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You Have A Personal Color Palette, & Here’s How To Find It For Spring

Spring is finally here, so that means it’s the perfect time to switch up your look for the warmer weather. This can mean upgrading your wardrobe with fresh pieces, or trying out a new style like the coastal cowgirl or Greece girl aesthetic. You can even change up your beauty routine by trying the latest viral manicure. But if you’re like me and struggle to find what style or trend looks the best on you, this viral personal color palette hack may be the key.

If you’re wondering what exactly a personal color palette is, it’s simply finding what colors suit your facial features and skin’s undertone the best. This hack has gained a lot of attention on TikTok recently. The #coloranalysis hashtag has over 700,000 views of everyone desperately trying to figure out what palette is best for them. To do this, you basically use a seasonal color analysis filter to help find your personal colors. This filter was created by Grace Choi to help you discover new shades that look good on you, or just to try out new color palettes for fun. Simple as that! 

Although this filter has been a fun hack for some, unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out for everyone. Since there are so many color palettes to choose from, it can get pretty confusing at times. That’s why some people are finding their seasonal color palette with a professional. YouTuber Safiya Nygaard recently documented how she found her palette with color and style consultant Julia Dobkine, and she gave everyone all the tips!

Julia Dobkine (@Aglie_Styling) began her journey as a color consultant when she wasn’t satisfied with her blonde hair color. So, she got a professional color consultation and discovered the blonde color was completely wrong for her skin tone. She then learned that dark colors worked the best on her. Now, she wants to help everyone to find what colors suit them the best, too.

According to Dobkine, you first need to find your skin’s undertone, which can be either warm, cool, or neutral. Her method doesn’t involve any filter or technology at all. She does this by simply holding fabrics of different color temperatures against your face to see what colors wash out your skin tone or make your facial features stand out the most. Also, make sure to tie your hair back and try this when your skin is makeup-free to get the best results! 

The next step is to find your color season. Dobkine says summer and winter colors (pink, blue, purple) are for cool undertones, while spring and autumn colors (yellow, orange, red) are for warm undertones. You can choose which season is right for you by comparing your chroma and value (chroma is how muted or bright your undertone is, and value is how deep or light your undertone is.) 

According to her seasonal flow analysis chart (which is in the video, if you need more detail), summer is light and muted, winter is bright and deep, spring is light and bright, and autumn is deep and muted. I know it can seem a little bit complicated at first, but once you narrow down your results through trial and error, you will finally have your seasonal color palette! 

Once you’ve got your palette, you can go on a shopping spree to buy new pieces for your wardrobe, like Nygaard did, or you can just work with what you already have in your closet. You can also experiment with other methods to find your seasonal color palette if this one doesn’t work out for you. Just remember to have fun playing around with different colors, and don’t take it too seriously. You’ll look good no matter what you choose! 

Katherine is a student at Stevens - The Institute of Business and Arts, majoring in Business Administration in St. Louis, MO. When she's not writing for Her Campus, you can find her posting on her blog, drinking her favorite coffee, and making playlists on Spotify! Feel free to follow her on Instagram to keep up with her latest posts @Kadiskreations 💖