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Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones

Attractive woman with multiple tones of cool hair colors throughout her hair

How to Choose the Right Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones

Did you know anyone can look fabulous as a brunette, blonde or redhead? That’s right, as long as the tone of the hair color you choose compliments your skin tone . . . your golden (pardon the pun, I couldn’t resist.)

So, are you certain your skin tone is cool?  You may be on the edge and asking the question, “What is my skin tone?” In this article we’ll answer that and help you find the right tones of brunettes, blondes or red hair colors that compliment your skin tone. This list will be your best friend next time you go out shopping for a new hair color. Are you excited? Let’s get started!

 

A side by side photo of the same woman one with correct hair color for skin tone and the other a bad hair colors

Did you know . . .  Hair Color That Compliments Your Skin Tone;

  • Brightens your complexion
  • Minimizes flaws

Hair Color That is Uncomplimentary For Your Skin Tone;

  • Makes you look tired and sick
  • Gives your skin a sallow and drawn appearance

 

Determine the skin color tone by examining the underside of your arm

How to Determine Your Skin Tone

Chances are you’re reading this article because you believe that you have a cool skin tone. The simplest way to know your skin tone is to look at the underside of your arm. People with cool skin tones have the appearance of blue veins whereas those with warm skin tones have veins that appear to be green. If you still are stumped as to what your skin tone is, take this comprehensive questionnaire!

How to Choose the Right Hair Color

Are you overwhelmed by hundreds of hair color boxes to choose from? Instead of looking for a fancy color name like ‘mocha java’ or ‘autumn rain’, look for tone of the color. Knowing the tone of any hair color will allow you to make an educated decision as to what will best suit your skin tone. The description on the box of hair color will read something similar to ‘light ash brown’ or 5N. The word ash and the letter N, meaning ‘neutral’, describe the tone of the hair color. Below is a list of hair color tones and their abbreviations that will be listed on hair color kits.

Best Hair Color Tones for Cool Skin Tones:

  • N- Neutral
  • V- Violet
  • A- Ash
  • B- Blue

Hair Color Tones to Avoid with Cool Skin Tones:

  • G- Golden
  • R- Red
  • RO- Red Orange
  • RV- Red Violet

 

Cool Skin Tones Look Best with These Brunette, Blonde, and Red Shades

Perfect Brunettes

Three Brunette Celebrities

Brunette Hair Colors That Compliment Cool Skin Tones Include:

  • Blue black
  • Jet black
  • Deep brown
  • Ash brown
  • Dark coffee brown

Cool Skin Tones Should Avoid:

  • Golden browns
  • Red browns
  • Chocolate tones

Brunette Celebrities with Cool Skin Tones Include:

  • Demi Moore
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Keira Knightley
  • Penelope Cruz
  • Eva Longoria

Blonde Bombshells

Three Blonde Celebrities with cool skin tones

Blonde Hair Colors That Compliment Cool Skin Tones Include:

  • Ash blonde
  • Platinum
  • Beige blonde
  • Sandy blonde
  • Honey and caramel tones look wonderful as highlights. These colors have warm tones that contrast against the cool base resulting in eye-catching highlights. Do not use these tones alone for a single process application.

Cool Skin Tones Should Avoid:

  • Strawberry blondes
  • Golden blondes
  • Honey blondes
  • Caramel blondes

Blonde Celebrities with Cool Skin Tones Include:

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Heather Locklear
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Hillary Clinton

Ravishing Redheads

Three Redhead Celebrities with cool skin tones

Red Hair Colors That Compliment Cool Skin Tones Include:

  • Lipstick reds
  • Burgundies
  • Red violets

Cool Skin Tones Should Avoid:

  • Coppers
  • Auburns
  • Mahoganies
  • Reds
  • Gingers

Celebrities with Cool Skin Tones That Have Made Magnificent Redheads Include:

  • Ellen Pompeo
  • Sophia Bush
  • Britney Spears
  • Shania Twain

You are ready to look absolutely radiant! We hope this gives you all the tools you need to pick the shade that is perfect for you. If not, shoot us your questions like Toni here . . . and we will do our best to help you out too!

For more ideas see our Pinterest Hair Colors for Cool Tones Board.

  





2 Comments »

  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    There’s lots of different hair colors that look wonderful on warm skin tones. Strawberry blonde, auburn, copper, golden brown and blonde are a few that come to mind.

    We have a fantastic Pinterest board that’s titled Hair Colors for Warm Tones. It’s a great, fun way to get inspiration. Check it out today.

    Good luck! :)

    Comment by Michelle Skye — December 25, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

  2. Do you have one of these for warm skin tones?

    Comment by elizabeth walton — December 17, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

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