Soft Autumn

Soft Autumn

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

A blend of Autumn and Summer colours (a Neutral Season), mostly Autumn • Grayed softness • Medium-warm (or warm-neutral in PCA) • Span from light beige to warm slate gray

When you shop...

  • Yours are the gently glowing colours of sky, sea, sand, forest, and earth in the afternoon sun.
  • Don't invest in colours that are bold, intense, candy, watery, or misty, like rainbows.
  • Focus on soft, warm colours that belong with butterscotch, avocado, and mulled wine. They may look soft next to bright colours in the store but when you wear them, they are colourful and energized.
  • Be flexible about lightness or darkness of individual items, aiming for an overall light-medium to medium-dark level.
  • Know that your black is burnt hickory and sepia brown.
  • Look for grays that that look a bit khaki, such as lichen, mushroom, wood ash, gray suede, and impala, or those that are slightly brown, like walnut wood and gray owls.
  • Find your white in rice cake and eggshell.
  • Your lightest colours are soft and light, like pastels with a tan. Your powder pink is coral rose, your mint is willow or light aloe.
  • 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, and 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 skin may be neutral beige, without much visible yellow, pink, or red. If your skin is deeper in pigmentation, the colour will be darker. Precise skin tone is variable in each Season, and more so in persons of medium-dark complexion. Try products from a variety of brands. The colour that disappears into your skin and into your appearance when the entire face wears the product is the right choice. 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, silver and gold are both flattering and look great with your clothing. Most colours of neutral gold work well. Brushed surfaces always work, with the softness of the metal harmonizing beautifully with the softness of the colours, natural extensions of one another. Copper is gorgeous. You know to avoid metals that are extremely shiny, especially with silver or larger pieces, so that you will be the centre of attention. Accessories play their role in the background to enhance our natural colours, apparel, and impression.

Who knows?...

You might be an individual who looks drop dead gorgeous (men, we’re talking to you too) in briar rose and Tuscan gold. 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.