Deep Autumn Color Palette: Colors For Wardrobe And Makeup
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22 Jun

Deep Autumn Color Palette: Colors For Wardrobe and Makeup

Are You Wondering If You Are A Deep Autumn Color Palette?

I got you covered with these answers from a stylist and artist

Deep Autumn is the last one on the seasonal chart of autumn color chart. It’s dark, deep, but still warm and peaceful.

As this is the last one of Autumn, it falls into the category of Winter, and sometimes we can see that the usual Autumn warm colors can be mixed with winter brightness.

Bright colors, usually a prerogative of a winter cold season, suit the Deep Autumn well, just like warm and peaceful shades.

Deep Autumn is one of the most controversial color palettes in the seasonal chart.

Because it creates confusion for the user about which colors can suit better, warm or bright.

You can experiment with both deep and warm, bright and shiny, and silver and gold in this sector.

Characteristics Of Deep Autumn

Your colors might deviate a little; after all, it’s a transitional season that jumps into the winter season.

‍The overall appearance is dark or “honey” dark with a warm undertone.

This is not a beautiful blonde, blue-eyed beauty that is warm and sophisticated as the August forest with its mesmerizing mysticism.

Deep green-rich woods with ripe raspberry bushes and beaming hot sunlight lurking through the crowns of slightly yellowish trees.

deep autumn color palette
deep autumn color palette

How to know if you are a Deep Autumn?

You are a Deep Autumn if you have a warm appearance overall, and you are most definitely aware that warm colors and undertones suit you better than cold ones.

It’s effortless to make a test with jewelry, take something golden and something silver covered, and put it right near your face.

I, for example, put one gold earring on the left ear and one silver on the right one. I will say that golden earrings suit my skin much better than silver ones.

Because gold has a yellow (warmer) undertone, and silver is cold.

My skin naturally has a yellow undertone, so a warm palette will suit me better.

How to find out if your skin type is warm or cold?

That is easy to do!

The fastest way to understand your primary type is to face yourself in the mirror and play around with gold and silver jewelry.

For example, if you see a slightly pinkish skin undertone and silver earrings suit you better, you are a cold type.

If you have olive-shaded skin (warm tanned) and gold jewels work, you better – you are a warm type.

 You do have a soft appearance colorwise, but it’s not entirely true when technical resources say that your “features appear somewhat “greyed” out or toned down.” 

There are people with a greyish appearance, but their blue eyes stand out.

They are “somewhat muted,” but in general, you can see that the color of the eyes does stand out from the whole picture of your colors.

Your true colors are warm and calm, somewhat “cosy” but if you add perfect true autumn color to your features (or at least one f them), those will stand out. With the right palette, your features will be enhanced!

It might be true that the contrast between your skin, eyes, and hair is medium. For a more and the most detailed explanation of the seasonal color palette analysis read this article.

But the important thing is that a usual person that reads these statements will not be able to identify that contrast.

It’s challenging to figure out which chroma, hue, and contrast your appearance has.

My advice to you is not to put so much attention to these “technicalities” and go along with a simpler explication of what your palette is.

deep autumn color palette
deep autumn color palette


Deep Autumn means warm hazel, deep green, dark brown, and warm blue.


The skin is naturally fair during winter times and effortlessly bronzed in summer.

That is a typical Jessica Alba look with her lightly tanned skin and brown hair.

This skin is golden in undertone and even goes into looking amber with slight freckles.


Deep Autumn is predominantly dark like brown but with a golden undertone.

You can see natural highlights, and always remember that even the darkest colored hair has a warm undertone.

That is typically Golden brown, Medium auburn, dark brown, honey brown, or brown with light highlights.‍

Deep Autumn vs Dark Winter

Deep Autumn and Dark Winter can be confusing because they are both dark and deep coloring.

However, Dark Winter cannot have a warm undertone, which is yellow, and dark Winter always in pink undertone and requires harsh and bright coloring for contrast.

Meanwhile, Deep Autumn is yellowish and soft, and the overall look is “cosy” when all features and colors blend in together, creating an ensemble of tonalities.

How Does Deep Autumn Look Like?

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deep autumn color palette
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deep autumn color palette
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deep autumn color palette

The dominant palette for you would be warm tones and deep undertones, and I wouldn’t call them “muted,” but rather dark rich, and mild.

