It is worth the effort to determine the best hair colors for your skin tone. A good hair color can make you look more vibrant, complimenting your skin tone, or, it can make you look sickly and washed out. It’s worth your effort to try to determine where you fall in the spectrum of warm or cool and what hair colors work best for you.
Hold a piece of gold jewelry and a piece of silver jewelry against your skin. Whichever stands out the most or appears the brightest against your skin determines whether you are cool or warm skin toned.
Color for cool skin tones Often accompanied by blond or ashy hair with blue undertones, cool skin tones tend to be olive, dark brown or pale to medium with pink undertones. Eye color is typically blue, gray, hazel or dark brown.
Cool skin tones should avoid warm hair color, which will clash with their natural coloring. It’s okay to venture away from your natural color, but another cool shade is your best hair color choice. Cool blonds can go darker, but they should stick with an ashy brown and avoid warm colors with words like honey and golden in the name. Most shades of red are too warm for cool skin tones, but those with burgundy or mahogany in the name, which contain blue undertones, can be flattering.
Warm skin tones Those with a yellow or golden skin undertone have a warm skin tone. Hair colors that have a warm overtone will generally look natural and much better on you. This color rule also extends to make-up, accessories, and clothing – hence the importance of getting it correct!
Warm skin tones should avoid ashen tones in the hair colour this is to avoid you appearing pale and washed out. Colours that work very well are light honey blondes, medium strawberry and golden blondes, warm darker browns, ginger or orange based reds and dark browns with a hint of rustiness.