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The Right Hair Colors for Your Skin Tone

The Right Hair Colors for Your Skin Tone

Get the right hair colors for your skin tone in sync!

Your skin tone plays a major role when determining what the right hair color is for you. And, getting the right hair colors for your skin tone right is not as easy as product manufacturers might have you think. One thing you may have learned the hard way from box hair color is, ‘what you see is not what you get.’ A note to the wise . . . always read the chart on the back to determine what hair color you can expect to come out with when put on your strands.
“The Right Hair Colors for Your Skin Tone”
Back to your skin tone, the right hair colors for your skin tone can make you glow, or even melt away the years.The wrong hair color for your skin tone will make you look sallow, sickly, worn out or freaky! And if that’s not bad enough, harsh contrasts or flat tonalities will emphasize lines and angles, Yikes! So, what is the right hair colors for your skin tone?

the right hair colors for your skin tone
Your Skin Tone, Warm or Cool?

You may be stumped as to whether you fall into the warm or cool category when determining the right hair colors for your skin tone. Here are some questions to answer that will help. Using the basic color chart above, which colors look best on you?

  • What color are your eyes?
  • What is your natural hair color?
  • What are the color of your veins on your inner wrist?

You are a COOL tone if:

  • Your eyes are deep brown, black brown, gray blue or dark blue, hazel with gray, white, or blue flecks
  • Your natural hair color is black, deep coffee brown, medium ash brown, dishwater blonde, salt and pepper, white
  • Your skin tone is, dark brown, brown with pink undertones, olive as most Asians and Latinos, medium with no color in cheeks or pink cheeks, medium with golden undertones, pale with no color in cheeks or pink undertones or brown or bronze when you tan.
  • Your veins on your inner wrist are blue

You are a WARM tone if:

  • Your eyes are — golden brown, green, green blue or turquoise, hazel with gold or brown flecks
  • Your natural hair color is — deep brown with gold or red high lights, medium golden brown, auburn, red, strawberry blond, golden blond, gray with a yellow cast
  • Your skin tone is — brown with golden undertones, pale with peach or gold undertones, freckled, ruddy or golden brown when you tan.
  • Your veins on your inner wrist are green

For more great looks check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Warm Skin Tones Board

What if you cross over the lines and have both warm and cool traits?

The most basic principles of color theory applies when trying to find the right hair color and your skin tone. Take a look in your closet and see if you see a trend happening here. Using the color chart, what colors look best on you warm or cool? If you can’t be objective, ask a few friends whose opinions you value. It’s easier to evaluate what we like on others than on ourselves don’t you think?

Find the Right Hair Colors for your Skin Tone

Here are the basics for what hair colors will go well with your skin tone. But, I need to emphasize that all hair colors have different values, or how deep or light they can be formulated and that will also have a bearing if the hair color will be right for your skin tone.

Natural Cool Skin Tones Can Wear:

Natural Cool Skin Tones Should Avoid:

  • Gold
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Bronze tones

Natural Warm Skin Tones Can Wear:

  • Deep Chocolate
  • Rich golden browns
  • Auburns
  • Warm gold and red high lights
  • Golden blond shades
  • Natural looking coral, oranges and reds

Natural Warm Skin Tones Should Avoid:

  • Jet Black
  • Blue
  • Violet
  • White

If you want beautiful, multi-dimensional hair color like you see on the celebrities, you should leave it to the pros. Even if you are set on coloring your hair at home, it could benefit you to consult with a hair colorist first or choose a highly reputable salon. You can check this out for sound recommendations. They may or may not try to talk you into their chair, but they also can evaluate your hair and skin tone and give you direct hands-on advice.

 

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32 Comments »

  1. Hi, I have dark hazel eyes (green with golden brown specs). I have veins that are blue for the most part, although sometimes they appear green, but are blue from the inner wrist. I have light to medium skin tone; somewhat pale. My undertones are pink, I would say, if I blush easily and when I fluster, my face gets red. My imperfections are easily noticed. Acne scars are purple and red. My hair is brown with some golden brown hairs (naturally), yet from far away my hair looks dark brown, almost black.

    What would be the best hair color, make up colors to bring out my eyes and skin tone?
    I cannot makeout what “season” I am or what tones define my skin/hair/eyes alltogether. I do not want hair colors that will make me look older than what I am.

    Comment by Lynn — September 15, 2017 @ 9:57 pm

  2. I have medium to light skin tone and very blue eyes. My natural hair color is brown. I was wonder what unnatural hair color I’d look best with?

