Kategoriarkiv: Colour Comparing

Articles on Specific Colors for Specific Seasons

About Yellows by Christine Scaman. This article really has it!

About Browns for Autumns by Christine Scaman, too. Love it.

Comparing Light Spring – Soft Autumn by Colors, this article written by – sorry, do not find your name. Truth is Beauty.



Colors for ”that” Season?


From Truth is Beauty. Rachel  Arnt-Schemmel  lists these colors as typical for the color seasons she names.

If you cannot wear this and that color, then you are not this and that color season.

Well, guess it is entirely personal, which colors in any season is good for you or not!

A funny game, here. Put the arrow to mark any of the color squares and see how it changes.

Picture Hot Pink -for Clear Springs.

When marked, changes to blue violet

Picture Warm medium Violet – Picture

for Dark Autumns. Nathalie Portman illustrates – but what is the likeness between the violet square and the color of Portmans dress? Would rather see this bright fuchsia on a Bright Winter! When marked, changes to Violet Blue

Picture Rich Burgundy – for Warm Autumn. When marked – changes to Dark Blue.

Picture Cocoa brown for Soft Summer. When marked – changes to Medium Dark blue.

Picture Light olive khaki – for Light Spring. When marked – changes to Medium Light Blue.

Picture Light Pinky Coral – for Light Summer. A color I cannot bear to wear. Thus am not a Light summer. When marked – changes to Dark Lilac.


Picture Dusty medium Blue – for Soft Autumn. This blue – when marked Remains a Blue – but becomes Brighter.

Picture Bright blue – for True Spring – does not look so bright, after all….And when marked – still is blue, but also becomes brighter. Funny. Must mean those blue colors are very near pure blues without any other colors mixed in!

Picture Mint Green – for True Summer. Mint a color that’as changed.  And when marked becomes blue too, but feels a bit warmer. Like warm dark Sky blue.

Picture Lime – for Clear Winter. Bright! But this is a Bright lime. Neon lime. Other versions of lime for other Seasons.  When marked – Medium Bluish Green that rather looks quite near the Mint color above.

Picture Clear Lemon Yellow – for True Winter. Oh. This color square gets Grey when marked!

 Goldenrod – for Dark Winter. Take a better look at Picturethis lady, Penelope Cruz ‘s her name as if you didnt’t know! Marking this dress puts a grey shadow on at turns it Pale Greyish Yellow.




Changing Colors with Controls—and Comments


Finally! Have just found what I’ve been looking for when it comes to describing colors’ dimension. It’s this website Martin and Irena  inform us of the various subseasons and illustrates examples by 12 different pictures of controls: for light to dark, bright to muted and warm to cold color properties for each subseason. By using controls like this: 12-seasons-color-analysis-warm-spring

I would have wanted the controls to be moveable and a possibility to choose true colors to be changed with the controls. But they are static, so no!

Secondly, I do not agree with  Martin and Irena about the positioning of every control. They are set very subjectively on their part. For instance, I don’t think the Autumns description as dark, warm and soft is always THAT dark. I think there is room for very much individual differences. Same with all the other properties: light – dark, muted – bright, warm – cool, there’s room for much diversity within the ranges.

Martin/Irena do throw in a disclaimer, though: ”As stated above one word of warning, this rough typography will only work about 25% of the time. Most people are not as clear cut and sticking with only the 4 types will mean you miss out on some colors you could have in your wardrobe!”

In case you want to skip straight to the seasonal color quiz please just follow the link.

Introduction: 4 season color analysis basics

Table of Contents [hide]

  • Seasonal Color types: theoretical background
    • Color saturation: bright vs. muted—An easy way to think of this characteristic is by imagining adding grey to a color. A completely pure color (100% saturation) means there is no grey element whatsoever. An example of this is bright red. On the other end of the spectrum you have a color so muted there is no color left. A color with 0% saturation is

basically just a medium grey.


No grey added.                               Base. Look greyer, or?                 Grey added.

