soft autumn:soft and muted
Have you ever followed a YouTube makeup tutorial and looked in the mirror in dismay when the hour spent meticulously contouring and adjusting your drooping eyes was all for naut? She couldn't say exactly, but it seemed...
Or maybe you excitedly opened your recent online purchase, only to discover that it makes you look a bit like death. You can see from the image below that my skin tone is cool and even though I have contrast, I am not clear. So a bright warm orange really makes me look a little sallow and tired (or more tired than I really was).
Well, seasonal color analysis is a great way to avoid these color errors.
Let's face it, our visual representation to the world is only determined by how we dress and how we look. The desire to shape these high-impact elements of our lives is not superficial, and in fact can greatly help you communicate and achieve your goals.
If you've landed on Soft Autumn, or perhaps fell down a rabbit hole exploring all 12 color seasons, then this article will be your ultimate guide to the Soft Autumn color palette.
Please note: There are many different color theories and some systems have more or fewer options. Sometimes they also have other names. Soft fall is sometimes referred to as light soft fall or tinted fall (although there are slight variations). I created this information based on the 12 seasonal color palettes (not all 16), so I'll refer to it as Soft Autumn for consistency.
Let's go over some color basics to make sure you're looking at the right time of year.
Are you hot or cold?
Improving your seasonal color can be a process to train your eyesight. And one of the first things to assess is whether you are hot or cold.
Look at the two images above. The desert landscape evokes a completely warm sensibility, while the arctic image is definitely cool.
Well, if only our faces were so easy to read. Well, if you train your eyes to see color more accurately, you will succeed.
There are many ways to determine this, but the easiest to use for beginners are as follows:
Gold or silver jewelry:It can be subtle, but gold jewelry usually looks better on warm-skinned people and silver sparkles on cool-skinned people.
They come:Look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear green, you are most likely lukewarm. If they appear blue, then you're good. This can be helpful if your veins are clearly one color, but don't use it as the sole determining factor.
If you can't tell, or it's a mix of both, here's a quick litmus test:
Do you tan or burn?If you're on fire, chances are you're freezing. When you tan, you feel warm.
Pink/orange-test:This is especially helpful.
Cover cloth (next to your face) that is true orange and pink. Well, these colors are strong, so keep that in mind, but overall, there should be a clear winner in terms of what color works. If orange suits you, you're warm. If pink looks better, you're great and you should go back to that.Article.
Even if you haven't trained your eye yet, this color test/coverage will help. Both photos were taken without makeup, in natural light, and with the same camera settings. You can see that the orange makes my skin look blotchy and brings out a red patch on my nose and cheeks. Whereas pink makes my skin look clear and radiant. I'm great.
If you really are a soft fall, you most likely have these answers: gold jewelry suits you better, greenish veins, you can get a tan, and orange suits you better.
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What is a soft autumn?
The Soft Autumn Color palette is in the fall season, but somewhere between true fall and soft summer. While the mild summer tends to be cool, the mild autumn is warm (hence the previous section).
Therefore, your color palette will consist of warm and muted colors.
In terms of contrast, the Soft Autumn has moderate to low contrast. Your hair, eyes and skin will blend with each other. To see this more clearly, you can take a well-lit photo and convert it to grayscale. As you can see below, there is little contrast in the photo on the left, while the image on the right has strong contrast between its features.
If you're confused by terms like mute/bright and contrast, this video can help clear it up.
Soft Fall Color Characteristics
soft autumn color
Here is an overview of Soft Autumn's features. Keep in mind, however, that one feature that differs from this list doesn't rule out mild fall as your season. Rather, it is about the holistic view of its features and colors.
Light Autumn Skin Tone
Soft fall tends to have neutral or neutral-warm skin tones. If we did the silver/gold test above, gold is most likely your best metal. Well, if you have a more neutral skin tone, you will look good in both silver and gold. So don't let a test derail you.
- warm ivory
- rosy beige
- Mandel (hot)
Soft Autumn Eye Colors
Note that soft fall is basically a real fall with the colors being slightly desaturated, giving them a subdued look.
- soft blue
- soft teal
- hazel color
- soft amber/topaz
- light to medium brown
Eye color is not the only determining factor in seasonal color analysis. Many analysts believe that the shapes that form in your eye can also guide you to your exact station.
Fall generally tends to have rusts, warmer oranges and browns, or warmer blues/greens. The iris pattern most commonly associated with fall is called the "Aztec Sun." Create a sun-like shape of mixed warm colors that essentially have "separate rings."
soft fall hair colors
- Golden blond
- Hell Gold-braun
- medium brown
- "Mouse" brown (I don't like this terminology, but many color analysts use it to refer to that specific shade of brown)
Look for golden or warm reflections. It is important to note that you should be looking at all natural hair coloring and highlights, not dead, bleached, or bayalage sections of your hair.
Now you've confirmed that you have muted colors, but could it be a mild summer?
mild autumn versus mild summer
So before you dive headfirst into all the complexions, it's important to firmly determine whether you're hot or cold.
