First off let me say that I have great admiration towards Bernice Kentner. Without her pioneering work into seasonal color analysis we won’t be where we are today. In my humble opinion her method for seasonal color analysis along with her color fans and wheels are the best out there. Thank you Bernice for all of your hard work and dedication to world of seasonal color analysis.

The following information is taken from Bernice Kentners’ book, “The Fan/Selector Thesis©. Here you will find out how to mark the back side of your Color Me a Season® color fans for your best colors. CMAS uses only 4 color fans, but within those 4 seasonal fans are ALL of the sub-seasons. So you’ll have a total of 4 possible combinations within one seasonal fan. CMAS is a 16 seasonal color system. The back side of the color fans are numbered so this will make sense when you get your fan out. The first 3 cards of the fan are your bouquet colors and they don’t have numbers but rather names. The bouquet colors look good on almost all of that core season. There are a few exceptions so follow the guidelines below. If you purchased a color fan from this website then you have the newest fan available and the numbers will match up. However, if you own an old color fan from Color Me a Season® I can’t help you.

If you don’t know your flow over season but are sure that you are a winter for example. Then just mark your color fan book in pencil with the True/Absolute recommendations below. Always mark for the True/Absolute of the core season that you believe you are. When you are able to get a professional color analysis you will then know your flow over season if you have one.

One side note; even if you know your flow over season sometimes there are a few colors that just don’t work or others that do. Again, this is where a one-on-one color analysis can fine tune the colors for you! But you don’t have to have a live personal color analysis to get started. If you know you are a winter then owning a CMAS winter fan is a no brainer. You can start discovering your colors and narrow down the best by following the recommendations below. IMHO, anyone who is interested in color analysis should own a CMAS fan FIRST!





True/Absolute Winter- meaning there is no flow over to another season.

All of the Bouquet Colors

A & B positions are the very best so just circle the following numbers in pencil.

Strips; 1-14, 19-22, 25-37, 40

*Yellow greens are not as good, 23 and 24

*Stay away from 38 and 39 too warm


Sunset Winter -Winter/Autumn

Bouquet Colors; Green, Blue, Red-Violet, Maroon, Black/Brown, Navy, White, Black

Strips; 3, 4, 6-10, 13, 18, 20-40


Firelight Winter -Winter/Spring

Bouquet Colors; All except, Maroon and Gray. Winter white is very good.

Strips; 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 29-35, 37, 40


Snowfrost Winter -Winter/Summer

Bouquet Colors; Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Red-Violet, Pink, Black, Brown, Navy, Turquoise Blue, White

Strips; 1-16, 21-27, 30, 32, 34-36, 39, 40

Black and White prints are excellent!


Gray Haired Winters

Winters with 50% or more gray hair but not completely white mark the same as a Winter/Summer

Winters with silver/white hair that need contrast mark the same as a True/Absolute

Winters with silver/white hair that need pure color mark the same as Winter/Spring




True/Absolute Spring- meaning there is no flow over to another season.

All of the Bouquet Colors

Strips; 1-3, 6, 7, 9-16, 21-25, 27, 28, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38


Glorious Spring -Spring/Autumn

Bouquet Colors; Blue, Green, Blue-Violet, Gold, Tan, Apricot, Turquoise, Coral, Rust, Yellow Brown, Navy

Strips; 2-7, 9-16, 21-27, 30, 32, 34-39

*The redder the hair color the more neutral colors are needed.


Pastel Spring -Spring/Summer

Bouquet Colors; All

Strips; Use B & C positions and mark the following numbers; 1-3, 6, 8-13, 15, 16, 22, 26-29, 32, 34-39

*Best neutrals Navy and Yellow Browns

*Warm Pinks and Corals excellent


Striking Spring -Spring/Winter

Bouquet Colors; Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Gold, Apricot, Turquoise 37A, Pink, Navy Blue, also check for white

Strips; 1, 2, 4, 5, 15-21, 25, 27, 32-35, 37-40A

*Use warm black 40 instead of brown


Gray Haired Springs

Springs with more than 50% gray are no long in harmony with browns. Use blues and purples.

Spring/Winters follow True/Absolute Spring when hair goes gray

*Gray haired Springs can now go blonde if they chose to color their hair. Keep the blonde on the warm side, no ash tones.





True/Absolute- meaning there is no flow over to another season.

All of the Bouquet Colors

Strips; 1, 4, 7, 8, 11-13, 17, 20, 21, 23, 26-33, 36-39


Sunshine Summer -Summer/Spring

Bouquet Colors; All, except Red and Gray

Strips; Use positions A-C and mark, 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15-19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31-34 (mark 34 at B, C, D), 37, 38, 39 B, C & D.

*These people will not look good in black 40.


Indian Summer -Summer/Autumn

Bouquet Colors; All, but check to see if Peach is better than Pink and Orchid, if so mark it special. (In this case I don’t mark the Pink or Orchid.)

Strips; 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 14-16, 18, 19, 21-28, 35, 36, 38

*A lot of times these people have red or warm brown hair.


Moonlight Summer -Summer/Winter

Bouquet Colors; All

Strips; Note that position A is best, but can also wear positions B, C and E.

1 A-E but with E position as best, 7, 11, 12, 13, 20, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, 34-36, 38, 40


Gray Haired Summers

If hair is more than 50% gray, eliminate the brows and use gray, blue and violet.

Use True/Absolute markings but remove strips 12-19. If black can be worn use only 40 B, C and D.

If they chose to color their hair try ash tones of platinum or cool taupe.




True/Absolute- meaning there is no flow over to another season.

Bouquet Colors; All

If hair is metallic brown or just brown mark the following strips; 1-8, 10, 13-15, 17, 19-26, 32, 34, 39

If hair is bright red mark the following strips; 1-4, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26-29, 31, 32, 34-36, 39, 40


Gentle Autumn -Autumn/Summer

Bouquet Colors; Go lighter on all, except Light Blue, Tan, Olive Green, Salmon Pink, Navy Blue

Strips; Use positions C-E and mark, 1-4, 6, 9-13, 16-18, 19E, 20, 24, 26-33, 35, 37, 38, 40E

*Light earth tones pastels look the best.


Striking Autumn -Autumn/Winter

Bouquet Colors; Red-Orange, Deep Red-Orange, Gold, Blue-Green, Pure Violet, Orange, Salmon Pink, Navy, Forest Green

Strips; A & B positions are best, 1-3, 13, 15, 18, 22, 30, 31, 33, 35-38, 40


Golden Autumn -Autumn/Spring

Bouquet Colors; Red-Orange, Gold, Blue-Green, Pure Violet, Deep Red-Orange, Salmon Pink, Rust, Navy Blue, Forest Green

Strips; 1-3, 10, 8, 13-16, 22, 28, 30, 31-33, 37

*If hair is a very pale blonde then test for strip 40.


Gray Haired Autumns

More than 50% gray use Blues, Grays and Violet.

If silver gray haired use Autumn/Winter markings.

If they chose, they can color their hair red or if complimentary strawberry blonde. Also some can even go a warm golden blonde.