Seasonal Colour Analysis: How To Find Your Season

Seasonal Colour Analysis: How To Find Your Season

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Seasonal Colour Analysis: How To Find Your Season

Everything you need to know about seasonal colour analysis.

We all have certain colours that we love wearing and then there are the ones we'll banish from our closets. But have you ever thought about which colours look best on you and enhance your natural features?

In comes seasonal colour theory, a concept that dates back to Carole Jackson's book from the 1980s, Color Me Beautiful.



Color Me Beautiful by Carole Jackson, Amazon, $27 (buy here)

According to Jackson, seasonal colour theory was originally inspired by German artist and colourist Johannes Itten and later adopted for fashion and beauty purposes.


What is seasonal colour theory?

The theory is based on the four basic seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each season is also divided into three sections:

  • Spring: bright, true, light
  • Summer: soft, true, light
  • Autumn: soft, true, dark
  • Winter: bright, true, dark

So, how do you determine yours? First, figure out if your skin is warm or cool-toned. You can determine this in a couple ways: by looking at your veins (if they're green, you're warm-toned and if they're blue, you are cool-toned), at the jewellery you normally wear (silver looks better on cool tones while gold is preferred by warm-toned people), or at how your skin reacts in the sun (if you tan you are likely warm, whereas if you burn easily, you're cool-toned).

Next, look at your hair and eye colour combination. Cold colours include blue, grey or green eyes and warm includes brown, hazel or amber. Warm hair tones include chestnut and caramel shades, rich brown, red, auburn and strawberry blonde. On the other hand, cool hair tones are black, grey, ash brown and ash blonde.

Helpful tip: warm-toned hair has natural highlights, while cool-toned hair doesn't. 


Count how many cool versus warm features you have and which season dominates. Winter and summer are cool seasons, while spring and autumn are warm seasons.

Now it's time to look at your features. Is there a high contrast between your skin tone and hair (i.e., dark hair and pale skin)? Or is everything more even-toned? The contrast will determine which subcategory of each season you are.

If this all sounds like a lot of information, we understand. An easier way to figure out your season is by going to a professional or, if if you don't have the budget, use this handy TikTok filter.


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Keep in mind, however, that seasonal colour theory should only be used as a guide and not as a strict set of rules. Don't let this hinder your own creativity when it comes to choosing your outfits or doing your makeup. Have fun!





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Seasonal Colour Analysis: How To Find Your Season