Choose a Hair Color That Will Complement Your Skin Complexion
Edited by Vanessa Alexandra Avisado, Eng, Lynn, Doug Collins and 15 others
If you've been changing your hair color as often as the seasons change, you know it can be totally overwhelming to make a choice from all the colors offered in the market. Should you choose to have a darker or lighter shade? Or should you retain your natural shade and highlight it with another shade? Will you look as gorgeous as the supermodel in the magazine if you pick the same color as hers for your hair? Whatever hairstyle you prefer, you want a hair color that will be flattering to your overall look. How do you choose a hair color that will complement your skin complexion?
Your skin tone has been handed down to you from many generations in your family. There are natural factors in your genes that determine the color of your eyes, hair, and skin. The amount and type of melanin that gives color to your skin dictates what shade of hair color will work best for you. Knowing your particular skin tone will help you in selecting the perfect hair color for you. Choosing a hair color can be very tricky. If you pick the wrong color for your hair, you will look ashen and washed out. However, picking the right color can give life and healthy glow to your hair, making every other woman green with envy.
- 1 How to Determine Your Skin Tone
- 2 Know Your Skin's Complexion
- 3 Guide in Choosing Hair Color for Your Particular Skin Tone
- 4 Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- 5 Questions and Answers
- 5.1 What hair color goes best with yellow undertone skin?
- 5.2 Black skin with green veins?
- 5.3 I need help trying to change the color of my hair?
- 5.4 Warm yellow skin tone hair colors?
- 5.5 Which hair color suits me, I'm dark Indian?
- 5.6 Changing from light blond back to red?
- 5.7 Query about hair color and what color will suit Indian tan skin tone?
- 5.8 How to choose my hair color which will best suit me?
- 5.9 I dyed my hair with a warm brown color and it looks almost black. Can I redye it with a lighter color?
- 5.10 Blue / gray eyes, pale / fair skin. What light shade would look good, not wash me out?
- 5.11 Can you help me decide what color I should dye the tips of my hair?
- 5.12 I am warm tone but I look better in silver? Which category am I under; warm or cool?
- 5.13 Pastel colors support please?
- 5.14 My natural hair color is brown. I tan easily. My eyes are green and gold. I wear silver, pink, seafoam green, or ice blue nail polish which looks great with my skin tone. My hair is currently highlighted blond and is beautiful. I can wear espresso, chocolate burgundy, and blond equally well. However, I would like to know the best and most flattering color for my skin and eyes?
- 5.15 I have pale skin but rosy cheeks?
- 5.16 Can I get a look that compliments people?
- 5.17 Which question should I start off?
- 5.18 Hair way too dark around face used caramel blond 7.5 hair was too light now too dark?
- 6 Referencing this Article
- 7 Comments
How to Determine Your Skin Tone
For you to find your skin tone, you must first determine what type of undertone your skin has. This will help you know whether your skin tone is cool or warm.
- Do your veins look blue or green under natural light? A cool skin tone (pink or blue undertone) will appear blue, while veins of a warm skin tone (yellow undertones) will have a green or turquoise color.
- Which makes you look better: Gold or silver? You have a warm skin tone if your answer is gold. If you answered silver, your skin tone is cool.
- Does black or brown compliment you? Black looks better on a cool skin tone, while brown suits a warm skin tone.
Know Your Skin's Complexion
The two categories are:
- Light Cools
- Medium to Deep Colors
Warm Skin: There are likewise two categories
- Light Warm
- Medium to Deep Warms
Guide in Choosing Hair Color for Your Particular Skin Tone
- Porcelain White Skin Complexion:
- Sun-Kissed Skin Complexion:
- Natural Tan Skin Complexion:
- Reddish Skin Complexion:
Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- Choose a hair color that is two shades lighter or darker than the color you're currently using to achieve a flawless finish. Never go over three shades either lighter or darker. Don't try to lighten already dyed dark hair with lighter hair dyes. You'll need to bleach the hair first, and this isn't recommended for beginners.
