Best Makeup Colours : True Autumn

May 28, 2010 by  

True Autumn’s colours might be unexpected. At least, they are to me.

True Autumn is one of the 4 True Seasons. Far more people fall into the 8 blended or Neutral Seasons. This is 12 Seasonal Colour Analysis.

I keep reminding myself that the colours are not very dark, a little darker than True Spring’s.

What these colors are, above all else, is warm. That’s the pivot point of the whole Personal Colour Analysis cosmetic colour and clothing colour palette : warmed by gold (not yellow).

Gold is grayer than yellow, hence the blunted or dulled colours relative to Spring’s. Are the colours drab? Only if you consider pumpkin, curry, warm teal, and deep periwinkle dreary. There is way too much heat and glow to be monotonous.  True Autumns are often practical women who run from excessive show, so they need practice to get comfortable in their color temperature.

The color I most typically think of as simple brown is not here. It’s in True Spring, in Soft Autumn, and other groups, but not here. Most Autumns love brown, and wear a lot of it, but very often some other Season’s version. These browns are greyer, greener, redder, or more orange. There is a browned effect to all the colours, compared to other palettes, but brown per se is only here in the darkest tones this Season has. Quite fascinating, really.

Frost over 40 is usually a mistake. Still, the skin of True Autumn can look like a recent dermabrasion, the skin tone is so smooth in the right colors. Seems a shame not to work that a little. Matte bronzer is a fabulous way to heighten the warm burnish of the skin.  These are not really pink blush people, but a touch of warm gold blush along with the bronzer is hard to beat.

They also can have metal colors (gold, copper, bronze) in the iris, a most amazing effect. A warm gold eyeshadow, placed as a dot in the center of the upper eyelid, just above the eyeliner, then covered with the usual matte eyeshadow, adds dimension and accentuates that impossible gold in the eye. It’s like fire inside the eye. A particle of MAC Woodwinked gives an antique gold impression.

Their makeup looks like this. Are there other possibilites? Sure, your Colours Book gives you about 15 eyeshadow/lipstick/blush choices.

Are you a True Autumn? Look at Clinique lipstick in Paprika, Lancome Couture Suede, and Revlon Sandalwood Beige. Do they look too bright? Is it because your hair color is too light/blonde/cool?


29 Responses to “Best Makeup Colours : True Autumn”

  1. Nanina on May 30th, 2010 6:51 am

    Hi Christine,

    I love your site! Your blog entries are really insightful (and helpful, for that matter!) :-)
    I’ve been wondering about something makeup-related for the last few days… In the Sci/Art concept, you say every season can have every hair and eye color. But what’s someone to do who has skin that is complemented by warm colors (i.e. like an autumn’s), but has strictly cool eyes, where the color glows in cool colors but the skin at the eyes looks rather grey with them? I can’t figure it out ;-)

    Thanks :-)

  2. Christine Scaman on June 1st, 2010 1:48 pm


    It just means that you’re probably a Neutral Season, so perhaps predominantly warm (because it’s the perfection of the skin that always takes precedence) but with a trace of one of the cooler Seasons.

    You know, Cathy, I do too.

  3. Jes on June 4th, 2010 7:21 am

    Thank you very much! Perhaps I’m a True Autumn. Makeup colours are great, I use some of them already. Tomorrow I will run to a store to try lipstick colours you recommended! It’s so hard to find a good lipstick for everyday!

  4. nana on June 5th, 2010 6:13 am

    I guess I am a case of mixed undertones, for I have inherited my mothers warm, yellow-something as well as my fathers cooler greenish-olive undertone. My mother is a true autumn, with her warm, dark skin that truly has copper undertones, warmbrown eyes and dark chestnut hair with natural copper and red highlights. Nobody looks as good in cognac and golden browns as my mum.
    I have almost exactly her haircolour, with natural gold and copper highlights over a dark chestnut brown (my hairdresser always gets a kick out of it), but I have darker eyes, with some gold-green in them as well and I am much lighter so I have hard time finding base makeup that is not too yellow or too pinkish and light enough for me (best mach are everyday minerals light neutral and ivory from the buff category).
    It could very well be I am a dark autumn (I look best in orange toned reds, I can wear black, but dark chocolate brown looks better and golden-toned, muted off-whites are much better for me than pure white), however, only brown makeup that suits me are eye-shadows.
    As far as lipsticks and glosses go, I can wear anything that is true or orange-based red (these colors make my skin glow), copper toned red (not too dark though) or a lilac-toned pink (clinique superbalm in lilac is great) or even a light pink. Similar is true for blushes; red, mauvish pinks and even very light neutral (rose dust from chanel) or cool pinks (pink swoon). On the other hand, warm and peach pink or beige just looks wrong on me (salmon pink on me looks very bad), and brownish blushes and bronzers look like somebody smeared some dirt on my face.