    Comment by Destiny — March 14, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

  3. Hi,
    My name is anne, I have light to medium skin with warm undertones, I also have hazel eyes and I would like to make them appear green, do you think a strawberry blonde hair colour would suit me? ^_^ thank you for your help ^_^

    Comment by anne — July 3, 2015 @ 9:18 am

  4. i have fair skin with freckles and blue veins, my eyes are dark reddish brown. I look good in cool colors and warm colors, except orange and green.i usually love wearing bright colors. I just can’t figure out what shade of blonde I should be. Thanks

    Comment by Joanne Bradley — May 31, 2015 @ 10:17 am

  5. I have blue eyes, caramel blonde hair, pale skin, and blue veins on my wrist. I was thinking about coloring my hair purple but im not sure if I should go a light purple, dark, or maybe add a touch of blue or pink in it, or just not do it. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Marge — March 29, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

  6. I have hazelish eyes,( green, grey, brown) was a winter, jewel tones, had red (blue based) hair per colorist nice, brown/black hair too, eyes made eyes look green. Ivory skin, I went blonde, looked washed out, till I went very bright light blonde, nice, no ash or gold, clashes. At 50 pigment is changing, look young, dark hair is harsh now, red too much. I still pop in purple, emerald green etc. My eyes look green in those colors. Blue veins, am a mixture. Talked to colorists, 4 advise w/hair color. Washing out an ugly ash toner currently, don’t know what to do now. I see young women w/my coloring, not my age. Have spent too much on salons. B4, could play w/many colors, now, am lost. See so many maturing women w/bad dye jobs, hair color makes a world of difference. Any where I can send a photo? Please include those of us that r getting older and are a mixture.

    Comment by Marilyn — February 13, 2015 @ 6:40 am

  7. Hey so I have hazel eyes with gold fleks, my veins are green, and I’m chicano so my skin tone is warm with gold/red…
    I want to dye my hair something obnoxious but platinum blonde with blue tips is (according to this) not gonna work do you have any suggestions as to what I could do???

    Comment by Sam — December 1, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

  8. Hi, I think I have a cool toned skin but I’m not sure. I have ash blonde hair, dark blue eyes, blue veins and an ivory skin tone. I wanted to dye my hair a pastel blue, pink or purple. I don’t know if it’s going to work with my skin tone?
    Thankyou!

    Comment by Lilly — August 31, 2014 @ 6:25 am

  9. Hi Stefanie!

    The easiest way to determine our skin tone is to look at the veins in your wrist. Blue veins are a characteristic of someone with cool toned skin, whereas green veins are a characteristic of someone with warm toned skin.

    Once you determine your skin tone, you can explore which hair colors will look the best on you. How to Get the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone is a descriptive article that can help you find the best hair color.

    Check out the article How to Prepare for Hair Highlights for additional, wonderful advice!

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — April 9, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  10. Hello, im confused on how to die my hair i want a light highlights. I have deep brown eyes and dark brown hair. i would like to know what would look right on me.

    Comment by Stefanie — April 3, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  11. Hi Audrey,

    The easiest way to determine what skin tone you have is by looking at your wrist. If your veins look blue, you have cool skin tones. On the other hand, veins with a greenish appearance is a sign of someone with warm skin tones.

    For more information, including which reds look best on cool skin tones, check out the article Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones

    Thanks for reaching out!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — March 21, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  12. I have blue/green/greyish eyes with golden flecks, I was born with black hair but it soon turned golden blonde and became darker while I aged (right now it’s dark blonde/light brown and it even looks a bit green) I have a very fair skin with a pink undertone and I blush fast. I also got a couple of freckles on my nose. Do I fall in the cool range?
    I personally feel like my natural haircolor makes me look very ill and pink. Now I decided to dye my hair, but I don’t know yet which color to choose. I like red hair, but is there any natural looking red I can get away with if I have a cool skin tone? The reds with blue undertones look very unnatural and I don’t like them to be honest. If there really is no natural red color which will fit me, what color would you advice then?

    Comment by Audrey — March 19, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

  13. Hi Bailey,

    It sounds like you have cool toned skin. The easiest way to tell is to look at the veins in your wrist. If they are blue, then you have a cool skin tone.

    If you are still unsure, another way to check your skin tone is to try on jewelry. People with warm skin tones look best wearing gold jewelry, whereas silver jewelry compliments those with cool skin tones.

    People with cool toned skin can look amazing with dark brown hair! Try a deep brown, ash brown, or jet black color to compliment your skin tone. Check out this article for more tips and ideas!

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — March 13, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  14. I was reading this article and I have a few questions. When I was a kid, I had dirty blonde hair, now it’s a little darker. My eyes are blue, sometimes darker, sometimes lighter. I have pale skin with pink cheeks but I can get tan also and my veins are blue. I was wanting to dye my hair a dark brown but I didn’t know which category I fell in.

    Comment by Bailey — March 13, 2012 @ 2:36 am

  15. Hi Jean,
    It sounds like you have cool toned skin, so you could definitely pull off black blue hair.

    Do you want some other hair color ideas? Check out the new article that we just posted today.

    Comment by Michelle Skye — February 10, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  16. okay so my hair is a natural deep coffe brown and my skin town is olive so what color should i dye my hair i dyed the underneath burgundy before i liked it but, i cant see myself dying all my hair that color but, i want to do like a black/blue with like a hint of violet in it and i dont know if i could pull it off or not? what do i do?

