Analyze Yourself – 3 Steps to Finding Your Season in the Advanced 12 Season Color Analysis System

There are really only 3 steps in analyzing yourself in the advanced 12 season color analysis system. The 3rd step is optional; it is mainly for if you want to cross check your analysis or if you get stuck in determining your Secondary characteristic.

In front of a large mirror, with good lighting, study yourself from shoulders up. Leave your hair down unless your hair color is very different from its natural coloring. Wear little to no makeup.

1. Determine your Dominant characteristic.

The dominant characteristic is the trait that is most obvious when you look at yourself. Look for one of these 6 traits:

1. Deep: Strong, rich, dark coloring. Dark hair and eyes. Skin may or may not be dark.

2. Light: Very light and delicate. Light eyes and hair. Usually a natural blonde at some point in their lives.

3. Warm: Yellow based colors; no blue undertones. Red hair and green or blue eyes are common. But other warm hair colors are found, too.

4. Cool: Blue based colors; no yellow or golden undertones. You will often see a pink or rosy glow to their cheeks. Eyes are most often blue, but grey is common too.

5. Clear: Bright, clear colors; nothing muted or dusty. Eyes are often clear and sparkly.

6. Muted: Soft, dusty colors; nothing bright and overpowering. There is little contrast between the eyes, skin and hair. Hair color will often be described as “mousy”.

2. Determine Secondary characteristic

Once you have determined your dominant characteristic, next decide if warmer or the cooler colors look best. If “Warm” or “Cool” is already your dominant characteristic, decide whether clear or muted colors look best. For example: if you decided that your dominant trait is “Warm”, decide whether you look best in warm muted colors, which would make you a Warm Autumn, or warm clear colors, which would make you a Warm Spring. After finishing these two steps, you will be one of 12 seasons:

Deep, Cool Colors = Deep Winter

Deep, warm colors = Deep Autumn.

Light, warm colors = Light Spring

Light, Cool colors = Light Summer

Clear, cool colors = Clear Winter

Clear, warm colors = Clear Spring

Soft, warm colors = Soft Autumn

Soft, cool colors = Soft Summer

Warm, clear colors = Warm Spring

Warm, muted colors = Warm Autumn

Cool, muted colors = Cool Summer

Cool, clear colors = Cool Winter

3. Test Drape Key Colors

If you have determined your dominant trait and are still a little unsure whether you lean toward cool colors or warm colors, then test these colors against your face with a swatch, a scarf or sweater. While most seasons share colors from their “sister season” (the two seasons that share one dominant characteristic), there will be certain colors which will look best for one season over the other. Below are some of those colors for each dominant group:

DEEP AUTUMN vs. DEEP WINTER

Salmon Pink vs. Fuchsia

Light Peach vs. Icy Pink

Terracotta vs. Burgundy

LIGHT SPRING vs. LIGHT SUMMER

Bright Coral vs. Deep Rose

Camel vs. Cocoa

Light moss vs. Aqua green

WARM SPRING vs. WARM AUTUMN

Light Mango vs. Pumpkin

Medium Blue vs. Jade

Clear Red vs. Rust

COOL SUMMER vs. COOL WINTER

Soft White vs. Pure white

Lavender vs. Royal Purple

Raspberry vs. True Red

SOFT SUMMER vs. SOFT AUTUMN

Blue Green vs. Olive Green

Soft Fuchsia vs. Salmon Pink

Burgundy vs. Mahogany

CLEAR SPRING vs. CLEAR WINTER

Warm Pink vs. Magenta

True Green vs. Pine Green

True Blue vs. Royal Blue

Last step: Have Fun with your Colors!