  5. Christine Scaman on June 6th, 2010 3:23 pm

    Interesting, Nana. You have a good understanding of your coloring. Many of your observations remind me of Dark Autumn. There is an article coming in the next week or so, you’ll have to see if your coloring looks like the model’s.

  6. nana on June 8th, 2010 4:09 am

    Thank you, I will.
    I am aware of the colors that suit me because when I put on something that clashes with my undertones it is really noticeable, and when you put on just the right shade you can really tell too, the skin just looks brighter and it glows.

  7. Jes on June 10th, 2010 2:54 pm

    Finally I managed to find and I bought Paprika by Clinique. Very good colour, not too bright at all, not too brown and not too light – that is even more important I think, because most of lipsticks that have mix of brown and pink in them are too light for me or too pink or just plain brown (plain brown lipsticks look very unnatural on me). I thought there will be problems only with Revlon (for some reason this brand is rare in our city), but I found out that Lancome sells different colours in USA and in Europe. Perhaps Couture Suede isn’t available at all in our country… I wonder is there any lipstick of a colour like the right bottom pattern? If it is not too dark (perhaps slightly lighter than the pattern) or too bright it would be perfect on me, almost like my natural lip colour! I had a lipstick like that, but it was a bit too dark. It seems to me they don’t make lipsticks like that nowdays. :-))

  8. Christine Scaman on June 11th, 2010 4:49 am

    I can certainly look, but tell me some of the brands that are available to you?

  9. Jes on June 11th, 2010 10:32 am

    Christine, I would be soooooo grateful!!! :-)
    Brands that are available almost in every make-up store: Clinique, YSL, Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Pupa, Bourjois, Sephora, Guerlain, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Estee Lauder. It is possible to find MAC (at least I know one store :-) ). Lancome is a very common brand too, but this difference in colours puzzled me.

  10. Christine Scaman on June 13th, 2010 1:28 pm

    Try out Chanel Rouge Allure in Amusing. And please tell me what you think of it.

  11. Jes on June 15th, 2010 9:59 am

    Christine, thank you!!! Tomorrow i’ll try to try it! :-)

  12. Jes on June 16th, 2010 11:43 am

    Christine, I tried it… and I’m puzzled. Isn’t it too cool and too pink?.. I can’t say that my lips look very warm, but Amusing looked too contrasting with the skin on my hand (I’m reluctant to apply lipstick from testers directly to my lips), it even has something silvery in it I think… But there was an extremely beautiful colour next to it – it is called Fatale. Though I’m afraid it’s gonna look too dark on my lips – but it could be a lipstick for special occasions. I put i into my wishlist! :-)

  13. Christine Scaman on June 19th, 2010 3:39 am

    Jes, you could look at Elizabeth Arden Woodrose Cream. Amusing is probably closer to a Dark Autumn color. I’m just not certain how dark you are.

  14. Jes on June 19th, 2010 2:05 pm

    I’m afraid it’s impossible to find Elizabeth Arden in our stores… :-( Are Dark Autumns cooler than True Autumns? It would be interesting to look at Dark Autumn make up colours. :-) I’m not sure what type of Autumn I am. I’m very in the middle – my hair is brown, it’s not too dark, but not light, I’m not very warm I think, but colours which are obviously warm make me look good, I have I think grey eyes (but very chameleon-like), I noticed that mixture of muted and bright coloures is good for me.
    Today I was in a make-up store, I wanted to try Amusing once more time and I noticed a lipstick also by Chanel that is called Rouge Coco Ballet Russe. I think it’s close to what see on my monitor. :-) I think it would look good, but rather dark on me.

  15. Tina on June 19th, 2010 10:21 pm

    Hi Christine

    Last weekend armed with your lipstick recommendations for True and Soft Autumn I went into makeup counters to try them. Like Jes though we only have reduced brands and colours in Australia so I didn’t have much luck finding many.

    But I did find Clinique Paprika. The sales lady said wow, not many people can wear this one but it looks great on you. To be sure I walked around and checked it out in store mirrors. It gives me a sophisticated look. I purchased it and have worn it all week and still happy with it. Problem is I’m a Soft Autumn so not sure if it should work. I think I might be smack bang in the middle of Soft & True Autumn, if that’s possible!

  16. Jes on June 21st, 2010 11:16 am

    Tina, I think that Clinique Paprika gives sophisticated look too! :-)
    Do you have Maybelline in Australia? Once I bought Maybelline’s lipstick Color Sensational Wooden brown (# 745). It has something in common with Paprika, but lighter. I think it’s the lightest colour that I can wear, it’s almost unnoticable on my lips, nude-looking (though my lips are of a different colour). I wonder what you would think about it.

