How to choose the best hair color for every skin tone
A haircut or extensions to add length to your hair can do wonders for your overall look.
Before you go ahead and dye your natural color platinum blonde, you need to consider whether the hair color you choose will beautify your skin tone. Just because a particular color looks good on one person, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to pick the right hair color for your skin tone.
Figure out what your skin tone is
The first step in determining which hair color complements your skin tone is to first figure out what your skin tone is. The easiest way to do this is to examine the insides of your wrists in natural light. What color are your veins?
If they look bluish or purplish, this means your skin tone is on the cooler side. On the other hand, if they appear green or yellow, this means you have a warm complexion. If you can’t quite make out the color of your veins, or if they look the same color as your skin, it may be because you have a neutral skin tone.
Another great way to do this is to hold up gold and silver jewelry on both sides of your face, next to each eye. If you find that silver complements you, this means you have a cooler skin tone.
If gold looks better on your skin, it’s because you’re warm-toned. If you have a hard time choosing between the two because they both look great, you most likely have a neutral skin tone.
Determine the hair color for your skin tone
The best hair color chart for your skin tone
Once you’ve figured out your skin tone, the next part is the fun part – figuring out what hair color to use. The rule of thumb is to pick a hair color that complements your skin tone and complexion.
While you may dream of turning your hair into a blonde color, and may even have a skin tone that suits it, it may not suit your skin tone.
Caramel, toffee and honey colors work best for darker skin tones. On the flip side, the lighter your skin is, the more platinum/blonde hair you can choose. With that in mind, here’s how to pick the right hair color for your skin tone.
The best hair colors for your skin tone – detailed breakdown
Here is an overview of the best hair colors for skin tones ranging from fair to dark.
Cool tones for fair skin
If you have pale porcelain skin with cool tones, then warm tones like caramel, copper and gold are your worst enemy. They end up looking very unnatural. You want a hair color that looks light and icy.
Light blues and platinum blondes look great on fair-skinned people. However, if you’re feeling adventurous and prefer a darker color, try jewel tone colors like dark dark brown, pure blue/black, rich crimson, and deep red purple.
Warm Tones for Fair Skin
Fair skinned people have warm tones (think Emma Roberts) and look gorgeous in colors that bring out the warmth. We are talking about caramel, strawberry blonde, golden yellow, cream and coppery red hair tones.
On the other hand, violet-based and excessively bluish shades do not complement these people. In addition, the strong contrast brought by black shades is not ideal.
Neutral tones for fair skin
If you have fair skin and neutral undertones, dying your hair blonde seems like a no-brainer option. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, you need to make sure you choose the right shade.
If you want to go with a platinum blonde shade, make sure you can control the blue undertones. If that’s too bold for you, you can’t go wrong with a slightly softer shade of a classic color. Think Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston.
Cool Tones for Medium Skin Tones
The unique advantage of people with medium skin cool tones is their uncanny ability to look great in almost any color. Taylor Swift is the perfect example of someone who falls into this category.
If you have blonde hair, choose a beige, wheat or sandy blonde hair color to complement your skin tone. On the other hand, brunettes look great in light to medium brown shades, such as pecan.
Warm tones for medium skin
If you have this warm skin tone, you can’t go wrong with a color between blonde and brown, such as a light golden brown or a warm cream. Golden reds and copper-based colors also complement this skin tone perfectly.
Neutral skin with neutral tones
People with medium skin have neutral toned hair colors that combine cool and warm tones for a very attractive look. A gradual transition to darker shades of ombre hair color, or darker shades blended with lighter shades, works very well for this skin type.
You want to avoid using shades that are similar to your skin tone, more specifically, dark blue or light brown. You should also avoid red hair colors.
Cool tones for olive skin
If you have olive skin, you don’t want to go too blonde. Keeping your hair dark is ideal, although you can try adding some subtle highlights to frame your face and add a playful dimension to your overall look. Keep darker undertones and add some honey or caramel textures.
Warm tones for olive skin
Eva Mendes and Jennifer Lopez are perfect examples of people with olive skin who have warm undertones. Caramel brown and dark blonde hair colors are best for olive skin tones. If you want to dye your hair blonde, be sure to use a honey-based shade.
Neutral tones for olive skin
Rich, dark colors are a real complement to neutrals with olive skin tones. Think chocolate brown and rich chestnut hair color.
If you want to mix things up and go the lighter route, consider a soft balayage for cooler, honey-based colors or darker natural colors.
Cool tones for darker skin
If you have a dark skin tone for cooler tones – like Viola Davis – an inky deep black hair color complements that skin tone.
We’re talking about deep purples, blue-blacks and espresso colors. If you want to add subtle highlights, consider cooler tones. Highlights ranging from platinum blonde or black to brown can add texture and dimension.
Warm tones for darker skin tones
If you have deep skin like Halle Berry with warm colors and tones, you can’t go wrong with blonde shades from the toffee and caramel range.
Mahogany and maple shades can also enhance the natural glow of this complexion. If you prefer a darker color, consider warm black.
Neutral Tones for Dark Skin
Strong contrasts work well for dark skin and neutral tones. Think Zendaya and Kerry Washington.
Rich dark brown tones with reddish-purple undertones, chestnut with golden undertones, and brunette tones are all quite flattering on this skin tone. The mild contrast adds warmth to the face and creates a complementary look.