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    Hair Colors for your Skin Tone? . . . Reader’s Ask These Questions

    Here were three recent excellent questions women asked on my article, How to Determine Your Skin Tone. If you aren’t sure if you are in the warm or cool hair skin tone category, check out the article.

    I seem to be a warm skin tone person, but I have Rosacea, so what hair color is best for my skin tone without enhancing the ruddiness in my face??

    Thanks Tam


    Tam, I’m assuming that you don’t expect this disease to be improved in the near future with treatment? The Mayo Clinic reports that often this disease can be resolved with early treatment. This obviously would eliminate the need of a temporary hair color change. Also, I hope you have found some of the yellow or green tinted pre-foundation creams and powders that are available as a temporary fix for your hair skin tone issues.

    However, if you have any shade of red hair color in your hair, be it a cool or warm red, it will accentuate the ruddiness of the Rosacea. I don’t know what your hair color is now, but stay away from extremes in your hair color. Extremely dark , light or bright hair colors will make your hair skin tone stand out. Now, it would be better to wear, soft middle of the road hair colors. That would include soft caramel browns, browns with soft golden undertones, or muted blondes with added soft brown tones.

    I’m confused. My wrist veins are blue. But, everyone says I look good in red, emerald green, black, white, light yellow, and light orange. When I wear hot pink lipstick my family hates it, and outsiders admire it. It brightens my face, but has a clownish look. What are my hair skin tones warm or cool?



    My best guess without seeing you, is you have predominantly a cool hair skin tone. The red hair colors that will look best on you are burgundies, mahoganies and reds with a blue base to them. Warm reds like Cambell’s soup can red, or Lucille Ball red, will not fare as well on you. Emerald green as well as black are neutral hair colors that all hair skin tones can wear. The funny thing about bright lipstick colors, is if it’s a new look for you, you will look, “made-up” to those who know you intimately. However, for those who don’t have a certain expectation of how you should look, they will see you more objectively! My guess is you can wear that “hot pink lipstick” well with your hair skin tone, it’s just a more of a “made-up” look than you normally wear.

    What about Indian skin tones? I can’t figure out if I have cool or warm hair skin tones.



    Not every Indian’s hair skin tone is the same, just as not every Afro American, Spanish, Caucasian, Latino, Asian or any others nationality would be the same. If you can’t identify whether the undertones of your hair skin tone are in the warm or cool area, ask a few professionals. Get a few opinions. A professional hair colorist would be great one to ask, or a professional make-up artist should be able to tell you as well. Bring a girlfriend with a good eye, with you to the mall, and try on some different hair pieces and wigs with the idea of seeing what hair colors work best on you!


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    1. […] committing to a new fall hair color be sure to read up on “What hair color is best for my skin tone”  then bring some pictures of hair colors you like to your appointment to discuss with your […]

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    2. Hi! I’ve been thinking about dying my hair an unnatural color, but I just can’t figure out what would look good with my skin tone, eye color, and just looks in general.

      I have naturally light brown/dark blonde hair, gray blue eyes, my veins on my inner wrist appear blue, and my skin tone I’m having trouble figuring out. I feel like it’s kind of pale with pinkish cheeks.

      Please help!

      Comment by Jenna — May 20, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

    3. Hi Courtney,

      I recommend staying within two levels of your natural hair color. This will probably be a medium brown shade.

      Why am I suggesting this? It’s much easier to stay close to your natural hair color. If you want to go really dark, you may have to use a hair color or toner to fill your hair. On the other hand, if you end up hating it, lightening a dark color will be much harder.

      I also recommend using a semi-permanent hair color. These types of hair color will fade gradually over time. This is great because there’s little commitment and no line of demarcation (ugly roots).

      Do you look better in silver or gold? Ash browns look best on those that look super in silver, and golden browns look great on those that glitter with gold!

      Learn how to get the hair color you want with’s fabulous blog How to Use a Hair Color Chart. Don’t miss it!

