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Color me Beautiful – Color/Colour Analysis



A long time ago I discovered Carole Jackson’s wonderful book “Color me Beautiful”.   The book is available from the Internet Archives.  Here is a description about it.

Finding your colors will be the nicest thing you can do for yourself. Without dieting, expense or effort, color can make you beautiful TODAY!

In Color Me Beautiful, Carole Jackson, a leading professional color consultant, tells you how.

The secret is simple: she uses the four seasons to describe people and their best colors. For just as nature is divided into four distinct seasons, each with its own harmonious colors, you have a unique skin tone, hair and eye coloring in tune with one of them.

Since Carole’s book, the 4 “seasons” have been each divided into 3 types, e.g.  Deep, Clear and Cool, and this excellent page  HERE   gives color samples for these 12 “seasons”.


colour me beautiful by carole jackson

Above is a copy of the Book that I once had.  Note the spelling of “colour“.   In 2006 a revised edition came out, titled “Color Me Beautiful“.





Carole Jackson tells you how to discover your season and how to use the 30 sensational colors in your seasonal palette to make your wardrobe, hair color, makeup and accessories just right for you.

Your 30 correct colors will smooth and clarify your complexion and bring healthy color to your face.

You will learn how to unclutter your closet, dress for your figure, discover your clothing personality, design your personal wardrobe and make it workable for all occasions, learn to use accessories successfully from scarves to stockings, and shop sanely.

Carole Jackson, a leading professional color consultant, founded Color Me Beautiful (first called Personal Design) in 1974.

Carole’s color concepts grew out of her art and psychology studies at Stanford University, from which she graduated magna cum laude.  She went on to study color theory and fashion at the Fashion Academy in California. She also has completed the course work for a masters degree in education at the State University of New York; and has been an actress and model.

Shimmers in the soft, cool pastels of the summer rainbow

Radiates in the rich, warm earth tones of fall

Sparkles in the clear, primary and icy colors of winter

Blossoms in the clear, warm colors of new growth

You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and read the book.  If you don’t have the Reader, you can get it from this page  HERE.   If your computer does not run on the Windows XP operating system, you have to click on “Do you have a different language or operating system”.  Also, I recommend you un-tick ”  Yes, install McAffee Security Scan Plus – optional ”  if your computer already has a Virus protection programme installed on it.

The book can be read online.   Alternatively, it can be downloaded/saved to your computer as an un-alterable PDF document (PDF file format means Portable Data Format).  I saved the “PDF with Text” version.    A tip with using Acrobat Reader is to hover your mouse over the icons in the toolbar at the top and click on “Fit to Window Width and enable Scrolling”.

The Read Online option is good (if you can get it to work) as you can type in 25 in the Go field then hover your mouse over the 2nd yellow “tear drop” at the bottom (where it says the Seasonal Palettes 25) and click.  It will take you to the chapter where the swatches appear, and you can zoom in on the palette by clicking on the Magnifying Glass with the Plus + sign.   Then the tricky part is to move the page around by firmly left-mouse clicking somewhere on the page and dragging the page while you have the left mouse button depressed.  I moved the zooned in palette for Winter into view by clicking in the middle of the page and dragging the right-hand page with the palette into centre view, then I had to left-mouse click in the right-hand margin of the book to move the page up and down.



Try clicking on the link again later if it doesn’t work at first  ( the site may be “busy” )

Color me Beautiful 12 Seasons color analysis chart

Color me Beautiful 12 Seasons color analysis chart

I am a Winter and I bought the Winter swatches which come in a nice blue “wallet”.  Winters can wear true black and white and look good in them.  I also went to a Colors organisation and bought a make-up kit for my “coloring”.  Carole’s book also includes the actual colour palettes, for example the palette for “Winters” is on page 29.  The Seasonal Palettes start on page 25 and you can get an idea of the swatch colours.