Muted are colors that have cold grey or black undertone, and this is not the case for Deep Autumn.

Imagine a warm day in August, when the sun is still caressing your golden hair, and you can even see the freckles blending in with your autumn-like eyes.

The skin is slightly bronzed, but not a single feature that would stand out harshly, ruining the beautiful composition.

It’s mild and warm with no strong contrast, but still bright in its palette where green is rich emerald and red is cherry gloss, etc.

There is no space for neon shades like bright yellow; there is calmness and peace, and there is confidence and the golden hour.

Deep colors mixed with softness push the brightness of the August sun down into the hollow of the deep blue sea and the deep green forest.

Styling For Deep Autumn Color Palette

How to mix and match a deep autumn color palette in your wardrobe?

In technical fashion materials, it is stated that you should only combine colors from one color palette that belongs to your skin tone.

So colors that work for a true autumn palette should only be chosen from the palette given to you.

Harsh and way too bright/warm colors can create an undesirable effect on the skin, especially if you have a delicate/muted appearance.

However, it is not entirely like that. I have already mentioned that dark/colder colors can still be used for the lower body.

The main centre is always your facial zone which attracts the most attention.

So it would be best if you mainly concentrated on the face and decolletage zone with your true autumn palette.

You have to understand that even if you use all blue combinations or dusty pink or creamy combinations in your upper and lower body.

It will be color correct for your skin but still unflattering if your body shape is not a perfect hourglass shape.

This especially concerns those that have an ampler bottom-like pear body shape.

So that would mean that light pink pants will not be the best choice for your bottom line because they can make you look bigger than you are.

And this is what we are trying to avoid when constructing the perfect wardrobe.

Colours to Avoid For Deep Autumn

Deep Autumn is deep and warm, so to balance everything out, you need to avoid cool undertones and colors that Winter and summer are predominant.

Some technical fashion and color resources say that pastel colors wash the Deep Autumn out, but I’m afraid I have to disagree with that statement.

Since it’s a “winter blended” color palette, some cooler tones can suit the Deep Autumn well. Soft pastel colors will work great if they are not too “cool” as Light Summer.

Those tones will work just perfectly with your Deep Autumn color palette!

These colors are suggested as colors t avoid by technical resources, but I say they DO work for you too!

Colors that you need to prevent are bright neons.

Dark Autumn Colours to Avoid
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deep autumn color palette
deep autumn color palette

C‍olors To Actually Avoid For Deep Autumn Color Palette

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Patterns & Prints For Deep Autumn Palette

Patterns are usually used for upper body garments like blouses and sweaters or summer dresses.

People rarely wear trousers with patterns; most likely blatant colors are used.

As a Deep Autumn type, you can wear prints, but those would need to be in the right color palette for you.

If you see a patterned fabric, you need to concentrate on the primary color of the whole garment.

There might be blue flowers on white, but you need to figure out which color is primary here.

It’s primarily white which is basic here, so you need to see if that primary color is from your Deep Autumn palette.

It’s believed that Deep Autumn needs to use low to medium contrasts because of the delicacy of natural beauty.

You might still go for low-level contrast, which would be right for you.

However, there is always a solution for you if you don’t find anything in this guide.

Jewelry For Deep Autumn Color Palette

How you could fix your non-perfect colored look with just one thing.

It’s necklace, and for me it’s pearls. Be mindful that pearls need to fit your skin color perfectly.

When you put something like a pearl necklace on your neck, you create a rough separation between your skin’s “wrong” color and the necklace.

So, the chain will be the primary color reflector for your skin color.

For example, I have a purple dress that does not fit my skin color, and my face tends to look a bit tired with it.

You know it, especially if you have blue-eye bags in the morning. It doesn’t make me look the best.

So I created a cut between the color and my face with a pearl necklace that perfectly fits my skin.

So the jewelry is the first color reflector near my face.

Check out my article: “How to wear pearl necklace and where to buy it. “

I’d recommend gold as it’s warm enough for your skin tone, as stated between gold and silver. Silver is appropriate if it is mixed with gold and looks primarily warm-toned.

Pearls need to be cream-white color as it matches your complexion perfectly.

Avoid huge plastic earrings of vibrant shades like Samantha from Sex and City used to wear.

Iryna Fedorchak

Throwing my fashion & color philosophy like confetti ;)