  17. Tina on June 24th, 2010 6:28 pm

    Thanks Jes. We do have Maybelline in Aus. I’ll look out for Wooden Brown #745 (though we may not have all the same colours) when I’m next in a department store and let you know what I think of it.

  18. Ashley on July 21st, 2010 12:49 pm

    I’m thinking Jordana eyeshadow in Beige and Mary Kay eyeshadow in Vintage Gold. They’re both shimmer, though.

  19. Ashley on July 25th, 2010 6:29 pm

    Jordana Beige eyeshadow might work for the highlight, but it is a shimmer shade.

    What about Sassy Spice, from Clinique? Did you guys determine whether it was True or Dark Winter? I’ve been off Facebook since June, so I haven’t been following the page there.

  20. Ashley on July 25th, 2010 6:34 pm

    *blushes* Oops. Sassy Spice is a lipstick, I might add.

  21. MontyG on September 14th, 2010 11:49 am

    True Autumn Red Lipstick Recommendation:

    MAC “So Chaud”. If you try it and please let me know how it works out for you.

  22. felicia on October 28th, 2010 4:19 pm

    What is a good mascara (color) for true autumns?

  23. Christine Scaman on October 30th, 2010 2:26 pm

    Dark brown, to black-brown depending on the darkness of the person’s coloring. I’ve never seen one that looks good in black mascara.

  24. Eden L on January 20th, 2011 8:46 am

    I received my True Autumn fan and it is a perfect match! I am really surprised to see there is no rust, brown, actual orange, and no red! Also no navy blue which I always thought autumns should wear.

    I’m glad because those colors always felt so heavy and dated on me. Dulled me out. I thought it was just because I’m fair. I am surprised (and pleased!) to see how light and bright the colors are. Many grays and taupes and tangerine-y, peach and coral colors! I always thought those were for spring. (I suppose rust and orange-red are in Dark Autumn?)

    Could you explain what the darker blue color is on the last swatch? It looks like a dark purple-y blue, not navy. What are the black alternatives for True Autumn?

    Thanks! I never tire of reading your insights.

  25. Christine Scaman on January 22nd, 2011 4:10 pm


    That True Autumn fan continues to amaze and surprise me. Though True Summer is a Season heavy with misconceptions about the palette, True Autumn is even more so. It took me awhile to understand the browns, because you’re right, there is not plain brown. I still check with the Colours Books to be sure I’m accurate. If you compared your swatches to a Spring Book, you’d notice that yours are darker and browner. Darker rust and red-orange are in DA, right.
    The last swatch is dark purple, or blue-purple as you say. It is more intense than dark periwinkle, but probably a progression of that color. True Autumn, esp in fair women or those with lighter hair, is NOT a very dark Season. As you see, your greens and teals are not very blackened. Those with deeper chocolate hair can wear quite dark brown (or other) color, but not a whole body of it. I never like the makeup to get very dark either.
    Your black options, IMO, are slight, but not zero because it is hard to fully avoid that color. The problem with black is the coldness, and you are opposite. So a big block, even away from the face, clashes with who you are. Now, if the item were a jaguar print, with the overall effect of warm medium browns and oranges, but there were small spots of black or black buttons, that might be quite workable and unexpected.

  26. Lena on July 31st, 2012 3:15 pm

    Great TA lipstick ( might work for DA as well ) :

    L’Oreal’s Colour Riche in Cinnamon Toast

    This is a lovely brownish-red matte lipstick that is slightly darker than my natural lip color. Very flattering and at a good price!

  27. Lena on February 13th, 2013 8:20 am

    Another True Autumn lipstick ( might work for other Autumns too ) :

    L’Oreal Colour Riche in Spiced Cider

    It’s yummy!

  28. Melissa on October 18th, 2013 1:04 am

    After a marathon draping session I’ve come to the conclusion (to the best of my ability until I can get draped) that I’m a TA. With dark chocolate brown hair, fair freckled skin and amber/greenish eyes would it be a mistake to let my hair go gray naturally?

  29. Christine Scaman on October 19th, 2013 3:38 am

    I believe that it is never a mistake to wear one’s Nature-selected hair colour. That word ‘naturally’ is synonymous with ‘beautifully’ in my eyes and opinion. I also find that women looks as good, and often better, in their silver as whatever they’ve been dyeing it. However, much depends on the woman. Some look beautiful with vibrant makeup but colour in the hair balances the overall better. Depends too on the hairstyle. In terms of Season, the true Warms may have a little more difficulty transitioning to silver, though I shouldn’t even type that. When I saw a little, some might interpret much more. I really do mean a tiny bit. It’s almost like trying out a new fun colour. The final effect of True Autumn in her silver hair is remarkable. Really, quite stunning. Powerful, unexpected, successful, rich. It’s quite something to see. I love when colour surprises us.

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