(could also be toned with browns)

Color lightness: dark vs. light

This characteristic is very similar to the saturation characteristic we just discussed. Instead of grey however we are adding black or white to a color.

The extremes in this case are a pure black or a pure white color.


A clear pure red. Post says orange. Tinted by white………………..Shaded by black.

Color temperature: warm vs. cool—————————————————–


Bringing it all together

Applying this to the seasonal color analysis

How do I find my sub-season?

Seasonal color online quiz

STEP 1: Do you have a light or dark coloring?

STEP 2: Do you have a warm or a cool coloring?

STEP 3: Identifying your sub-season


When you have played with the quiz on please take a look at the controls being showed. How many more possibilities of color types can you find? For instance, between the two Brights – Winter and Spring? Between the Muteds – Summer and Autumn? Between the warms, the cools, the lights and the darks?

Are there any possibilites between light and dark, muted and bright, warm and cools?

Seasonal color analysis results – Spring

Bright Springbright-spring-color-season

Light Spring12-seasons-color-analysis-light-spring

Warm Spring12-seasons-color-analysis-warm-spring

Seasonal color analysis results – Summer

Cold Summer12-seasons-color-analysis-cold-summer

Light Summer12-seasons-color-analysis-light-summer

Muted Summer12-seasons-color-analysis-muted-summer

Seasonal color analysis results – Autumn

Warm Autumn12-seasons-color-analysis-warm-autumn

Dark Autumn12-seasons-color-analysis-dark-autumn

Muted Autumn12-seasons-color-analysis-muted-autumn

Soft autumns have low facial contrast. This means light hair colors pretty close to the skin tone.

Seasonal color analysis results – Winter

Muted Autumn

The last autumn sub season is the muted autumn. The season is defined by the low contrast which means bright and clear colors should be avoided.

Muted autumns have blond to medium brown hair, the lightest of all autumns. The skin is a neutral beige and even the eyes should be of light or greyish colors.

In terms of colors you should aim for a high amount of grey mixed in your colors. The colors should be overall dark with warm undertones. You can wear both gold and






Test Your Skintone Temprature at Stylecaster


At Stylecaster.com, I found this handy picture for testing if your skintone is warm or cool.

For testing, put your hand over the garments one at the time. Or you can choose to lay your underarm against a whole row of them. See how the colors match yours.

There are five garments per row, so I give them numbers 1 to 5. And there are 12 rows, 6 rows for cools, and remaining 6 rows for warm toned persons.

Don’t knowing the color names, I choose to mark each garment with a number. So:

Skirt furthest left in top row: 1:1, shorts furthest right, top row: 1:5

Sweater in middle of second row: 2:3 and so on.

Now is my turn to check how colors suits my coloring:

First of all, the skirts in very light, tinted colours, don’t suit me at all. Neither the warm, nor the cool hues. They’re all pastels, unfortunately.

Best cool-toneds for me are, at upper row: 1:3 and 1:4 – not easy to see color of shorts 1:6, but I don’t think dark-dark green works for me at all.

Cool colours second row: 2:1 and 2:2 – hopeless! The turquioise sweater too strong a color.  A stong cool sea-green.  But I can pull of the blouse at 2:5, it looks a bit teal – petrol. The shorts in between dark green and dark blue probably better than dark-dark green.

Cools third row: t-shirt 3:2 looks electric lilac against my skin. Beside, at 3:3 there is a pullover with strongest possible blue. My skin looks harsh against this blue which seems to be bright prussian blue – or berlin blue, a blue modern during the late middle ages, see paintings from that era. Has been very in vogue in later years under the designation …… .

Beside the prussian blue, a more subdued blue at 3:5 which I absolutely can wear. It’s lending against marin – or navy ‘ really, I do not know the diffrence between navy and marine!

Cool row n:o 4. Lilac and Purple tones.  At 4:2 lilac t-shirt too pale for me and the tone is not right either. More for me is 4:3, the sweater in  a lilac of more medium valor. Neighbored by 4:4, a subdued dark version looking almost burgundy and a no-no what my skin tone is concerned. Shorts in this row not good either.

