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SOFT AUTUMN

WARM+ SOFT

Also referred to as Muted Autumn is the WARM + MUTED season. Their colors are earthy and soft. Think hazy and delicate colors from a mountain sunset landscape.

Color Dimensions

You are a Soft Autumn or a Muted Autumn if your features look slightly greyed out or just blend because all of them share a similar color. Because of this, they won't have a lot of contrast against your skin, and if they do make contrast, they will still look muted.

 

If you remember when we were talking about color dimensions, you will remember that tone and saturation were determined on a grayscale, so to avoid getting upstaged, the colors of a Soft Autumn will be desaturated.

CONTRAST AND SATURATION

There are two types of contrast that will indicate if you are a Soft Type.

 

The first one is if your 3 features (skin, hair, and eyes) all have a similar coloring. Since all of them are very similar, none of them stand out by themselves.

 

The second one is if your features are very muted. POC tend to have darker features, therefore, you might have a higher contrast level, but if your features are still muted, you will look better in softer colors.

VALUE

The default is a medium value level, depending on the coloring on the person it can be slightly lighter or darker, but since it is a tertiary feature, it won’t be a lot.

HUE AND TEMPERATURE

As a warm season, you will look your best in warm colors. If you are neutral warm, then your colors will be warm, but not extremely warm and you can also wear some cooler colors.

If you feel like this might be your type you must be able to wear soft pastel colors. See if you look good in colors such as peach, olive green, and rose. Since you are MUTED + WARM, the opposite would be CLEAR + COOL, try to see if your worst colors are bright blue, lime green, and hot pink.

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SOFT AUTUMN VS. SOFT SUMMER

Your sister palette is the Soft Summer palette, you can borrow the warmer colors from it. Let's also remember that since your two main color characteristics are WARM and MUTED, when you want to wear colors that are not from your palette, they should match one of those. For example, if you want to wear a cool color, it should be muted, and if you want to wear a bright color, it should be warm, still, these won't be the best hues for you; also, try to avoid wearing them near from your face.

SOFT AUTUMN VS. LIGHT SPRING

We already established Soft Summer is your sister palette, now let's talk a bit about your cousin palette, Light Spring. They are both the low contrast types of their respective seasons, but the colors of a Soft Autumn will be more muted and a bit darker and the colors of a Light Spring will be lighter and d a bit brighter. For example, taffy vs. rose, mint vs. opal, pistachio vs. olive

More resources for Soft Autumns

DYI color season guide

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Colors for Muted Autumns

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  • What you want to do is replicate your warm undertone and the softness of your features in your colors. This is why your colors will blend with you and create just the right level of contrast without competing with you.

  • If you can wear muted colors without being washed out by them, you are definitely a Soft Autumn. However, Soft Autumns with darker skin will still need a bit more contrast especially if they have darker features, to do that they can incorporate a few pops of darker colors, but not a lot.​

  • Neutral colors are great for you because they tend to be more toned down than other colors. Instead of white, black, and grey, go for oatmeal, beige, and brown.

  • Your accent colors are a mix of earthy greens, hazy teals, peach, and warm pinks. You can also wear blue, as long as it is a muted and slightly warmer version of it.

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*Keep in mind lighting affects how skin might look, so we might move some celebrities to the cooler or warmer counterpart. It’s very useful when they post their makeup routines because they mention their foundation shade letting us know if they are warm, cool, or neutral.*

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