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 Summers. You may look different but still be a Soft Summer.
You are a Soft Summer if the dominant characteristic of your overall appearance is muted, and the secondary characteristic is cool – meaning cool colours suit you better than warmer ones.
When you look in the mirror the first thing you notice about your colouring is that your skin, eyes, and hair all blend together. They are 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 and do not contrast each other. In addition, your features have mainly cool undertones.
Soft Summer eyes can be grey, blue, green, or green-hazel. A muted brown is common for darker ethnicities. Regardless of the colour, Soft Summer eyes are always softly greyed. Although they are clearer and less muddy than Soft Autumn eyes, they are by no means bright. Typical of the Summer eye, you may notice a crackled glass pattern on the iris.
Soft Summer skin is either neutral, olive, or neutral-cool with ashy undertones and possibly a pink tinge. This means both silver and gold look good against the skin, but silver looks better. Skin tones range from fair to tan (I to IV on the Fitzpatrick scale), but what is important is that the skin is in low contrast with the hair. Soft Summers may also have freckles.
Hair in this sub-season ranges from dark ash blonde over light to medium ash brown (and even dark ash brown for darker ethnicities). Because of the high concentration of grey pigments, Soft Summer hair is always muted and ashy, never shiny and bright. When exposed to the sun, it can develop ash blonde highlights.
Depending on the hair/skin combination, the level of contrast between the features is low to medium. In the images below, you can see how the hair is darker compared to the skin but the contrast is quite weak. There are also no truly light or dark areas in the image.
Soft Summer vs Soft Autumn
Containing the most muted and toned-down of the Summer family’s colours, people who fall into the Soft Summer category may very easily be mistaken for Soft Autumns. 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 Autumn is warm, Soft Summer is cool. The latter’s colouring contains more gentle, muted tones with a high content of grey and olive. Whereas Soft Autumn’s colouring has a high content of walnut and honey.
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.