    Comment by Jean — January 25, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  17. I have very dark brown eyes and brown almost black hair. Im lattina so im sorta like really tan i tan within five minuts in the sun i do not burn at all ive never gotten a sunburn;i dont know if that has anything to do wih it.Its hard for me to tell my vien color but i think it is green.Friends say red clothes look good on me.So at that i think im warm but im still not so sure.Can u help me?

    Comment by Nessa — December 4, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

  18. Hey there! The article helped me a bit, however I have traits from both. I have hazel/green/gold and a little blue on the outside eyes. dark/grey ash eyebrows. Pale skin with pink undertone, bluish almost green veins, i was strawberry blonde as a child, now i have a little left, with gold & strawberry blonde and a little bit darker almost brown highlights all natural. freckles sometimes but not many.

    Comment by EvaJael — February 13, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

  19. Claudia,
    Sounds like you fall into the ‘cool’ range. Why not start with dark ash blonde highlights just around the face to see what you think. It’s an easy way to try it out. Check out these other ideas on how to ‘test drive’ hair color; http://hairstyle-blog.com/find-the-right-hair-color-tips.html

    Comment by Hairstyle Blog — January 19, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  20. Hi, im wondering what skin tone I am.
    I have pale skin that burns in the sun and I rarely tan. I have a few freckles, with dark brown hair and very blue eyes. I would say I probably have pink undertones. I am wanting to dye my hair a dark ashy blonde, do you think this will suit me. Thank you for any help!

    Comment by Claudia Rose — January 18, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  21. hi . my skin color is a little white and i have green eye,my hair color is dark brown, what is the best hair color for me?

    Comment by sepide — January 14, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  22. hi,
    what highlights will work?

    I have cool skin tones yellow. My hair is dark brown and my eyes are hazel,green depends on what Im wearing. My veins are blue what will be best for my complexion

    Comment by ann noble — December 3, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  23. i need advice on what colors i could possibly dye my hair. i have dark brown eyes and hair and my skin tone is medium.

    Comment by ashley — August 21, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

  24. Laura,
    Good question. I answered your question in a post here;
    http://hairstyle-blog.com/how-to-choose-the-right-hair-color.html

    Comment by Barb Quinn — June 29, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  25. Hi, I am pretty confused about what skin tone I am. I can get REALLY tan, but I usually burn before I tan (at least at first). I am a natural brunette, medium to dark, but I get blondish highlights very easily (sometimes they are reddish). My veins are blue, though. I have never dyed my hair and I want to go blonde but I’m scared that I’m too dark for it. Then I see celebrities like Jessica Alba who have a darker complexion rocking blonde and it makes me hopeful. Should I chance it, and if so, what shades won’t look horrible with my skin tone??

    Comment by Laura — June 27, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

  26. Kat,
    Your skin tone sounds like it may be warm for such a cool deep red hair color, but your dark blue eyes are cool. Can’t say for sure without seeing you, but it would probably look edgy. I suggest you bring a trusted friend and try some hair swatches (ponytail add-ons) next to your face to see what you think.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — June 10, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  27. I’m wanting to dye my hair a deep red color like red wine, kind of like Haley Williams from Paramore? But im not to sure if it would look good against my skin. I mean I want to look edgy but i don’t want to look “off.” My natural hair color is like a mousey blonde, i have darker blue eyes and my skin color is pale but a little tint of olive coloring, and my veins are green. I’m ok if i stand out with the color i just don’t want to be too washed out with it. Would it look good?

    Comment by Kat — June 6, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  28. Emilee,
    I think blondes look best with multi-tones throughout and include a darker base.
    Why not try a few subtle lighter foils of blonde around the face and see how you like the color? You can always add more later.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 27, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

  29. I feel a little torn… my natural hair color is a dark blonde, my eye color is green with a hint of blue, my veins are blue, i have fair skin with pinkish undertones. I feel i look best in clothes colored blue, green, gray, and white. I’m not really sure what my skin tone is.
    I would like to dye my hair a lighter blonde, but will it look good?

    Comment by Emilee — May 26, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

  30. Just wondering, my eyes are green (like cat green). I can wear many colors. It is hard to tell my vein color because I am tan. My natural hair color is light brown but the sun gives it a golden cast which I hate. Can I wear beige blondes or platinum highlights??

    Comment by Toni — May 21, 2010 @ 6:15 am

  31. Julie,
    Sounds like your skin tone is cool, eyes probably more cool than warm and hair may be cool or warm.
    Check out some hair extensions (kiosks at the mall) or a beauty store, putting them next to your face and see what you prefer.
    Or ask a stylist or make up artist who can see you face to face.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 20, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

  32. hi im wondering what colour skin tone i have iml. i have blue green eyes goldenish flecks, blue vanes, naturaly dark blonde/ light brown hair

    Comment by julie — May 12, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

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