In choosing your next hair colour, there are a few factors that should go into determining which shades will be the most flattering for your complexion. Along with your skin tone, it’s also equally important to know your complexion’s undertone. This will help narrow down which specific hair colour shades will work best with your skin tone. We habe broken down the best shades for every complexion with celebrity references. Keep scrolling to find out the most flattering hair colour for your skin tone.
1. Determine Your Skin Tone: Deep
• People with deep skin tones like Kerry Washington will usually have dark brown eyes.
• Your skin looks healthiest in brightly hued clothing, like royal purple or green.
• The darker your skin tone is, the easier you can pull off more intense colours on your lips. Plums, reds and deep burgundies look great with your skin.
• The veins on your wrist have a purple tint.
• You can pull off both silver and gold jewellery.
2. Determine Your Skin Tone: Warm
• Warm skin tones like Jennifer Lopez’s are usually accompanied by green, hazel, amber, or warm brown eyes.
• Your skin looks healthiest in off-white or beige.
• Coral, terracotta red, and chocolate brown lipsticks are more flattering than pinks or blue-based reds.
• The veins on your wrist have a greenish tint.
• Gold jewellery looks best on you.
3. Determine Your Skin Tone: Cool
• People with cool skin tones like Amy Adams usually have eyes that are blue, grey, greenish-blue with grey flecks, or a deep brown that borders on black.
• Your skin looks healthiest in pure white shirts.
• Pink or blue-based red lipsticks are more flattering than corals, terracotta reds, and chocolate browns.
• The veins on your wrist have a blue tint.
• Silver jewellery looks best on you.
4. Find Your Shade: Fair Skin
“The lighter your skin tone, the paler you can go with your hair,” says celebrity colourist Rita Hazan, who works with Beyoncé and Jessica Simpson. Fair complexions with warm undertones like Elizabeth Olsen’s look best against hues of butterscotch, strawberry blonde, and honey. These shades play up the peachiness of your skin and cast a soft glow on your face. If you have a cool undertone like Julianne Hough, look for blue-based colors like platinum, flaxen, and champagne blonde to flatter your ivory complexion.
5. Find Your Shade: Medium Skin
Not only can this versatile complexion carry a wide spectrum of shades, but it also provides a beautiful backdrop for high-contrast highlights. People with cool undertones like Cameron Diaz should stick to ashy tones like sand, wheat blonde, or walnut brown to counteract any hint of redness in your complexion. Tawny blonde, golden caramel, or copper pick up the buttery tones and prevent sallowness in warm undertones like Mandy Moore’s.
6. Find Your Shade: Dark Skin
The whole idea here is to create contrast between your hair and your complexion-whether that means going lighter or darker, explains Dorram. “If your hair color is too close to your skin tone, your features will disappear.” Deep, dark tones of espresso and inky black look striking next to blue-based complexions like Lupita Nyong’o’s. If you have a warm undertone like Beyoncé’s, opt for maple brown, mahogany, toffee, and other rich, warm colors to bring out the apricot tones in your skin.