Color Analysis: 3 Degrees of Warm & Rich

Warm and Rich can be further broken down into three varieties: Soft Autumn (flowing into Cool & Delicate), Warm Autumn (flowing into Warm & Fresh), and Deep Autumn (sharing deep, dark depths with Cool & Brilliant).

Discover which colors flatter you most and which you might want to avoid.  Completely virtual based on pictures and digital survey.

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      • says

        It definitely depends on the type of Autumn. Clear Navy would certainly not work for a Warm Autumn or even a Soft Autumn, but on a Deep Autumn, it can be quite striking. My daughter is a Deep Autumn with rich beige skin and dark brown hair and it looks amazing on her. However, the Navy does need to be clear, meaning no gray or dusty undertones.

  1. says

    All my life my mom has told me I am a winter but I am looking at this and wondering if I am a deep autumn. How can I figure this out? Some of my favorite colors are in the deep autumn (like the bright yellow and the deep pumpkin orange) but I’ve always been told not to wear them. I look good in reds also but mostly deep maroon reds…Help! :)

  2. says

    There are actually a lot of similarities between deep autumn and deep winter. Both have high pigmentation in their hair, eyes, and lips, and a strong contrast between all these and their skin.

    A winter could wear a bright almost neon lemon yellow and a burnt persimmon as well as a maroon. Liking a few colors in a different season doesn’t disqualify you from you primary season. Your primary season should just categorize your best and worst colors overall.

    The difference between Autumn and Winter lies in whether you are warm or cool. Try this post out to differentiate:

    Good luck!

  3. says

    Wow! Re-reading your posts about color & complexion has been very interesting! But now I have a query: From the looks of it, I am a Deep Autumn!This poses a problem as I had thought that I was Deep Winter. I LOVE the bright colors of Deep Winter such as fuschia,emerald, and royal blue. I’m not half as attracted to the Autumn counterpart colors however. Shopping has come to a halt until I can figure out what’s what! Your assistance is GREATLY appreciated! Thank you very much!


  4. says


    Although Winter and Autumn are opposite each other on the seasonal color wheel, they actually share a lot of similarities.

    Both flatter complexions with a high amount of pigmentation. So the lips, eyes, hair, and possibly skin are richly colored. As such, you may fall between the two categories. When you are pale you could benefit from Winter colors and when you tan you could favor Autumn colors. Overall I recommend trying different colors on and watching your personal results. Try a warm red then a cool red, a grey then a khaki. Then go with whatever you prefer.

    Good luck!

  5. says

    Anonymous, As a brunette or with certain darker shades of red she may cross over into Deep Autumn, but with lighter hues such as the one spotlighted in this example, she crosses over into Warm Autumn territory. Migrating between adjacent seasons isn’t uncommon with variations in hair or skin color.

  6. Anonymous says

    Thank you this has been very helpfull.
    But the only thing that bothers me is the clear navy Color For deep autumns. I understand why deeps have chinese blue and aqua (as they have a yellow undertones /greenish blue) but the navy blue doesn’t contain warm undertones, nor is it neutral so why is it that deeps can wear neavy
    P. S sorry For the poor grammar


  7. says

    Hi Stan,
    The reason clear navy can work for deep autumns is because they are along the deep continuum (along with deep winters). This set has high contrast between their hair, skin, and eyes. Therefore they can wear shaded colors with plenty of pigmentation. The navy they pick shouldn’t have too much black and should be a true blue without lots of muddiness. And while clear navy may work for most deep autumns, it may now work for everyone. Each complexion is unique, and the categories are only meant to work as starting templates.

