Warm Autumn: Colour Analysis Guide

Dark, rich and earthy, Warm Autumn has the deepest colour palette of the 4-seasons. Imagine walking through a forest on an autumn day with the warmth of the sun shining through the trees. Everything is rich and muted – which is why Autumn types stand out in more subdued colours. Think burnt orange, deep red, coffee brown or mustard yellow.

Do you shine in these colours? If so, you’re likely a Warm Autumn (also known as a True Autumn). Wearing colours that flatter your natural colouring will not only elevate your style game but improve your overall appearance. The right colours will make your skin glow, features more defined and imperfections minimised. So, finding your perfect colours is essential.


In today’s post, I share my quick guide to Warm Autumn skin tones: what they are, how to know if you’re an Autumn type, their best colours and celebrities who share this season.

Woman wearing yellow t-shirt and dungarees in forest | True Autumn Colour Guide

Defining Characteristics of a True Autumn

If you’re a Warm Autumn, the first thing you’ll notice is your muted and warm appearance. Your hair, eyes and skin have warm yellow undertones. This can show up on the skin as sun-kissed. You’ll also have a low to medium contrast in your features.

hair

Autumn types typically have golden blonde, auburn, brunette or black hair. These shades will have a warmth to them that may appear as red or golden tones.

eyes

The eyes can be blue, green, hazel or brown. Again, each of these colours will have a noticeable warmth to them.

skin

Warm Autumn skin appears soft due to its low to medium contrast in features. It can range from fair to dark (with ethnic skin types this must be considered within your race, if you are fair or dark). The skin may have a yellow or peachy undertone.

In the images below, you can see how the hair, eyes and skin blend into one another. The image is largely grey with low-contrasting areas of light and dark.

Woman with Auburn Hair| Warm Autumn Low to Medium Contrast in Features | True Autumn Skin Tone Example in Colour and Black and White
Warm Autumn skin type with a low contrast in features

so, am i a warm autumn?

For colour analysis to be accurate, you have to analyse your features correctly. This can be especially tricky when it comes to your skin because your undertone isn’t easily visible so, for the untrained eye, it’s hard to detect. However, looking at how your skin reacts to certain colours is a great indicator of your natural colouring and something everyone can do. 

If you’re an autumn type, you’ll find bright, jewel-like colours such as hot pink or bottle green look awful on you. That’s because the coolness of these colours clash against the muted, warmth of your complexion – making you look dull and tired.

Light, pastel colours also clash with your appearance for the same reason. Baby blue and pastel pink are a no-no!

Your muted yet rich colouring means you look better in dark, earthy colours. Whereas Warm Spring, your sister season, is better suited to vivid, saturated colours and should steer away from these muted colours. 

Despite sharing the same warm undertones, Spring and Autumn have very different colourings and confusing them could signal disaster for your wardrobe colour palette. This is why it’s absolutely crucial that you complete a thorough colour analysis for accurate results. 

If you’d like to complete your own DIY colour analysis and discover your perfect colours, then my online personal styling course is a great option for you. 

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WARM AUTUMN COLOUR PALETTE

Autumn colours are dark and rich. Think back to the autumn forest – it’s full of muted browns, warm reds and oranges. Unlike Warm Spring, your low-contrasting features are easily overwhelmed by bright colours. Instead, stick to more muted colours such as: forest green, moss green, mustard, mahogany and oyster.

If you’re struggling to tell the difference between warm and cool colours, then check out my warm colours blog for a step-by-step breakdown.

BEST COLOURS FOR WARM AUTUMN

  • Every shade of warm green (forest green, army green, moss green)
  • Golden yellows
  • Terracotta and burnt oranges
  • Deep reds
  • Oyster
  • Coffee brown
Warm Colour Palette | Forest green, Yellow-green, Khaki, Yellow, Gold, Orange, Orange-Brown, Burnt red, Cream and black | Colours for Warm Skin Tones

This is a small selection of your most flattering colours. If you’d like to learn more about your go-to colours (and which ones to avoid), then enrol on my course to access my bespoke autumn colour wheel and handouts.

TRUE AUTUMN CELEBRITIES

As with every season, Autumn types can vary in appearance. First up, you have Jennifer Lopez who has a gorgeously warm complexion and low contrast in features. Then you have Kim Kardashian who has warm, peachy skin and can effortlessly wear earthy colours. Lindsay Lohan is another great example of a Warm Autumn. 

Are you a Warm Autumn? Let me know in the comments – and share your go-to colours!

Think you might be a different season? Read my other posts to find out:

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