The Perfect Hair Color for Your Skin Tone • “Tips to Help You Out”

Emma Stone Long Straight Formal Updo Hairstyle with Layered Bangs - Copper Red Hair Color

If you have no idea what the right hair color for your pale cool skin is, let these tips help you out.

There’s no better way to establish a classic look or make a splashy statement than with your hair color. Not only can you use your hair color to create an attention-drawing look, but you can also use it to highlight and enhance your overall look. The best way to do this is to ensure that your hair color; regardless of whether it’s natural looking or bright and wild, is one that works with your skin tone.

When you have the perfect hair color, it’s easy to create an effortless look no matter your hairstyle. Choosing what hair color is perfect for you can sometimes be easier said than done, however, the wrong choice can bring your look down. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, remember the one golden rule – always match your color to your skin tone – and give these hair color hues a try!

Perfect Hair Color Hues: Pale Cool Skin Tone

Blonde Hair – Pale cool skin tones are perfect for pale blonde hair.

Cameron Diaz Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Cameron Diaz Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Taylor Swift Long Straight Formal Hairstyle with Blunt Cut Bangs - Light Honey Blonde Hair Color

Taylor Swift Long Straight Formal Hairstyle with Blunt Cut Bangs

Pale cool skin tones are just made for pale blonde hair. Think platinum blonde and champagne locks. For the best results though, avoid a solid one tone color which will make your hair look unnatural and use highlights and low-lights to weave various tones of blonde throughout your hair to create your best hue.




Brunette Hair – Avoid heavy, dark browns and choose lighter browns or ash browns.

Kristen Stewart Long Straight Casual Hairstyle - Dark Brunette Hair Color

Kristen Stewart Long Straight Casual Hairstyle

Rachel McAdams Medium Wavy Formal Hairstyle with Side Swept Bangs

Rachel McAdams Medium Wavy Formal Hairstyle with Side Swept Bangs

The best way to balance a brunette shade with pale skin is to avoid heavy, dark browns and choose lighter browns, ash browns and caramel, gold and even red-tinged inspired brunette hues.

Red Hair –  Avoid anything enhancing the pinkish undertones of your pale cool skin.

Ashlee Simpson Long Straight Casual Hairstyle

Ashlee Simpson Long Straight Casual Hairstyle

Isla Fisher Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Isla Fisher Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

For a great red hue, it’s best to avoid anything that will enhance the pinkish undertones of your pale cool skin and get acquainted with shades that are copper, amber or warm based in color. If your pink undertone is minimal then you can give rosy reds a try.




Perfect Hair Color Hues: Pale Warm Skin Tone

Blonde Hair – Avoid anything too golden enhancing any pink undertones.

Paris Hilton Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Paris Hilton Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Carrie Underwood Long Wavy Formal Hairstyle with Side Swept Bangs - Golden Blonde Hair Color with Light Blonde Highlights

Carrie Underwood Long Wavy Formal Hairstyle with Side Swept Bangs

Ash blondes and any hue that has a hint of honey in it are as warm as you should go when it comes to a blonde shade that will team well with your skin tone. Anything too golden could pick up and enhance any pink undertones that your skin may have and give you a finished result that is too warm. Balance is the key for a great blonde look.

Brunette Hair – Golden browns are best when it comes to creating a striking balance.

AnnaLynne McCord Long Curly Casual Hairstyle with Side Swept Bangs - Light Ash Brunette Hair Color

AnnaLynne McCord Long Curly Casual Hairstyle with Side Swept Bangs

Miley Cyrus Long Straight Casual Hairstyle - Honey Hair Color

Miley Cyrus Long Straight Casual Hairstyle – Honey Hair Color

When it comes to a brunette color though, a bit of warmth is recommended. Golden browns are your best bet when it comes to creating a striking balance with your warm skin and hair hue. How warm you should go all depends on the undertones of your individual complexion, so if you’re not sure then visit your salon for a color consultation first.

Red Hair – Avoid red hair color with a skin tone that tends to look very warm and pinky.

