Your Color Analysis

The hues, or colors we wear (including their value, intensity and saturation) have a great impact on whether we look healthy and alert or tired and unwell.

Everyone has either blue or yellow undertones to their skin and will look better in either cool or warm-toned colors.

People with yellow-toned skin look better in warm colors. Cool colors make them look tired, emphasizing blemishes, under-eye bags and other features that one would rather de-emphasize.

Conversely, people with blue-toned skin look healthier and more alive in cool colors.

Determining which colors look best on you can be done simply and easily at home. However, if the prospect of going solo on this intimidates you, you can always hire a professional Color Analyst.

To make this determination yourself, let’s start with the basics. First, we all have clothes that garner a lot of complements whenever we wear them. Pull those out to use as your jumping off point.

Next, go to a well-lit room with a mirror. Put on the clothes that make you look and feel fabulous then look at yourself in the mirror. How does your skin look? Does it look even, bright and healthy? Does your eye area look clear and alive? Look at your hair. Does it look shiny and healthy? This is what you’re looking for when evaluating which colors look best on you.

If your skin has a gray or yellow cast, if it’s splotchy and your wrinkles are more noticeable, or if your hair and eyes look drab, dull and lifeless, then the color you’re wearing is the wrong one for you.

Keep your personal color temperature in mind (warm vs. cool) when making a final determination about your wardrobe. Note that certain colors, those found at the intersection between warm and cool, can fall into either camp. For instance, if you have a red blouse and you question whether it’s a warm or cool red, pinpoint whether it’s a blue-toned red or a yellow-toned red. Blue toned reds and violets look better with cool skin, hair and eyes. Yellow-toned red and violets look better on warm toned people. Similarly, if you have a green in question, is it a blue-green or a yellow-green?

Using this method, go through your entire closet and analyze your wardrobe, one piece at a time. Pull out the pieces that make you look older, sickly and tired, and either toss or give them away. Why waste room in your closet on clothes that show you to a disadvantage?

The remaining clothes, the ones with colors that look great on you and coordinate well with your neutrals (your whites,blacks and grays), are the basics for a solid wardrobe.

Now that we’ve determined which colors look best on you, let’s take a moment to analyze and fine-tune that knowledge, to determine which color temperatures and their corresponding values and saturation levels, highlight your best features.

Let’s start by printing out the three color wheels below (Color Wheels).  

 

 

 

 

Hue Color Wheel

(including Color Temp.)

Value Color Wheel

(Tints and Shades)

Intensity Color Wheel

(Tone)

Now that you’ve pinpointed the right colors for you, and have tossed (or donated) the color vampires in your wardrobe, let’s examine what’s left with an eye to determining where your best colors fit within the color spectrum.

We’ll start by holding the printed color wheels up to each piece in your wardrobe. The Value and Intensity Wheels will help you identify colors that are not fully saturated. Use the Hue Wheel to identify whether your colors tend to be cool or warm. Keep this in mind as you move forward.

If the colors in your wardrobe are not an exact match with the color wheels, stand back, squint, and allow your eyes to become unfocused; often times, the blended/softened view is easier to pigeon-hole than a straight-on view. In the end, just use your best judgment.

When in doubt, ask a friend.