Last Updated: 15th August 2020
You can always hire a colour consultant to get your colour analysis done. But here’s some good news for you – you can do colour analysis all by yourself too. Yes, do-it-yourself DIY colour analysis is possible. Your results might not be as accurate or detailed as those of a colour consultant. But you will at least understand how to figure out some basic colours for yourself.
So let’s get started!
Use the following 4 simple steps for DIY colour analysis:
Step 1: Stand in natural sunlight.
Natural sunlight is a combination of all colours in the visible spectrum. One can observe the effects of different colours on your skin under natural sunlight. So, without good light like natural sunlight, this whole DIY colour analysis will fall through.
What I mean is, stand in a room well-lit by sunlight. Where there is no need to switch on any light. Or stand in front of a window to let the sunlight fall directly on you.
Step 2: Keep your background neutral.
Walls and surroundings of where you are doing this DIY colour analysis should be grey. Neutral colour.
What I mean is, drape a grey coloured cloth around your neck, like the way you are while getting a haircut at a salon. Or make sure the room where you are doing this DIY colour analysis doesn’t have too bright colours on its own. We need to focus on you, so surrounding colours shouldn’t have any effect on you.
Step 3: Avoid makeup or coloured eye lenses.
Makeup masks your skin. Coloured eye lenses cover your actual eye colour. So you can get wrong DIY colour analysis results if you’re wearing either. Plus if you’ve coloured your hair ever, try to remember the original shade of your hair to get this done.
Step 4: Interpret your results.
I don’t expect you to figure out the Warm-Cool scale, or the Colour Seasons with this DIY Colour Analysis.
For this tutorial, let’s figure which items in your wardrobe do you justice. And not.
Start with your favourite t-shirt – wrap it around your neck, and observe your face in the mirror. If it’s the wrong colour, flaws like fine lines, wrinkles, discoloured teeth, etc. will look obvious. If it’s the right colour, you will see a good-looking you. Your skin will glow. Your hair will look more bouncy and vibrant. And your eyes will look more perky and full of life.
Next, take an outfit where people have complimented you always. E.g. “Wow!”, “You look great”, etc. You get the idea? Wear it or simply wrap it around your neck and observe your face again. What do you see? Note it down.
Continue doing this with the different items from your wardrobe. Make a note of these right and wrong shades. The right ones will make you go “Wow” and the wrong ones will make you go “bleh!” or “ok”. And as you do this, you get a better understanding of which colours work, and which don’t.
Over to you..
With this DIY colour analysis, you can choose the right clothes, accessories and makeup. It can also help you choose the right hair colour for a brand new look. And of course, you are free to experiment with colours any way you like.
So what do you think? Let us know!
Read our Colour Analysis posts here.