Every individual faces countless color choices daily.

Adhering to trends or following suggestions of family or friends does not work  when selecting colors to wear, decorate with or utilize throughout your life.

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

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

By understanding different color analysis methods, you can select the one that produces the best results and guides you to make smarter, lasting color decisions.

What Is A Color Analysis?

A personal color analysis is designed to identify colors that appear to complement you, based on the analysis employed. Following an assessment, you typically receive a color palette to guide you through color-based decisions.

When your optimal colors are identified through a proper color analysis, you can make purchases you truly love and will actually use. The right approach can save you thousands of dollars in the long run while helping you live in an environment that genuinely appeals to you.

4 Color Analysis Methods

Color analysis methods are typically externally focused, using similar criteria like hair, eye and complexion colors to assign your color palette. However, one revolutionary color analysis method employs DNA to determine your genetically preferred colors.

Here are the common 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.”

Here is how to conduct a 4 season color analysis:

  1. The directive is to determine whether you are a “warm type” or “cool type.” The 4 season color analysis directs you to apply a yellow-based (warm) foundation and pink based (cool) foundation on your skin and observe which shade appears to blend better. Or, you may drape gold and silver fabrics against your skin to see which color appears to blend more smoothly with your complexion.
  2. Your skin undertone is used to test whether you’re a “light type” or “dark type.” This method also directs you to evaluate your skin undertone to determine 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

You can complete these steps quickly to determine your season.

2. The 12 Season Color Analysis (Flow Analysis)

The 12 season color analysis method directs you to 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:

Autumn

Deep

Soft

Warm

Spring

Light

Clear

Warm

 

Winter

Deep

Clear

Cool

 

Summer

Light

Soft

Cool

A 12 season color analysis uses a more complex system to narrow your colors. But because the seasonal analysis tests are largely subjective, results can 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. The element color analysis offers 16 palettes that express the essence of one or more of nature’s elements.

Proponents of this method point out that seasons look and feel different in other places around the world.

Element analyses are not as widely available as seasonal analyses. Similar to seasonal analyses, the element analysis is based on external features and limits your color options to a small palette.

4. Internally Based Color Analysis

C Color is the only ideology based on a color gene that focuses on your innate color preferences.

C Color does not take external features, such as hair, eye or complexion colors, into consideration, as they do not aid in determining your innate color preferences. Additionally, each of these features can contain a myriad of colors, so it is impossible to distill them to only one color.

Adopting the C Color methodology is simple and intuitive. First, download the C Color App on your mobile device. Then, take the 5 minute C Color Quiz to determine your C Color Spectrum.

The C Color App is programmed to your C Color Spectrum, that consists of hundreds of thousands of colors.

To utilize the C Color App, simply photograph an item you desire, adjust the lighting and temperature of the photograph and choose the color you wish to match. The C Color App will identify whether or not the color is within your C Color Spectrum.

With C Color, memorizing colors and palettes is unnecessary because the C Color App is a self-contained and comprehensive system. The C Color App serves as your personal Color Consultant at your fingertips, on your mobile device.

Ready to discover your C Color Spectrum?

Download the C Color App and take the C Color Quiz. Free for a limited time, a C Color expert will verify your results.