By following this colour analysis guide you will have a better understanding of what colours suits you best!
“This is for both Men and Women”
Colour analysis can radically change our appearance. Imagine a day without colour. No yellow sunrises, blue skies or pure white snow – a world deprived of thousands of rainbow hues that we take for granted. Colours dominate our senses and impact our first impressions of other people.
Colours create moods; for example, blue is considered calming and soothing, while red is aggressive and promotes wealth.
Choosing colours 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 complementary colours – and it shows!
HISTORY OF COLOuR ANALYSIS
Early last century, the Bauhaus artist Johannis Itten theorized that his students produced better work when they were allowed to choose colours themselves.
He noticed there was a definite relationship between choice of colour, personal appearance, and personality.
A decade later, colours were classified as either warm or cool. It was discovered colour 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 colour analysis and classifying colours into four seasons:
Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Colour Analysis breakdown
WINTER COLOR ANALYSIS – COOL, DEEP, AND BRIGHT
Colours should always have cool blue undertones. Pastels should be clear and icy.
Colour analysis Winter colours:
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 an appropriate application for the daytime from greys, taupe, navy, and icy shades.
For evening wear: use silver and bolder shades to highlight black.
Lips: hot pink, red, plum, deep rose
Remember – Winters look best wearing their colours in blocks, creating a dramatic contrast.
AUTUMN COLOuR ANALYSIS – WARM, DEEP AND MUTED
Colours should always have muted gold undertones, rich earthy tones, and few pastels.
Colour analysis Autumn colours:
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, Tortoiseshell, 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, and muted purple. Lips: russet, terracotta, peachy-brown, copper
Remember – Autumns look best wearing their colours in tonal mixtures reflecting the appearance of the autumnal forest.
SUMMER COLOR ANALYSIS – COOL, LIGHT AND MUTED
Colours should have soft blue undertones, with dusty grey overtones.
Colour analysis Summer colours:
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, and plum. For evenings: highlight with silver, blue, and shades with a pearly finish. Lips: Rose pink, pale pink, mauve pink, soft rosewood.
Remember – Summers look best wearing their colours in gentle toning mixtures, like a bouquet of garden flowers.
SPRING COLOR ANALYSIS – WARM, LIGHT, BRIGHT
Colours should have a yellow undertone and can be mixes of pastels or bright, vibrant combinations.
Colour analysis Spring colours:
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 colours. Select any appropriate shades for the daytime from brown, tan, beige, green, and turquoise. For evenings: highlight with gold, copper and sparkly vibrant. Lips: orange, coral, peach, beige, warm pink, natural browns.
Remember – Springs look best wearing their colours with a splash; use colours in bold combinations or in sophisticated blends of soft neutrals.
This colour analysis guide will apply to every aspect of your image; from your hair colour 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 colours in your seasonal group palette, in order to maintain a fully coordinated appearance that enhances your natural colouring.