Have you ever heard about the Seasonal Color Theory?

There is a good chance that you have. And if you have not, you can find many online resources. To make it easier for you I have included a link to a relevant search. Just click or tap here.

In principle, the theory says that there are four essential color palettes, each with three further variations, and each of us can be classified into one of these:

Spring - warm, muted colors (e.g. shades of light red, yellow, warm green). Variations: clear spring, light spring, warm spring.

Summer - cool, muted colors (e.g. cool shades of pink, blue, grey). Variations: light summer, soft summer, cool summer.

Autumn - warm, intensive colors (e.g. intensive brown, red, green, yellow). Variations: warm autumn, deep autumn, soft autumn.

Winter - cool, intensive, high contrast colors (e.g. white, black, blue, pink, purple). Variations: clear winter, deep winter, cool winter.

How to find out your type using the app:

1. Choose the first action from the main menu:

​"Determine your colour type."

2. On the next screen, you can preview the season types. You can skip it by tapping the "Next" button. Once you get to the screen shown here, read the instructions carefully!

Lighting conditions are critical; the light may affect the colours detected by the app.

  • Look for relatively bright, neutral light. The color analysis is most accurate when performed in natural daylight, avoiding direct sunlight,

  • Avoid luminescent (tubes and CFL) and LED lights - their color spectrum is usually uneven, and some tones may be "missing". Color rendering will likely be poor unless you are using very good lightbulbs,

  • Incandescent (traditional) bulbs are good - opt for "daylight" rather than "soft white" bulbs,

  • Avoid any sources of light in the background (lamps, windows, bright reflections, etc.),

  • Avoid intensive colors in the background - they may change the white balance of the camera and thus cause distortion,

  • Avoid walls painted in vivid, saturated colors. The reflection, even though invisible to you, will likely tint the photo and distort the analysis.

When ready, tap the "Take Photo" button to open the camera or tap the "Load Photo" button to pick a photo from your library.

3. If you decide to take a photo, the app will open the familiar standard iPhone/iPad camera window, allowing you to take a picture in the usual way. You can retake the photo until you are happy with it. The head should fill most of the space, similar to a passport or driving license photo. When you are satisfied with the image, tap the "use" button in the camera window.

Once you have confirmed the photo's use or loaded an image from the library, the app will open the color selection screen. You will need to choose three colors: one for your skin, one for your eyes, and one for your hair. You select the colour by tapping the relevant button and then tapping the chosen point on the photo. A red square will appear, showing the area used for the analysis. The button will change color to correspond to the selected area.

The selection area (red square) will be relatively large for skin, tiny for eye color, and medium-sized for hair. This shall allow you to select a representative area of the image; should you have difficulty, you can pinch-zoom and pan the image. You can repeat the selection if you need to.

Here are a few hints:

Skin: avoid very bright, glaring, and very dark areas. Make sure the selection does not contain any hair, pieces of the nose, lips, etc.

Eyes: be careful to select the color from the iris, do not include the pupil. The color of the eyes may look quite dark - in such case, you may need to take another, better photo.

Hair: select an area that covers all tones of your hair colour

When you are happy with the selection, tap the "Next" button.

4. The app will analyse the colours and display the result - the colour type identified from your photo. It will also display the matching colours and the colours to avoid for your type; you can enlarge this picture by tapping the button with the name of your type.

The app will "remember" your result until you decide to determine your type again. You can use it later to check if a piece of garment matches your colour type (see next section).

You can save your results screen as an image to your photo library, send it to someone by email or message, post it to social media, etc. The app uses standard iOS/iPadOS sharing features. You access the function by clicking the standard icon in the upper right corner.

Now, if you tap the "Done" button, you will return to the main menu. You can also return to previous screens using the "< Back" button.

Continue reading: How to check if the colors match.