Thursday, January 16, 2020

Using Color Analysis For Your Historical Costumes:

The colors we may be drawn to might NOT be those that look best on our individual skin tone, eye color, and hair color. 

Whether you are fair completed, beautiful brown tones, or gorgeous chocolate, there are colors that will make you look more radiant. Just look at the picture of Imma Stone to the left!  I've seen her blond and I've seen her as a redhead and she just GLOWS as as a redhead! 

In the 1990s “Color Analysis” was all the rage. I actually had my colors  analysed and I am a Winter Palette. My tones have changed as I aged. My natural hair color is a deep brown with auburn highlights. As I've aged, I am completely white at the temples then salt and pepper. I looked like the bride of Frankenstein so I warmed up my hair color and lightened on top and add a tint on the front to blend the gray.  Even though my hair color has changed, my skin has remained the same, so my Color Season hasn't changed. 

While Color analysis might have been popular in the 1990s it is still used in fashion and design. I use it for my client’s when choosing the main color for their costume commission.  

When you are wearing the colors that match your individual skin tone you will look more alive, fresh, and attractive! When you are wearing a color that doesn’t match your skin tone, you can look sallow and tired.


The simplest test uses a plain white piece of paper. Hold the paper up to your face and compare how your skin looks in contrast to the paper. If your skin looks yellowish, greenish, or light brown, then you likely have a warm skin tone. If your skin looks pink, rosy, or blue, then you have a cool skin tone. If your skin looks gray or ashen, then you are a neutral skin tone. If you have a skin condition like acne, rosacea, or if you are extremely tanned, ask a friend to use the paper test on the crease behind your ear instead, which is less likely to be affected by these variables.

Next, flip your hand palm up and take a peek at your veins in the hand and wrist. If your veins appear to be blue or purple, you have cool skin. If they appear green, then you have warm skin. If it's hard to tell one way or the other what color they favor, then you have neutral skin.

How does your skin react to the sun? People who tan easily instead of burn usually have warm skin tones. People who burn rather than tan usually have cool skin tones, although sometimes women with dark ebony skin that doesn't burn can also have cool undertones. People who are neutral may fall into either group with regards to tanning or burning, but neutrals will not have any obvious appearance of olive, yellow, or ruddy skin.

There are FOUR main color Seasons. Each has 3 sub-categories:

1 – Cool and Brilliant = Winter
                Clear Winter
                Deep Winter
                Cool Winter

2 -  Cool and Delicate = Summer
                Light Summer
                Soft Summer
                Cool Summer

3 – Warm and Rich = Autumn
                Warm Autumn
                Deep Autumn
                Soft Autumn

4 – Warm and Fresh = Spring
                Clear Spring
                Light Spring
                Warm Spring

Your Seasonal palette is determined on your skin tone, eye color, and hair color.

Let's Start with WINTER: 


 Next Let's look at color palettes for SUMMER:

The next Palette is AUTUMN!

The last palette is SPRING!