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Seasonal Colour Analysis


Has anyone heard of this? I didn't until just a little while ago. It was a system developed in the 80s that placed everyone in one of 12 categories based on their hair colour, eye colour and skin tone. "Draping" was a big deal back then which consisted of having a "trained" professional draping pieces of cloth over your shoulders to see how it complimented you and thus could place you in a season. From this you'd be able to know what make-up to choose, hair colour to use and colours to buy for your wardrobe.

Except I was told by a make-up artist that this is a very outdated system and is one that they no longer use (they normally just stick with warm, cool or neutral now). Which I understand because it seems very hard to place yourself somewhere on this "wheel" with 12 different options! And then I got even MORE confused because I was told by this artist that I am a warm skin tone. Then my friend's mom who is a Mary Kay consultant and actually still goes by "seasonal analysis" says I'm a winter which is cool? So now I just say, forget it! I know what colours work for me without this silly thing lol

Has anyone heard of this? What do you think?
May 19, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

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I think I go in between the Deep Winter and Deep Autumn!
I really like that Asians are not categorized as one characteristic.

What kind of winter are you, beachbabe?
May 19, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

Beats me!

I have no clue! And I really don't think I am winter either because none of winter colours work for me. I don't wear blue or grey well at all. I actually think I'm more of an autumn, perhaps soft autumn?

I think that when she told me I was winter, she was using only a 4 point system (summer, winter, spring, autumn).
May 19, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

I'm a warm light

I was told I was a summer back in the day and now this analysis is saying I'm a Warm Light (aka Spring). However, the colours recommended for my type are more or less what I was told earlier too. I will wear jewel tones and cool fruity shades on occasion, but for the most part I naturally gravitate to the warmer hues. I also read somewhere that you can do a jewelry test - if you look best in silvery jewelry, you're "cool"; if you look best in goldeny tones, you're "warm". I prefer silver, but I think I pull off golds better. It would seem the evidence is pointing all in one direction!
May 19, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

Yes, gold

I definitely wear gold better than silver as well. Silver looks so dull against my skin but gold seems to make my skin look so much brighter. I also suit browns, yellows, and oranges more than blues, greys, and hot pinks. Off white looks better on me as opposed to pure white so I'm sure all this points to a warm tone, no?
May 19, 2011 @ 01:04 pm

Now you know!

Yes, Beachbabe, I think it's safe to say you're "warm"! The white/off-white test is another big indicator I've heard about, and off-white is def for warm tones.
May 19, 2011 @ 01:11 pm

deep autumn - warm undertone

Well I'm a deep autumn and a "warm undertone".

Here's a video that helps determine if you're warm or cool.
May 19, 2011 @ 01:14 pm


I can't tell if I'm warm or cool. I watched the video too and I am just so confused. I think I'm both like Michelle Phan.
May 19, 2011 @ 01:24 pm


@Becky Haha! I love Michelle Phan too! I tried on many lip colours, but none of them seem to match me though...
May 19, 2011 @ 01:50 pm

Red lipstick, wherefore are thou?

Unfortunately, I only have my work laptop today and the speakers don't work :( lol So I didn't have sound but I did watch the video! I've heard of the wrist test as well and my veins are definitely green.

@jskim - it seems like no matter what red I try it overwhelms me. Maybe I just have yet to find the right one.

@TammyK - you might be a neutral, just like you said. But better yet, ask someone who will tell you honestly. If they can't tell either, then you are one of the lucky ones that can wear anything!
May 19, 2011 @ 02:00 pm

Color Me Beautiful!

The system was called Color Me Beautiful and is still around today, I think. I had it done (is my age showing?), and I am definitely a winter. Gold (warm) and silver (cool)tell the tale when you put them against your face. Most "cool" people have a lot of blue in their skin. Warm people have more green. Check the inside of your wrist. Beachbabe, you may need a red lipstick with a little brown in it.
May 19, 2011 @ 03:29 pm

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