Every Season makes darkness adjustments for hair colour one woman at a time. There will always be individuals who don’t look right in the median colour, and fare better along the outer edges of the curve.
The viewer feels more relaxed and accepting of our appearance when no element stands apart or needs processing. Hair colour looks believable when it could have happened by itself.
Depending on depth of complexion, personal taste, and occasion, cosmetic darkness is adjusted too, though always staying inside the personal colour palette of the Season, and aiming for the same goals as with the hair.
In 12 Tone personal colour analysis, Soft Autumn is the name given to the type of natural colouring that contains colours mostly characteristic of the Autumn group, but cooled and grayed by a smaller measure of Summer.
In previous posts on Soft Autumn hair colour, I showed a coppery apricot colour as being quite lovely. In every Season, many hair colours are not only possible, but better for some members of the Season than others.
Season describes a group of people who react to colour in similar ways, without implying that they look alike or use their palette in identical ways. Within our group, in our relationships with colour, we share more than we differ. Within our group, we also retain our individuality.
Soft Autumn is a typical Neutral Season in that they have a range of warmer and cooler colours, with none fully warm or cool. The value (meaning, Light>>Dark) range has some movement too, and does not reach the extremes. The setting that is not medium is the softness, which is high relative to other palettes (saying the saturation is low means the same).
The woman above (all 3 photos) has many apricot brown freckles. She adds those colours to her hair, giving a warmer appearance, as you see in the lower photo where natural medium warm brown and apricot highlight are visible.
With her PCA, she understands that though she appears warm, her warmth is more neutral, so she keeps the highlights warm-neutral with a lot of visible natural colour.
She understands that she is lighter than True Autumn and takes care not to go too dark with the hair colour.
She also knows that softness is key to her colour success, and her colourist has suggested ways of adding a soft toning to reduce the brightness of the colours.
She wears soft orange-brown beautifully in makeup, in a darkness range that unites her natural light appearance with the darkness that all Autumns need to define the face and features.
Because the members of a Season react to colour in the same way, successful makeup colours are often shared or fluctuate within narrow ranges. Once you know your Season, finding your makeup is easy.
Recreate the light you already cast. Make the wavelengths that you synchronous with the ones you are. To the viewer, it feels persuasive.