What is your Color Season?

Soo Yeon Lee

Personal color basically means the best color which fits you the most. There are four color seasons- from spring to winter. Your color season determines which color flatters you the most. So, knowing your personal color (which season you are) is a great benefit when you are putting on your makeup or choosing what to wear today. You can find out your season by taking a personal test with a color expert, or self-check using the color palette. Now let’s take a brief look on how this works.

In the 12-tone seasonal color analysis, there are twelve color seasons as shown below:

Each seasonal color palette mimics the natural color aspects of an individual falling into that color season. What does that mean? You have a natural color palette, which is manifested in your skin, eyes, and hair. The aim of color analysis is to identify this natural color palette and to match it to one of the twelve color seasons. We do this by evaluating your natural coloring along three color dimensions.

There basically are three color dimensions here. Color theory states that a color can be described by its settings on the three dimensions of color (also known as color aspects): hue, value, and chroma.

  1. Hue and Temperature

The hue scale tells us how warm or cool a color is. The more yellow is added to a color, the warmer it becomes. The more blue added to it, the cooler it becomes. In other words, we need to ask: Do you suit warm or cool colors? The answer will depend on whether your features have warm or cool undertones.

2. Value

The value scale tells us how light or dark a color is. The more black added to a color, the darker it becomes. The more white added, the lighter it becomes. Here we need to ask: Do you suit light or dark colors? The answers will depend on how high the contrast between your features is as well as how light or dark your individual features are.

3. Chroma

The chroma scale depicts how bright/saturated/clear or muted/soft a color is. Clear colors are pure colors. The more grey is added to a pure color, the more muted it becomes. The question here is: Do you suit highly saturated colors or greyed-out ones? The answer will again depend on the contrast between your features as well as how high the natural grey content of your coloring is.

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