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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.

  



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Golden Globe Hair Colors We Loved

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Can you wear any of these amazing celebrity hair colors with your skin tone?

This years A-list celebrities walked the red carpet wearing some of the most magnificent hair colors of the year. These are the hair colors we predict we will be seeing requested most often in hair salons all across the country this coming year.

Are there some celebrities whose hair color you wish you could channel, but are unsure if you have right skin tone to pull it off? If you are like most people, you probably don’t know what skin tone or undertones you have.

Below are our recommendations for who can wear these hair colors best, but if your skin tone isn’t a match, we have a similar alternative hue for you! Are you ready to look like a star? Let’s go! Here are our most favorite and least favorite hair colors at the 2012 Golden Globes Awards.

Emma Stone at the Golden Globes with auburn hair colorBest Red Hair Color

Emma Stone should get an award for having the best hair color. The rich, auburn color brightens her complexion, allowing her skin to glow with radiance.

Are you inspired by Emma’s fabulous auburn hair color? Try something new this year and give red hair a chance. Auburn and copper tones, similar to Emma’s, look the best on people with warm skin tones. Burgundy and violet tones are red shades that will best compliment those with cool skin tones. Do you love the look, but you are not sure about taking the leap? Try a warm brown or strawberry blonde hair color or highlights. Who said blondes have more fun?

Kelly Osborne at the Golden Globes with a grey hair colorWorst Overall Hair Color

Kelly Osborne was far from runner-up with this hair color. Her grey hair color, with purplish, bluish undertones was a wash-out! This color washed out her skin tone and added years to her appearance.

Are you thinking about going platinum? If you are, think of Christina Aguilera, not Kelly Osborne. This shade looks best on those with cool skin tones. Do you want ultra-light hair, but you have warm toned skin? A light golden blonde hair color will best flatter your skin tone.

Jessica Biel at the Golden Globes with a dark brown hair colorBest Dark Brown Hair Color

This year the award for the most fabulous dark brown hair color goes to Jessica Biel. Her hair color looked stunning!

Do you love Jessica’s deep brown hair? This is the season to go darker with your hair color. A deep brown, like Jessica Biel’s, looks the best on those with cool skin tones. Red brown hair colors look very similar and are an excellent alternative for those with warm toned skin.

 Sophia Vergara at the Golden Globes with medium brown hair color

Sophia Vergara lit up the runway with her shiny brown hair color.

Would you like brown hair that makes your eyes sparkle like Sophia’s? Use a golden hair color to enhance warm skin tones and bring out your eye color. Don’t have warm toned skin? Use a medium ash brown hair color to enhance your features and look your best.

Elle Macpherson at the Golden Globes with blonde hairBest Blonde Hair Color

Elle Macpherson’s sexy golden locks beat her fellow celebrities in this category, but it was a close call. We also loved Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Therone’s blonde hair color about as much . . . they were both runner-ups in our book.

Do you want beautiful blonde hair? Women with warm skin tones, like Elle Macpherson, look the best with golden blonde hair. To achieve the same award-winning style for those with cool skin tones, add honey colored highlights to a sandy blonde color. The honey color will add warmth and dimension. Nicole Kidman at the Golden Globes with Strawbery Blonde Hair Color

Nichole Kidman can’t be beat when she goes with this hue; she looked ravishing with her strawberry blonde hair color! It was also the perfect look with her elegant white and gold dress.

Strawberry blonde hair looks best on those with warm skin tones. Do you have a cool skin tone? The subtle warm tones in beige blonde hair color make it a wonderful alternative for you. For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

  



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What Hair Color is Best for My Skin Tone?

What Hair Color is Best for My Skin Tone

Is Your Hair Color Aging You?

Master hair colorists concur that Mother Nature is the mastermind when it comes to knowing what hair color is best for your skin tone. Just think of it, before you started playing around with hair color did you need to ask the question; “What hair color is best for my skin tone?” And, as of yet, have you seen a kid with hair color too dark, too light, or with a natural hair color that doesn’t work with their skin tone??

That’s right, the next time you find yourself asking the question, consider going with a base color that mirrors the hair color you had at 10 years old! From that point the right hair colors for your skin tone can be added as warm or cool high lights or lowlights.

If you are under 30, you may be able to get away with wearing hair colors that are far from your natural hair color. But, skin tone changes over the years and hair colors that once looked good can now look harsh or ashen and even make you look sickly . . . ugggh!

Take this questionnaire to find out your skin tone!

Ashy or Pale Hair Skin Tones

  • Add warmer high lights, golden or honey, to your natural base hair color.

Pink or Ruddy Hair Skin Tones

  • Add cooler tones of ash brown or icy blondes to off-set the redness.

Dimensional Hair Color

Multiple shades of cool or warm tones added to your base color adds dimension to the hair.

  • Brunettes can add caramel hair high lights for warmth. Mocha or chocolate colors for depth.
  • Redheads might add copper or golden high lights to brighten, or shades of brown to deepen to a shade of auburn.

Fall hair colors this year have tones with names like mocha, chocolate, icy blondes and fiery reds! Check out the chart of hair colors for more ideas!

 

  



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