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Best Hair color For Your Skin Tone

Switching up your hair colour is a fun way to transform your look. Whether you are ready for a vibrant burgundy hair colour for winter or want to give your hair a sun-kissed look with light brown highlights, you can play safe or go over the top with the hair colour you choose. However, will all hair colours complement your complexion the same way? How can you find the best hair colour that enhances your features and makes you look and feel gorgeous? What role do undertones play in finding the perfect hue? Keep reading to answer all these questions and find your new favourite hair colour shade!

What is an undertone and how to determine it?

The colour of your skin, or your complexion, is what you see on the surface. Ranging from pale and light to deep and dark, skin tones are spread across a wide spectrum. Undertones, on the other hand, are what give your skin tone a certain hue. If you have ever bought a foundation or concealer and realized that, it looks too yellow or too pink, even though the color seems fine that signifies that you did not pick the correct undertone. Your undertone also plays a huge role in finding the right hair colour to enhance your complexion. Certain hair colours can make your cool-toned skin look ashy while the others can give your warm-toned skin a sickly appearance.

If this is the first time you are reading about undertones, here is a quick test you can perform right now to determine your undertone. All you need to do is check the insides of your wrist to see the colour of your veins.

  1. Warm undertones
    If your veins look green or olive, you have a warm undertone.
  2. Cool undertones
    People with cool undertones have veins that appear blue or purple.
  3. Neutral undertones
    If you find it difficult to determine the colour of your veins, if they appear to be somewhere in between the shades, then you have a neutral undertone. Now that you know your undertone, here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing your next hair colour.

1. Light or fair skin tones

If you have a fair to light complexion with cool undertones of pink or blue, you need to pick a hair colour shade that helps you cancel out any redness in your skin. Look for warm brown or golden brown hair colour shades to balance your pinky skin and complement your complexion.

If your fair skin has hints of yellow and you have a warm undertone, you can pull off icy, ashy, and platinum shades that balance out the warmth in your complexion. A vibrant cool toned shade like wine burgundy hair colour is also extremely flattering on people with fair skin and a cool undertone.

Luminous red hair colour shades look fantastic on those with fair or light skin and neutral undertones. Pick a shade of raspberry red hair colour with slight hints of copper to stay on trend.

2. Medium or olive skin tones

If you have a medium, olive complexion, you are in luck. No matter your undertone, just about all hair colour shades complement your skin tone perfectly. That being said, if you have a cool undertone, opt for a light brown or caramel brown hair colour to avoid looking washed out.

For those with warm undertones, a cool brown hair colour shade is guaranteed to balance your yellow or olive undertones. Blonde shades – a mix of light brown hair colour and golden blonde shades will make your complexion look radiant and healthy.

When you have medium and olive skin tones, you don’t just need to stick to shades of brown. Experiment with various red hair colour shades to make a statement. A plum red hair colour with neutral undertones that leans just a tad bit towards the cooler side will add a rich contrast to your skin.

3. Dark or deep skin tones

For dark and deep skin tones with a warm undertone, choose a warm brown or red shade to accentuate your natural radiance. The rich and vibrant undertones of an intense red hair colour will enhance your skin’s natural depth.

Add a chocolate, dark brown hair colour if you have cool undertones to bring some warmth to your complexion. Pick a deep shade of brown that softly frames the contours of your face and flatters your features.

Those with a deep complexion and neutral undertone can rock almost any colour, but vibrant burgundy hair shades create a striking contrast with their skin tone and work the best. Choose a colour that balances the cool and warm undertones of your skin and amplifies your natural radiance.

Not sure if you can commit to these hair colour shades just yet? Don’t worry – check out the Garnier Virtual Try On tool to test these different hues from the comfort of your own home and try before you buy a Garnier Color Naturals shade. But remember, even if you find the best hair colour for your skin tone, you need to know how to colour your hair at home to get the results you desire. Be sure to avoid excessive use of hair styling tools and do not shampoo your hair too often if you want to prevent your hair colour from fading and want it to look fresh and vibrant for longer.