Cool row 5: tuning in to more purplish / cerise tones. None of these will do.

Cool row 6: here comes the redder tones. None of these.

Result Cool colors: can wear 1:3, 1:4, 2:5, 3:5, 4:3, that is four colors. 


Now to Warm row 1=row 7: (skirts are all excluded). 7: 2 a coral rose t-shirt which color I don’t feel at home in at all. 7:3 orange red sweater is perfect, whilst the blouse at 7:4 is not. Nor are the shorts, too orangey brown, not for me.

Warm row 2=row 8: to the peaches/apricots/oranges – t-shirt at 8:2 a good color but alas too pale for me. Garments on 8:3, orange pullover, and 8:4  subdued red orange blouse, perfect. Shorts at 2:5 gets the same critic as those at 1:5.

Warm row 3=row 9.  T-shirt at 9:2 is, again, too pale. 9:3 pullover in mustard yellow is excellent. As is the orange blouse at 9:4.  Shorts at 9:5 still too dark and orangey brown.

Warm row 4=row 10: no to yellow t-shirt at 10:2. And don’t think I can wear the sweater at 10:3, being a kind of yellow I’m not at all sure of.  But the mustard shirt at 10:4 I should certainly want to try some time. 10:5 those shorts are lighter, but still dark, and still too orangey.

Warm row 5=row 11. Here come the limes and yellow greens.  Lime sweater at 11:3 looks better than I thought.  And I say yes to the olive colored blouse at 11:4.

Last warm row 6=row 12. The garments at 12:1-3 are either too pale or too bright. So that leaves me with the warm green blouse at 12:4. Shorts at 12:5 to be excluded.

Result: Warm colors – 7:3, 8:3, 8:4, 9:3, 9:4, 10:4, 11:3, 11:4, 12:4.  That is 9 colors.

Nine warm colors, four cools.







Palette from Threadstudio.com

Here a palette with a few colors:

Colour chart and projects information.

Row 1 colours: Sun yellow, Golden yellow, Bright orange, Salmon, Scarlet.
Row 2 colours: Brilliant red, Cranberry red, Hot fuschia, Magenta, Claret.
Row 3 colours: Violet, Periwinkle, Turquoise, Azure blue, Cerulean blue.
Row 4 colours: Midnight blue, Teal, Chartreuse, Bright green, Emerald green.
Row 5 colours: Brass, Sulphur green, Ecru, Ochre, Brick.
Row 6 colours: Brown, Burnt umber, Pewter, Black, White.

Monika Nyhus blogg: Årstidspaletter


Dessa paletterna är varianter på de som finns i Carol Jacksons bok ”Colour Me Beatiful”. Färgerna här ter sig dock lite annorlunda ut.

Varm Elfenbensbeige – en beige tonad i varm elfenben, varm elfenben torde dra mer åt orangegult än åt limegult.

Ivory=elfenben, liksom alla ljusa pasteller så får denna mig att blekna betänkligt.  Andra kulörer för en Ljus kvinna – men inte för mig – är sålunda: ljusa gula, ljusa persika, pastellgulgrön, pastellrosa – även om den är varm, dvs gultonad. Gyllene rosa kan jag däremot ha. Skarpa eller ljusa rosa, lax  och koraller är inte för mig. Inte heller de ljusa aquorna och turkoserna.

Vårfärger jag Kan ha: varm elfenbensbeige, ljus och varm beige, ljus varm grå – dvs en gyllentonad grå, kamel, varm gyllene solbrännebrun (tan), mellanguldbrun – om inte för orange – ljus klar guld, som färg betraktat ligger guldfärgen på högra sidan om gul på färghjulet. Aprikos och Persika om de är gyllene eller bruntonade. Av de klara är det dom gulgröna och röda, blå och lila jag kan ha. Inte ljus orange – vanlig orange är bättre. Rött: orangeröd.