While Soft Autumn and Soft Summer are muted color palettes, Soft Autumn is warm. This means that the color palette has warm undertones, while Soft Summer leans towards cooler colours.
Soft Summers opt for soft fuchsia (cool), while Soft Autumns opt for salmon pink (warm).
Comparison of colors (color blanket) near your face can help you determine this if previous tests were inconclusive.
Soft autumn stars with lollipops.
Now that you've determined your season, let's look at some examples of people whose skin color is similar to yours.
- hadith teeth
- Giselle Bündcheon
- Drew Barrymore
- Toni Colette
- mischa barton
- Devon Aoki
- Rihanna (suspicious)
- Sturm Reid
- kirby grifo
Soft Autumn Color Palette
Soft fall needs colors that reflect its muted warmth, so more desaturated warm colors are preferred. They tend to be overwhelmed by vibrant hues like sheer emerald and would look best in a moss green or olive green.
Dark colors also tend to overwhelm your muted, delicate mix. Especially dark colors with high chroma like pure black or navy blue. But muted dark tones like aubergine or mahogany will work too, as long as they don't contain too much pigment.
You can see in the photo above that the warmer, muted pink makes Giselle look like she's glowing, while the deep black makes her look washed out and pale. The same thing happened to me with the bright orange in the first photo.
Soft autumns are best suited to soft, rich, warm and welcoming tones. You want colors that make you look more alive and don't take away the warm tones from your face.
These are the best colors for a soft fall:
- light milk chocolate
- ancient gold
- dusty turquoise
- olive green
- warm pastel pink
- burnt clay
- blue green
- rich spruce green
- old rose
- rich warm gray (almost brown)
- Brown coffee
- light Navy Blue,
- deep periwinkle
- warm white
Soft Autumn Color Palette
Soft, Neutral Fall Colors
The soft fall should be especially careful when choosing their neutral colors, as the traditional black, navy and gray will wash them out.
If you can, opt for a light tan, beige, and taupe, or a warm, dark brown for neutrals.
You can also try swapping out a warm pewter for traditional gray pieces.
Colors to avoid as a soft fall
Soft autumn has a delicate beauty and any flashy or extremely vivid color will spoil this quality.
Stay away from bright whites, blacks, and any shade of precious stones like emerald or sapphire.
You should also avoid anything with a blue undertone, as well as anything more pastel.
Light pink can suit you as long as it is not too cold and has some warmth.
A good rule of thumb is to stay away from anything that will wear you down, make you look sallow, or wash you out. This would include all high chromatic colors and cool tones.
Palette of soft commercial colors for autumn
Here are some neutral colors and accents that work well in a corporate or business casual wardrobe. However, depending on your office style expectations, a neutral color palette may be more appropriate.
Soft Fall Color Combinations
Since you have so many soft shades in your palette, monochromatic, tonal, or analog ensembles look great on you. They tend to match its subdued contrast and don't detract from its delicate mix.
If you want a bit more color differentiation in your outfit, I would choose colors with the same intensity of tone. So you're pairing a muted medium pink with a muted medium orange.
Complementary colors (even within your palette) create too much contrast in your look and distract from your beautiful, soft aesthetic. However, they can be achieved depending on your style goals (you can see some examples below).
If you need a more professional business attire or want to go for an outfit with a bit more contrast, you can try a lighter neutral shade in combination with a darker accent in your color palette.
How to use the Autumn Soft Palette
Now that you know which colors work best for you, let's talk about how to use them.
The best way to start is to find a color palette you love and start with it.
You can also find pieces in your wardrobe that you know will go well with your color scheme and build from there.
Once you have a good foundation, you can start experimenting with different ways to style your look.
soft fall outfit ideas
Now your best outfits come from learningbody types,dimensions, and in generalPersonal style. However, here are some outfit combinations and ideas to let your creativity run wild.
- Pair a light milk chocolate top with a warm ivory skirt and nude heels for a warm and cozy look.
- Try a muted fir green top with light colored jeans and nude pumps for a casual yet elegant outfit.
- Wear a warm stone dress with aubergine heels and a warm ivory clutch for a feminine and glamorous look.
- Rock a warm pastel pink top with a pair of dark jeans and nude flats for a soft romantic look.
- Pair a rust (muted) sweater with camel pants and brown boots for a cozy and stylish outfit.
Here are some more ideas with the articles linked under each image.
Autumn soft metals and jewelry.
When it comes to jewelry and metals, the best option for a smooth fall is soft and muted (surprise? 😉).
Brushed metals, matte metals, antique metals, and textured metals (like hammers) are all great. They cut down on overwhelming shine and tend not to overpower your coloring.
Rose gold, soft yellow gold, matte silver, pewter, and bronze can all work for a soft fall. Copper (when warm) usually contains too much orange for it to work.
Cream and pink pearls look amazing just like all the natural elements.
For stones, you can try smoky quartz, light/soft turquoise, light coral, jasper, and soft jade. Opt for rounded stones instead of faceted stones to create a softer look and less shine and contrast.
