Soft Summer

Make-up palette

Soft Summer combines softness with coolness. This sub-season is part of the Summer family and flows into Autumn.

Its colours are muted, neutral-cool, and range from light to dark. Soft Summer make-up works best when the colours are subtle.

Natural appearance

The contrast in Soft Summer's natural appearance is medium. The lighter skin typically stands in contrast to the darker hair and medium eyes.

Together with Soft Autumn, this season is the softest out of the twelve.

The combination of all of these factors makes the Soft Summer overall appear very muted and muffled.

Consequently, these natural characteristics will need to be repeated in your make-up. So remember, a natural look on you is a very soft, understated look. And the Soft Summer colour palette lends itself well to creating the required softness.

The Colour Palette

Soft Summer's dominant characteristic is muted, and its secondary characteristic is cool. If you want to learn more about the Soft Summer colour palette, check out the comprehensive Soft Summer guide.


Since Soft Summer flows in Autumn, its colour palette is less cool than that of True Summer. Instead, it's neutral-cool.This means they contain more blue than yellow undertones. As a result, you will find fewer shades of yellow (which is the warmest colour of all). And you will only see cooler shades of yellow that have a tint of blue. Instead, there are more blues, pinks, purples, and blue-greens that are naturally blue-based.


Overall, the Soft Summer palette is neither too light, nor too dark. It sits somewhere in the middle of the value scale.


Since Soft Summer's dominant characteristic is muted, the colours are extremely soft. Consequently, the colours are low in chroma - meaning they are very soft, "greyed out" and not at all saturated.

Make-up Colours

Soft Summer make-up colours are taken from the same colour palette that is used for clothing.

Complexion Make-up

Complexion make-up includes foundation, concealers, and bronzers. These would typically be taken from the beige neutrals on the colour palette.

Foundation & Concealer

Soft Summer skin is neutral-cool with ashy undertones and often a pink tinge; it's typically some type of beige. However, it's not possible to give recommendations on complexion make-up - such as foundation and concealer. These must be colour-matched to your individual skin.

Generally though, foundation and concealer are best when they are matte, smooth, and in beige shades.

Avoid shiny and dewy finishes with warm undertones which will clash with your naturally cooler complexion.

Bronzer & Highlighter

Thanks to the warmer Autumn influence, Soft Summers can handle small amounts of bronzing and contouring.

A medium pink-gold powder is a great bronzer. For contouring, choose a cool, matte colour or a powder foundation that is two shades darker than you would normally wear.

Make sure to blend your products in really well, and apply them gently in swirls. You don't want to create any harsh lines that will be very obvious on a Soft Summer.

Eye Make-up

Eye make-up colours are also taken from the neutral area of the Soft Summer palette with the exception of highlight eyeshadows. These come from the complementary and accent colours.


Your neutral eyeshadow colours are the creams, browns, and greys on the Soft Summer colour palette.

For highlight eyeshadows, opt for the muted, cool pinks, plums, blues, or greens from your palette.

When choosing eyeshadows, opt for a matte finish. This will gently complement your muted appearance. Stay away from any sort of shimmer or glitter. It will make you look like a clown.

Avoid overly dark, bright colours or those with a strong warm yellow undertone. The former would make you look clownish, while the latter would drain you.


As one of the most muted seasons, your colours are non-saturated. This means that any colour too bold or bright will stick out on you like a sore thumb. The same is true for black mascara. It's far too harsh on you.

Better options are a cool chocolate brown or dark grey shades.


Eyeliners come in browns, greys, and more colourful purple or navy colours. Choose an eyeliner in a colour similar to your eyes; this will really make them pop.

As mentioned before, as a soft season, your colours are non-saturated. This means that shifts in colour are less obvious than if the colours were saturated. So when you are selecting an eyeshadow-eyeliner combination, it's often better to select an eyeliner in a different colour than the eyeshadow, instead of a darker colour. But make sure the eyeliner is not much darker than the eyeshadow to avoid creating an obvious line.

Lip & Cheek Make-up

Lip and cheek colours come from the red, pink, and purple area of the colour palette.


Soft Summer has a lot of pinks on its palette, so there is a large variety of blushes to choose from.

Opt for matte finishes; anything sparkly or shiny will look wrong on you. And make sure to blend your blush in well. Harsh lines can look really obvious on a Soft Summer.

Avoid blushes that are overly warm - like oranges and reds, that will clash with your cooler complexion.


Lipstick colours come in a range of blue-based pinks and purples.

Opt for matte finishes. Anything else will really stick out on you - particularly glossy and sparkly finishes.

Make-up Looks

Natural Looks

Soft Summer make-up is at its best when it's very subtle and understated.

A natural make-up look is one that will mimic the characteristics of your natural appearance. For a Soft Summer, this means primarily softness. Bright, heavy make-up will make this season not only disappear but look like a clown.

Fortunately, natural looks are what Soft Summer excels at. As long as you keep your make-up matte and gentle, it will frame your face beautifully. A nude lip combined with minimal eye make-up works perfectly for daytime.

Dramatic Looks

For dramatic looks, the same principle as above applies. Keep your make-up soft and muffled and avoid heavy, bright colours.

For example, the darker berry and purple shades can create captivating lips. Smoky eyes also work for Soft Summers, although in a softer composition that the traditional black smoky eyes.

For your natural looks, keep your make-up as matte as possible. At nighttime, you can wear some shimmer because there is less light to reflect the sparkle (but keep it to a minimum).

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