By following this Color Analysis guide you will have a better understanding of what colors suits you best!
“I recommend to read my previous article to find out what seasonal color group you represent”
Color analysis can radically change our appearance. Imagine a day without color. No yellow sunrises, blue skies or pure white snow – a world deprived of thousands of rainbow hues that we take for granted. Colors dominate our senses and impact on our first impressions of other people.
Colors create moods; for example, blue is considered calming and soothing,while red is aggressive and promotes wealth.
Choosing colors that compliment your natural skin tone, eyes and hair shade will improve your appearance by making you seem more attractive and energetic.
Conversely, wearing clothes of the wrong shades can age your face and make you look drained and ‘washed out’.
Identifying your personal palette will not only improve your general look but will enable you to build a wardrobe that interacts together at all levels and allows the maximum use of every garment and accessory.
First impressions are vitally important. A sense of confidence and comfort in what we are wearing sends positive signals to other people, while feelings of unease will transmit negative moods. Subconsciously, we are most happy with our appearance when wearing complimentary colors – and it shows!
HISTORY OF COLOR ANALYSIS
Early last century, the Bauhaus artist Johannis Itten theorized that his students produced better work when they were allowed to choose colors themselves. He noticed there was a definite relationship between choice of color, personal appearance and personality.
A decade later, colors were classified as either warm or cool. It was discovered color could be divided into four naturally harmonious groups. In turn, a person’s skin tone fell into one of these groups. This led to the concept of color analysis and classifying colors into the four seasons:
Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Color Analysis breakdown
WINTER COLOR ANALYSIS – COOL, DEEP, AND BRIGHT
Colors should always have cool blue undertones. Pastels should be clear and icy.
Color analysis Winter colors :
Red Claret, Magenta, Emerald green, Bottle Green, Royal Blue, Dk. Navy, China Blue, Bright Turquoise, Blue, Black, Mid. Grey, Charcoal Grey, Grey Taupe (stone), Bright Purple, Dark Purple, Bright Cool Yellow, Fuchsia/Hot Pink, Icy
Pink, Icy Blue, Icy Lemon. Icy Green, Icy Lilac, Pure White, Silver Platinum.
Silver metals, White Pearls, Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds.
Use any combination of the above shades. Avoid bronzers. Select appropriate application for the daytime from greys, taupe, navy and icy shades.
For evening wear: use silver and bolder shades to highlight and black.
Lips: hot pink, red, plum, deep rose
Remember – Winters look best wearing their colours in blocks, creating dramatic contrast.
AUTUMN COLOR ANALYSIS – WARM, DEEP AND MUTED
Colors should always have muted gold undertones, rich earthy tones and few pastels.
Color analysis Autumn colors:
Tomato, Red. Russets, Terracotta, Olive Green, Forest Green, Sage Green, Deep Peacock, Blue Teal, Warm muted Navy, Brown, Golden Camel Tan, Greened Grey, Warm muted Purple, Burnt Orange, Mustard, Chartreuse, Deep Turquoise, Green, Beige, Buttermilk. Oatmeal, Copper, Bronze, Old Gold.
Old Gold, Copper, Brass, Bronze, Citrine, Amber, Tortoishell, Cornelius, Wooden beads, Leather.
Use any combination of the above shades. Avoid black. Select appropriate shades for the daytime from browns, beige, olive, and teal. For evenings: highlight with gold and copper, golden green, muted purple. Lips: russet, terracotta, peachy-brown, copper
Remember – Autumns look best wearing their colors in tonal mixtures reflecting the appearance of the autumnal forest.
SUMMER COLOR ANALYSIS – COOL, LIGHT AND MUTED
Colors should have soft blue undertones,with dusty greyed overtones.
Color analysis Summer colors:
Watermelon, Red, Muted Blued, Claret Aubergine, Deep Rose, Pink, Soft Fuchsia, Soft Magenta, Medium Pink, Pale Pink, Dusty Pink, Mauve Greyed, Navy Med, Grey, Light Grey, Air Force Blue, Light Grey, Blue, Pale Blue, Pale Turquoise, Rose Brown, Rose Taupe, Soft Lemon, Soft Mint, Green Deep Sea, Green Silver, Fern Green, Soft White, Pale Silver Grey, Pink tinted White.
Silver, White-gold, Pink-rose-gold, Pink/White/Grey pearls, Amethyst, Aquamarine,Pale Jade, Diamonds.
Use any combination of the above shades. Avoid bronzers. Select appropriate shades for the daytime from pale/med.grey, lilac, pink, plum. For evenings: highlight with silver, blue, shades with pearly finish. Lips: Rose pink, pale pink, mauve pink, soft rosewood.
Remember – Summers look best wearing their colors in gentle toning mixtures, like a bouquet of garden flowers.
SPRING COLOR ANALYSIS – WARM, LIGHT, BRIGHT
Colors should have yellow undertone and can be mixes of pastels or bright, vibrant combinations.
Color analysis Spring colors:
Warm Bright Red, Orange Red, Bright Orange, Deep Coral, Pale Coral, Apricot, Pale Peach, Warm Peachy Pink, Yellow, Warm Bright Mauve, Warm Violet, Warm Purple, Bright French Navy, Hyacinth Blue, Bright Sky Blue, Bright Turquoise, Lime, Green, Bright Leaf Green, Camel Tan, Light Golden Brown, Oatmeal, Beige Cream, Banana Cream, Gold Copper.
Gold, Copper, Cream pearls, Turquoise, Emeralds,Amethyst, Deep jade, Light golden amber, Tortoiseshell.
Use any combination of the above colors. Select any appropriate shades for the daytime from brown,tan, beige, green, turquoise. For evenings: highlight with gold, copper and sparkly vibrants. Lips: orange, coral, peach,beige, warm pink, natural browns.
Remember – Springs look best wearing their colors with a splash; use colors in bold combinations or in sophisticated blends of soft neutrals.
This color analysis guide will apply to every aspect of your image; from your hair color to your clothing, jewellery, make-up and accessories including your shoes, bags, tights, stockings and socks. Every single item that you wear should be chosen from the colors in your seasonal group palette, in order to maintain a fully co-ordinated appearance that enhances your natural coloring.
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