Following Spring colors do suit me:

Ivory, Light clear gold,  warm ivory beige, bright yellow gold, light warm beige,  light warm grey,  if golden or brownish: apricot, peach,  warm pastel pink, orange red, light warm navy, warm chocolate brown,  Medium warm violet, Periwinkle blue, Deep periwinkle blue, light true blue

Cannot wear following Spring Colors:

pastels:  yellow green (i.e. pastel lime=too strong),

lights: orange=too light,  salmon, coral, coral pink, aqua, emerald turquoise

clear brights: pink, red, yellow gold, aqua,salmon, coral, coral pink



(Summer is hardly an option for me. But could I turn some of the Summer colors Warmer, then I could pick a few. Giving them a tune of golden or warm brown!

Can wear these Transformed Summer colors – brownish/golden:

Soft White – allready know I can wear this – have also read it’s being placed in Autumn. Rosey beige as it’s seen in palette, not the real rose beige, well if the rose is a golden one. Cocoa and rosepink brown – make them warm.  Charcoal grey blue.  Cadet blue – have read it’s the only Blue Autumns can wear – then it must be soft and warm toned. Medium blue, Dark navy, yes, if it is warm. Flower colors if browned and/or golden: lavender, orchid, mauve, maybe another plum hue.

Cannot wear:

Blue grey – that is a cold one. No. Very grey navy – no, no dusty ones. Lots of lights, like powder blue, dito pink, lemon yellow in any variants, powdery periwinkle, cool powdery aqua, no blue greens, bluereds like raspberry, fuchsia, mauve and plum. Could any of them be warmed up? No bluereds, nor burgundy. No silver. Pewter – I don’t know. Rose pink, could it be turned warmer?


Of these I can wear most colors. What is not so good on me are: well I don’t think any of these look odd on me. Just not too hard nuances of rust, and terracotta and salmon.  And be wary of strong colors like Lime green and Chartreuse. Ok, lime green already softened. Why is yellow green powdery and the turquoise dusty – seem summery. Should be enough with soft yellow green, clearer than moss, though, and warm turquoise turning at teal.




those are all colors I definitely don’t wear good.


Color Seasons and Browns

When you want to compare diffrent shades of a hue, there’s no better person to ask than Christine Scaman at 12 Blueprints. Here she describes how Brown appears with diffrent Color Seasons.

Post is called Mystery of Brown. Other posts on the subject are:

  1. How The 5 Autumns Add Brown To Hair Colour
  2. The Brown-Eyed Spring
  3. A Brown-Eyed Summer
  4. Best Makeup Colours : True Autumn
  5. Spring and Autumn Makeup Colours

Five Basic Color Resonances: Washed-Tinted-Shaded-Muted-Toasted




Here are the five color resonances: washed and tintedtois13 copy.jpgtois14 copy.jpgShaded and Toastedtois15 copy.jpgand finally, Mutedtois16 copy.jpg




In larger text: each pure pigment has its own special quality,

so each Resonance has a distinctive quality

that you can learn to see and use when creating effects in

your clothing. Washed-Tinted-Shaded-Muted-Toasted –

the five basic color resonances with desctiptions on

how they are derived from the pure pigment

and how they appear to the eye- both in words and artworks.


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Woman or the Color

Found a comparison on Pretty Your World, where Lora Alexander  says the left color is wrong, the right is right. I am of another opinion. To me Paula Deen has chosen a correct color in the left picture. Because there you see Paula, and she is looking great in the dark rusty red. The screaming rose she wears on the picture to the right says: See me! and competes with her face and hair. Paula would have to be draped in more colours to determine if she is a Warm Muted or a Cool Clear. Picture with the hot pink blouse and blonded big hair gives me the impression of a Madam of the Brothel in her upper sixties trying too hard to make herself look forty again. She looks fake. In the left picture her clothing colors melt into her own colouring soo much better!Paula deen bad and good






Comparison of Warms-Softs-Lights


In Between, absolutely Fabelhaft Light – pinned this because of the lovely colors on her scarf.

Found this page: Stereotyped ideas about Seasonal Color.


