Finding Your Color Season
A few months ago, I ordered a beautiful pastel purple sweater from an online boutique. The color was soft and pretty, and it looked absolutely amazing on the model. After a week of waiting (not-so-patiently) for my purchase, it arrived on my doorstep. I eagerly took it out of the package, tried it on, looked in the mirror, and was filled with an overwhelming sense of... disappointment. I looked washed out and tired; it was hard to believe that the same thing that had highlighted all of the model's features made all of mine look dull. I tossed the sweater in a drawer, and I haven't worn it since.
Why do certain colors look beautiful on some people and boring on others? As we all know, shopping through an overwhelming array of products in innumerable colors and trying to decide which one to buy is not an easy task. Choosing colors that will flatter your complexion can make you feel like you're playing a game of roulette; sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and there's no way of knowing why. Luckily, picking out a flattering color doesn't have to be based on luck. You can rig the game so you win every time.
Finding flattering colors is especially important when shopping for hats or scarves; colors become more important as they move closer to your face. Think about it; practically everyone can wear a nude shoe and still feel amazing, but the same cannot be said for a nude dress. This is because the dress is closer to your facial features. In terms of clothing, head wear is about as close as you can come to the face. This may seem daunting, but don't worry. Finding colors is much easier than it seems. We'll help you figure out which colors will keep you looking fabulous, fearless and flawless. How? By finding your color season. Color seasons are basically sets of colors that are specifically curated for an individual based on her features. Let's get started.
Step One: Determining your Undertones
To determine your color season, first you need to determine if your features have warm or cool undertones. The features we're considering are eyes, hair, and skin. If you have already lost your hair, don't worry; simply use your natural hair color or your preferred wig color to complete the following steps.
Step Two: Tally Up
Count the number of warm and cool features you have.
For example, my eyes and hair are warm while my skin is cool. This means I have 2 warm features and one cool feature. Tally up your results and keep them in mind. You will either be cool leaning (2 cool features and 1 warm feature), warm leaning (2 warm features and 1 cool feature), completely warm (3 warm features), or completely cool (3 cool features).
If you have one warm feature, one cool feature, and neutral skin, you need to take it one step further. Does your skin have more characteristics of warm skin or of cool skin? Comparing with friends can be very helpful. If your skin has more cool characteristics, count your skin as a cool feature; if you have more warm characteristics, count your skin as a warm feature. If you are having a hard time deciding, count your skin as a warm feature.
Step Three: High Contrast or Low Contrast
Note: If you are completely warm or completely cool, you can skip this step.
Step Four: Determining your color season
Use what you learned above to follow the flowchart and find your color season.
ATTENTION REDHEADS! You might be an exception to the rules; even if you have cool skin, you may still fit into the warm family because red hair is an overwhelmingly warm feature. Check colors from the palettes below for warm spring and warm autumn color seasons and compare them to the color palette of the season you were placed in by the chart.
Step 5: Look at your color palette!
As you may have noticed in the chart, there are six color season families: The Warm Family, The Cool Family, The Clear Family, The Deep Family, The Soft Family, and The Light Family. Each family consists of two sisters. Just like real life sisters, the season sisters share clothes. For example, if you are a Warm Autumn, you are in the Warm Family and your sister season is Warm Spring; while the Warm Autumn color palette contains your main colors, you can also wear some colors from the Warm Spring palette. Experiment with colors from both palettes to decide which look best on you.
It's important to remember that your color palette is simply a starting point. Because everyone is different, you still need to experiment to find your most flattering shades. For example, you may want to hold up clothing of different colors to your face and have a friend tell you which colors make you “pop.” I hope that this article has helped to make shopping for headwear (and all clothes) a little easier. No matter what, always remember that the most flattering thing you can wear is confidence! Happy shopping, everyone!
