hand on the gold-colored piece. Also try the inner side of your wrists or another part of your body that gets rare sun exposure. You will notice that with the right color your skin color will blend in well with the color of the paper or fabric, and your skin will look even. With the wrong color your skin will look uneven and speckled.

Silver equals COOL, and gold means WARM. Once again, pretty easy.

There are a couple of things you can do to make the test more accurate. Make sure that you’re in a room with natural light, artificial light can ruin the test. And you will need pieces of paper or fabric that are large enough to cover a good amount of skin. If you use drapes, make sure they cover the shoulders. If you use paper, make sure it’s large enough for both hands to fit on the paper.

  • Vein Test

Vein-Test

This one is pretty straightforward. Simply look at the veins on your inner wrist and determine whether they look more blue(ish) or green(ish). Once again, make sure you conduct the test in natural light. And don’t use this test right after tanning or if you have a deep tan as it makes it more difficult to determine the color.

Green veins mean WARM, blue mean COOL.

Whether you use just one test or try them all, you’re now only one step away from knowing your season. At this point:

  • Cool undertone means that you are a SUMMER or a WINTER type.
  • Warm undertone means SPRING or AUTUMN type.

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Are you a LIGHT or DARK type?

Define the brightness (light or dark) of your eyes and your natural hair color.

COOL undertone
Eyes and hair = DARK –> Winter

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Eyes and hair = LIGHT –> Summer

summer-characteristics

WARM undertone
Eyes and hair = DARK –> Autumn

autumn-characteristics
Eyes and hair = LIGHT –> Spring

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Here are your color palettes:

Seasonal Colors

winter

Winter colors are cool, clear and dark-to-light intensity. Think of the winter landscape colors. In the low light of winter, colors appear darker, but on a bright day with the sun reflecting off snow colors appear pale and icy.

Winter

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summer
Summer colors are also cool, but muted and medium-light to medium-dark in value. Think of seeing the landscape through a summer heat haze. The colors are muted, paler versions of Winter’s. The light colors are creamy pastel rather than icy.

Summer

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autumn

Autumn colors are warm, muted and medium-light to medium-dark intensity. Think of fall New England landscape colors of rich burnt oranges, reds, golden yellows and sludgy greens.

Autumn

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spring

Spring colors are also warm, but clear and bright with medium to light intensity. Think of the bright clear colors of spring flowers and the new season’s clear, bright green shoots.

Spring

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 These articles are from Color Me Pretty and Style Makeover HQ.

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