What Hair Color Looks Best with Your Skin Tone?

Have you ever met somebody who seems to be able to pull off every hair color under the sun? From platinum blonde to jet black, some people look great with any hair color. The secret: their skin tone!

Thanks to your skin tone, the wrong hair color can completely change the way you look; that’s why it’s important to choose the right one.

Before your next cut and color, think about your skin tone and exactly which shade looks best on you:


– Blonde

The good news: If you’ve always wanted to go blonde, there’s probably a shade that looks great on you. The bad news: It might be harder to pinpoint than other hair colors, like a brunette shade.

If you have pale skin with bluish undertones, it’s best to choose a blonde shade like gold, caramel, honey, butterscotch, or amber to compliment your natural skin tone. Anything lighter or darker may not flatter your complexion and make you look washed out.

For those with neutral undertones, olive skin, or deep skin, avoid very light or ash blonde colors, which can harshen your complexion.

Warm undertones look best with cool blonde shades, as they balance one another out. Warm shades, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect and make your skin look yellow.


– Brunette

If you’re a natural brunette, one rule of thumb is that it’s best not to go any more than 2 or 3 shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color.

However, if you have warm or yellow undertones, cool hair colors like chocolate, mocha, and auburn can help brighten your complexion.

Warm brunette colors like honey, golden brown, amber, cinnamon, or mahogany look better on women with olive complexions and warm undertones.

Meanwhile, ash brown and chestnut shades tend to complement fair skin with cool undertones best.


– Red

When it comes to going red, finding the perfect shade is an absolute must; it’s all too easy to opt for a shade that makes your skin look blotchy, ruddy, or washed out.

If you have very fair skin with reddish undertones, cool reds like auburn, true red, and burgundy will brighten your pale complexion, while fair skin and blue or neutral undertones look much better with strawberry blonde, copper, rust, or amber shades.

For a deep complexion, try a cool red like auburn to complement your skin tone and avoid looking greenish.


Find Your Undertones

While it’s easy enough to figure out your skin tone — fair, medium/olive, or deep — your undertones are a little more complicated.

Undertones are typically broken down into 3 categories:

Cool: Blue, pink, or red undertones
Warm: Golden, yellow, or peach undertones
Neutral: A mixture of cool and warm undertones

To find your undertones, look no further than the veins inside your wrists. If they look more bluish and purple, then you have cool undertones. However, if your veins look more greenish, then you likely have warm undertones.

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