With millions of colors surrounding you, how can you pinpoint the colors that are right for you?

A 4 season color analysis provides a foundational framework to help you select colors.

What Is A Seasonal Color Analysis?

The seasonal color analysis became an instant phenomenon after psychologist Carole Jackson published her book, “Color Me Beautiful” in 1980. Fans found Jackson’s framework to be more useful in making everyday clothing or décor decisions compared to the more complex, preexisting color theories.

In the seasonal color analysis theory, each person is assigned a season of colors based on his or her external features. There are two popular seasonal color analyses methods:

  1. 4 season color analysis (tonal analysis)
  2. 12 season color analysis (flow analysis)

Both analyses share the same foundation, though the 12 season color analysis provides more specific results.

4 Season Color Analysis (Tonal Analysis)  

In the 4 season color analysis, a color consultant evaluates your hair, eye or complexion color to assign you a particular season: winter, fall, summer or spring. With this approach, you typically receive a palette of around 30 colors that belong to your season.

How To Perform A 4 Season Color Analysis

To conduct this assessment (sometimes known as “tonal analysis”), follow these steps:

  1. Determine whether you are 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 are 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

The process of completing a 4 season color analysis is relatively straightforward. Many individuals find this technique helpful for shopping for clothing or décor items, applying makeup or doing other day-to-day activities. The results provide a foundational framework to help you select colors.

This method may not produce practical results for everyone. Because only a few basic characteristics are assessed, some find the results too broad or inconclusive to make the most accurate color decisions.

12 Season Color Analysis (Flow Analysis)

The 12 season color analysis builds on the 4 seasonal color analysis to offer more specific results and insights.

The 12 season color analysis, also known as “flow theory,” combines Jackson’s methods with Albert Munsell’s color theory about hues, tints and shades to create three variations of each of the four seasons. This results in 12 variations.

How To Perform A 12 Season Color Analysis

To find your season, categorize 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:





















The 12 season color analysis produces more detailed results.

You will gain a deeper understanding of how to achieve color harmony.

With several factors to consider, conducting a 12 season color analysis is complicated to perform and often requires more time and expert assistance.

Do Seasonal Color Analyses Work?

While some people see success with seasonal color analyses, others find the results restrictive and inconsistent.

Seasonal color analyses rely on subjective evaluations that vary widely by evaluator. While one professional might assign you to the autumn season, another might deem you a spring.

Seasonal color analyses also evaluate features that can change often, such as hair color. If you choose to dye your hair, your season may shift as well.

By solely evaluating external features, these analyses also do not account for your innate color preferences and ignore the millions of colors that exist.

When receiving your season, you are typically limited to 30 or so colors. However, millions of hues exist, so you may find difficulty staying within your palette.

A New Approach To Color Analysis

Finding an accurate color analysis method is of the utmost importance. A proper analysis can save you thousands of dollars in the short and long run and can improve your physical appearance, mental and emotional health, actions and ability to learn and heal.

The C Color ideology differs from traditional color theories because it relies on your genetic, DNA based color preferences.

Your C Color Spectrum is determined, by taking the C Color Quiz and then hundreds of thousands of colors are made available to you.

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

Discover your optimal colors and gain expert color advice with a free C Color Personal Analysis today.