Best Hair colour 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. But 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’ve ever bought a foundation or concealer and realized that it looks too yellow or too pink, even though the colour 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.
- Warm undertones
If your veins look green or olive, you have a warm undertone.
- Cool undertones
People with cool undertones have veins that appear blue or purple.
- 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 hair colour shades to balance your pinky skin and complement your complexion.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 7.3 Golden Brown
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 burgundy is also extremely flattering on people with fair skin and a cool undertone.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 4.2 Wine Burgundy
Luminous red hair colour shades look fantastic on those with fair or light skin and neutral undertones. Pick a shade of red that with slight hints of copper to stay on trend with your new hair colour.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 7.65 Raspberry Red
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.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 5.32 Caramel Brown
For those with warm undertones, a cool brown hair colour shade is guaranteed to balance your yellow or olive undertones. Bronde shades – a mix of brown and golden blonde shades will make your complexion look radiant and healthy.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 5 Light Brown
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. Reds with neutral undertones that lean just a tad bit towards the cooler side will add a rich contrast to your skin.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 6.26 Plum Red
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 a red hair colour will enhance your skin’s natural depth.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 6.60 Intense Red
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.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 4 Brown
Those with a deep complexion and neutral undertone can rock almost any colour, but shades that create a striking contrast with their skin tone works the best. Choose a colour that balances the cool and warm undertones of your skin and amplifies your natural radiance.
Our recommendation – Garnier Color Naturals Shade 3.16 Burgundy
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 also 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.