Autumn is the warmest and most muted of the four seasonal color analysis primary seasons, and all the palettes that have an influence from Autumn share similar values in terms of depth, muteness and warmth: very bright, cool or very light colors won’t fit in this palette. However, each of the three autumn color palettes is different, as they are influenced by the neighbouring seasons.
Soft Autumn Color palette
Somebody who has soft autumn coloring will look better in the most muted and cool colors of the autumn color palette. This is because it ads an influence of Summer (cool and muted) to the best colors for the season. Due to this, this season is sometimes referred to as Summer-Autumn.
Sometimes soft autumn people think they can’t belong to an Autumn season because they don’t look good in colors such as bright orange that are so typical of the autumn color palette. However, they just need the softest, most muted versions of the bright oranges and reds that suit warm autumn so well.
If you are unsure whether you are a soft autumn or a soft summer, take a look at your best colors and compare a warm, muted, honey color with a dusty, slightly purplish light rose. Which one looks better on you? Soft Autumn is a warm season, and will look better in honey and topaz colors.
A soft autumn will look great in colors that are too muted and cool for warm and deep autumn, and requires the lowest level of contrast among all the autumns. When looking at soft autumn colors, think soft, gentle and muted, but still with enough warmth and darkness to pack a punch.
Warm Autumn Color Palette
As we remove the Summer influence from the Autumn palette, we approach Warm Autumn territory. Pure autumn, also known as true autumn, is the main autumn color palette, without influence from any other season. The warm autumn color palette is warm, a bit muted and a bit dark, but above all the keyword there is WARM. If you can’t wear the warmest oranges and reds, then you are most likely not a Warm Autumn.
The true autumn palette doesn’t have any cool colors, which means you won’t look good in black and unless you are a natural blonde excessive light hair (particularly if it has ashy overtones) will make you look washed out. Ivory looks better than white, and a warm chocolate brown beats black on you, at least near your face. Bronze and orange lipsticks look natural on you, whereas pink will make you look out of balance.
While for some people the warm autumn palette seems too intense, the truth is that when born by somebody whose natural coloring matches this season the end result is totally balanced and natural.
Deep Autumn Color Palette
With Deep Autumn, Winter influence starts to make itself felt, and the colors become darker and a bit cooler. However, we are still within the Autumn color palette and so the warmth is still there, as well as a certain degree of muteness. The colors on the deep autumn color palette are much more vivid than with Warm or Soft Autumn, and the overall effect requires higher contrast to be harmonious with the natural colors of the person in this season.
Despite the fact that most people associate being a natural redhead with being an autumn, Autumn people often have brown hair, from light caramel to the darkest chocolate. However, Dark Autumn is particularly good at making dark bottle-red colors look totally natural on their hair, particularly if they don’t use highlights. This is because the influence of Winter brings in some more red and higher contrast.
Dark autumn is the last of the Autumn color palette. As Deep Autumn gains more Winter influence it will become Deep Winter, a Winter with a touch of Autumn’s warmth and darkness. However, until it reaches that point a person that falls within the Dark Autumn palette will still look better in colors such as rust instead of bright purple. Check out Deep Autumn vs Deep Winter for more comparisons if you are unsure about your coloring.