Want to learn more about the Autumn Color Palette and if it’s the right palette for you? Keep reading to discover more about the True Autumn Color Palette. This is just one of twelve palettes available in a seasonal color analysis!
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Autumn Color Palette: The Complete Guide
The primary autumn color palette, also known as True Autumn, is the perfect mix between Dark Autumn and Soft Autumn on the seasonal color chart. The colors are often described as warm, muted, and slightly dark.
Your color season is determined by three characteristics of your personal features: hue, your skin undertone; value, or the contrast between your features; and chroma, or saturation of your features.
Hue: Autumn Color Palette
Every skin color has a hue, which is marked by it’s undertone and is usually described as being cool or warm.
In the True Autumn range skin color has a very warm hue. Most hues in this palette have a yellow base with minimal cool, or blue, tones.
Value: Autumn Color Palette
Your feature’s value is set by the ratio of light versus dark. The value contrast is a scale measurement, with the mid point of the scale being an equal mix of light and dark.
The True Autumn Palette leans slightly off center of the value scale, towards the dark end of the spectrum.
Chroma: Autumn Color Palette
Chroma is the intensity of your features. Intensity is of this palette as soft/muted or clear/bright.
Autumn colors are nearly center on the Chroma scale, though they do lean slightly toward the muted side. Colors within this palette are not highly saturated.
Autumn Color Palette Tones
Let’s talk about how the pigmentation of you physical features will determine if the Autumn Color Palette is for you. The undertones and color of your skin, hair, and eyes are a key consideration to determine which seasonal color palette is most flattering on you.
People best suited for the Autumn Palette often have eye color that is complementary of typical fall color combinations.
The most common eye colors are:
- Warm green
- Olive green
- Dark hazel
- Golden brown.
Autumn eyes are warm, yet rich in color saturation.
The Autumn Palette may be for you if your hair has golden or copper undertones. Similar to eye color, hair color is both saturated and warm.
Autumn seasonal hair colors often include:
- Golden blonde
- Light golden brown
- Medium brown
- Dark golden brown
When exposed to sun light, natural highlights form and appear either golden, brassy, or caramel. This looks nice against autumn skin tones.
The skin tone of True Autumn’s has a yellow, and very warm/golden, undertone. This is true for both fair and dark complexions. Gold jewelry stands out against this skin, while silver often clashes.
Pink and olive skin tones are generally NOT True Autumn. If you are a True Autumn you may have some freckles and might be pale during Winter, but you probably tan more than you burn when exposed to sun.
Possible Autumn skin colors include:
- Fair with yellow undertones,
- Golden tan
- Light brown
- Medium golden brown
Additional Autumn Palettes
As mentioned earlier, the True Autumn Palette is between two sister palettes: Soft Autumn and Dark Autumn. Each of the sister palettes to True Autumn contains a unique value, hue, and chroma.
Soft Autumn is described as warm, soft, and muted. Physical features are:
Hue: On the warm end of the scale
Value: Mid range
Chroma: More Muted
People within the Soft Autumn range have these characteristics:
HAIR: Slightly brown or strawberry blonde hair with a minimal contrast.
SKIN: Color appears warm and likely neutral, with a beige, ivory, latte, or yellow-olive tone.
EYES: Eye color is also neutral with gray toned hazel or light brown.
Dark Autumn is described as warm, soft, and muted. Physical features are:
Hue: Warm (consistent with other Autumn palettes)
People within the Dark Autumn range have these characteristics:
HAIR: Mostly dark shades of brown, deep chestnut, rich auburn, or black. Hair usually has golden or warm undertones.
SKIN: Leaning toward neutral shades with a minimal warm tone. Skin colors in this palette range between golden beige to caramel, bronze to warm black, or golden fair to warm olive.
EYES: Warm browns and rich hazel are ideal, though nearly any eye color is acceptable in this seasonal color palette.
How to Wear this Color Palette
Colors to Wear
When it comes to your wardrobe, there are several colors you should consider wearing to make your features POP!
- warm browns
- deep purples
- rusty orange
- olive green
- deep green/blues
Colors to Avoid
With rich and warm tones being the focus of the Autumn color palette, the worst colors are cool and bright tones.
- Bright blue
- Cool Grays
Autumn Color Palette Outfit Ideas
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