Before you dive into this week Colour Synergy article, please read the article Color Analysis: How it Can Impact Your ROI if you have not previously had the chance to read it.
Thus far we’ve covered the Winter and Summer palette which are considered cool colours; due to their blue undertones that are noticeably absent of any warmth in appearance. Today, we will be venturing into the warm palette of Autumn that is likewise noticeably absent of cool undertones, but possesses golden-bronze undertones. Women of color who possess autumn coloring will have a beautiful deep, golden-bronze or soft muted coloring with warm undertones; whereas Caucasian women will display coloring that is ivory or a soft, creamy peach appearance. Autumn women look their absolute best wearing decadent fall colours that are traditionally observed during the Autumn months; for example, from about mid-September to late October.
However, before I delve into our Colour Synergy series I would first like to address the perceived assumption that colour analysis does not necessarily work on or apply to women of color. Yes, it does. Although the birth of colour analysis was first theorized by Johannes Itten and Suzanne Caygill, and later recreated by color analysis pioneer Carole Jackson in the 1980s, and subsequent revisions and books followed in later years, was mostly targeted and marketed towards Caucasian women; the four basic colour seasons (i.e. Winter, Summer, Spring and Autumn) did not account for the varying shades that women of color possess; as such, women of color were pegged into two basic colour seasons that of Winter, mostly and Autumn. However, with the newly revamped, colour season – 12 of them to be exact – expanded and now offers a more inclusive range of seasonal colour palettes that are diverse and accurately applicable to women of color who seek a better understanding of how colour plays an integral role in their image and style, as well as their personal brand.
Important: You may not perfectly fit into one specific colour season. Interestingly, with the new seasonal colour system you may benefit from neighboring colours from a secondary palette known as your flow season or as I like to refer it as your back up season. However, for the purposes of our 4-part Colour Synergy Series this week I will only be focusing on the core, 4 season colour analysis palettes.
Colour Synergy Basics:
The Autumn and Spring palette (which will be covered in the next article) are closely related and thus also considered sister seasons similar to that of the Winter and Summer season because of their shared warmth in undertones. Classic Autumn colours such as, Mustard, Terra Cotta, Dark Chocolate Brown and Oyster White are just a few of the signature colours that are part of the Autumn woman’s wardrobe and accessory items.
When shopping for new wardrobe and accesory items your colour palette is pretty much available during the fall and early winter months. Do make sure you do not venture into experimenting with colours that belong to the cool palette of Winter and Summer, as tempting as it might be; always keep in mind that your main appearance is warm and golden, not cool and blue.
Skin | Hair | Eyes
Appearance of Skin:
There are 3 variants in skin type of the Autumn woman: You may have ivory or creamy peach skin (mostly seen in women with naturally red hair, a true redhead), * Medium to deep bronzed complexion usually with darker hair or golden-beige brunette coloring. If you are pale or sallow in appearance incorporating a bronzy color with rosy-blush undertone into your wardrobe and beauty products will help to add colour to your overall complexion. If you happen to be a woman of color with darker skin coloring try to avoid wearing Autumn colours that are muted earth tones, as they will make you appear ill and drab in appearance.
Appearance of Hair:
Normally, Autumn women have hair that ranges from fiery redheads and golden blonde. Autumn hair coloring usually has red or golden highlights blended into the hair’s natural coloring. Auburn, * Copper, * Strawberry blonde, * Golden brown and warm brown are warm colors belonging to the Autumn woman of style. Women of color will have noticeably rich, chocolate-brown hair with natural golden or auburn highlights which further enhances their decadent, coppery-bronzed skin tone or if you are a muted woman of color who falls within the Autumn coloring palette your natural hair color may blend in with your overall skin coloring, which tends to be a muted, olive-gray complexion, but with warm, subtle undertones.
Appearance of Eyes:
A common physical characteristics of Autumn eyes is the golden-yellowish or golden-auburn iris surrounding the pupil. If you are ever doubtful when deciding, for example, between Autumn or Winter carefully observe your eyes in natural light. If you notice that your eyes appear golden in the light, rather than cool and deep then more than likely you are a Autumn woman of style. Other Autumn eye types include: Cat eyes (olive green), * hazy brown, * Golden brown, * Amber * Golden Hazel, * Clear moss green, * Aqua blue * and Teal blue.
Colour Tip: Interestingly, if you are a natural/true red head you may not look your absolute best in the classic colours of Autumn, which most redheads have traditionally been pegged into; rather, you actually might be a Spring woman of style who sparkles and radiates in clear, bright colors with a warm, yellow undertone. The Spring palette is just as it sounds – beautiful colours of Spring: Yellow Daffodils, Coral Pink, Clear Bright Aqua etc.
Ladies, if I have piqued your interest and you would like to learn more about having a Colour Synergy consult done with me via online or in person, please review my service packages for further information and what to expect.