Soft autumn prints
Choosing prints for your wardrobe can trip anyone up as you can't always find a print that only has the colors of your season. Here are some tips to help you overcome this hurdle.
Since soft autumns have low to moderate contrast, you'll want that reflected in your prints as well. Depending on how much contrast you specifically have, you may be able to handle a slightly more moderate contrast impression.
You also need to pay attention to how much a "wrong" color affects the print. Here is an example.
The first print is a low contrast print with all the colors of the Soft Autumn Palette. The second print has the same soft autumn flower but a cool, deep green on the leaves, creating a high-contrast print that's too contrasting for soft fall. However, in a pinch, a gentle tumble might make it work, as the leaves aren't the biggest design element. While in the third image the same green is a background color, this print would drown out a soft autumn.
Contrast and the overall aesthetic weight of a print are also important. If we look at the previous two prints, even though they are both within the SA palette, the second print has a very dark quality overall. This is very likely to exceed the softness of Soft Autumns.
So think about the overall contrast of the print, the impact of an off-palette color, and the overall impact of the print. You usually have more flexibility if the off-palette color is a neutral, in a sister color palette. , or is it a minor design feature.
Soft Fall Print Ideas
Soft fall colors look amazing in the following print styles
- low contrast prints
- loose prints
- natural elements (flowers, wood, leaves, etc.)
- smooth shapes
- smaller fixes
Soft autumn makeup
Like Soft Autumn, you want to focus on creating soft, romantic, and natural looks.
Your makeup should accentuate your features without being too harsh or over the top. This includes your eye makeup, which many of us automatically gravitate towards black mascara or eyeliner, and which will overwhelm the soft fall.
soft autumn foundations
The key to finding a Soft Autumn foundation is to get it right to match your skin tone. here is agreat video to explore.
Ultimately, you're a neutral or warm neutral, so you want a foundation that has those undertones and suits your specific balance.
Since you have muted tones in your look, it is also important to choose the texture of your foundation and concealer. Opting for a satin finish is usually best. Foundations that are too dewy or matte can overwhelm your delicate, dull look. However, this also depends on personal preference for the aesthetics of your makeup.
Autumn Soft Blush & Bronzer
Traditionally, bronzer is a great addition to a fall makeup palette. But soft fall has a very delicate balance of muted tones, so anything too bright or pigmented can detract from your beauty.
If you want to use a bronzer over the blush, choose a peachy shade with little shimmer or a muted light brown shade.
Blushes are great for soft fall and can range from peach, cinnamon, salmon, light mauve, vintage pink, and dusty dark mauve (for darker skin tones). I think it's best to try these shades in person because if you're a lighter soft fall, you may need to experiment if a light pink or peach suits you better.
Blushes (or bronzers) should blend perfectly with your complexion. They have low to moderate contrast, so you don't want anything to interfere with it and create high contrast.
soft autumn lipsticks
Lipsticks can really make or break your soft fall makeup, but luckily there are so many lipsticks to choose from these days that you really just need to focus on finding your shades and availability shouldn't be an issue.
Matte or satin finishes are the most fluid for a soft fall. And you'll want to look for muted tones with a gold base.
- pink gold
- deep blush
- Red brick
- spicy peach
Here are some options I liked (but again, it's best to try them in the store if you're not sure). Also, sometimes the link doesn't give the exact shade, so make sure the name matches!
- Sephora Matte Collection: Steinbock
- Sephora Collection Matte: Love Love (materia Sand-Nude)
- Sephora Matte Collection: Brunch-Datum
- Sephora Satin Collection: Ha
- Nars: Pigalle (neutral pink chocolate, mate)
- Nars: Rosecliff (soft pink, satin)
- Nars: Gipsy (transparente)
- Nars: immortal red (matte)
Soft Autumn Eyeliner and Mascara
We all seem to be reaching for our blackest black eyeliner and mascara a lot, no matter the season. And for mild autumns this should do the trick!
Soft autumns do not go well with strong pigments like pure black.
For the eyeliner, go for browns, warm grays, and even muted greens. This will bring out the warmth in your eyes.
For mascara, browns, darker taupes, and warmer shades of gray can be used. Remember that moderate to low contrast is ideal for your makeup. It should blend in with your color scheme and not form an overwhelming focal point.
Many brown eyeliners and mascaras are too full for a smooth fall, so make sure the brown you choose is more muted.
soft fall eyeshadows
Depending on the desired look, Soft Autumns offers a wide range of eye shadows. Go mainly for muted and warm tones. In terms of texture, in general, stay away from high gloss or high gloss shades.
Soft Fall Nail Polishes
You can really choose any color from your nail polish palette, although different shades will give you a different look.
Here are some options to get you started:
I think knowing your color season is a very useful tool in your style toolbox. It allows you to stop wasting money on pieces that you look back on and think "why do I look like death in this piece?". And it helps you create the most functional, inspiring and authentic wardrobe.
this helps youfind strength through style.
I hope you have found beauty in your soft and delicate color and can be the best version of yourself.
Stay bright, gentle autumns.
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