Color Analysis Quiz - Step 3: Cool and Medium - Bright or Soft
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Color Analysis Quiz - Step 3: Cool and Medium - Bright or Soft

Color Analysis Quiz Step 3

You selected COOL and MEDIUM. This means you have cool undertones with medium dark eyes, hair AND/OR skin. Only one feature needs to be medium.

Women with cool undertones

You wear cool medium colors well. However, there is one last step. What is your chroma? Are you Bright or Soft. Do you wear bright jewel tone colors well or do you wear grey-blues and grey-greens best?

If you know what your chroma is, then you know your color type! Select it below. If not, scroll down a bit to learn more about being soft or bright.


Are you Bright or Soft?

On this page:


Bright, Soft and Muted Tones Explained

Watch this video that explains bright, soft and muted colors and why this is so important in learning the types of colors that flatter you best. 


BRIGHT Explained

"Bright" in Your Color Style means clear chroma colors. Clear chroma colors are colors that start out pure. Like a bright red. White or black may be added to create light and dark versions of the color, but the color started with a clear chroma. Pastel pink to bright red to maroon can all be considered "bright" colors (aka clear chroma colors).

Bright Cool and Medium Women


The Bright and Cool Color Palettes Explained

The video below explains the color theory behind the bright and cool color palettes. Understanding how and why a color is in a color palette can help you understand where which color palette you is right for you.


Examples of Bright Women

Watch this video to see more photo examples and to learn more about BRIGHT in Your Color Style. 



SOFT Explained

Soft colors are colors that have been softened in some way. In art, the color on the opposite side of the color wheel can be added to mute or gray a color. You can also add white or black to a color to soften it. Adding a touch of green to a bright red will create a muted or gray-red. Or you can add white or black to create slightly softened versions of red. Muted cool colors can have a dusty grey quality to them.

Individuals who are soft cool and medium wear grey-ed muted colors very well.

Soft Cool and Medium Women


The Soft and Cool Color Palettes Explained

The video below explains the color theory behind the soft and cool color palettes. Understanding how and why a color is in a color palette can help you understand where which color palette you is right for you.

When you wear a brighter color, do you feel good in it or do you feel like it over powers you? If it overpowers you, you may be SOFT. If you can definitely wear brighter colors, even if not the brightest color, you are likely BRIGHT.

When you wear a soft grey color, do you feel at home in it or do you feel a little blah. If a muted color feels off, then you may be BRIGHT. If you can wear muted colors well and feel great in them, then you are SOFT.
One more way to figure this out. If you wore a bright color, would you see the color first or you first? Bright colors will pop off of muted colors. If your natural coloring and tone is soft, then a bright color will jump forward versus being in harmony with you.

Still not sure?

If you do not see a scenario that relates to you and you have watched the video, post in the comments what your combination of hair, skin and eyes are, so that I can make sure to cover it in this quiz.

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  • Does it affect what you are if you change your hair colour? I have blue eyes. My natural hair colour now is dark blonde (was very pale blonde as a child). I look terrible in all yellows so I don’t think I have warm skin but not sure. I am not sure if I am bright or soft. Recently I went from blonde to a light copper hair colour. Would this change me? I am also not sure if I send in a photo which one to send.. the darker blonde with highlites or the current colour?
    Your Color Style replied:
    Hi TammyYour undertones never change. Changing your hair to a warm color doesn’t make you warm. And it may cause some color palette confusion since you sound like you have cool undertones. I’m not sure what you mean by sending in a photo. If you’re signing for one of our color analysis services, you should send in a current photo based on our guidelines Jen Sent from my iPhone

    - Tammy
  • Hello, i have milky skin, clear blue eyes and brown hair that was blond when I was a baby.
    Your Color Style replied:
    I would choose bright


    - Lilou
  • I’ve just turned 70 years old and nothing in my wardrobe feels right anymore. My hair around my face is now white but there are still darker strands towards the back. My hair colour was a graphite, no discernible tones of blue or yellow, and half my eyebrows are still that dark colour. My eyes look dark from a distance but close up are a grey, muddy khaki green and with an orange star burst surrounding the pupil, although that’s faded now too! My skin has developed the brown age spots especially on my left cheek. I don’t blush and after sunburn I turn a dull dirty shade that as a child my grandmother tried scrubbing off convinced it was dirt! I can’t see cool or warm undertones in my skin, but look awful in orange shades of lipstick, but then again blue reds don’t look good either. I have a lot of muted clothing but feel it makes me look tired and drawn. Favourite colours when I was younger were aqua, blues, pinks and lilacs, not too dark but not very light either. I need a total makeover!
    Your Color Style replied:
    Hi Anne

    I highly recommend you consider Bright Cool and Medium <>. Take a look at the mini color palette on that page. If those colors feel too strong, then I recommend Bright Cool and Light. <> Based on your description, I feel confident that you have cool undertones. You may also get a lot of value out of my book Great With Gray <> .

    I hope this helps


    - Anne
  • I’m confused about what I am. I now have silver hair but it was medium/ dark chocolate brown before I went gray. I have brown/ green/ gray hazel eyes and light olive skin. I can never find a foundation that works so I had a custom foundation. They had to put purple and green in a cream base to get it to match. I used to be deep cool bright but I don’t know what I am anymore. There is little too no contrast to my hair and skin. Can you help? I wonder if I’m soft. Dusty rose has not enough contrast and I feel blah when I wear that color
    Your Color Style replied:
    If you were Bright cool and deep before going grey, you are still bright and cool. Grey hair does not make you soft. Also, people with olive skin tone tend to need the brighter cool colors, like magenta. I would choose Bright Cool and Medium


    - Patty Grunwald
  • I have a medium to dark ash brown hair color. My eyes are a medium hazel olive green with a splatter of amber towards the pupil. I have cool undertones with a slightly yellow overtone. I do not look good in some bright vivid colors or some grayed down colors, and this adds to the confusion of soft or bright. I seem to look best in slightly grayed colors or just a touch of brightness.
    Your Color Style replied:
    Hi Su

    You sound like soft cool deep to me. Soft cool deep can wear some brighter colors too. Not the super bright jewel tones but brighter colors. I discuss this very thing in the Soft Cool live call in Style Masters. When you’re ready, join us there to learn how to be flexible with your color palette.


    - Su

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