Color Analysis: 3 Degrees of Warm & Fresh

Warm and Fresh can be further broken down into three varieties: Warm Spring (flowing into Warm & Rich), Light Spring (sharing pale similarities with Cool & Delicate), and Clear Spring (tilting into Cool & Brilliant).



Warm & Fresh (aka Spring)


Cool & Brilliant (aka Winter)
Warm & Rich (aka Autumn)
Cool & Delicate (aka Summer)
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  1. Anonymous says

    Hi, thank you for this blog, very informative.

    I’m a clear spring, and I would like to dye my hair a bright, cherry red. Do you think this will bad?

  2. says

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  3. Birch says

    Hi, I´m a bit confused and I have hard time figuring out my colors. I seem to fit under light spring or warm spring. My hair is naturally golden blonde and my skin kind of peachy color. My eyes don´t seem to fit anywhere. There is this ochre colored sunburst action going on that is bordered with light,almost pastel green but the rest of my iris is gray. From the distance they look olive green.

  4. Florence says

    I’m so clueless if I’m a warm spring or a warm autumn. :( I have natural red hair, app. the kind of not-so-bright color Amy Adams dyes it, very fair ivory skin, some freckles on my nose and not-so-bright blue-grey eyes with a warm ring around the pupil. When I play around with clothes I find that warm spring colors are sometimes too bright and loud while warm autumn colors are sometimes too muted and boring. Do you have any recommendations for me? Thank you!

  5. says

    Hi Florence,

    Thanks for stopping by! I would love to help you. Unfortunately, I have been getting so many complimentary color typing requests, I was falling behind on my other orders. If you would like a color analysis, please find a button to buy the $12 color analysis service at the bottom of this post.

    Hope to hear from you again soon :)

  6. says

    Hmm! I find it interesting that you make it seem like dyeing one’s hair darker puts them into another season type. My natural hair color is a rich, cinnamon red-bronze of medium depth with golden highlights, but I often dye it auburn or orange and look fantastic as long as it’s very warm. Unless it’s green or coral, autumn colors are too muted for me, however, regardless of my hair color. Light, dark, or natural, I seem to look best in colors that are warm, clear, and light, in that order, and dyeing my hair doesn’t appear to change as long as the temperature is warm. (I’m 99% sure I’m a warm spring with a fair amount of contrast/brightness, by the way).

  7. Anonymous says

    I don’t know what season I am because I have neutral undertones.

    I am English, Sicilian, Polish, and have a little Cherokee. I have a lighter olive like complexion. I currently wear neutral ivory and/ or buff beige liquid foundations, and yellow toned powders make my skin look smoother.

    I have naturally dark blonde/light brown hair. I have clear turquoise eyes. They are bluer when I where cool colors and greener when I wear warm colors. Same with when I change my hair. The blonder the greener the darker the bluer.

    When I dye my hair medium to dark brown I feel more clear winter, but when I highlight my hair blonde I feel more clear spring.

    Jewelry…winter silver and summer gold.

    I often get compliments when I wear navy, turquoise/aqua, white, salmon/corals, gray, rosy pinks or purples. I look horrible in bright pure or burnt orange, lime green, mint (washes me out bad), light browns, and amber. I would love to know what seasonal color palette fits my description. Is it possible that my season changes with seasons?

  8. says

    Dying one’s hair doesn’t necessarily shift someone into a completely different season. If someone has dominantly warm or dominantly cool undertones in their skin, dying their hair may not impact their color choices dramatically.

    However, if they have a mixture of warm and cool tones, it can shift into a bordering group. For example my sister-in-law went from a blonde, light spring to a red headed, warm spring. Adding strawberry tones around her face shifted her undecided skin tone in decidedly warm territory.

    Hope that helps. But as you have already discovered, each person’s experience is unique, and experience should be trusted over theory.

  9. says

    I would be happy to help you diagnose your season. You’ve definitely got an interesting mix to work with :) Feel free to purchase a color analysis using the link at the bottom of the article above.

    Complimentary colors can vary between seasons as we add a tan to our skin or highlights to our hair. It’s usually not a dramatic shift, more likely one step left of right from your original location.

    Hope to hear from you soon :)

  10. Anonymous says

    I’m questioning your clear spring. Emma Watson has dark brown eyes. How is that clear? If you are clear spring your eyes stand out more than your hair color. She has warm hair and cool eyes…

  11. says

    While I’d love to color drape Emma Watson personally and gaze into her lovely eyes, I’ve done the best I can with pictures. From what I could tell she had warm light topaz eyes. She does have cool elements to her skin which is why she is bordering into Winter. Hope that helps.

  12. Anonymous says

    There are actually many dark-eyes clear/bright springs actually draped. Google it and you’ll see! I know two dark-eyed Asian BSps personally, and they were draped by the best in the business.

  13. says


    I absolutely believe in the possibility of dark eyed springs. The information I laid out is just stereotypical, and each individual is unique. Color draping is definitely the best way to identify someone’s season.

    Thanks for reading!

  14. says

    I’m a wee bit confused on what I am. A clear spring or a cool summer? During the summer I get a more peach color and then in the winter I’m…well, white/blue. So I don’t know. Advice would be great!

  15. says

    Hi Mary,

    It’s difficult to distinguish without pictures and a few more details. If you’d like I’d be delighted to help you via a color analysis, available for purchase ($12) at the bottom of the post above.

