The art and science of choosing the right color
When it comes to always look your best, the right haircut is important–but the right hair color might be even more important. Some shades look stunning or unattractive depending on how they match your skin tones. Kari Hill is a celebrity hairdresser for L’Oreal Paris. “I get clients who ask me daily if they can have a color that they’ve seen on a model or actress.” “The difficulty is not in the color of their hair, but understanding if the color will match their skin tone.”
It’s not difficult to find overwhelming and confusing information in the hair-care aisles of a drugstore if you want to dye your hair yourself. And it’s too easy to make a hair mistake that ages your face or simply causes you to look less than amazing. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We asked seasoned stylists for their advice on how to find the perfect colors for your skin, no matter if you prefer to be natural or more dramatic.
How to decide your skin tone
As with complexions, hair colors can be warm, cool or neutral. Warm-toned hair has peach, yellow and golden undertones. While cool-toned complexions have red, blue, and pink undertones. If your skin tone matches, your undertone is likely to match it. There’s no mystery here!
So how do you know what your skin color is? The “wristtest” is an easy way to figure out your skin’s tone. Simply place your hand on your wrist and check the color of your blood vessels. If the veins are purple or blue, your skin is likely to be cool-toned. If you have yellow and green veins, your skin is likely warm-toned. A second trick: Michelle Cleveland, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Hair Addict Salon, suggests that you place a silver piece of jewellery next to your face. Choose a cool color if silver suits you. If you prefer gold, go for warm.
It may seem like the golden rule in hair color is to choose a shade that matches your skin tone. Sophie Georgiou is a colourist at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger. She says, “Find a color that gives you confidence but also respects the skin.” “Lots and lots of women want to be blonde but it doesn’t suit every complexion.
For fair skin with cool undertones
Fun fact: The more pale your complexion is, the lighter your hair color can be. Georgiou states that cool blonde shades, such as baby blond and platinum, look great on porcelain skin. You should avoid using warm tones like caramel, gold, copper, or silver, as they can make the skin look unnatural. Michelle Williams has a very cool, pale complexion. A light, icy blond looks perfect on her. This contrasts wonderfully with her brown eyes. Hill states that it shows that you don’t need to have dark eyes or pale skin to get this tone. You might consider a darker hue. Matt King, a colorist for Fox & Jane San Diego, recommends dark red violets as well as jewel-toned colors such a rich true red, solid (blue)black, and dark deep brown.
Christophe Robin offers a Shade Variation mask with Temporary Color in Baby Blonde for those who want to make this at home. This mask is not only temporary but also contains deep-nourishing ingredients such as Buriti and almond oil as well as silk proteins. It will blend seamlessly with any hair color or highlights you already have. You should also have the right root touch-up kit in your beauty arsenal so you can go a little longer between full colorings.
For fair skin with warm tones
Jasmin Rainieri (a senior colorist at Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa) says that if your skin is fair with warm undertones (a la Emma Stone, Emma Roberts), copper red, butterscotch and rust, strawberry, and golden blond tones will bring out the warmth. Do you remember Stone’s copper red? Hill states that Hill’s “warm golden copper tone [was] perfectly complemented her fair but warm skin tone.” Hill says that with warmer undertones and fair skin you should avoid violet-based or too blue-based color combinations. King states that she would not recommend any color from the black family for someone with this type of skin. Here are another 13 secrets colorists usually don’t tell you for free.
L’Oreal Paris’ Superior Prference Color in Intense Red Copper will give you the look of Stone’s fiery hair. The long-lasting, fade-resistant formula will give you an intense shine and smoothness.
For fair skin with neutral tones
Blond is a popular shade that blends well with fair skin. Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts have both sported blond locks over the years. However, Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Hair Color Ian Michael Black says that it is all about selecting the right shade. He advises that you don’t want to make too bold a statement with platinum blonde, but not having too many blue undertones.
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