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The Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
8/18/2015 10:45:57 AM

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The Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

Not all hair colors are created equal. If you want to boost your look—whether it’s looking younger, lighter, bolder, or darker—it’s best to know which colors are a yes and which are a no. The first step is knowing your skin tone.

This is easier said than done. Skin tones vary and are as nuanced as the individual, so determining which fits you best can be a challenge. In general, however, stylists place people in one of two categories: warm and cool. People with warm skin tones tend to look more flattering in yellows and reds. If you have a cool skin tone, you probably look best in greens, blues and whites.

Still not sure? Hold your wrist in direct sunlight. Do your blood vessels look blue? Then you’re probably cool. If they look green—warm.

All that being said, our skin tones can change throughout the year. A summer tan creates a gray area between warm and cool. Same goes for the pale shades of winter. But we all have a consistent undertone that dictates our overall look. If you need more solid references, think of Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian. They are all cool skin tones. Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston are warm.

So how does this translate to your hair?

Cool skin tones often work best with warm hair colors—and vice versa. If you wear greens and blues well, golden blonde, honey almond, and medium brown might be ideal hair colors for you. If your skin tone is warm, consider auburn, ash brown, champagne blonde, or dark brown.


When in doubt, ask a hair stylist you trust. Just because you like the bleached-blonde look doesn’t mean that’s the way to go. The wrong hair color can make or break your overall style. Remember: You wear your hair every day.

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