The color analysis really comes in handy when buying clothes, for example, Forever New has had a sale on recently.  I love their Jacquard Bodycon dress and the Caitlin Pleated Dress  – see below – however the Bodycon dress has gold on it, and according to Carole Jackson (see page 68 ) Winters & Summers don’t look the best in gold.

Also, raspberry red is for Summer people (see page 68 ) not for Winters.   True Red or Blue-red are the Reds suitable for Winters.  Gold is apparently for Autumns and Springs.   I know myself, from experience, that raspberry red/pink does not suit me as well as true red, but hot pink does suit me well.

This website page  HERE  also gives good information about colour choices for different versions of the Seasons, e.g. Clear Winters can wear Raspberry, but not Deep Winters (which I am).

jacquard dress front

Renee Jacquard Bodycon Dress

Caitlin Box Pleat Dress raspberry red - front

Caitlin Box Pleat Dress raspberry red – front

Caitlin Box Pleat Dress raspberry red - back

Caitlin Box Pleat Dress raspberry red – back

I opted instead for a crimson red “Seamed Ponte Dress” in size 6.   I have bought beautiful dresses in my size in store from Forever New, and from their online store in Australia.  The postage is free and delivery is quick.  You can buy a wallet of color swatches for your Season from Carol Thompson  HERE.

red ponte dress

red ponte dress backCrimson red is a clear true red, as this interesting page about   “Shades and Tones of Red”   describes well.

Eventually the 4 Season Color theory was later refined and developed into supposedly the more complete and more accurate 12 Season Color Theory.  As far as I am concerned, because colors (or colours if you live in Australia like I do) are a product of our eyes interacting with different wave-lengths of light, there is, in reality, an infinite number of hues of colours.  However, I am very happy with Carole’s initial 4 Colour Analysis!

To read about the 12 Season Color Analysis, please go to the page below.   Note there are 6 characteristics – deep, light, soft, clear, warm or cool.


I also bought this “Sweet Sorbet” clutch from Forever New as I wanted a clutch purse in a light colour.


Author: Star Wise

Bookaholic and Peace-aholic, and Animal lover, I try to spread peace and fairness for all, and appreciation of, and proper use of the wonderful world we live in. Mitakuye Oyasin - we are all related.

5 thoughts on “Color me Beautiful – Color/Colour Analysis

  1. I dunno if i am an autumn or a winter. I look good in coral red lipstick more so than true red. I look good in red, navy blue and warm grey. All autumns are suppose to look good in brown but i look awful in them like im sick. I look bad in black and white and cream and hot pink. I am so confused. I though i was deep autumn but brown doesnt really look god on me. And i think anything that is red looks good on me and grey too. I dont own much of black unless it is black jeans, or white shirt or cream shirt or that much of pink.

  2. Maybe you are a Summer, check the links out below and take into account your hair color. I don’t think you are an Autumn at all. Also, remember that when “belonging” to a certain Seasonal palette, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be happy wearing any of the colours in the Palette, as we are all individual and have certain attractions or preferences for different colours, relevant to our moods / the setting / and our body condition at the time of wearing the colours.

    I note that the Summer palette has coral and grey and navy blue. 🙂



  3. Hi Vixen, Sounds like you also could be spring or a summer. Email me at lightmarigoldspring@yahoo.com and I can try to help you find you season just out of the kindness of my heart. I was a tricky season too so when I did all this research I learned a lot and experimented a lot and refined a good eye for people seasons. Also visit my blog @ lightmarigoldspring.wordpress.com
    It is a new site so not much info is up but there is more to come!

  4. My parents were both Winters. The three of us children ended up 3 of the 4 seasons. One sister is a spring, one a winter and I am a summer. There were 3 swatches in the spring collection which did nothing for me (one a butter yellow which I loved). There was an unusual purple which I’d never have picked out on my own, but ended up being THE MOST flattering color on me. Coral red is not a winter color. When I had my colors done they covered up my hair which I had colored a light blonde. It sounds like you might want to try Spring colors.

  5. Summers cannot wear coral. That’s a spring color.