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — September 22, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    4. I have light skin. But I can’t figure out my skin undertone. The veins in wrist are blue and red, but if you move up my arm about 3 inches they appear green. My hair is naturally pretty blonde and i have blue eyes. I want to try the darkest shade I can go. What would you recommend?

      Comment by Courtney — September 19, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    5. Hi Kelly,

      It sounds like you have a warm skin tone, but let’s make sure before you color your hair. Simply look down at your wrist. Do your veins have a blue or green appearance? Blue veins are a characteristic of cool toned skin, whereas green veins are a characteristic of warm toned skin.

      Once you figure out your skin tone your good to go! Try a bold hair color this spring. They are in fashion and so much fun for teens! Colors like copper, neon yellow, and gold look fantastic on warm skin tones. Do you have cool toned skin? Use a bright color like fire engine red, violet, or blue to bring in the new season. I suggest using a temporary color. Temporary colors are an excellent choice because they allow you to try out new colors without making a huge commitment.

      Check out the article Spring 2012 Hair Trends for more information, and while you’re there, take a peek at the other styles that are in fashion.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — April 2, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    6. I am 16 yrs old and I have yellow skin. Lol I’m light skinned and everyone calls me yellow. I have a section of the front of my hair dyed already, its a strawberry blonde but it looks mostly a light brown goldish color. I want to dye my whole head a color but Idk wat color. My natural hair color is black but when I get in the sun its a sandy brown color. Help please any advice is very much appreciated.!!

      Comment by Kelly — March 28, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    7. You’re welcome Maggy! We’re happy to hear that you found an answer to your question.

      Check out Spring 2012 Hair Trends to discover the trends for the coming up season!

      Have a good hair day!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — March 9, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    8. Oh! I just found a big thread on it. Sorry to waste time, my previuos question is void, I suppose! Very helpful blogs, thank you!

      Comment by Maggy — March 7, 2012 @ 2:35 am

    9. So I’m caucasian, but I don’t get pale. Instead, I’ve got yellow tones in my skin, so I’m usually tan or yellowy. I’ve been looking everywhere for some sort of chart, but I can’t figure out what colors would look good in my hair. I really want something mauve/orchid, unnatural colors. I know better than to use hot pink or anything like that, but would going with a darker tone of mauve be better for my skin? Or would the entire idea just clash? Oh and green eyes if that means anything haha. Aside from warm/cool and pale/tan, I guess I’m just asking if the color hue of someone’s skin should be considered when choosing a hair color (especially unnatural colors)

      Comment by Maggy — March 7, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    10. Hi Suru,

      Sometimes it can be difficult to determine a skin tone. The easiest way to tell is to look at your wrist. If the veins on your wrist appear blue then you have cool toned skin. People with warm toned skin have veins that are greenish in appearance.

      Another simple way to determine your skin tone is to try on jewelry. What looks the most flattering on you? Gold compliments warm skin tones, and silver compliments cool skin tones.

      Once you determine your skin tone, you’ll be able to choose what hair color will look the best on you. Light hair color options that look the best on warm skin tones include golden blonde, strawberry blonde, and light golden brown. Platinum, beige blonde, and light ash brown are examples of hair color shades that compliment cool skin tones well.

      Check out this article It will provide you with wonderful information regarding hair color ideas!

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — February 22, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    11. I m an indian girl fair comlexion… I can’t figuer out what my skinn tone is. .. I find my face look yellowish. Sometimes i think My viens r green or sometimes blue I can’t judge. I’m really confused … I look totally sick in yellow..But . Blue,purple stands out .. pls help me to tell my skin tone. .. also suggest right hair colour alittle light colour..

      Comment by suru — February 20, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    12. Hi Tracy,
      Try a beige or sandy blonde hair color. They are wonderful ways to make a subtle change that will compliment your skin tone. Are you thinking about taking a bigger leap? Ash brown and burgundy hair colors look fabulous in the winter.

      Check out our new article to find even more hair color ideas.

