You may love a specific blue shade, but does that blue shade love you back?

After our first interview with stylist Anoushka Emson about blue colour combinations (see How to best match blues? January Edition), we’ve asked her about colour analysis, and how she could know which blue(s) would suit her clients.

Can Anoushka help you find your best blue shades in 2 simple steps?


Anything Blue interview – How to find your best blue, a colour analysis interview with Anoushka Emson


(Anything Blue) Anoushka what’s step one towards finding someone’s best blue shade?

– (Anoushka) The way to find the blue shades that will suit you best is to define which colour season you belong to. I’m referring to the four seasons colour palettes that designers use to understand and match colours (read Anoushka’s interview about colour combination).

How to find your season? Step 1, study your skin tone. Below is a great wheel of colour from the House of Colour, who offers colour analysis programs:


Step 1: is your skin pigment more yellow (top half) or more blue (bottom half)?

The top half of the wheel is for skin tones that contain more yellow pigment in them and this skin tone suits blues that have more yellow in them.

The bottom half of the wheel is for skin tones that have more blue pigment in them and therefore the blues they suit have more blue in the blue.

We’ve also heard of a ‘gold or silver test’: which one suits your skin the best, gold or silver? If gold, you are either in autumn or spring (yellow skin pigment), if silver, you are more likely a winter or summer type (blue skin pigment). Either way, you’re left with two seasons to pick from…

– That’s step 2: beyond your skin tone, is whether you suit blues that are very bright and clear which puts people into either being winter or spring or blues that are cloudy, milky and look as though white paint has been added to them. These people are either autumn or summer.


So you start with the skin type, then there is a choice factor: do you like bright or milky colours better?

– Or rather do these colours like you. We use drapes from the colour wheel to help identify what skin type someone is and what season someone belongs to. Hair colour on its own isn’t an indicator as to which season someone will belong to, and neither is complexion which is why a colour consultation is best to determine the person’s season.

We call it colour analysis. Once you have your season, you are that for life, regardless of a tan or the effects of aging etc.


Step 2: are you good with bright or with milky colours? Picture gallery from


And once you know your season, you can pick any blue shade within your palette?

Exactly. And even better, another great thing about having your colour analysis is that once you know what season you are, all the colours compliment the blues in that palette, so you can wear any colour in your season with you season’s blue and it’s guaranteed not to clash.


Yellow skin tone + bright colours  -> SPRING
(turquoise, aquamarine, cobalt, baby blue, cornflower blue, heliotrope)

Yellow skin tone + milky colours  -> AUTUMN
(Kingfisher, peacock, royal blue, Oxford blue, dark denim, French navy)

Blue skin tone + bright colours  -> WINTER
(Navy, indigo, electric blue, royal blue, ice blue)

Blue skin tone + milky colours  -> SUMMER
(cornflower, periwinkle, powdery blue, light denim, navy)


Have you found your colour season? Which blue are you?




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