- The best time to apply color is before washing the hair. The natural oils will serve to protect the hair from harmful ingredients contained in the product.
- Keep in mind that hair color can darken or hide gray hairs only for a certain amount of time. The hair's natural color will eventually appear as new strands grow.
- If you have a neutral skin tone, you can wear hair colors recommended for any type of skin complexion.
- Don't be afraid to experiment in your desire to find the right hair color that best suits your skin tone. Hair color products are not as harsh as in the past.
- Don't fix a color mistake by using another box of different hair color. Wash the hair two to three consecutive times with clarifying shampoo. If the mistake is too big to handle, see a hair expert.
It is definitely important to first determine your skin tone and complexion before you can choose the right hair color to flatter your looks. Once you are able to find the perfect hair color that matches your skin tone, you'll be amazed at the great difference it makes in brightening your features and giving you a stunning appearance you've always wanted for yourself.
Questions and Answers
What hair color goes best with yellow undertone skin?
The hair colors that go best with yellow undertone skin are mahogany color and auburn color. Mahogany color and auburn color will make you look younger and it will make your yellow undertone skin glow. The chestnut color is also nice and good for a yellow undertone skin, it will make you look simple but elegant to look at. Also, the dark golden brown color is good for a yellow undertone skin, you will look sexier and beautiful with that hair color.
See more questions like this: Thinking about foiling my hair
Black skin with green veins?
As I browse around I found some answers to your question since you have a black skin with green veins then more likely you can be a cool undertone and a medium to deep skin complexion. Then most likely the colors that might suit you best are deep hair colors like black nor deep coffee brown. Others might be burgundy, mahogany or any violet based red would suit you.
I need help trying to change the color of my hair?
I have a very fair skin (I burn, freckle and peel) and hazel eyes with a honey/green mixture. I am allergic to metal so I don't know if gold or silver would look better on me. My hair pulls some red no matter what color I try. I need the darkest hair color possible that will still look natural.
As it is going to be very difficult for you not to get a brassy result when you dye your hair very dark so try to work with that. As you have such a fair complexion you can get away dark brown with espresso or chocolate undertones or a blue-black. The blue-black will be stark but the blue mixed with your hair's tendency to go red will give your hair an attractive slightly purple sheen.
See more questions like this: Could you help with the right color hair for my skin complexion?
Warm yellow skin tone hair colors?
Individuals with a warm yellow skin tone look great in the stronger pure hues such as dark black, charcoal black, bright red, crayon red and fuchsia. For a more natural look, go for medium brown shades from caramel to toffee. You would also look good with bronze, ginger or reddish highlights.
See more questions like this: I am confused with my skin tone but I am thinking of changing my hair look
Which hair color suits me, I'm dark Indian?
Which hair color suits me, I'm dark Indian
Finding your perfect hair color depends on your skin's undertones, and whether they're warm or cool. If you look better in white and silver, you're most likely cool. If you look better in cream and gold, you're warm. Once you've determined that, you can find a good color. Warmer skin tones look best with gold-based hair colors, while cooler skin looks best with ash and violet-based hair colors. One general rule to stick to is to keep your hair color a few shades lighter or darker than your skin color to keep it from blending with your skin. Maintaining contrast between your skin and hair makes you look brighter and healthier.
Changing from light blond back to red?