Following from Expressing Your Truth blog by Jane Rekas —–providing some CMAS descriptions. CMAS stands for Colour Me A Season. There is a lot of colour comparing on this page.

GLORIOUS SPRING — (Spring – Autumn, aka Warm Spring

Skin tone has yellow undertone.  Eyes may be blue, aqua, turquoise, golden green, yellow brown or hazel.  Eyes may contain orange or wine. (Skin around the eyes will be yellow in Springs).   —-The GLORIOUS SPRING (Spring-Autumn) looks very close to an Golden Autumn, and these two are the hardest to discern between, and they can actually share the most between palettes.  They may be Classic, Natural or Romantic.   

GOLDEN AUTUMN — (Autumn-Spring, aka Warm Autumn)

Skin has medium golden orange brown under tone.  Eyes may be hazel (possibly containing some blue), golden green, yellow brown.  Eyes may contain orange or wine (interesting! (Skin around the eyes will be orange in Autumns).

Chara: it is vital that you can also take the skin round the eyes into consideration when deciding color seasons and flow seasons. Jane Rekas states, when comparing Warms, that 1. Glorious Spring has Yellow undertone  and Yellow skin round her eyes – picture of Amy’s (I, not being an American, don’t know her full name) eye – but I see more apricot than yellow. And I see more orange in Amy’s than in Marcia’s eye, Marcia’s being more coppery apricote.

2. Golden Autumn has a medium golden brown undertone and orange skin around the eye. I see light copper round Marcia Cross’s eyes. 


An Absolute is a Woman who is directly a Season without any flow into another.

ABSOLUTE AUTUMN — Red hair does not always mean you are Autumn, but copper red (or metallic brown) hair does. We also find some Autumns who have a neutral beige hair coloring. Most Autumns share a very warm under toned complexion, especially when they get “worked up” —Chara: meaning she blushes after efforts, stress and sport activities.




Jane Reka’s comparing Soft Summer – Sarah Jessica Parker – and Soft Autumn – Mischa Barton. And obviously, remember, Jane is following the Colour Me A Season school. This page also featuring so called ”Seasonal Dealbreakers”

Jane Reka writing of the seasonal comarisons: 

How do Amy Adams and Marica Cross compare in warm tints and shades? 
A Warm Spring should be best in tints, but second best in shades. 
A Warm Autumn should be best in shades, but second best in warm tints.
How do Sarah Jessica Parker and Mischa Barton compare in muted tones and shades ?
A Soft Summer should be best in tones, but second best in shades.
A Soft Autumn should be best in shades, but second best in tones.


Here’s Mischa Barton’s eye –

And here’s Sarah Jessica Parker’s .

and Mischa Barton’s. Mischa counted to the Soft Autumns (i.e. Gentle Autumn in the CMAS system. Mischa’s seem to be Summery, though, greyish blue and some light purple? flecks. Around the eye she is – rosy? – Jane Rekas doesn’t say anything about color round the eye.  Chara, me too am rosy around eyes, though red haired.  SJP’s eye look like she has got something stingy in it – maybe sunscreen cream – to make her contract her eyes and twinkle and twinkle to get the stuff out, making her eyes look soar and wet from tears and sniffling.

CMAS is different than other systems, allowing for red hair in a Summer. 16 seasonal types I have copied the images from Bernice Kentners’ book, Color Me A Season, from 1978 being earlier than Carol …’s Colour Me Beautiful from 1980.





And here are coming The Lights:Spring-Summer (Light Spring) seasonal colouring women by thirtysomethingurbangirl on Polyvore

Picture from Thirty-something-urban-girl at Polyvore. Lady in Red, bottom left, could have been me. If she had hot colored her hair red – growing out brownish shows she is not a born redhead. Skin being fair, like mine, cannot tell if it’s cool or warm – cool I think, in which case she is a Light Summer rather than a light Spring. Eyebrows can hardly be seen. Indeed, her very bluish, translucent look makes her appear like a Gossamer kind of redhead. Get link!




Makeup lists for all the season – by Jane Rekas from …………