With autumn just around the corner, the time has come to adjust your makeup and hair colors to match the season’s beloved warm hues.

We all know—but sometimes forget—that when the season changes, the entire color palette for clothing changes as well. Just look around: the quality of light is different from that of summer, and our skin will shed its tan in the coming weeks. For ladies, this is a call to begin adapting your makeup, hair, and fashion. For men, it’s also the time to change up your wardrobe.

If you feel like changing up your hair colors a bit for autumn, you can start by adding a warm tone to your formula. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic—simply ask your hair colorist to add a touch of brown to the color you’re already wearing. That’s enough to give your hair an autumn touch.

For makeup, remember that your skin tone is unique. The amount of melanin in the skin differs from person to person, which means some people have natural tones more on the pinkish side, while others are on the tan side. Of course, some of us have equal amounts of both.

I usually advise my clients to purchase two types of foundation at the same level: a warmer one for when the skin is too pale from lack of sun, and a cooler one for when the skin is warmed by daylight. This makes it easier to neutralize tone when seasonal changes trigger a shift in the skin appearance. Some people prefer a warmer tone, and others the cooler side—it’s simply a question of taste.

I usually tell my clients that a neutral tone is better—especially if they’re having photos taken—because it works in every situation, indoors or outdoors, and is less dependent on external lighting, which can vary wildly between soft and harsh. And as the pages of the calendar turn, having two types of foundation on hand makes it easy to adjust to the changing light.

Now, adjusting makeup to your skin tone. Here’s a personal trick I use for each season: autumn shifts us toward warmer makeup, and in that case, a neutral tone or cooler tone will most emphasize the makeup.

The charts for Asian and Caucasian skins are slightly different. As a professional, I use both when approaching a client’s makeup. If the foundation is right, I take cues from the client’s clothing colors to create the best match and overall look. Another tip is to pair hues with the client’s eyes. These tricks work well for all seasons.

This info could be pulled out into a callout element. Maybe color swatches or boxes showing each color—approximate, of course, as we don’t have color mixtures for these.

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