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A Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Hair Color According to Your Skin Tone

Beyond trends and fashion, there are certain colors that, because of our natural tones, will work in our favor more than others. That’s why, in the world of colorimetry, there are hair colors that are ideal when it comes to highlighting our attributes and making our imperfections less visible.

Yaneli García is a makeup, nail, and hair artist with 16 years of professional experience in hair image and colorimetry, certified by Wella Professional and L’Oreal Professionnel. With her help, we’ll be able to find the right color for you.

Exclusively for Bright Side, Yaneli helped us create a complete guide to find the ideal hair color for you according to your skin tone. Remember that this is just a guide and your particular taste and preference will define what best suits you.

Step #1: Warm or cool undertones

Image professionals usually categorize skin tones following the classification on which the colorimetry is based: warm tones or cool tones. This classification is used to find all the colors that suit you when you get dressed, apply makeup, or choose your hair color. To detect to which category you belong in, there are several quick tests:

  • The color that suits you best
    Choose one pink garment and another one that is yellow. Place each one under your chin, in the light, and see which one looks better. The wrong garment will highlight your imperfections, while the right one will brighten your face.

    Pink = cool tone
    Yellow = warm tone
  • Accessories that suit you better
    The same goes for gold and silver accessories: wear both and see which one works better for your face.

    Silver = cool tone
    Gold = warm tone
  • The color of your veins
    Look at the veins in your wrist and detect if their color is among the blues, purples, or greens.

    Purple or blue = cool tone
    Green = warm tone

It’s worth mentioning that there is also a neutral tone, which mixes characteristics of a cool tone with a warm one.

Step #2: skin tones

We’ll try to classify skin tones into only 3 types: light, medium, or dark. Match your skin tone according to the image above. This is a scale of brown tones, but if your skin has other tones, you can also classify it into one of the 3 types.

Step #3: skin and eyes, and applying color according to the year’s 4 seasons

Once you’ve found the right tone and undertone of your skin, we can now add in your eyes to the mix. With all these elements, we can find the classification of your natural colors in a given season so that you can identify yours and discover which hair color suits you best.

Spring

Light or medium tone + warm undertone + light eyes (blue, brown, green or with golden highlights) = Spring

  • Yes: medium brown, golden or reddish colors — you can also try chocolate shades.
  • No: ash or darker colors should be avoided.

Summer

Light or medium tone + cool undertone + light eyes (with blue-green or gray tones) = Summer

  • Yes: blondes, light browns, and ash colors — as long as you add light to them. Silver or platinum blond highlights will add light to your hair, as well as dark ones (2 shades higher.)
  • No: ash blonde alone, as it may make your hair look dull. If you choose this shade, you should think about adding some light to it. Avoid mahogany reds, copper, and golden blonde shades; they will make you look older.

Autumn

Light or medium tone + warm undertone + honey, turquoise, green or dark eyes (black or dark brown) = Autumn

  • Yes: all golden brown tones, blond or copper, as well as chocolate, mahogany, and light brown — you can choose a color that can be accentuated with red or mahogany tones.
  • No: ash blondes as they won’t help to brighten your face.

Winter

Dark, medium, or light tone + cool undertone + very dark (black, brown or gray) or very light (blue or deep green) eyes = Winter

  • Yes: dark colors like black, bluish-black, brown, and medium brown. You can highlight these shades with colors like bright bluish-black, purple, or mahogany reflections, and ash blondes.
  • No: very light golden blondes and browns dull the skin’s glow, while reddish ones could make you look older; or if you’re pink-cheeked, they’ll make you look redder.

Tell us, to what season do your natural colors belong? Do they resemble those of a famous woman? What shade of hair would you like to try?