The first step in learning your color type is to select if you are bright or soft. Do you wear clear chroma colors best or do you wear muted/greyed colors best?
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.
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.
Watch this video to see more photo examples and to learn more about BRIGHT in Your Color Style.
SOFT ExplainedMuted or greyed colors are colors that have been muted. In art, the color on the opposite side of the color wheel can be added to mute a color. You can also add grey to a color. Adding a touch of green to a bright red will create a muted/greyed red. You can then add white or black to create light to dark versions of this muted red. Muted colors have a grey/dusty/earthy quality to them.
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 may be 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.
If this is all new to you, then take the color analysis quiz which will walk you through all three steps to help you learn your most flattering colors.