“Deborah, what do you mean the link between my colouring and my personality?” That’s a great question. Seems a little strange, doesn’t it? I mean, what do the colour of your eyes have to do with your personality? In this post I will explore the relationship between colour and personality, what it means and why it’s important.

Johannes Itten was the first, in 1928, notice a link between appearance (including a person’s colouring) and their personality. In his case, the students’ appearance affected the colours they chose to paint with – today, in this discussion, we’re concerned with what colours individuals chose to wear. Itten observed that when children painting with the colours they chose – likely the ones that “suited” their personality”- they created better artwork. What I am arguing is that the colours that a person choses to wear (including their makeup application) will either positively or negatively affect their presence, much like how the student’s artwork was affected.

Colour Personality – A Brief History

Over 2,400 years ago Hippocrates studied human behaviour and produced a theory that characterized people as being one of four temperaments. They are:

  1. Phlegmatic (slow moving) – corresponds with Cool and Muted
  2. Melancholic (a worrier) – corresponds with Cool and Clear
  3. Sanguine (Animated) – corresponds with Warm and Clear
  4. Choleric (Assertive) – corresponds with Warm and Muted

As has been discovered, the four basic colour seasons fit well with this theory. Typically, a person is a blend of these traits, usually exhibiting a dominant trait with one or two subordinate traits.

In the early 1980’s, Angela Wright, a colour psychologist, discovered links between patterns of colour and patterns of human behaviour. She saw the same links between the four personality types with the four colour families that Johannes Itten had seen; this explained why different people had different responses when observing the same colour.

What Does This Mean For Me?

How does knowing your colouring, and colour personality, help you in your quest to dress and look your best? Firstly, knowing your colouring is the first step to wearing the right kinds and shades of makeup that will enhance as opposed to detract. Secondly, when you wear colours that don’t suit you – that aren’t in harmony with your colouring and your energy – you may feel not quite like yourself. Perhaps you feel, and look, a little sickly or tired. Your skin looks drained, blotchy. You’re standing a little shorter. Knowing your colours, and your colour personality, will help you put your best face forward, every day.