Soft Autumn is truly a sophisticated palette that radiates the natural elegance of Mother Earth. Natural and nurturing, the Soft Autumn hues glow in the richness of the world around us.

On the True color International color clock, Soft Autumn is between True Autumn and True Summer. The palette is inspired by the robust, earthy and grounded essence of True Autumn but softened considerably by True Summer refreshing coolness.

TCI 12 Season Color Clock

Color has three dimensions to its personality: hue, value and chroma.

Hue is how one can describe colors. Red, orange, and yellow are warm and green, blue or purple words are cool. Colors that have a mixture of yellow and blue are considered a neutral color.

Value is the lightness or darkness of the color. Black is a dark color which represents low value. White is a light color which is a high value.

Chroma is the quality of how soft or pure a color is. Cherry Red would be considered a high chroma color. Deep Tomato red would be considered a medium chroma color. Gray would be considered a low chroma color.

Soft Autumn Personality

The predominant color personality of Soft Autumn colors is chroma. The tones are low, subtle and muted.

The hues can be best described as mostly warm and neutral since this palette contain more yellow than blue undertones.

The overall value is medium. There is some lighter and darker colors which will make for some stunning pairings.

Soft Autumn Clock Comparision

There is five circles with each representing five seasonal tones. Soft Autumn in the center circle. True Autumn in the upper left. True Summer in the upper right. Dark Autumn in the lower left. Soft Summer in the lower right.

The warmth of Soft Autumn jives with the Autumnal tones more than the Summer tones.

Soft Autumn and Dark Autumn are both warm neutral with Soft Autumn lighter and softer. Dark Autumn is more saturated and darker.

Soft Autumn is cooler in temperature, softer and lighter overall than True Autumn. True Autumn is warmer in temperature, has more saturation and darker.

The True Summer coolness is apparent next to the Soft Autumn palette. Soft Autumn is not as light as True Summer and True Summer is a bit more saturated.

Soft Summer and Soft Autumn are both medium value and muted with their difference being in temperature. Soft Summer has a strong connection to True Summer whereas Soft Autumn connects with True Autumn.

There is nothing particularly dark or bright within the Soft Autumn hues. There is also no brilliant oranges, mustard or bright yellow-greens as there are in True or Dark Autumn tones. Wearing bright colors will overwhelm a Soft Autumn gentle coloring.

Soft Autumn Colors

Natural beauty means something different to everyone but Soft Autumn are truly the epitomes of it. The beauty of the Soft Autumn hues will became striking on a Soft Autumn whereas if other seasons attempted to wear this palette, it will look dull and drab.

Some of the richer and distinctive darker hues for a Soft Autumn are mahogany, rosewood, chestnut, walnut, rust, terracotta, aubergine, raisin, olive, forest and hunter green, khaki, umber, deep periwinkle and deep purples. They are complimented by natural shades of chamois, bamboo, broom yellow, camouflage green, caramel, honey, viridian, celadon green, avocado, moss green, mint, and lime, along with harvest gold, salmon, apricot, coral, jade, teal, turquoise, amethyst, dusk blue, heather, gold and silver.

When you start adding the lighter shades of peach, warm pink, ash rose, coral dust, salmon pink, moonstone blue, pale gold, light moss, and lemon yellow, the combinations are classic and stunning.

The beauty of this tone’s neutrals such as cream white, buttermilk, buff, eggshell, sand, ecru, warm taupe, camel, bronze, pewter, mushroom, dove grey, mocha, bark and coffee browns are richly elegant, alone, or in combination.

Soft autumn reds are sultry and seductive. They include bittersweet, redwood, pale brick, tomato and watermelon.

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True color International Soft Autumn Classic Poster available for purchase by clicking the image!

Soft Autumn Wardrobe

The overall softness of a Soft Autumn cannot handle pure black, stark white and cold navy blues, which can be quite harsh. There is absolutely no connection between black and the gentleness which can cause a floaty head effect. For some Soft Autumns this alone can be quite a dramatic change if one was defaulting to monochromatic colors such as black, white and gray.

To replace black and whites, you have dark browns and greys, and soft navy blues.

While every season gets a tonal black, the Soft Autumn tonal black is a dusky warm charcoal grey like the color of arsenic compound.

Your versions of white are like unbleached cloth, in calico, canvas, and natural linen.

I promise there is life outside of black and white since your colors are so gentle, you can mix and match them endlessly, without ever looking overdone and always in harmony.

On the last fan blade of your TCI Soft Autumn Classic swatchbook, and on the classic palette poster shown above, there is a combination strip to provide inspiration for color pairings.

When a garment contains a patterns, it is challenging when one tries to match to their swatchbook. The reason being because fashion has no rules and they can mix hues, values and chroma as the industry evolves.

First, try your swatchook to see if it harmonizes with it. It can be tricky if the dimensions of color are all over the place.

Second, drape yourself with the fabric. If the colors are harmonious, you’ll see the same effects you saw during your draping. If you have a floaty head, then put it down.

If you work in corporate world, you can derive inspiration from the Soft Autumn Corporate palette. This consist of neutral and dark colors. You can create a high contrast by mixing a dark color with a light color within your palette. An example would a soft coffee brown suit with a silk cream white top. If you match your shoes to your trousers, you are automatically extending the vertical line which will give you the appearance of being taller. You can mimic your personal contrast by picking a number of medium value or light value garments.

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True color International Soft Autumn Corporate Poster available for purchase by clicking the image!

On the last fan blade of your TCI Soft Autumn Corporate swatchbook, there is a combination strip to provide inspiration for corporate color pairings.

