Color Myths: Self-Diagnosis

I see you.


You’ve just discovered color analysis, and you think it’s rather interesting. You decide you don’t really want to spend the money on a draping, convinced you don’t need an analyst to determine your best colors.


“I can do it!” You think to yourself. “I’ll just take a quiz online to find out my season!”

Unfortunately, Google is less than helpful.




You’ll inevitably be taken to websites that ask you to compare yourself to various celebrities’ coloring. Celebrities you have never seen in person, who may or may not be coloring their hair and employing various magical makeup techniques to look the way they do. If you’re like me, you’ll end up agonizing over whether or not your skin tone is more similar to Liv Tyler or Anne Hathaway. Do they even have different skin tones? Do I look like either of them? What is life? Who am I?



Then, maybe you’ll find some graphic or tutorial on Pinterest to help you determine your coloring. It’ll ask you to do things like decide what color the veins in your wrist are. Are they green? Are they blue? Are they blue-green? How about green-blue? Do you even know the difference between green and blue? Not after you’ve stared at your wrists for an hour. You might also be asked to decide if silver or gold jewelry is better on you. HELPFUL HINT: This is a great way to go completely crazy, since anyone in a neutral season is going to look okay in certain types of silver and gold. Because we can’t ever have anything easy, can we?



“I know!” You say in premature triumph. “I’ll just go to an analyst’s page and see which clients I look like.”


Well, to that I say, here are two Bright Winters


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Low-contrast blonde and high-contrast brunette

Here are two Dark Autumns

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Low-contrast blonde and high-contrast brunette… sensing a pattern?


My point being, people can look quite differently and be in the same season, and people can look rather similar and be in completely different seasons. Self-diagnosis is really, really hard, and the last thing I want is for someone to wrongly self-diagnose themselves as a particular season, pay $80 for a swatchbook fan, and still feel uncomfortable in their clothes and makeup.

I have yet to meet someone, either a client of mine or one of my colleagues’, who has regretted investing in a color analysis. An investment in a PCA is an investment in YOU – in finding out exactly who you are, what you look like, and where you fit in the color spectrum.

I see you. And I’m here to help!





All photos are my own unless otherwise noted

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