Ashley Greene Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle - Dark Red and Red Two-Tone Hair Color

Ashley Greene Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle – Dark Red Two-Tone Hair Color

Bella Thorne Long Straight Casual Hairstyle with Blunt Cut Bangs - Orange Hair Color

Bella Thorne Long Straight Casual Hairstyle with Blunt Cut Bangs

Matching a red hair color with a skin tone that tends to look very warm and pinky can be a recipe for disaster. That doesn’t mean you can’t rock a red hair color if you want to, though, the key is to find a red hair color that will work with your complexion, not against it. To achieve this, it’s best to see a professional hairstylist who can look at the undertones in your skin and recommend a cool red that will work well to harmonize with your warm skin.

Perfect Hair Color Hues: Olive Skin Tone

Blonde Hair – Try toffee and caramel inspired shades of blonde.

Eva Longoria Parker Long Curly Formal Updo Hairstyle - Light Auburn Brunette Hair Color

Eva Longoria Parker Long Curly Formal Updo Hairstyle – Light Auburn Brunette Hair Color

Jennifer Aniston Long Straight Casual Hairstyle

Jennifer Aniston Long Straight Casual Hairstyle

Warm blonde tones will really liven up olive skin. Try toffee and caramel inspired shades of blonde and enjoy a hue that will bring out the best in your complexion. Up the ante by ensuring your hair color works with your hair’s texture, and add depth and movement with multi-tonal highlights and lowlights in complementing warm blonde shades.

Brunette Hair – Ensure your hue leans towards ashy and light brunette shades.

Jessica Alba Long Curly Casual Hairstyle

Jessica Alba Long Curly Casual Hairstyle

Jessica Biel Long Straight Formal Hairstyle

Jessica Biel Long Straight Formal Hairstyle

When it comes to a brunette shade, ensure your hue leans towards ashy and light brunette shades that border on dark blonde. These types of colors work extremely well with olive skin and will enhance the tone of your complexion. When having your brunette color applied, however, stay away from solid block colors and use varied tones weaved through as highlights and lowlights to really give your color the best result.

Red Hair – Subtle red tones are the safest options.

Kate Walsh Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Kate Walsh Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Khloe Kardashian Long Straight Casual Hairstyle

Khloe Kardashian Long Straight Casual Hairstyle

The pinkish tones of an olive complexion can be brought out with the wrong red hue, so it’s important to choose the right red hair color. Subtle red tones are the safest options, as are dark auburn shades and violet based reds.

Perfect Hair Color Hues: Dark Skin Tone

Blonde Hair – The right hue is warm blonde often described as caramel, toffee or honey.

Rihanna Medium Wavy Casual Shag Hairstyle with Layered Bangs - Golden Blonde Hair Color

If you have dark skin, chances are your hair is naturally dark too, which will require a chemical hair process that lifts your natural color so it can be taken to a blonde shade. This type of process should always be undertaken by a professional, so if you want to go blonde, get to the salon.

A full head of blonde color will make the most impact. When it comes to the right hue, warm blondes often described as caramel, toffee or honey inspired are the choices to opt for.

Brunette Hair – Simply take your naturally brunette hair darker or a touch lighter.

Beyonce Knowles Long Curly Casual Hairstyle - Brunette Hair Color

Beyonce Knowles Long Curly Casual Hairstyle – Brunette Hair Color

Halle Berry Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

Halle Berry Long Wavy Casual Hairstyle

A brunette color color may be the lightest you want to go if your hair is naturally black, or you might simply want to take your naturally brunette hair darker or a touch lighter. Either way, make sure your shade emphasizes movement and shine for the best results. Brunette locks that work well with a dark skin tone include mocha, auburn browns, golden browns, ash browns and dark or light browns.




Red Hair – Bright cherry reds, subtle dark auburn reds and everything in between are great choices.

Fantasia Barrino Short Straight Alternative Hairstyle

Fantasia Barrino Short Straight Alternative Hairstyle

Tyra Banks Medium Wavy Formal Hairstyle

Tyra Banks Medium Wavy Formal Hairstyle

Like the perfect contrast, red hair can really put some wow into your skin tone and overall look. Bright cherry reds, subtle dark auburn reds and everything in between are great choices for dark skin. If you choose a full head of red hair then be prepared for some maintenance, however, as red can fade quickly.

Depending on the shade and your current hair color, you may also need to go through a lightening process first to achieve the right red hue. For a more low maintenance option, red highlights may be just the red kick you need to spice up your locks without as much effort.

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