    Good luck picking your best colors,

  8. Anonymous says

    Can deep autumns wear burgundy? Because i have heard a lot sites say that we can’t, which i think is strange as burgundy is basically a deeper shade of red, it May not have warm undertone but it’s neutral and i have been told Da’s can wear neutral and warm colors.
    Mahogany is recommended over burgundy but i Don’t really like mahogany
    Thank you


  9. Zazie says

    Thank you for this comprehensive list of best and worst colors!
    I have a lot of doubts however – though I know it is very difficult for someone to answer without pictures or meeting in person.
    I think I am an autum, as my (fair/ medium fair) complexion leans a bit warm (my face is much more neutral than my body, but still looks a bit better in gold than silver). My eyes are a very warm (reddish-orangey) shade of medium-to-dark brown. My hair and eyebrows are a very cool medium-to-dark brown. My lips have very low pigment. Apart from my lips (and cool hair color – it has cooled with age), everything else seems to point to a deep autumn. But. While autumn greens (pine, khaki, greyed and military greens) make me look wonderful I really cannot wear the camels and beiges of this season. (I can definetly borrow some shades from deep winter, but not all deep winter shades work.)
    So, is it possible that some colors of my season don’t work for me? Do I have it all wrong?
    My worst colors (= people asking me if I’m sick) are camel, very light pastels, dark greys. Spring colors overwhelm me. Lime green is a no-go. Most medium-to-dark browns suit me. black is not my best color but it doesn’t look too bad, especially if the clothes are made of wool or velvet.
    Optical white is not great, but not deadly, either.
    Would you say I got my season wrong? Any suggestions? Should all the colors of one’s own season work? Thanks!!!

  10. says

    Hi Zazie,

    Thanks for stopping by! I would love to help you. Unfortunately, I have been getting so many complimentary color typing requests, I was falling behind on my other orders. If you would like a color analysis, please find the button to purchase a $12 color analysis service at the bottom of this post.

    Hope to hear from you again soon :)

  11. says

    It’s unlikely. A warm spring has warm hair, eyes, and skin. A soft autumn usually has a combination of warm and cool features. The warm spring wouldn’t shine in soft autumn colors and vice versa. Hopefully that helps you differentiate between the two.

  12. Lily says

    Hi Reachel,
    I was wondering if I could have some advice, just because I’m so hung up on figuring out which season I am!
    Starting with my hair, the top half of my head is a warm blonde colour, whilst the bottom half is a chestnut brown. However, my eyebrows are a cool, very dark brown colour (That’s their natural colour, and cause me such agony!)
    My eyes are a mix of hazel, warm topaz brown, and just plain brown.
    Finally, my skin. My face and neck are fairly neutral, however the rest of my body is olive in colour.
    As you can see, I don’t really fit into any one category entirely!
    Any help will be truly appreciated!
    Thanks, Lily.

  13. Anonymous says

    Hi Reachel,
    I am almost sure I am a Deep Autumn since pastels totally wash me out, summer and even winter colors colors make my skin look gray and bright colors overwhelm my face. Even before trying to find out which season I am, I already wore only dark clothes but I have a “problem” with the make up: I am not a person who likes strong and rich colors on the face, I have never put on a red lipstick to go out, I just use a lip balm or a gloss for work. But I have discovered that the lipsticks that make deep autumn skin glow are really dark ones like spice, rust, mahogany or brown. I am in my twenties and I find these colors to be too strong for my age and appearance; so I wonder if you could give me some advice:
    Are there any colors of lipstick/lipgloss I could use for everyday make up that are not too strong and wearable by younger Deep Autumn women or for people like me that don’t feel comfortable in such dark shades?
    If it can be useful, I have brown/black hair, medium neutral skintone with an olive cast to it and Hazel/green eyes.
    Thank you very much

  14. Anonymous says

    I have golden blonde hair with strawberry highlights. I have ivory skin with freckles. My eyes are a greenish golden brown, neither completely green nor brown, but they change colors in the light. I don’t know if I am a Soft Autumn or a Light Spring. I find that colors from both palettes look good on me. For instance, I can wear greens, peaches and other warm pinks and corals, warm purples and warm blues, yellows(not dark ones though) , even some oranges and browns(again nothing too dark). I find that cooler colors don’t work really well for me at all.

  15. says

    Strawberry Blonde Anonymous,

    Your complexion sounds so unique. I would love to help you out with a consultation. If you would like a color analysis, please find the button to purchase a $12 color analysis service at the bottom of this post.

