Did you know that there are three main types of skin undertones?
While your surface skin tone changes with exposure to sun or skin conditions such as rosacea, your skin undertone never changes. You either have warm, cool, or neutral skin undertone.
Determining your skin undertone can help you make choices that naturally compliment you. For example, knowing whether you’re warm, cool, or neutral can help you choose the best hair color for your complexion.
Need a little more direction? Check out this guide to skin tone before you dye your hair again.
The Best Hair Color for Warm Skin Tones
Warm skin tones are those with yellow, peachy, golden, or sallow undertones. To complement warm skin tones, pair them with warm hair colors. Think golden, caramel, and mahogany.
If blonde is your best friend, you can look for a lighter, pinky blonde. Anything with a golden or buttery hue will also do.
In the brunette category, butterscotch, caramel, and clove will work well. And if it’s rainbow colors you’re after, stick to warm shades like rose gold, yellow, apricot, and coral.
The Best Hair Color for Cool Skin Tones
Cool skin tones are those with hints of blue or pink. These pair best with beige, ash, and neutral hair colors.
For blondes, gravitate towards beige, baby taupe, and platinum when you’re trying a new hair color. For brunettes, think dark and chocolatey, or even espresso. Redheads should also look for deep shades, such as merlot or burgundy.
Reds and pinks on the cool side will work if you want something in the rainbow tones. You can also go with blue, green, and purple.
The Best Hair Color for Neutral Skin Tones
A neutral skin tone is one without any obvious pinks or yellows. Individuals with this skin undertone have a lot of flexibility in terms of colors that work for them.
Blondes with neutral skin tones can go from platinum to beige to golden or amber. Brunettes and redheads can also play around, trying out anything from the lighter side of the spectrum to the deep, wine-like shades. And the same can be said for rainbow colors, where the sky is the limit.
How to Determine Skin Tone
There are a few ways to determine whether your skin tone is warm, cool, or neutral.
One of the easiest methods is to look at your veins. If your veins appear greenish, then you have warm undertones. If your veins are blue or purple, you have cool undertones. And if your veins appear colorless or match the surface of your skin, then you have neutral undertones.
You may also assess skin tone with jewelry. If your skin looks best against traditional yellow gold, you have warm undertones and if your skin looks best against silver, platinum, or rose gold, then you have cool undertones. If your skin looks great with both, then you have neutral undertones.
A great stylist can also help you determine your skin undertone and what colors will look best with your complexion. You can find out more info here.
All Your Beauty Needs
The best hair color for you actually has everything to do with your skin tone. The next time you book an appointment to dye your hair, choose a color according to your undertone. You’ll wind up with a color that makes you glow.
And for more advice and info that makes you look your best, be sure to check out our Beauty section.
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