Please note: Do not worry too much if one characteristic of your appearance deviates from the below descriptions. You may still fall into this colour season if your overall appearance matches the profile.
The following images are examples of Soft Autumns. You may look different but still be a Soft Autumns.
You are a Soft Autumn if the dominant characteristic of your overall appearance is muted, and the secondary characteristic is warm – meaning warm colours suit you better than cooler ones.
When you look in the mirror the first thing you notice about your colouring is that your skin, eyes, and hair blend together giving you a soft appearance. Instead of clearly standing out, your features appear somewhat “greyed” out or toned down.
The contrast between your skin, eyes, and hair is low to medium. But the important thing is that your natural colours blend together rather than contrast. In addition, your features have mainly warm undertones.
Soft Autumn eyes can be green, light hazel, or light brown. They tend to have a bit of grey to them, which gives them a muted appearance. You may also notice freckles on the iris and swirling erratic borders that are characteristic of Autumn eyes. Blue eyes that fall into this sub-season tend to be warm and also with a bit of grey in them. Darker ethnicities may also have a medium brown colour, but it must be muted.
The skin is either neutral, olive, or neutral-warm – meaning both gold and silver look good against it, but gold looks better. It can come in a range of tones: from fair to tan (I to IV on the Fitzpatrick scale) and may have a beige tint or appear light golden. Surrounded by vibrant colours the skin may seem dull and against true black, it may appear yellowish.
Soft Autumn hair ranges from strawberry blonde over golden blonde to medium golden brown. It may develop golden highlights when in the sun.
Depending on the hair/skin combination, the contrast between the features is low to medium. In the images below, you can see how the hair and eyes are darker against the skin but the contrast is not very strong. In fact, all of the features have a grey tint; there are no truly light and dark areas.
Soft Autumn vs Soft Summer
Containing the most muted and toned-down of the Autumn’s family’s colours, people who fall into the Soft Autumn category can easily be confused with Soft Summers. Both sub-seasons are very similar to each other and the distinctions are very subtle.
Both sub-seasons’ dominant characteristic is muted – but while Soft Summer is cool, Soft Autumn is warm. The latter’s colouring contains a high content of walnut and honey. Whereas Soft Summer’s colouring has a high content of grey and olive.
If you are unsure whether your appearance is warmer or cooler, there is an easy way to find out: In natural daylight and without make up, hold something grey to your face. If your eyes seem greyish (even if they are greenish or have brown blotches), then you are likely a Soft Summer; if they remain green, hazel, or olive, then you lean more towards Soft Autumn. Why is that?
As mentioned before, Soft Summer has a high content of grey pigments, which tones down the colours of their natural appearance. Soft Autumn colours contain more walnut, beige, and gold pigments and therefore the eyes cannot appear grey.