    Hope to hear from you soon :)

  16. helen says

    i have a problem here! i think im warm autumn but im in between deep autumn.. my skin tone is golden beige and sometimes turns into yellow-redish. my neutral eyes are med brown. I used to die my hair copper or med chocolate brown but my neutral hair are a classic dark brown with no reddish hue. What do you think?

  17. says

    I’m a warm Autumn, but very confused about what neutral colours to choose for wardrobe staples like suits – obviously black is out, and so is grey. Any suggestions?

  18. says

    So I am wondering, if I start out with a dark brown with natural reddish highlights then go medium golden brown with golden blonde highlights, does my season change? Do I go from deep to warm? What about colored contacts? Or a really dark tan? I am not trying to be difficult, I am sincerely curious. Thanks, Paula

  19. says

    I cant’t find my season yet, I really need some help. I have a light skin with warm undertones, my hair is naturally dark golden blonde/light golden brown, but it’s dyed into a medium golden blonde; and finally, my eyes are very dark brown, which is giving a lot of trouble to find a season to fit in

  20. Magi O says

    I also have trouble finding my season . I have a yellow undertone, my veins look green and blue green. I have olive green eyes. My natural hair color is a medium brown but I don’t know if I have red undertones in my hair. I have dyed my hair jet black since forever. Could I be neutral? How do I know?

    • Reachel says

      From your written description, I would look at Clear Spring, but in order to know for sure, I would need to complete a full color analysis. If you go to my services page, I actually sell them. Thanks for reading!

  21. Risa says

    I’ve been trying to decide whether I am a Deep Autumn or a Deep Winter. I’m Asian with dark hair and eyes (I think Kim Kardashian has a similar coloring as I do, but I notice that she often wears DW colors). I *think* I am more of a Deep Autumn; I was wondering if these would be further proof that I am a DA:

    1) I definitely have golden undertones to my skin. Lots of times I struggle to find a foundation that is golden enough. A lot of foundations labelled as warm look too peach or olive on my skin.

    2) I know that black liner is all the craze now, but it makes me look so tired. I hear that this is usually an issue for those who are pale (I’m not). I thought there was something wrong with me for many years lol. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that a deep brown liner is way more flattering. I can still wear deep black mascara though.

    3) I’ve dyed my hair for several years now: from light golden brown to soft black (never jet or blue black). I prefer to keep my hair dark now because I think it brings out my eyes. Similarly as mentioned above, the soft black made me look pale. My mom even told me that it looked “too goth” haha. Maybe it was too cool toned? On the flip side, I felt that golden tones ended up looking too brassy. However, I LOVE red tones in my hair. My hair is currently dyed a “deepest brown” with an “intense red” base.

    4) Black sunglasses are okay for me. I find myself gravitating towards tortoise-shell frames, though.

    5) I tried on a light grey sweater this weekend. After putting it on, I realized I needed a smaller size. None of the colors had my size, except a seemingly boring, drab camel color. I decided I’d try it on anyway for fit & go to a different store to find the light grey in my correct size. The camel color actually looked really good on me! I’d say it looked even better than the light grey, and I do like my greys! Needless to say, I did end up getting the camel sweater.

    And here are some things that also make me wonder if I’m NOT a Deep Autumn:

    1) I own lots of black clothing. I don’t think it looks bad on me.

    2) I’m not sure how I feel about mustardy colors on me (i.e. chartreuse, amber). I think they might not flatter me much.

    3) I definitely do have really dark eyes. I’m not sure if they’re BLACK or a deep brown because I’ve never seen anyone with truly black eyes.

    I apologize for the long post, haha. I hope to hear from you soon :)

  22. says

    I’m still trying to figure out the different between Soft Autumn and Soft Summer. For a person with very neutral skin tone (not discernibly cool or warm), what would you suggest?

    • says

      Your hair could be another indicator. Do you have ash tones in your hair? If so, I would look at Soft Summer. Do you get golden or even red highlights? Then Look at Soft Autumn. Also Soft Autumns tend to tan whereas Soft Summers are more likely to burn. Hope that helps.

