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How do I analyse my color?

Analyzing your personal color palette can provide valuable insights into your personality, preferences, and how to dress in a way that complements your natural features. Your color analysis results will place you into a color season – usually Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn. Knowing your season helps guide clothing, makeup, and decor choices.

There are a few methods for determining your color season:

DIY Color Analysis

You can get a general sense of your color season at home by draping different colored fabrics against your face and observing which are most flattering. Drape pure hues like bright blue, clear red, emerald green, royal purple, and rich yellow. The colors that make your skin glow are likely part of your seasonal palette. You can also look at your veins – if they appear blue, you likely have a cool undertone, and if greenish, a warm undertone. Cool seasons are Winter and Summer, while warm are Spring and Autumn. Your natural hair color at youth provides another clue.

Professional Color Analysis

For a thorough analysis, consult a professional color consultant. Sessions take 1-2 hours and analyze your hair, eye, and skin color against swatches of fabric. Consultants take into account your undertone, contrast level between hair/eyes/skin, and overall complexion. Seasons are determined by assessing which swatches are most harmonious. Many consultants also suggest personalized color palettes based on your unique characteristics. Professional analysis provides the most accurate results.

Online Quizzes

There are many free seasonal color analysis quizzes online that ask you questions about your features and have you compare colors to determine your dominant hues. While less thorough than an in-person consultation, online quizzes can provide a helpful starting point to narrow down your season. Try taking a few quizzes and see if your results are consistent.

Once you’ve determined your color season, here’s an overview of the palettes for each:

Color Palettes for Each Season


Winters have a cool skin undertone and tend to have dark hair/eyes and fair skin with pink or red undertones. Your dominant colors are cool, bold hues like royal blue, true red, emerald green, bright white, and rich black. Shimmery metallics also look great. Avoid warm muted colors like camel, peach, mustard, and rust.

Cool blues Icy pinks True red
Emerald green Royal purple Rich black
Bright white Silver Gold


Springs have a warm skin undertone and often have warm hair/eyes and fair skin with golden/peach undertones. Your colors are fresh, vibrant hues like lemon yellow, coral, jade green, and turquoise blue. Warm neutrals like tan, almond, and taupe also look great. Avoid muted tones like camel or navy.

Lemon yellow Coral peach Periwinkle blue
Jade green Cobalt blue Warm brown
Ivory Gold Copper


Summers have a cool undertone and light to medium complexions with ash blonde/light brown hair and blue/green eyes. Your colors are soft, cool pastels like powder blue, mauve, seafoam green, and peach. Flattering neutrals include gray, taupe, and sand. Avoid bold, saturated hues.

Powder blue Pale pink Lavender
Seafoam green Soft peach Dusty rose
Dove gray Mushroom Sand


Autumns have a warm undertone and medium complexions with auburn, chestnut, strawberry blonde hair, and golden brown/hazel eyes. Your colors are warm, earthy hues like terracotta, olive green, navy blue, and teal. Rich neutrals like brown, tan, and taupe are also great. Avoid extremely bright or light colors.

Terracotta Mustard Olive green
Rust Navy Plum
Ivory Camel Chocolate brown

Tips for Using Your Colors

Here are some tips for using your seasonal color palette to your advantage:


Focus on purchasing tops, dresses, coats and other garments in colors from your seasonal palette. Accent with neutral bottoms like jeans or tan pants. Scarves are an easy way to add a pop of your best colors. Avoid clothing with busy patterns, which compete with your natural coloring.


Look for handbags, shoes, hats, and jewelry that align with your best colors. Statement accessories in harmonizing hues make them stand out. For metals, stick with silver or white gold for cool seasons and yellow gold for warm.


Tailor your makeup colors to your seasonal palette – lipstick, blush, eyeshadow and eyeliner should coordinate. Stay away from makeup tones that overtly clash with your coloring. Focus makeup application on accentuating your best facial features.

Home Decor

Incorporate throw pillows, blankets, art prints and other decorative elements in colors from your seasonal palette. Paint walls in neutral hues as a backdrop for accent colors. Choose appliances/fixtures like kitchen mixers or lamps in metals that match your season.

Hair Color

Enhance your hair color by choosing complementary hair dyes, tints, and highlights from your seasonal palette. Warm seasons can go slightly darker for more contrast, while cool seasons typically look best going a bit lighter. Work with your natural base color.

Benefits of Analyzing Your Colors

There are many advantages to determining and using your most flattering colors:

  • Brings out your natural beauty – you’ll glow in harmonizing hues!
  • Saves time and money on purchases that align with your coloring
  • Boosts your confidence when you know colors work for you
  • Allows self-expression with personalized color palettes
  • Improves your overall look when coordinated colors are used
  • Fun to discover your unique seasonal palette

In summary, analyzing your color season provides an enlightening look into your appearance and personal style. Use your seasonal color palette to guide clothing, makeup, accessories, and home decor choices. A color analysis is an insightful experience that reveals your most attractive hues to enhance your natural radiance.


Determining your color season through DIY experiments, professional consultants or online quizzes is an important step in understanding how to best complement your looks. Each season has a unique color palette that flatters. Incorporate flattering hues into your wardrobe, makeup, accessories, hair color and home to highlight your beauty, confidence and style. Analyzing your personal colors provides helpful guidance to dress and decorate in your most attractive tones.