Dark Autumn

Dark Autumn

As a Dark Autumn, the key features of your colouring are:

A blend of Winter and Autumn colours (a Neutral Season), mostly Autumn • Rich, spicy colours • Medium-warm (or warm-neutral in PCA) • Span from light beige to almost black

When you shop...

  • Dark Autumn colours might fit into a Moroccan interior design or a spice market.
  • Don't invest in colours that have a pastel or jellybean feeling next to your palette.
  • Focus on colours that are colourful and earthy, even fiery. Shine is optional.
  • Your light choices start around medium in darkness, in sunflower, marigold, and rust. You have many medium and dark colours. Use your entire palette to aim for an overall darkness level of medium-dark to very dark.
  • Look for grays that remind you of greige, warm slate, burnished pewter, bronzed gray, and matte charcoal.
  • Know that your black is espresso black.
  • Find your white in candlelight white, a darker white warmed with traces of gold and red.
  • Know that your lightest colours are fairly dark, as if sponged with coffee, like valuable parchments (you remember colours from your PCA that were light and clear and learned how to tell the difference).
  • Use the technique demonstrated by your colour analyst for checking colour warmth/coolness (hue). Your warmth level is warm-neutral. Every colour is selected for that amount of warmth. Getting the colour temperature right is key for good results – it's hard to 'guesstimate' without comparing to a fan.


Foundation matches overtones, as well as your (warm-neutral) undertone. The best match relates to more than just warmth. As an Autumn, your foundation may be sand, natural, or warm beige, sometimes more pink, red, or dark than your skin appears. If your skin is deeper in pigmentation, the colour may appear quite orange, brown, or red. Precise skin tone is variable in each Season. Try products from a variety of brands. Choose the colour that disappears into your skin and into your appearance when the entire face wears the product. Disregard the name of the colour, as makeup and hair colour have their own terminology.


Use your new insight into your best colours to choose the right metal for jewelry. Next to your skin and wardrobe, gold or silver both work. Look for rich golds and warm silver, like you’d find in a medieval castle, at night, near a glowing fireplace. You know to avoid gold that is both shiny and green or candy (think, rose gold) or silver that looks frozen, like platinum.

Who knows?...

You might be an individual who looks drop dead gorgeous (men, we’re talking to you too) in burnt orange or black orchid purple. All it takes is your 'wow' colour in an earring or a stripe in a navy blue tie, and your appearance moves one step higher.