  23. S says

    I have signifigant trouble fitting myself into any category. I do believe I’m an Autumn, but not sure which one. I have
    – warm toned skin that tans superbly in the summer
    – blue-gray eyes
    – golden brown hair: close to medium brown, with golden and sometimes even reddish highlights (naturally)
    – however my eyebrows are signifigantly lighter, almost nonexistant, especially when I tan

    I don’t think I’m Soft Autumn, because my hair is darker. But I’ definitely not Deep Autumn either, because of my eyes. What am I?

    • says

      I think Soft Autumn might be the best fit for you. Even though your hair is darker, the description of your eyes and skin seems to match up with this category. However, I can tell you for sure if you would like to order a virtual color analysis. The link is at the bottom of the post.

  24. Tara says

    I’m not sure what I am. I have quite fair, neutral skin (can’t wear foundation that is too yellow or pink). I have medium, warm brown eyes and non-dyed curly hair, which when curly, is a medium brown with dark blonde highlights, but when straightened it lightens to a dark blonde. My eyes are noticeably darker than my hair when it is straight. I believe I am some sort of spring or autumn but not sure.

    • says

      I would guess Soft Autumn based on your description, but I can’t be sure without a full color analysis. If you’re interested, you can link to purchase at the bottom of the post.

  25. K says

    I have been trying to figure out my season forever and I’m having the hardest time figuring it out! Mostly because I’ve been coloring my hair for year and years so who knows what my natural color is anymore…as a child it was a light/medium golden brown. My skin tone is neutral leaning warm and my eyes are kind of a bright olive green with gold flecks…I know I’m somewhere between a spring and an autumn…I’m thinking maybe a soft autumn? But would love your opinion! Thank you!

    • says

      Soft Autumn definitely sounds like a good possibility, though I can’t be sure without a full color analysis with pictures and survey. If you’re interested, there is a link at the bottom of this post.

  26. E says

    I’m definitely warm but still not sure if I’m autumn or spring.. is it possible to be autumn with gray eyes? I have fair skin and I tan very easily, golden blonde hair (my natural hair color is kind of dirty ashy brown) and gray eyes. Cool and bright colors look worst on me. I mostly wear white, ivory, beige, pink pastel and coral in summer. Other colors that suit me well are dark brown, black (sometimes! a little black dress or a black turtleneck looks good on me), dark blue, petrol, gray.

    • says

      E, from your description is sounds like it’s possible that you might be a soft autumn or a soft summer. However, it’s difficult to tell without pictures and a full analysis. If you’re interested, I offer a color analysis for purchase at the bottom of this post. Thanks for reading.

  27. S says

    Hi, thanks for the amazing post. :) I’m not sure if I’m a Deep Autumn or a Warm Autumn. My natural hair is very dark brown that looks black in shades but brown in sunlight. I recently dyed it ‘light blonde’ which actually looks more like brownish, redish blonde and it makes my skin brighter and less dull. I think soft pastels and dusty tones do not look good on me, but I do hear that more vivid colors suit me a lot, especially red. I think neon colors defintely look disgusting on me lol. I’m not sure about earthy colors like khakhi and orange. I think khakhi makes my skin look dull? Please help. :)

    • says

      I would lean towards Deep Autumn based on your description, but I’d be happy to help you with a virtual color analysis if you’re interested in a more thorough analysis. If so, there is a link at the bottom of the post. Thanks for reading :)

  28. Sara says

    I am a deep autom. I’m wondering what the best color to choose for my weding dress? beige with gold sparkle dress or a white dress? they both look good on me ..
    also I have a petite hour glass body with big tit and flatering butt, don’t know what the style that fits my body. some dresses look terrible on me :(

    • says

      Hi Sara,
      Many Deep Autumns look better in Beige than they do in harsh white. However, every complexion is unique. I would try both on and see which you prefer when taking into account the shape of the dress and all the other factors. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

  29. color quandry says

    Hi! I love your site. I was hoping to purchase an online color consultation, have you considered adding the option to pay via paypal but without having to create a paypal account? Thanks!


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