      Comment by Michelle Skye — February 10, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    13. Hi ~ I am a 44 year old female looking for a change. I have naturally strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes and I’m pretty sure a cool complexion as I am reasonable light skinned. I have rosacea but I use corrective make up to cover it. I have had my hair hilighted so many times that I am basically all blonde now. I welcome suggestions for what I could do to make a change. thank you in advance!

      Comment by Tracey — January 16, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    14. Color advice needs to be done face to face. There is just too much room for error trying to do it from a written description or even from a good color photograph. Stop in almost any salon and they are likely to be able to help you with this free of charge. Most salons welcome doing a quick freebie consultation as they know there is a strong chance that you’ll become a customer. Of course if you have a regular hairdresser that you use take their advice above all others.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — January 7, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    15. Hi i had brown blondy hair but dyed my hair blonde and i now i dyed it a copper/red colour i have no clue what to do now, my skin is fairly pale and peopel say the red/copper suits me better then blonde…. should i go darker or brighter?

      Comment by Jacintha — January 6, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    16. hii , i have a fair skinn complexion, im mixed(black&white) and my hair is naturally brown with light brown eys. currently my hair is dyed jet black because i didnt know which other color would fit me! plz help.,

      Comment by starr — December 12, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    17. Hi :)

      I have virgin hair! & im already 20 so im thinking about changing my look! Except, I don’t want to make a mistake. I have very light pale skin with and my skin gets red especially right now since its so cold! i usually use nude or light for my face makeup, so you kinda get an idea of my skin color. Everyone has told me my hair color is so beautiful because its a medium 4 brown & i have a red tint.I need help choosing a good color to dye my hair.& by any chance would you know anything to help hair grow?

      Comment by shanyle oseguera — November 20, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    18. I have all of the traits of a warm skin type, my skin is olive and I have brown hair. However, my skin is hard to match. I can wear most colors and I always look good in blue tones. I think I’m a mix between a warm and a cool. What hair colors are best for me?

      Comment by Taylor — October 20, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    19. I have blue eyes, light skin, burn easy. I want to color my hair light auburn, Dana Delany’ s color. My natural color is medium brown. Thank you.

      Comment by Barb — October 20, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    20. hi im not sure what skin color i am i have hypothyrodism which gives me this yellow skin color am latin and about 4weeks ago i got my hair painted honeybrown everbody says it looks good but i want a different color

      Comment by kitty3191 — August 19, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    21. Okay so in the summer i am naturally dark and i seem to be a cool tone. My hair is naturally a dark brown with NO tones in it. But my skin is olive/paler in the winter. My skin has a yellow tone, but when
      i put gold in my hair or golden ash color it blends in and washes me out. I cant determine my vein color very well. Silver stands out alot and gold blends in where you cant hardly see it. I am so confused and have horrible issues with hair color. Bright neon colors look good on me also. Can anyone help??

      Comment by Jessica — June 23, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    22. I am a young 64 year and i have been told by many people that I look about 45. My face is not wrinked. I am Latina and my natural hair color was dark brown with a little but of redish highlights. Now I am gray and went blond when hair sylist said I could . My skin is medium to light, I tan easily. I think my skin tone is warm wsome times I see pink.I think I have gone too light a nine with highlights, I have dark eyes and eyebrows. What kind of hair color should i haveA? I have really enjoyed being a blond.

      Comment by Esther johnson — December 27, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    23. Silver,
      Sounds like you should consult with a colorist. I’m not sure what you want to achieve with hair color. . . warmth with gold or red tones? Covering gray?
      I suggest you visit a couple trusted salons and ask for their professional opinions on what you might try with your skin-tone, natural hair color and your objective.
      Good luck!

      Comment by Hairstyle Blog — August 25, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    24. i am pakistani asian.i dont know which skin tone do i have .actually my veins at my wrist are blue and green both so i am confused .i wantd to dye my hair plz guide me!

