Ok, so hopefully you now have some idea of whether you are warm or cool and your undertone vs overtone from these posts. Now it’s time to figure out your intensity – what is intensity? It’s the saturation or brightness or dullness of the colour. Albert Munsell was the man who figured out that colour wasn’t just one thing – but a combination of several elements, he called intensity the chroma.
What is chroma? Colours are called chromatic. Black/White/Grey are called achromatic. So the chroma scale is the gradations of a colour from it’s brightest intensity (highest saturation or pure colour) down to the point where it’s a version of grey with a whisper of that colour left.
From this picture, you can see the green going from the brighter end, right down to a dull grey. Whether or not you suit the brighter, middle or duller version of a colour is based on your intensity.
When we are about 20 we’re at our natural brightest – if we have bright eyes and clear skin, and our hair is an intense colour (brown, black, bright blonde) then we are more likely to be able to wear bright or clear colours.