Color and Facial Analysis

How many times, when you look in the mirror, do you see your wasted and tired face?


You try them all: ice over dark circles, anti-aging creams, last-minute lamps, but no dice. Your complexion doesn’t change and the black circles under your eyes stay there.

Have you ever thought that the colors you wear are wrong and don’t do you justice?

Well yes, this is one of the most common mistakes that tend to make our complexion look dull! Not surprisingly, we realize that some colors “slam” us more than others and don’t do us justice. But fear not, I have the magic for you: Armocromia!

What is Color analysis?

Super in vogue in recent times even here in Italy, actually Color analysis is a discipline that has been studied since the 1920s. Johannes Itten, teaching painting to his pupils, sensed that the subjects of paintings, if surrounded by colors in harmony with their complexion and the color of their eyes and hair, appeared significantly more beautiful. Itten invented the 4-season method: spring, autumn, summer and winter, which were associated with each person based on the temperature of their complexion (hot or cold) and their characteristics.

Following Itten’s insights there have indeed been so many who have been involved in Color analysis that the method has grown from 4 seasons, to 16 or more subgroups per season.

The method: The universal 4x4 Color System

The method I use to carry out Color analysis is that of Ferial Youakim, who by patenting The Universal 4×4 Color System, to the system of 12 seasons Spring- light, warm, bright; Summer- light, cool, soft; Fall- deep, warm, soft and Winter- deep, cool and bright adds 4 more: spring light soft, summer deep soft, fall deep soft and winter deep soft. Through the introduction of gray it gives the possibility to give that “softness” unknown to lighter seasons like spring and summer, giving the right depth and “softness” to deeper seasons like autumn and winter.

Youakim focuses on the degree of color purity in relation to the “chroma” of different complexions, analyzing how much they are enhanced by more or less pure colors. For this reason he has created different versions of the different color palettes, which will have the following characteristics: pure – the pure color; tinted – with a small addition of white; shaded – with the addition of the color black; toned – the softer version muted by the addition of gray.

The seasonal subgroups thus became 16:

  • Spring Brilliant (Pure), Clear (Tinted), Clear Soft (Toned) and Absolute (Shaded);
  • Summer Absolute (Pure), Clear (Tinted), Soft Clear (Toned) and Soft Deep (Shaded);
  • Autumn Absolute (Pure), Soft Clear (Tinted), Soft Deep (Toned) and Deep (Shaded);
  • Winter Brilliant (Pure), Absolute (Tinted), Deep Soft (Toned) and Deep (Shaded).

What are the benefits of Color analysis?

Discovering your color palette and matching them to your face will help you:

  • Revive your complexion, making it brighter, relaxed and younger looking;
  • Find harmony between your natural colors and the colors of the garments and accessories you should wear;
  • Identify the right colors for your make-up.

Also, by matching “friendly colors” to your face, immediately your eyes will stand out and your hair will appear brighter; trust me, it works!

How is a Color analysis session conducted?

Color analysis takes place in person at my studio or at your home and lasts about an hour and a half.

Once you neutralize the color of the clothes you are wearing and your hair with a white drape, you stand in front of the mirror.

The first step is crucial: identify the undertone (warm or cool) through professional drapes. Once the temperature is discovered and further color tests are conducted, the respective warm (spring and fall) or cold (summer and winter) seasons are considered. Now we have figured out the macro season they belong to, but that’s not the end of the story! We need to identify the subgroup! Remember that for each season there is respectively a color palette with a subgroup pure – tinted – shaded – toned.

Having also discovered the subgroup to which it belongs we consider the suitable color palette for clothing, accessories and for possible make-up which will be sent via printable pdf to carry with you at all times.

Ah, one important thing to know is that Color analysis should be done in natural daylight and on a makeup-removed, non-tanned face.

Facial analysis

I like to combine color with facial analysis so that you can enhance it 100%. So having identified the friendly colors, we immediately go on to analyze the shape of the face (or facial shape) through special professional cards. Based on this I will give you advice on the right haircut, necklines to wear and the right accessories such as glasses and bijou.

Are you ready to enhance your face and shine with your colors?

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