      Comment by silver — August 25, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    25. Kim,
      Try just one shade darker than your dishwater blonde with some warmth (gold) in it. That would be the safe bet! A bit of warmth in the formula should be good for you!

      Comment by Hairstyle Blog — August 23, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    26. I have what I believe is a cool skin tone…..with light/medium skin that has a natural ruddiness to it, but I also have some yellow in my skin as well. I have very dark brown eyes and naturally dishwater blonde haircolor. I’ve been various shades of blonde my whole life but would like to try a brunette color. I have heard that ashy tones go well for those with cool skin tone, but I find most ashy colors to be too green for me, and I usually need a little warmth. What colors would work for me? Thanks!

      Comment by Kim Sayler — August 9, 2010 @ 2:16 am

    27. ok like i am 14 but i need a new look for when school comes back around i have my hairstyle but i am not sure what color hair would look gud on me i am dark skinned!

      Comment by Alexis — May 25, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    28. Amber,
      Sounds like everyone is right and you have a warm skin tone. Your natural hair color with the natural copper streaks is warm too.
      Mother Nature usually has it right! If you aren’t trying to cover gray . . . start with your natural haircolor and go from there. You can add more warm highlights in rich golden browns, auburns, warm gold and red highlights.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — May 7, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    29. I am bi-racial,I think I have warm skin everbody says it’s like a pale light “yellow” and that I look nice in purple&,green.My natural hair color is a extremely dark brown with copper streaks.My natural hair is very short so must of the time I wear extensions,I have no clue on what color to dye it nor what style I should have,HELP!

      Comment by Amber — May 6, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    30. im an asian and have a mediumish brown skin colour, my naturall hair colur is black ,but unfortunately at only 16 i have a lot of white hair.
      :( i really like my naturall black hair color, but i was thinking of dying my hair now as the white hair r becoming really noticable ,i want to only dye the hair that are white and leave the other the way they r, so i need to find a colour that is the closest to my naturall black .i know there are black colour out there but u can really tell the differene between dyed black and naturall black and i want it to look naturall !!!!!!!!!!! any advice would be apreciated

      Comment by ash — February 20, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    31. I have very light, even toned skin, ivory skin, people call it white or pale – it is not peachy, blue-green-gray eyes – darker in the shade but they get brighter in the sun, and they change colors; Dark grey or taupish eyebrows, straight, Light golden brown hair. I really have a hard time knowing if I am a spring or a summer. I look good in gold and silver. Some colours from each look good on me. My ethnicity is slavic.

      Comment by Bojana — January 31, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    32. Hey I have cool skin tones- I think- with rosacea. I want extreme hair colour, but I have no idea what colour to choose. I’m natuarally strawberry blonde with blue eyes and a round face. Any suggestions?

      Comment by Hannah — January 25, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    33. Bethsa,
      My guess is highlighting only one to two shades lighter than your black with warm brown tones and carmels, would look great on you!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — September 25, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    34. well i am spanish person and my skin is not clear or dark MY SKIN IS LIGHT BROWN..MY HAIR IS black i would like to know which other color hair matches my skin tone..

      Comment by Bethsa — September 22, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

    35. well i am spanish person and my skin is not clear or dark MY SKIN IS LIGHT BROWN..MY HAIR IS black i would like to know which other color hair matckes my skin tone..

      Comment by Bethsa — September 22, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    36. im not mixed , however, my hair texture and skin color says different. Im a medium-brown dark golden color…kinda. every color ever made looks good on me but i have no idea what my undertone(s) are. I want to dye my hair to a red/crimson color but i need to find out what my undertone(s) are….

      Comment by jen — June 3, 2009 @ 1:34 am

    37. I have recentely found out I have a warm skin tone according to some tests I found on the internet. There are many diffrent colours to match warm skin tones. I have rather pale skin, blue eyes with a hint of yellow/green my natural hair colour is light brown. What hair colours and highlights would suit me?

      Comment by Laura — July 18, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

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