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How to Determine Your Color Type in 2 Minutes

Comprehensible instructions for those who find it difficult to select clothes and cosmetics.

Everyone knows that red-haired damn Irish green dresses go, and the owners of blue-black curls and porcelain skin – scarlet lipstick. The same green outfit can turn a fair-haired girl with gray eyes into a reference gray mouse. The delicate blue-eyed blonde is also more likely to get lost against the bright red lip gloss.

Why is that? There is an opinion that the matter is in the color type. Note: this concept is very conditional and, in many respects, imperfect. Modern professional stylists do not use it because they dig deeper.

And yet it is worth having an idea of ​​your color type. At the very least, this will help you understand why your friend’s scarf does not suit you, will facilitate the selection of wardrobe, and save you from frankly failed purchases.

What is a color type?

This is the color characteristic of the exterior. It depends on the shades of hair, skin, eyes. Together they create a common background that can blend in with other surrounding colors. Or, on the contrary, discord.

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There are several classifications of color types. The most common of them is according to the seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

How to determine the color type of appearance

It only takes three steps.

1. Find out if you are a cold or warm type

There are three ways to do this. Choose the more convenient one, or use everything at once – for reliability. In any case, it will take a matter of seconds.

Method 1. Through the veins

Walk up to the window on a sunny day and take a look at the wreaths on your wrist. If they are distinctly blue, your type is cold. If you can guess at least a hint of a greenish undertone in color, your type is warm.

Method 2. On a white napkin

Stand in front of a mirror in a well-sunlit room and place a white tissue on your face. Please take a closer look at what shade your skin acquires against its background. Slightly pinkish – your type is cold—yellowish – warm.

Method 3. For gold and silver

You will need two pieces of paper, cloth, or foil – one gold and one silver. Apply them one at a time to the skin around your wrist. Against the background of your color, the skin will have an even healthy tone. Against the background of the second, it will seem gray, faded, spotty.

If silver suits you, your type is cold. Gold is warm.

2. Determine your contrast

It’s quite simple. Take a look at your face in natural light.

If the color of your eyes, hair, or skin stands out strongly from the rest, you are a contrasting type. A prime example of this type is the classic Disney Snow White with black hair, dark eyes, and porcelain skin.

Slightly less bright, but still revealing – Cinderella with her white skin, piercing blue eyes, and bright light hair.

How to determine the color type using contrast: Snow White and Cinderella
Stills from the animated films “Snow White,” “Cinderella” / Lifehacker

If your eyes, hair, and skin colors overlap, you are a muted type. Disney examples include Rapunzel and the Tinker Bell fairy.

How to determine your color type using contrast: Rapunzel and Tinker Bell
Images from the animated films “Rapunzel: A Tangled Story,” “Fairies” / Lifehacker

3. Compare the results

The seasonal color type is determined based on temperature and contrast.

  • Cold and contrasting – winter.
  • Cold and muted – summer.
  • Warm and contrasting – autumn.
  • Warm and muted – spring.

What if your color type is winter

Color type winter
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People with this color type are distinguished by dark hair – from chestnut to bluish-black, bright dark-brown, green or blue eyes, white skin.


Unsaturated colors with a warm undertone – beige, orange, warm pink, and blue – are not suitable for winter people.


Color type winter
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These include rich shades with a cold undertone – silver, emerald, deep gray, bright blue and cyan, red, purple, wine, black.

What if your color type is spring

Spring color type
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Spring people are distinguished by thin, transparent, light skin. Their hair is warm in tone – from blond to light blond (wheat, honey, golden). The eyes are blue, brown, gray, green, but always light. There are often tender pink lips and a slight blush.


Dark contrasting colors with a cold undertone are not suitable for spring – black, bright blue (electric blue), deep purple, scarlet, purple, and so on.


Spring color type
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Light pastel colors – creamy, peach, warm beige, milk chocolate, salmon, apricot, light blue, light gray, light orange, as well as bright delicate shades of blue and pink.

What if your color type is summer

Summer color type
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People with this color type are distinguished by the hair of cold ashy shades – from light blond to dark. The skin is cold in tone – from light pink to grayish-olive, but easily tans, acquiring a golden hue.

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The eyes are light, steel-colored with dazzling white whites – due to this, they seem very bright.


Black, bright orange.


Summer color type
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Cold pastel colors – blue, light blue, white, pearl, dusty shades of pink, berry, wine, lilac, lemon-yellow.

What if your color type is autumn

Autumn color type
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Such people have golden skin. Hair of the same tone – from golden blond to copper, red, red. Eyes of distinct warm colors – a shade of sweet tea, nutty, amber.


Pure light colors with a cold undertone – bright blue, lemon yellow, cold green and pink, lilac, purple.

Adapted and translated by Wiki Avenue Staff

Sources: Lifehacker