The benefits of color have spawned entire industries, designed to help guide people’s color choices in fashion, home decorating, office design and beyond.

So how do you discover the colors that will benefit you most?

Many color analysis methods exist, and vary in approach and outcome.

Understanding each color analysis method will help you understand the methodology of each and the protocols that put the methodology in place.

What Is A Color Analysis?

personal color analysis is designed to identify colors that the analysis’ think complement you.

Following an assessment, you typically receive a palette to guide you through color based decisions. Ideally, your color palette should include colors that you prefer and choose to include in your color decisions.

4 Color Analysis Methods

Color analysis methods, in general, are externally focused. Most external color analysis methods use similar criteria to determine your optimal color palette, including hair, eye and complexion color.

Here are the top color analysis methods used today:

  1. The 4 Season Color Analysis (Tonal Analysis)
  2. The 12 Season Color Analysis (Flow Analysis)
  3. Element Color Analysis
  4. Internally Based Color Analysis

1. The 4 Season Color Analysis (Tonal Analysis)

The 4 season color analysis (or tonal analysis) was developed by psychologist Carole Jackson, author of the 1980s publication “Color Me Beautiful.”

This concept was distilled from color theorist Suzanne Caygill’s 16 season theory, which states that the colors of your external features (skin, hair, etc.) synchronize with your color preferences and personality traits.

Here is how to conduct a 4 season color analysis:

  1. Determine whether you’re a “warm type” or “cool type.” You can test this by applying yellow based (warm) foundation and pink based (cool) foundation on your skin and observing which shade blends better. You can also drape gold and silver fabrics against your skin to see which color blends more smoothly with your complexion.
  2. Use your skin undertone to test whether you’re a “light type” or “dark type.” In this method, your skin undertone determines which season you are:
    • Warm Undertone:
        • Dark eyes and dark hair = Autumn
        • Light eyes and light hair = Spring
    • Cool Undertone:
        • Dark eyes and dark hair = Winter
        • Light eyes and light hair = Summer

Because this technique is simple, many individuals prefer to use this analysis while shopping, applying makeup or doing other activities.

2. The 12 Season Color Analysis (Flow Analysis)

The 12 season color analysis provides more specific results than the 4 season color analysis.

Also known as “flow theory,” this method incorporates Albert Munsell’s color theory about hues, tints and shades to offer three variations of each season.

To find your season, assign your dominant characteristic (most notable external feature) and secondary characteristic (the shades that look best on you) into one of these groups:

  • Deep
  • Light
  • Warm
  • Cool
  • Clear
  • Muted

Based on these combinations, you can be assigned one of 12 seasonal colors:



















A 12 season color analysis narrows down your colors even further but uses a more complex system.

Because these tests are largely subjective, results vary.

3. The Element Color Analysis

An element color analysis defines your colors based on the elements of nature: wind, water, earth and fire. In this color analysis method, you can be made up of a single element or a mixture of two elements.

Proponents of this method point out that seasons look and feel different in other places around the world. Elements, however, are universal no matter where you are located.

Element analyses offer a unique perspective on nature and color harmony. However, these analyses are not as widely available or popular compared to seasonal analyses.

In conclusion, most, if not all color analysis methods are based on external features and limit your color options to a small palette.

4. Internally Based Color Analysis

C Color’s ideology is based on a color gene; thus, the methodology focuses on your innate color preferences.

C Color does not take external features, such as hair colors, eye colors or complexion colors into consideration, as they do not aid in determining your innate color preferences. Additionally, each of the above mentioned features contain a myriad of colors.

The 5 minute C Color Quiz that is a part of the C Color App assists you in determining your C Color Spectrum.

c color spectrums

The C Color App is programmed to your C Color Spectrum and in a sense embodies your color palette, to utilize the terminology of existing color analysis theories and that palette consists of millions of colors.

To utilize the C Color App, simply take a photograph of the item that you desire, adjust the lighting and temperature of the photograph, choose the color to be matched and the C Color App will identify whether or not the color is within your C Color Spectrum.

Color palettes or the memorization of colors are unnecessary, as the C Color App is a self contained and comprehensive system.

The C Color App is your personal Color Consultant that is at your fingertips on your mobile device.

Ready to discover your C Color Spectrum?

Receive your free C Color Personal Analysis and download the C Color App, once available!