Soft Autumn Makeup Word Cloud
Today, I'm happy to continue my series on makeup list word clouds by writing about my own season, Soft Autumn.
Like Soft Summer, which I wrote about last week, Soft Autumn is a very muted, faded palette. While Soft Summer is faded and cool-toned, meaning the colors lean bluish, Soft Autumn is faded and warm-toned, meaning the colors lean orangeish.
Neither its softness nor its warmth is necessarily obvious when you look at the palette without any other context. Here are Soft Autumn color cards: you might not describe these, taken by themselves as particularly warm or soft.
It's only when you compare Soft Autumn to very saturated, very cool season, such as True Winter, that the warmth and softness of the Soft Autumn colors become apparent.
Above, you see True Winter color cards. Wow! See how much more vivid they are, and how much colder?
It's particularly easy to see the hue difference when you look at True Winter's reds and pinks, which are violet- and purple-tinged. Soft Autumn's reds and pinks are warm and dusty.
Color is context. On a Soft Autumn, these very muted colors look plenty vivid. If Soft Autumn colors look faded on you, you're not a Soft Autumn.
All of the makeup products on the Soft Autumn makeup list have been matched to SCi/Art - accurate color books.
What are the color words that appear the most often in these product names? Let's find out.
If you've read my posts from the last few weeks, you may remember that pink and rose (which just means pink) are important for the light, cool Summer seasons, and that this makes sense because pure pink is, by definition, a light, cool color. (Pure pink is a light red that leans toward purple.)
So you may be surprised to see it feature so prominently among Soft Autumn's makeup color words, given that Soft Autumn is a warm season.
The fact that it's here, though, reflects that Soft Autumn, unlike its neighbor True Autumn, is not purely warm; it's just warmish. In the same way that Soft Summer's color words include a few that suggest warmth (such as moss), you'll see that some of Soft Autumn's color words suggest coolness. Mauve is up there, as is berry and raspberry.
Above, you see Soft Autumn's makeup word cloud on the left and Soft Summer's on the right. Weirdly similar, right? Pink, rose, and brown are important for both of these gentle, neutral-leaning seasons. (Do keep in mind that Soft Autumn pinks are mostly brown-pinks and peachy pinks -- light reds with only a hint of coolness. )
When colors are this faded, it can be hard to distinguish them with nomenclature, and that's part of why so many women with muted coloring can't decide between these two seasons.
You have to dig deeper into the words to see the hue (warmth-coolness) differences: Soft Autumn has no "blue," the coolest color; no "mint" or "aqua"; no "gray," "stone," or "slate." And Soft Summer lacks "fig," "ginger," "brick," "chili," and "paprika."
(Without having made it yet, I predict that the True Autumn word cloud will have a lot less pink than Soft Autumn. True Autumn is just too warm, and perhaps too dark as well.)
Soft Autumn is the lightest Autumn palette. Let's look at it next to Light Spring, which is another palette that's light and warm. Light Spring is both lighter and more vivid than Soft Autumn -- popsicle colors versus desert colors -- but many women get stuck between these two seasons.
Here's Soft Autumn's makeup on the left, and Light Spring's on the right. You can see that Light Spring's makeup is more pure and clear because of the relative prominence of words like "coral," "peach," and "guava." You have more basic color words too, such as "purple" and "orange."
Wait -- let's get back to brown, though! Because brown is obviously the most important word in Soft Autumn makeup.
Do you remember Christine Scaman's article, "Three Great Colors on the 12 Seasons"? She didn't assign every season a neutral as one of its best colors, but she identified brown as a top color for Soft Autumns. No coincidence there.
If you look at the smaller words in the Soft Autumn word cloud -- the words that occur less frequently on the makeup list -- you'll see other versions of brown: chocolate, sand, taupe, tea, coffee, caramel, mocha, fudge. Brown is exciting on Soft Autumns.
Here are some gorgeous Soft Autumns in gorgeous Soft Autumn makeup. The makeup doesn't look washed-out, right? It just looks balanced. That's what happens when you put Soft Autumn makeup on Soft Autumn skin.
If you're not sure of your season, but you recognize your best makeup in the Soft Autumn word cloud, you may be a Soft Autumn. (In-person color draping is the best option for determining your season accurately, but if that's not practical, consider home draping cards. )
10/8/2018 03:01:08 pm
Thanks Rachel! Easy to confirm that I'm definitely a Soft Autumn after seeing the emphasis on brown. I'm pretty fair-skinned but discovered at one point that I somehow looked way better using cream bronzer as lipstick than red/pinky lipsticks. I can use straight-up brown pigment everywhere on my face and it looks good, despite my skin being a light beige.
10/9/2018 12:54:51 pm
Oh mine, I could never use bronzer as lipstick (I don't even like to use bronzer on the face), all the more proof that I'm not SA! ;)
10/9/2018 03:02:34 am
I'm unlikely to be SA, the colors are way too faded / washed-out on me; but I have to say the SA makeup word cloud sounds delicious - maple, spice, honey, ginger, cocolate, caramel, truffle... ;D This makes me look forward even more to other Autumns' makeup clouds ;)
10/9/2018 03:24:05 am
By the way, Christine Scaman also had three great colors for the 12 Seasons version 2.0, called "3 beauty colours for 12 seasons": https://12blueprints.com/3-beauty-colours-for-12-seasons-v2-0/ No brown for SA there, but those ones are surely equally good. :)
10/9/2018 03:24:41 am
What I've been wondering lately: is a makeup product always going to be specificly one season only or do soft summer and soft autumn for eg. partly have the same makeup products?
10/9/2018 12:52:03 pm
Amk, all products are crossovers, more or less :) Of course, that makes sense, as makeup manufacturers usually have no idea of seasonal color, so it'd be very accidental if a makeup produst suits one season only (and bad for sales)! ;)
10/9/2018 05:19:05 pm
Eh, I still think JLaw is a Light Spring instead of a Soft Autumn--I like Easter egg colors better on her than desert colors. Even in the pics above, her eyes and skin look much clearer compared to the other celebrity examples.
10/10/2018 07:01:36 am
Recently re-watching some old Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes: it seems to me that Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) and Joyce (Kristine Sutherland) are both Soft Autumns. Do you all agree?
10/17/2018 02:08:05 pm
Definitely something soft of Anthony Stewart Head! He looks so wonderful in tweed!
10/13/2018 10:49:08 am
I forgot to mention in my earlier comment that the comparison of Soft Autumn and True Winter colors next to each other is very helpful! One can really see how much brighter and more vivid TW really is. I wish for more direct comparisons like that :)
10/14/2018 10:44:15 pm
You could always DIY your own comparisons—just right-click and copy some palette images from the web, paste them into Photoshop, Paint, or what have you, and voila!
10/15/2018 03:37:02 am
Yeah, I guess ;) - but I've seen plenty of palette images online (e.g. pinterest.com/lorrainessufn/12-seasons/ is were I often look to compare), and somehow they don't show the differences as clearly ;) And I'm generally not good with photoshopping; but I'll see. ;)
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