The Basics of Color Analysis: what colors look best on you?

The Basics of Color Analysis

If you’ve been following along on Instagram and voted yes for this post, you’re in luck because here it is! I seriously didn’t get a single person to vote no when I asked you guys if you’d want to read a post all about color analysis! Which makes me so excited because I absolutely love this stuff. I’m going to try my best to explain what I know and go over all of the basics. Once you get an idea of what it’s all about, it’s not hard to figure it all out, to be honest. I hope this helps you when deciding what colors flatter you best, whether it be your hair color, polish color, clothing, or make up! Honestly, I think we are naturally drawn to the colors that suit us best… but having this extra information doesn’t hurt 😉 .

I’m going to spell out what I know about each season of the color theory here, but scroll to the bottom to take the quiz to find out what season you are before reading on! Now, let’s get to it…


A spring is warm and bright, but can also be clear (meaning there is a bright contrast between your features). You likely either have a muted, earthy tone to your features. Think, warm blonde, light golden brunette, or a strawberry blonde/ red head with earthy colored eyes and a similar tone to your complexion. Or, if you are a clear spring, you may have darker hair, a bright complexion and bright contrasting eyes (a warm bright teal, etc.). If your skin appears pink, it’s going to be more of a peach and it will have a yellow undertone. Women of color who have warm tones to their hair and complexion, or light colored eyes often fall in this category.

There are three types of springs: clear, warm, and light. You are a clear spring if you have high contrast between your natural hair color, eye color, and complexion with high saturation. You are a warm spring if you have golden warm tones in your natural hair color, eyes, and skin tone and your features lean darker. You are a light spring if you have lighter features, possibly with some cooler tones as well. Warm springs lean towards autumn and light springs lean toward summer. Clear springs are also known as true springs.

Color Analysis: Clear Spring

Color Analysis: Light Spring

Color Analysis: Warm Spring

These graphics were so helpful when I was looking into color theory and how it all worked. They are from the blog, 30 Day Sweater. Read more about being a spring on 30 Day Sweater here. Seriously, she is like an expert on this stuff!

  • Warm springs look best in mid range warm colors. Similar to the colors you see in autumn (oranges and yellows) but also warm blues and greys.

  • Light springs look best in colors similar to warm springs, but much lighter. These colors are more muted and less vibrant, so they don’t clash with your delicate coloring.

  • Clear springs look best in the most vibrant, contrasting colors of the spring color palette. You look best in clear, saturated warm colors.


You’re a summer if you have naturally cooler features and skin tone. Your hair is likely light blonde or ashy or a cool dark tone and you have soft, cool toned eyes, possibly even grey. You don’t have much contrast between your complexion and your features. Your skin has a cool blue or pink undertone. Your overall coloring is light to medium intensity (darker would probably mean you are a winter). Woman of color who are summers are all over cool toned with a lighter eye (likely not brown).

Like spring, there are three subcategories of summer, light, soft, and cool. You are a light summer if you are all over a lighter tone with blonde hair and light eyes. Light summers are a mix of summer and spring. You are a soft summer if you have more ash coloring, with neutral skin and an ash colored eye or hair. Soft summers flow into autumn. Cool summers are dominantly cool tone, with possibly a bright icy blonde with little warmth to your skin tone.

Color Analysis: Cool Summer

Color Analysis: light summer

Color Analysis: Soft Summer

  • Light summers look best in soft neutral colors, like mauve and soft cool/ neutral blues and greys. Light summers look best in delicate colors and monochromatic looks work well.

  • Soft summers look best in colors similar to light summer, but their color palette is a bit darker. Again, they can wear cool and neutral colors but still muted.

  • Cool summers look best in cool, darker colors. Blue is a color that looks great on cool summers.

To read more about being a summer on 30 Day Sweater, click here.


You’re a winter if you have darker features with a predominately cooler blue or pink undertone. You have a high contrast between your features and complexion. Winters are very vivid. You’ll likely have olive to dark skin and darker brown to black hair. Your eyes are probably either a bright jewel tone like emerald green or bright blue or, a cool grey, blue, hazel or brown.