I wear medium olive make up (a little lighter would be okay as well). Up until the last 3-4 years, I colored my hair nearly every shade of red, auburn, copper. The past 3-4 years, I have gone light blond. People say they like it, you never know who to trust. I am missing my red hair. For my age, I have hardly any wrinkles on my face (I'm 62 but look around 50, truth). Any thoughts about changing my hair back to red, good idea or not?. I have tried: Going from bleached light blond back to red (not sure what shade). I think it was caused by: I wear medium olive make up (a little lighter would be okay as well). Up until the last 3-4 years, I colored my hair nearly every shade of red, auburn, copper. The past 3-4 years, I have gone light blond. People say they like it, you never know who to trust. I am missing my red hair. For my age, I have hardly any wrinkles on my face (I'm 62 but look around 50, truth). Any thoughts about changing my hair back to red, good idea or not
Start with a shade of copper or light auburn so that it is not that much of a shock. You can transition darker as you go. Keep in mind that with the light blond hair you have now, you can choose a darker shade of auburn that will be much lighter than on the box when you are finished with the application process. If you like the red hair then this should not matter. You can test out how you feel with the hair color changing by using Rooibos tea to semi-permanently die your hair. Here are some VisiHow articles on all natural hair dye:
Query about hair color and what color will suit Indian tan skin tone?
Hi. I want to dye my hair but I'm not sure which color will suit me. I think I fall into the warm category. I'm Indian and tan. I was thinking of golden brown or light golden brown but I'm afraid if it does not suit me! please help...
Warmer hair colors look the best with warm skin tones, and they'll really brighten up your skin. Stick with darker, warm-toned brunettes or browns. Auburns and mahoganies are good choices, as well. You can try a golden or light golden brown, but make sure it's not too close to your skin tone, as you want a much lighter or darker color to help maintain contrast between your hair and skin.
See more questions like this: Hair color suitable for Indian skin
How to choose my hair color which will best suit me?
I am a Hindu girl, with medium dark complexion, and I am confused which color would suit my hair. My hair is medium length and wavy. Please help. Thanks. I have tried: Nothing
You should consider wearing purples, blues and burgundy as highlights in your hair. These will be subtle color changes as you move your head in the light or style your hair to show them off. You can place them under the first top section of your hair to hide when you feel that you need a more professional look.
See more questions like this: Well basically I am Asian from China what would be the best color that suits my hair
I dyed my hair with a warm brown color and it looks almost black. Can I redye it with a lighter color?
I'm getting my hair highlighted on Friday and the base is darker than I wanted it to be. It's very dark brown. Too dark for me. Can I dye it with a lighter color? I just dyed it on Sunday and today is Tuesday
You can't lighten dyed dark hair with hair dye. You'll need to use bleach. If you're getting your hair highlighted in a few days, it's best to wait until you go to the salon and consult with a professional. Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo to remove some excess color in the meantime.
See more questions like this: I have dark brown color and want to lighten it to a nice brown
Blue / gray eyes, pale / fair skin. What light shade would look good, not wash me out?
I currently have dark brown hair. I'm only 36 but I'm almost fully gray (silver, actually, and shiny, super noticeable) in the front around the face. Some silver on top and sides. With my dark hair, it's so obvious when it grows out. Like in a week and a half, if I pull a ponytail, the contrast is ugly. Scared to go too light and wash me out. Any suggestions?
You should not go lighter than 2 shades of your normal hair color. A light golden brown would look lovely on you. Look for shades that are from a warm honey color palette . Keep in mind that any gray hair is going to need a little extra processing time unless you choose a kit that has 100% gray coverage. If you do not want to begin maintenance every 6 weeks with a new hair dye, choose a color that you can use a touch-up kit to extend the time between applications. This will save your hair from damage in the long run.
Can you help me decide what color I should dye the tips of my hair?
I have blond hair, but like a little brown in it. I have natural highlights.
If you decide to go for the natural look you would probably look great with hair tips that are honey blond. You could also go with a creamy white platinum blond. Stay away from colors that are too cool like lavender or pink. If you wanted to go darker you could pull off a ginger red or a charcoal black.
See more questions like this: Should I dye my hair red, purple or rose gold plus its my first time?
I am warm tone but I look better in silver? Which category am I under; warm or cool?
I am a tanned golden Asian girl with really dark brown hair and I am looking for a light color that will accentuate my features and skin color. What can you suggest?
You are still in the warm category but can wear neutral colors. If you feel that you look good wearing silver, look for light peach and pink colors to see how you feel when wearing them. Just because you are warm toned does not mean that you have to wear certain colors all the time.