    Our best colors can vary slightly between seasons as we add a tan to our skin or highlights to our hairSometimes its a a step left of right from your original location, yet still within your season. Other times you’ll stay in the same place but favor slightly different colors.

    Hope to hear from you soon :)

  16. Anonymous says

    Hi, I have a question. I try to figure out my color pallete, but I seem to float between warm spring and warm autumn. I have medium brown hair with golden highlights and dark blue eyes and an yellowish skin. My best colors seem to be earthy tones and bright colors. Black is horrible on me. So am I completely wrong? Thanks in advance!

  17. says


    I would definitely say you are on the right track. If you’d like a comprehensive color evaluation. I offer them for $12 and they can be completed via e-mail. If you’re interested click on the link at the bottom of this post.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

  18. says

    I have light brown hair (with natural golden highlights, brown eyes and quite fair skin (I’d say I’m a bit more towards yellow undertones).

    I thought that I could be a soft autumn but then I saw Emma Watson, who also has naturally light brown hair and brown eyes (just tanner skin than me) as a clear spring… How can I distinguish between the two?


  19. Anonymous says

    Hi. I think I’m a Clear Spring and I just purchased some metallic navy heels. Do you think this is a good color for my coloring? Thanks.

  20. says


    Skin tone is the biggest determinant when identifying your color season. Soft Autumns are likely to have peachy overtones (look at forehead, chin and cheeks) with yellow undertones (look at undereyes, around nose). Whereas a Clear Spring would have rosier overtones with slightly blue undertones.

    Hope that helps. Feel free to contact me for a color analysis if you still need assistance.


  21. Madelaine says

    Hi! I have a big problem finding out my season. I would really need some help.
    I have really light blonde hair (natural) with golden highlights. I have light ivory skin, and get freckels in the summer. When I tan it get more goldenbrown than pinkish. And therefor I think I’m a spring.
    But I got light bluegray eyes, and my overall coloring is light. I thought about being a light spring, but I feel like I am dissepearing in those light colors….so now I have started wondering if I’m maybe a summer or a warm spring ( I’m just completly lost ). Thanks for helping!
    Love Maddie.

  22. Anonymous says

    I am still having trouble with my season. It’s the eyes, I think. They’re bright blue (not leaning towards turquoise, no real flecks of any colour, perhaps some gray). My skinn is quite neutral, maybe slightly warm, and my natural hair is mid brown with a lot of gold highlights. Can you help me?

  23. Katrina says

    Hi! I want your help and am willing to pay, but the links for services don’t take me to a purchasing area. What I need, first and foremost, is a color analysis. When I was 18 I read Color Me Beautiful and took my non-descript (to me) brown hair and went blonde – and a lot of red came out. I looked great and wore autumn colors until five years ago. My hair won’t keep color in it anymore. It’s complete white in the front. Darkish, brownish in the back. I have blue eyes with a little bit of gold flecks around the pupil. My hair stylist colors my hair using only highlights and she uses warm colors because I want to stay in the warm colors. When I was dressing for autumn, that was easy to pick out those colors. But, now, I fluctuate between light autumn and some kind of spring and some kind of summer. I’m very confused because my body skin really is not blue-ish, it’s yellow-ish, but my face skin is reddish. I think olive green is great on me – some days. Periwinkle is my all time favorite. Peach always looks good on me. I am so not confident about my colors anymore. Help! Tell me where to sign up for your help. THANKS!

  24. Anonymous says

    I think your celebrity examples are not very accurate. There are especially mistakes at Warm Spring season: There is nothing warm and fresh in the appearances of Leona Lewis, Mandy Moore or Christina Hendricks. Dyeing your hair red doesn’t make you a Warm Spring. Christina’s skin tone and eyes are both cool. There is always clearness, warmth and goldness in the coloring of a Warm Spring. Those characteristics are lacking amongst celebrities mentioned above.

    • Reachel says

      While the only way to color type someone perfectly is through color draping, I have applied years of experience with hundreds of clients to color typing these celebrities through online pictures. A spring complexion is actually more blended, and can have subtle cool undertones, unlike a Warm Autumn, which is purely warm. I agree that clarity is a defining characteristic in Spring complexions. And I also agree that dying you’re hair red does not immediately transform you into a Warm Spring. Both blondes and brunettes can look their best in Warm Spring colors.

  25. Anonymous says

    I’m finding a hard time deciding wether I’m a light spring or light summer. I have a slight cool undertone but my hair is dark blonde with red and goldish highlights (natural) ugh

    • Anonymous says

      I just tested out some different clothes and I’m pretty sure I’m a light summer, which is great because I love the colours in that palette. Thanks for the page :)

    • Reachel says

      You definitely have warm undertones. I would suggest looking at Soft Summer or Soft Autumn. If you need assistance, I offer a virtual color analysis service.

  26. LadyVanHelsing says

    I’m a warm spring, but I have to draw the line at buff, apricot, and peach because they make me look like I’m not wearing anything, and I look awful in shades of red and pink.

    • says

      It’s definitely ok to rule out a color or two from your color category, but you also might want to look at Warm Autumn. Don’t get too hung up on your eyes being a slightly different color, etc. The biggest indicator of your complexion is your skin. Hope that helps :)

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