Frequently asked questions about Colour Analysis
Q. What is Colour Analysis?
A. While the various systems used all stem from research by Munsell and others before them, the main book to introduce Colour Analysis to the UK was by Carol Jackson and is called Colour Me Beautiful. You may have heard of the company. The system itself was based on the Four Seasons, so you’d be classed as a Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. They looked at skin tone, hair colour and eye colour to see which season was a match for you. Your best colours make your eyes look bright, clear and show off the very best of you. While this worked for many, it didn’t account for ethnicity or the intensity of a persons colouring. The Seasonal method was expanded into 12 (the basis of the Tonal Method) and this allowed everyone to find a sub-Season that worked for them. I am trained in both methods and work with you to find YOUR best colours, that may mean you take away a Seasonal, Tonal or custom Swatch following an in person colour analysis session.
Q. How does Colour Analysis Work?
A. Colour Analysis should focus on your natural colouring, your hair, skin and eye colours and how to find the best colours which harmonize, lift and flatter your features, making you look fabulous. We look at your outfit colours, accessories, jewellery and how to combine them to look your very best.
The following diagram shows the ‘flow’ between Seasons depending on the Tonal Direction. If your major characteristic is ‘Deep’ you may be able wear the Deep colours from the Winter range and the Deep colours from the Autumn range (you might lean slightly to cool or warm), but with experimentation we will find the ‘sweet spot’ for you.
The Tonal Directions break down roughly into Seasons (for those who want to know what season is them).
These can flow into one another based on the Tonal Direction. If you are Light but neither cool or warm, you may be able to wear colours from both Light Spring and Light Summer.
Cool and Deep – Cool Winter
Deep and Cool – Deep Winter
Bright/Clear and Cool – Clear/Bright Winter
Bright/Clear and Warm – Clear/Bright Spring
Light and Warm – Light Spring
Warm and Bright – Warm Spring
Deep and Warm – Deep Autumn
Warm and Soft/Muted – Warm Autumn
Soft/Muted and Warm – Soft Autumn
Soft/Muted and Cool – Soft Summer
Soft/Muted and Light – Light Summer
Cool and Soft/Muted – Cool Summer