Warm or cool?
You need to work out the undertone of your skin and an easy way is to check your veins to see if they are more green(ish) or more blue(ish).
Green = Warm
Warm undertone means SPRING or AUTUMN
Blue = Cool
Cool undertone means SUMMER or WINTER
Soft or strong?
Have you got strong, contrasting features such as dark eyes against pale skin, or piercing eyes, or bright red hair?
A strong contrast in your features means a SPRING (warm) or WINTER (cool)
Have you got soft features, such as light eyes and hair, or low contrast between your features – meaning your hair and skin and eyes are not contrasting?
Then you are a AUTUMN (warm) SUMMER (cool)
Kim says, “These tests will only get you to a basic level with your colours, but it is a good place to start. Each of the four seasons then breaks down into three. So you can actually be categorised as one of 12 colour types.”
Most women do not fit neatly into one seasonal palette; they have highlights in another season and this is what helps create their own personalised palette.
If you stick to the palette that suits you when buying clothes, over time your wardrobe will become harmonised and it will be much easier to mix and match.
Just because you have dark hair and eyes, it doesn’t mean you are automatically a winter. To determine what season you are, you need to look at the combination of your hair, eyes and skin, and how much contrast or softness you have.
Every women can wear every colour. The key is finding the particular version of that colour, with a correct undertone and intensity, that will make it work for your skin tone and features.
Nature knows best
We are actually born with the best hair, eye and skin colour for us, but we often colour our hair, wear the wrong make-up and choose the wrong shades of clothes, which can result in a look so far from our natural state that it doesn’t suit us.
Stick in your season
A woman’s colours may change slightly over time, or at different stages (for example if she is more tanned) but her home-base season will normally remain the same – she might just vary within that season.