Soft Autumn Cosmetics

The over-all look of persons with coloring in harmony with the Soft Autumn tone is rich and muted.

Their skin tone is beige, and their hair coloring range from medium brown, golden blonde, mousy brown to blonde.

Eye coloring is hazel, topaz, brown or grey green.

The following are some guidelines for cosmetics.

Foundation: Ivory, beige

Blush: Cinnamon, salmon, spiced peach, tawny rosewood

Lip-color: Spiced peach, mahogany, terracotta, brick red, tan-pink, light redwood, light coral, light salmon pink,

Lip-pencil: Soft brown-rose tones, salmon tones

Eye-shadow: Light grey-beige, copper, aubergine, putty, blue, bronze, olive, purple, brown, moss, warm grey

Highlight: Buff, warm pink, apricot, lemon, champagne

Eye-pencil: Medium brown, navy

Mascara: Brown

Foundation will need to be matched to your overtone but it needs to work with your undertone. You will not help your cause if you are a cool season with warm foundation or concealer.

Fortunately, Soft Autumn eye shadow palettes readily available. Your beige, taupe, khakis and browns are all ideal for this.

Brow colors are usually in the khaki to taupe range. If you are dark-haired Soft Autumn, then dark brown would be most suitable. Red Head Revolution products are great for red Heads.

Eye liners are a soft brown, but most brown liners available are too harsh for your gentle coloring.

Mascara is a soft brown.

If you like to play up your eyes, you can use any of the accent colors in your palette. The green eye shadow or eyeliner will bring out the green in many Soft Autumn eyes. If you have hazel eyes with teal and amber, use the complementary color scheme of red orange shadows to make your eyes pop. You can also use an analogous color scheme for more subtle looks when playing up your eyes. The pinks are very wearable around the eyes in this tone.

Blush and lip colors come from the red and pink area of your palette, in colors like soft peach, muted berry, dusty pink and pale brick. All will work on you. You will have to do some trial and error to discover your perfect shade is somewhere within this range.

If you want to do a more edgy look, go towards the darker areas of the palette. Your smokey eye would use shades of soft brown and deep but muted berry lips.

Autumns can do bronzer right. You want soft pink bronze as opposed to orange or burnt reds.

Be wary of any product with shimmer like shiny metals and bright colors, it can easily overwhelm your gentle coloring.

Mattes and creams are excellent finishes for your coloring. You don’t want to add makeup that is shinier than you are because your skin will appear dull. Turn the other way on high gloss or frosted finishes.

In your own colors, your eyes will sparkle and your skin will have a gentle glow.

Below is a list of some Soft Autumn cosmetic products:

Lips

Bite Beauty Verbana
Bite Pepper
Laura Mercier Spiced Rose
Lipsense Beige Champagne
Lipsense Caramel Apple
Lipsense Bombshell
Lipsense Plum Pretty
Lipsense Praline Rose
MAC Hug me
MAC Twig
MAC Mehr
MAC Brave
Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
NARS Banned Red
Revlon Blushing Mauve
Revlon Teak Rose

Eyes

Benefit They’re Real Beyond Brown Mascara
Clinique Chocolate Brown Mascara
Kat Von D Bosche
Kat von D Hemingway
MAC Patina
Naked Palette 2/3
Makeup Geek Wild West
Makeup Geek Tuscan Sun
Makeup Geek High Tea
Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear
Makeup Geek I’m Peachless
Urban Decay Basics 2

Face

MAC Ambering Rose
MAC Blushbaby
MAC Trace Gold Blush
Nars Amour Blush
Clinique Ginger Pop
Becca Wild Honey

Soft Autumn Hair

Soft Autumns naturally have a wide range of hair colors, from flaxen blonde to dark brown.

It is typical to see hair in this tone that is somewhere in the space between dark blonde and light brown, with highlights and lowlights in colors like barley, hazelnut, sand, antique gold, soft bronze or even copper.

It’s beautiful, nuanced and intricate, but it’s flattened into one-note blandness when surrounded by louder colors. Always worth remembering: if you’ve been wearing disharmonious colors, you don’t know what your natural hair color or eye color really looks like.

In the Paul Mitchell hair color books, Soft Autumns can use:

  • Level 5-9 Beige with Blue and Violet
  • 3-8 Natural Brown
  • 9/8/7 Grey Coverage Natural Brown
  • 7 Green with Brown
  • 7-8 Pearl Natural
  • 6-8 Beige with Yellow/Orange

You can also use your swatchbook to guide your colorist if you want to play with fun colors as well.

Soft Autumn Accessories

Silver, pewter, bronze, white gold, rose gold and soft yellow gold can all work as long as they are muted enough. Most coppers are too orange, but occasionally you’ll see a pink copper, albeit rare.

Metal finishes like brushed, matte, satin and hammered metals are fantastic. Softly antiqued can be can option too, as long as it isn’t overly blackened.

Stay away from bright and shiny metals as they can easily overwhelm your gentle coloring and flatten it into dullness.

Natural materials like wood and leather also make great jewelry.

Gemstones like brown, cream and pink pearls, labradorite, rhodochrosite, rutilated or smoky quartz, jasper, moss agate, moonstone blue, turquoise and coral are wonderful for your coloring. Rounded or rough stones are usually better than faceted.

The above principles apply to eyeglasses frames, as can any of the colors in the palette. Be wary of defaulting to tortoiseshell pattern has it can be to harsh and orange for Soft Autumn.

References: Kalisz, Kathryn. Understanding Your Color: A Guide to Personal Color Analysis. Soft Autumn