Pastel colors support please?
Hi, I have silver pastel bleached hair with dark roots, I love it, I have quite dark skin & dark eyes, but I fancy a change & love the pastel pink, would I suit that color being dark & if I did go pastel pink/candyfloss, would it be easy to get the silver tone back? At home without salon help i.e. I do not want the epic to stain my hair & add more orange tones to it while trying to go bright silver white?
Be very careful when adding pink highlights to your hair at home. These can stain the hair until your hair completely grows out. For instance, years ago Herbal Essence had a hair highlighter kit that was pink in color guide so you could see where you placed the highlights. Well on the copper areas of my natural hair color that pink stain did not wash out for 6 months. It was permanently there. If you want to go back to the silver then I suggest using kits that say they only stay in for a few days. Do a test patch and see how well it wears out.
My natural hair color is brown. I tan easily. My eyes are green and gold. I wear silver, pink, seafoam green, or ice blue nail polish which looks great with my skin tone. My hair is currently highlighted blond and is beautiful. I can wear espresso, chocolate burgundy, and blond equally well. However, I would like to know the best and most flattering color for my skin and eyes?
My natural hair color is brown. I tan easily. My eyes are green and gold. I wear silver, pink, seafoam green, or ice blue nail polish which looks great with my skin tone. My hair is currently highlighted blond and is beautiful. I can wear espresso, chocolate burgundy, and blond equally well. However, I would like to know the best and most flattering color for my skin and eyes.
You are a more neutral tone and can wear any hair color. From dark brown to bleach blonde. Depending on how you feel about the blonde, you can introduce golden or copper highlights to test if you like the red panel of hair color choices.
I have pale skin but rosy cheeks?
My hair color is dark brown but want to start to go a little lighter as I am getting older and have a few gray hairs
Assuming that you have cool skin, you can go a few shades lighter to a medium or light ash brunette for a more natural-looking hair color. If you really want to brighten up your skin tone, try a violet/red-based hair color like burgundy, ruby, garnet or mahogany. If you're looking to go even lighter, a golden blond might even be flattering.
Can I get a look that compliments people?
I need a look that people will appreciate in me
People feel what they feel by how we exhibit our confidence. Find clothes and hairstyles that make you feel confident. There is not one set of ideals when it comes to style and hair that everyone likes. It is how we portray ourselves that make people feel relaxed and confident in us. For instance, clothing colors like blue relax a person while red means take me seriously. Yet, if you do not have confidence those feelings from the other person will not change.
Which question should I start off?
It says there are 6 parts, should I start with How to Determine Your skin Tone?
VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.
Hair way too dark around face used caramel blond 7.5 hair was too light now too dark?
Used clarifying shampoo + bake soda = lemon juice still very dark around the face. Used 7.5 to darken light blond hair. Now too dark close to face especially age 841/2 not good dark brown around the face. how to lighten, please. I have tried: Clarifying shampoo with bake soda with lemon juice need help with color dark close to the face, thank you. I think it was caused by: Used to dark color my hair must have been dry as really grabbed color
VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.
Referencing this Article
If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:
APA (American Psychological Association)
Choose a Hair Color That Will Complement Your Skin Complexion. (2017). In VisiHow. Retrieved Apr 24, 2017, from http://visihow.com/Choose_a_Hair_Color_That_Will_Complement_Your_Skin_Complexion
MLA (Modern Language Association) "Choose a Hair Color That Will Complement Your Skin Complexion." VisiHow, visihow.com/Choose_a_Hair_Color_That_Will_Complement_Your_Skin_Complexion Accessed 24 Apr 2017.
Chicago / Turabian VisiHow.com. "Choose a Hair Color That Will Complement Your Skin Complexion." Accessed Apr 24, 2017. http://visihow.com/Choose_a_Hair_Color_That_Will_Complement_Your_Skin_Complexion.
Categories : Beauty & Aesthetics
Recent edits by: walsh, Maria, Donna