Am I Autumn?
In this blog post, allow us to guide you through the enchanting spectrum of autumn hues. We'll help you discover how to enhance your complexion and elevate your fall wardrobe which of course includes your undergarments. Join us on this journey as we unveil the secrets of the autumn colour palette, providing valuable insights tailored to your unique features.
Before we dive into defining autumn characteristics and their corresponding colour palette, let's take a moment to briefly describe the autumn season itself.
Autumn, the season of harvest and shorter, misty days, drapes the natural world in a veil of lush, muted shades. As a result, autumn features exude warmth, subtlety, and depth, bestowing a rich yet understated allure upon those who embody them.
Within the realm of Autumn, there are three distinct palettes to explore: True Autumn, Soft Autumn, and Dark Autumn. Let's delve into each of these captivating variations below.
True Autumn is the colour season reminiscent of the heyday of autumn in all its glory. Golden crowns of trees flaunt against a bright blue sky; the fallen leaves show their most beautiful brown, orange and yellow colours.
These colours are rich and warm like golden wheat fields, warm sun rays and golden sunsets.
When you look in the mirror, the first thing you notice about your colouring is the warmth that radiates from every feature. Your skin, hair and eyes all have rich, golden undertones.
In addition, your colouring is soft and muted as opposed to bright and clear. This means that instead of contrasting each other, your features blend into one another. Because the saturation is low, your colouring appears gentle and toned down. This results in a medium contrast between the features.
True Autumn eyes are rich and warm. Often they are a mix of brown, green and medium gold. The most common colours are warm green, olive green, dark hazel, amber and golden brown. Though rare, deep blue eyes with a teal cast and warm chocolate brown eyes are also possible (the latter is common in darker ethnicities). Typical for Autumn eyes, you may see swirling erratic borders around the pupil and freckles on the iris.
True Autumn skin has obvious warm undertones – meaning gold looks great against it, but silver makes it look off. Skin tones range from fair to dark. Freckles are also possible. What’s most distinctive about the skin’s colouring is the bronzy or golden glow it emanates when paired with rich, warm colours. Against true black, the skin may appear yellowish.
Like the other features, the hair radiates a rich warmth. It comes in a variety of shades – from golden blonde to dark golden brown and auburn. When exposed to the sun, True Autumn hair often develops highlights, which can be golden, caramel, bronze or rusty.
True Autumn has a medium contrast level between skin, hair and eyes. 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, the image is overall medium in value.
Soft Autumn is the colour season reminiscent of hazy days. The last summer sun rays touch the earth and create gentle, earthy Autumn landscapes with intricate nuances.
These colours are delicate and mysterious. They are the colours of nuts and seeds and the first fields ready to harvest.
When you look in the mirror the first thing you notice about your colouring is that your skin, eyes and hair blend into one another. Instead of bright and vibrant, your features appear somewhat “greyed out” or toned down. This gives you a soft, muted appearance.
The contrast between your skin, eyes and hair is low to medium. But the important thing is that your colouring blends and is not intense. In addition, your colouring has warmer undertones, meaning gold flatters your skin more than silver.
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 in this colour season tend to be warm and with some grey in them. Darker ethnicities may also have a medium brown colour, but it must be soft, not bright.
The skin is either neutral 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 and often has a hint of sand or yellow. Surrounded by vibrant colours, the skin may appear dull. And against true black, it may appear yellowish.
Soft Autumn hair ranges from strawberry blonde over golden blonde to medium golden brown. The hair may appear slightly ashy because it's muted. But when exposed to the sun, it may develop golden highlights.
Depending on the hair/skin combination, the contrast level 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 still quite weak. There are also no truly light or dark areas in the image. The colouring remains around a medium value.
Dark Autumn is the colour season reminiscent of late autumn evenings. The last rays of the sun fall on the land, and shadows become long, but some warmth of the passing day remains.
These colours are rich and dark, like the last brown leaves falling from the thinning treetops.
When you look in the mirror, the first thing you notice about your colouring is that your hair and eyes are dark. Your skin may be dark too, or it may be lighter.
Regardless of the colouring of your skin, there is always a high contrast between the features. This is because the whites of the eyes and the teeth provide plenty of contrast against the dark eyes, hair (and skin).
In addition, your colouring has warmer undertones, meaning gold flatters your skin more than silver.
The most common colours for Dark Autumn eyes are dark hazel, dark green, warm dark brown and warm black. Though very rare, eyes of this colour season can also be muted dark blue. You may notice swirling and erratic borders around the pupil and freckles on the iris, which are characteristic of Autumn eyes.
The skin is either neutral or neutral-warm – meaning both gold and silver look good against it, but gold looks better. Dark Autumn skin comes in a variety of shades ranging from light to deep. Skin undertones are golden or bronze. The skin can appear pale in winter and may also have freckles.
Dark Autumn hair is typically medium to dark golden brown, dark auburn, dark brown or black-brown but with warm undertones. Regardless of the colour, Dark Autumn hair has a rich, warm and deep glow to it and may develop golden or red highlights when in the sun.
A dark value can be achieved in two ways: (1) all dark features or (2) dark hair and eyes paired with light skin. In either case, Dark Autumn is a colour season of high contrast between hair, eyes and skin. There is even a high contrast between the iris and the whites of the eye. This is particularly true for individuals with overall dark features.
In the images below, you can see the big difference in shades between the features. While the hair and eyes are very dark, the skin is very light in comparison.
Are you Autumn? If so, you might want to check out the Autumn Seasonal Collection.
Until next time,