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I have watched several videos & read articles & this one was by far the best. I was wavering if I was a Deep Autumn & Deep Winter. This chart brought me to Deep Autumn & the recommended color of Plum is actually my favorite color to wear. Very thankful I can also wear the jewel tones of Deep Winter as I love those brighter colors, but I get more complements when I wear the deeper shades like Plum. I think this test is spot on! Thank you! (Posted on 08/05/2019)
finding my color season (Posted on 07/23/2019)
Finally, after reading many different posts, you helped me understand! Very helpful decision tree, too. Thank you..! (Posted on 07/15/2019)
Love this easy and accurate test. Years ago I was told I was a “ fall color” This came out Deep autumn and deep winter. The colors on the chart are a lot of the colors I tend to gravitate to. Great chart. Thank you! ???? (Posted on 06/06/2019)
How do you find out who your 2nd sister is? I am a deep autumn, which means deep winter is my sister - how do I find out who my second sister color palette is? (Posted on 04/17/2019)
You mention each palette, has two sisters, however there are only TWO of each of the categories: Warm Autumn, Warm Spring, Clear Winter, Clear Spring etc. If I have a Deep Autumn, one of my sister palettes is Deep Winter. How do I know which other palette is a relative? (Posted on 04/15/2019)
really wish you had been specific on make up color suggestions! As an aging Irish woman with Myeloma, I appreciate the warm autumn, deep autumn stuff but am flummoxed as to what color eyebrow pencil and eyeliner to buy! Not that I am pale and washed out do I really want PLUM eyeliner? Links to specific products would have been much more helpful. (Posted on 03/20/2019)
Hi! love your chart! I was wondering about hair color. I have naturally ash dark blonde hair but I color it lighter to a ash blonde because it looks better. So not sure which hair color to use to get an accurate result. What would you suggest? (Posted on 01/27/2019)
I have dark brown/black hair , black eyes and olive skin. I do tend to look pale at times. I also have blue veins. Am I an Deep Winter or Warm Autaum? I’m so confused. Please help. I am hesitant buy clothes now. (Posted on 01/19/2019)
That was great. Now i have a clearer picture of colours. I turned out to he deep autumn/deep winter. The colours in these pallets are good. I never look good in pale or muted colours. I need bold with a punch. I always wondered why camo looked good on...it has all the deep autumn colours. Thanks. Now i can shop better. Lol. Martha..from Canada. (Posted on 01/17/2019)
The flow chart is very helpful! I definitely consider myself in warm family but not all warm colors suit me. Now I have the answer! Thank youuuu...???? (Posted on 12/31/2018)
What about black eyes and blond hair? My natural. I have cool skin but warm hair and what eyes? (Posted on 12/31/2018)
The instructions were clear and very well thought out so I followed it to the tee. I love how detailed and simple it was. I took many tests before this to figure it out and got pretty mixed results. So I would blindly try one or the other colors from either side and wore them to figure out what looked best or better on me. However if someone asked I wouldn't be able to answer them or give them any advice of what I thought might look good on them since I couldn't even figure out mine. I was always stuck on the question of whether or not I was a cold or warm toned skin because I don't believe I was that neutral either. The test results gave me a list of the colors I personally also thought I looked best in and acutally wear in my day to day life while giving me other colors I never tried. So this site was not only pretty accurate, insightful, and fun because I liked the idea of sisters in another season or families of a different one. I'll be sure to recommend this to a friend if they ever have problems indentifying such as I. (Posted on 11/30/2018)
This really helps people see their true colors (Posted on 08/20/2018)
I was judged as a Summer and later as a Spring in Sydney during the 80s and 90s. I always felt both were wrong. I have neutral skin, warm eyes, and dark "rosy" auburn hair, which reads more as cool. I came out as a Deep Autumn / Deep Winter on your chart, and I can safely wear many colours from both. Great system! (Posted on 05/31/2018)
One question: what about GRAY hair? (Posted on 05/17/2018)
I just wanted to say I appreciated your website. It was well thought out, particularly the flowchart. I can discern that a true color analyst was responsible for this site, and not just some company she hired. Keep up the great work! I was around in the '80s when this all began. From a true Light Spring who is now a Light Summer (and male). Ciao! (Posted on 05/03/2018)
I had my colors done in the 80's and was reverifying through you. Thank you. (Posted on 03/11/2018)
I have dark hair, fair skin EXCEPT for rosacea on my cheeks and nose which causes my face to look red. I like wearing neutral colors and try to stay away from reds, oranges and pinks. Is this a good plan? (Posted on 03/01/2018)
What should i do :( (Posted on 01/18/2018)
It was usually so hard for me to find a good-looking outfit. but thanks to this site. i finally did! Rocks! (Posted on 12/18/2017)
Wonderfully easy to follow, and helpful for first time cancer patients. I will use this great guidance to choose my head covers and clothing through and beyond chemo therapy cyles. Many thanks, Miss M (Posted on 11/11/2017)
Best color quiz out there. Easy to follow and concise. Thank you! (Posted on 11/03/2017)
Thank you for this wonderful analysis. I am so glad to know what colors I am. I thought I was different than I came out to be. So I'm excited to see a big change in how I look in the new colors. (Posted on 11/01/2017)
Fist time I find a color analysis so easy since Colour me Beautiful in the 80"s. Thanks so much. (Posted on 07/04/2017)
This is by far the easiest colour analysis i have come across and can i say, very accurate. Wish other colour analysts would follow your simplistic rules to make our life easier for colour choices . Thanks. (Posted on 05/29/2017)
This is the first truly helpful decision tree I have have ever used. Thank you! (Posted on 04/09/2017)
So much fun. I always wondered what colors would be best for me but could never quite muddle through it. This made it easy to determine that I'm a deep Autumn! Thanks for the article. (Posted on 10/08/2016)