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 in the seasonal chart of autumn color chart. It’s dark, deep, but still warm and peaceful. As this is the last one of Autumn is falls into the category of winter and sometimes we can see that usual autumn warm colors can be mixed with winter brightness. Bright colors that usually are a prerogative of a winter cold season, suit the Deep Autumn well enough just like warm and peaceful shades.

Deep Autumn is one of the most controversial color palettes in the whole seasonal chart. Because it creates confusion for the user which colors can suit better warm or bright. In this sector, you can experiment with both deep and warm, bright and shiny, silver and gold.

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 rather “honey” dark with a warm undertone. This is not a blonde, blue-eyed type of 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.

How to know if you are 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. Just 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 to the right one. I will definitely say that golden earrings suit my skin much better than silver ones. Because gold has a yellow (warmer) undertone, and silver one 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 really easy to do! The fastest way to understand what your main type is is to face yourself in the mirror and play around with gold and silver jewelry. For example: If you see that you have a slightly pinkish skin undertone and silver earrings suit you better – you are a cold type. If you have olive shaded skin and gold jewels suit you better – you are a warm type.

 You do have a soft appearance colorwise, but it’s not completely true when technical resources say that your “features appear somewhat “greyed” out or toned down”. There are people with grey-ish appearance, but their blue eyes definitely stand out. They are “somewhat muted”, but in general you can clearly 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 “cozy” but if you add perfect true autumn color to your features (or at least one f them) those will definitely 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. But the important thing is that a usual person that reads these statements will not be able to identify that contrast. It’s difficult to figure out which chroma, hue, and contrast your own appearance has.

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


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


The skin is naturally fair during winter times and easily 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, brown with light highlights.‍

Deep Autumn vs Dark Winter

Deep Autumn and Dark Winter can be confusing because they are both dark and their coloring is deep. However, Dark Winter cannot have a warm undertone, which is yellow. Dark Winter is always in pink undertone and requires harsh and bright coloring for contrast. Meanwhile, Deep Autumn is yellowish and soft, and the overall look is “cozy” when all features and colors blend in together creating an ensemble of tonalities.

How Does Deep Autumn Look Like?

The dominant palette for you would be warm tones and deep undertones. I wouldn’t call them “muted”, rather dark rich, and mild. Muted are colors that have cold grey or black undertone and this is definitely not the case for Deep Autumn.

Imagine a warm day in August, when the sun is still caressing your golden hair, and 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 own 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, 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 being 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. As 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/warmer colors can still be used for the lower body. The main center is always your facial zone which attracts the most attention. So you mainly need to concentrate on the face and decolletage zone with your true autumn palette.

You have to understand that even if you use all blue combinations or all 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 perfect hourglass shape. Especially it 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 actually are. And this what we are trying to avoid when constructing the perfect wardrobe.

Colours to Avoid For Deep Autumn

Deep Autumn is deep and warm, so in order to balance everything out you need to avoid cool undertones and colors that a winter and summer predominant.

Some technical fashion and color resources say that pastel colors wash the Deep Autumn out, but I highly disagree with that statement. Since it’s a “winter blended” color palette, some of the cooler tones can suit the Deep Autumn well. Soft pastel colors will work great if they are not too “cool” as for 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 actually need to avoid are bright neons.

Dark Autumn Colours to Avoid

C‍olors To Actually Avoid For Deep Autumn Color Palette

Patterns & Prints For Deep Autumn Palette

Patterns are usually used for upper body garments like blouses and sweaters, etc., 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 that 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 right for you. However, there is always a solution for you if you didn’t find anything from this guide.

Jewelry For Deep Autumn Color Palette

How you could fix your non-perfect colored look with just one thing. It’s a 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 the “wrong” color for your skin and the necklace. So, the chain is going to be the primary color reflector for your skin color.

For example, I have a purple dress that does not really 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 create 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. “

As stated between gold and silver, I’d recommend gold as it’s warm enough for your skin tone. Silver is appropriate if it was 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

Hello, I am Iryna. A creative Ukrainian soul living in Lisbon, Portugal. I know fashion, I speak beauty and I know what lifestyle suits you the best. Here I will show you how fashion manifestation looks like as well as I want it to be an inspiring space for women of all religions and heritage. I hope I can help and advise you about your fashion preferences. Let's do fashion together! I love to create and re-create looks showcasing the life of European Bohemia in Portugal, researching Dos' and Donts' of the beauty realm, throwing my philosophy like confetti.