Choosing your next hair colour can feel overwhelming. How can you find the right colour to suit you? A colour that will look flattering and help you to feel confident and beautiful at the same time?
The best thing you can do is find a hair colour that matches your skin tone. But how do you figure out what your skin tone is? Here’s a quick guide:
Remove Your Makeup – The first step is to remove all your makeup. This will allow you to see the natural shade of your skin without contrasting it with any heavy makeup.
Look for Natural Lighting – Try to find a well-lit room with natural lighting – choose a room with large windows or a conservatory. Skin tones can appear differently under artificial light, and natural daylight will give you an accurate picture of your skin tone.
Examine Your Veins – Your veins will give you a clue as to what your skin tone is. Greenish coloured veins mean you have warm undertones, while blue or purple veins indicates blue undertones. You can also look at the flecks in your eyes.
You’re more likely to have warm undertones if you have golden flecks, whereas blue or grey flecks indicate cool undertones. It’s possible to have neutral undertones, too. If your veins are a mixture of both, you’re probably in the neutral zone.
Find Your Favourite Item of Clothing – There is another way to determine your skin tone. Grab an item of clothing that seems to suit you – that top or dress that everyone compliments you on. What colour is it?
If it’s yellow, orange, or peach-toned, you’re more likely to have warm skin tones. If it’s blue, green, or purple, you’re more likely to have cooler skin tones. You can also hold up different items of clothing against your face in a well-lit room. Which colour flatters your skin more? This could help you to figure out what colours suit you best.
Hair Colour & Skin Tones
Cool Skin Tones – If you have a cool skin tone, you could go for cool colours to go with it. Think platinum, taupe, or beige blonde. If you want to go brunette, you could try dark to medium browns – think along the lines of dark chocolate. If you’re going to go red, go for a rich, cool shade, like burgundy.
Want to go rainbow? Go for blue or purple – these will look amazing with your skin tone. You could also go for reds or pinks; just make sure to choose one with a cooler undertone.
Warm Skin Tones – Warm skin tones suit warmer colours. For blondes, think along the lines of golden beige – think warm, comforting hues. Brunettes should go for colours like caramel or browns with golden/copper tones. Highlights would work well here, with a particular emphasis on warmer shades around your face.
If you want to try something different, go for anything warm: coral, rose, apricot, or gold.
Neutral Skin Tones – If you’ve decided that your skin tone is neutral, you have a few options to play around with. You can go for any type of blonde – platinum through to golden blonde will suit you just fine – and you can play around with brunettes, too. Neutral skin tones are great for going red, and you can pick a red from anywhere on the colour spectrum and find it looks good on you.
The best way, of course, to find the right tone for your next hair colour is to speak to your hairdresser. The expert team at Alchemy & I in Berkhamsted give great advice on cuts and colours that will work for you, your skin tone and your lifestyle.