Again, there are three subcategories of winter, cool winter, deep winter, and clear winter. Cool winters are deep and the most “cool” of all the winters. This means your features are very cool toned. If you are a cool winter you likely have a rosy beige skin tone, icy eyes, and ashy or blue toned hair. Deep winters lean towards autumn, meaning they may not be as cool toned as a cool winter. A deep winter may have dark brown or black eyes and hair, and a pale, olive, or deep complexion. A clear winter leans towards spring, so may have a bit more warmth to their overall appearance. Clear winters have jewel toned eyes and brown to black hair with possible warm highlights. Their skin tone ranges from pale to deep.

Color Analysis: Clear Winter

Color Analysis: Cool Winter

Color Analysis: Deep Winter

What colors look best on me?

  • Cool winters look best in cool colors, like blue or purple. If a color has a cool undertone, it will work best for you. Steer clear of warm colors as they will clash with your skin tone.

  • Deep winters look best in deeper hues. Primary colors like true red, blue and yellow look great on you. Your color palette is still cool.

  • Clear winters look best in bright, contrasting colors. They tend to look the best in black. Clear winters also look great in jewel tones.

Read more about being a winter on 30 Day Sweater here.


Autumns generally have a deeper skin tone, one that appears tanned. They have medium golden brown to dark hair and their eye color can is typically very earthy and can range from black brown to green and blue eyes that typically have specks of gold or brown. If you are an autumn, your skin is warm with predominately golden undertones, even if some cool tones appear. You skin may appear more yellow or peach. Overall, autumns have a low contrast between their features. But, it is possible to have a higher contrast just not as intense of a contrast as other seasons, such as winter.

There are again three subcategories to autumn, warm autumn, soft autumn, and deep autumn. Warm autumns have the most warmth to their complexions and features. Their colorings typically match the colors you think of when you think of autumn in nature, golden browns, deep reds, and warm oranges. A warm autumn will usually have medium features, nothing too dark or contrasting. Their hair colors range from medium brown to warm auburn. Their eye color is usually medium brown to dark hazel and their skin tone is typically ivory, beige, or bronze. A soft autumn is the most muted of all the autumns. They have softer features like lighter brown or hazel eyes and golden blonde to soft auburn hair. A soft autumn leans towards summer, meaning their coloring is often neutral, meaning they may have both warm and cool tones (but typically favor warm). Finally, a deep autumn is the darkest of the autumns. You are a deep autumn if you have dark eyes and hair with a bronze or deep skin tone. Deep autumns are a mix of autumn and winter, which again means their coloring can be a bit  more neutral but lean towards the warmer side.

Color Analysis: Deep autumn

Color analysis: Soft Autumn

Color Analysis: Warm Autumn

What colors look best on me?

  • Warm autumns look best in earthy colors like forrest greens and berry reds. Autumns also look best in gold jewelry. Below are some examples of colors that look best on warm autumns.

  • Soft autumns look best in similar colors, but these colors will be more muted.

  • Deep Autumn dark autumns look best in deep, warm, rich colors like tomato red and golden orange.

To read more about being an autumn on 30 Day Sweater, click here.

This information is not to tell you what you can and can not wear color wise, but I find it really interesting and hope you do too! Wearing the “right” colors can not only make your skin look brighter and healthier, but give you an overall glow. When you aren’t wearing your best colors, you’ll find your skin looks dull and sunken. The bags under your eyes may be more apparent or your complexion may seem more patchy, uneven, or unhealthy looking. It’s amazing what understanding color theory and the way colors work together on the eye! This website also has a lot of good info, if you’re interested in more (read the article I’ve linked to, but also click around… seriously, her stuff is really in depth!). P.S. Don’t limit yourself to using these colors in your wardrobe! This information works great for upping your make-up game…. get to glowin’!

And, if you’re still confused, search “color analysis quiz” on Google to find a quiz you can take that may help you out!

Have fun & let me know in the comments what season you are! 🙂

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xx, Amanda

October 17, 2017



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