I have difficulty writing a blog post on personal colour analysis without writing a thesis. I want to thoroughly explain, answering all possible questions as best I can. Realistically I can't do that and will not try to do that here. There are many many sources of information online, though not all are accurate or detailed enough. I don't have access to a professional analysis but I am interested in the topic and, I think, reasonably well equipped to figure it out on my own or at least to narrow it down sufficiently. Here is an illustrated example of my process and some tips for doing it yourself too if you want to. Colour accuracy is a challenge with computer monitors, cameras and whatever lighting you may take a photo of yourself in. The same problem occurs when we are shopping because store lighting can distort colours.
The colour palettes are samples of the potential range and the collage tool didn't allow for the full photo frame either, so keep in mind the palettes are only representative.
This is the best I can do since my photo editing skills are very limited. I've blurred out the background ( somewhat poorly and a bit of my jawline as well) and then put my face into a collage where there are sample colours from the True Summer palette and the True Winter palette.
Note: there is an error in the Summer palette, labelling a mauve tone as blue green.
Neither is bad, as I obviously suit cool colours, but in my opinion the bottom one, Summer, is best. Those colours seem to match the colours in me, whereas the Winter colours are too saturated and intense. I sometimes buy winter colours. It's difficult to tell without comparisons, just how saturated something is, and mainly I have always just sought cool colours. I find that in the Winter colours I need more makeup whereas in the Summer colours I might look as though I'm wearing a bit even if I'm not. I do have makeup on in the comparison photo. I think that if I required a formal gown and was intending to wear dramatic makeup, I might pull off one of the Winter colours due to the dramatic nature of it and it would look formal and be suited to spotting me from a distance or for showing up in photos. That's not my life though.
Just for the fun of it, see how warm colours really don't work for me. There might be one or two that I could get away with if they are less obviously warm but the cool are always better, and I think even the more heavily saturated Winter cools are better. The warm colours, although really pretty in themselves, just don't relate to me as well as the cool ones do. When I make mistakes it is usually to purchase a purple, brown or green that is too warm to really flatter me.
It supports my recent thinking that I need to really lighten my colour choices. So it's debatable whether my most dominant feature is soft and light or if it is cool.
To test that I made this comparison-Winter (deep cool) vs Spring (light warm)
And this one, comparing the light warm colours with the light cool ones.
This isn't as scientific as a proper colour analysis draping, with hair covered, natural lighting and the drapes right under my face to see how they reflect light onto me, but I don't have access to one and I enjoy playing with colour theory anyhow. Within the four seasonal categories there are more specific palettes to further refine your best match. I used the pure seasons here to narrow things down. If you need brighter, darker or more muted, for example, there are versions of those within the warm and cool seasons.
Your dominant quality is likely to be warm or cool. The second quality is likely to be light, dark, bright or muted but sometimes it is the other way around. Even if your most dominant quality is lightness, mutedness, brightness or darkness, you will still look better with either warm or cool closest to your face. People are not entirely neutral even though they can first appear it.
Undertone can be tricky to spot without making comparisons. Many cool toned people easily are made to look yellow with incandescent lighting or in photographs. Some people with reddish looking skin (often they tan a very red brown) are often warm toned. The closer you are to neural, the trickier it is to tell. Hair and eye colour don't matter in the process of analysis, only skin does. Hair colour matters in that if you dye it you want to coordinate it with your colouring. There is bias towards a golden glow in our Hollywood dominated culture of western beauty ideals. Many celebrities are given spray tans, bronzer and gold-blonde hair when it actually is not their most flattering look. Cool beige- blonde hair and fair skin has not been fashionable since the fifties. Goldeness came to signify health-the 'health' of a California beach babe.
Simple tests to find out if you are warm or cool:
In good, natural light, compare your skin to white paper, to silver and gold jewelry, to hair colour samples, or consider if you are more likely to get compliments in blue or orange.
If you want to do this photo collage test here is how I did it. The palettes are all from the same source but I've linked to the specific palette samples.
Autumn palette source here
Spring palette source here
Winter palette here
Summer palette here
Collage making at Pic Monkey