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How to Choose The Best Hair Color That Will Suit You

The best hair color for you

Choosing the right hair color is not as easy as choosing one at random. To find the best color for you, you need to carefully consider what suits you and what doesn’t. To do this, you need to consider both your skin tone and the color of your eyes. By looking at these elements, you will be able to choose a very flattering hair color that complements rather than clashes with your face. The perfect hair color will improve your complexion, lighten your face and even make your hairstyle look better than before. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to find your best hair color!

Hair Colors for Your Skin Tone

Just like the colors in an outfit should work together, the colors of your hair and skin should complement each other. Whether you have pale, brown or dark skin, always think about how different shades will look on you before coloring your hair. This will give you a good guide on which hair colors will suit you best. By choosing a hair color that suits your skin tone, you will see your natural beauty highlighted in a way that will make you shine. However, accidentally choose a color that clashes with your skin tone and you’ll draw attention to skin imperfections, so be sure to get it right.

hair color for pale skin

If you have pale skin and colored eyes and want to create contrast, black and dark brown shades are ideal, otherwise choose between blondes and reds. Since pale skin typically falls into the cool skin tone range (skin with blue, pink, and red undertones), it tends to look best with light, cool hair colors. Try to complement the rosy and red undertones of your skin with colors like icy blondes, purple reds, and mocha browns. Other light blondes, like platinum and champagne, also tend to work quite well on pale skin tones. If you’re pale but have a warm complexion (yellow, peach, and golden undertones) and brown eyes, consider going for light, warm shades, like butterscotch, honey, and strawberry blonde.


hair color for brown skin

Brown, naturally tanned and European skin tones tend to be warmer than pale skin tones and therefore look best with rich, warm hair colors. The sweet spot for this tone is between dark blondes and dark browns, light blondes and black hair colors clashing. Warm honey blondes, caramels, mocha and golden browns are the right colors for anyone with this skin tone as they will further warm up your features and give you a glowing complexion. Remember to avoid colors that match your skin tone too much, as they will wash you out. Also, as a general rule, it’s easier to go with hair that’s darker than your skin tone rather than lighter, so also consider deep, rich, earthy browns, ebony browns, and purple-based shades.

For women with olive skin, which features green undertones, aim for rich brown hues with hints of red. Try brown, auburn and cinnamon colors for a complementary look. Avoid tawny blondes, golden caramels and coppers, as these are best reserved for anyone between pale and brown skin tones.

Hair colors for brown skin

hair color for dark skin

Dark-skinned women can choose to go two ways with their hair color. They can choose a hair color that is lighter (aim for about two shades) or darker than their skin tone. In doing so, they will create an attractive natural contrast. In general, however, darker hair colors tend to be easier to pull off for this skin tone. Colors that are too close to your skin tone will also clash and make your face look washed out and your features fade. Dark espresso and inky black colors are where it’s at for cool, dark-skinned women. If your dark skin is warm, try colors such as mahogany, maple brown, and caramel to bring out the warm, apricot undertones in your skin.

Hair colors for dark skin

Hair color to match your eye color

While your skin tone is a crucial tool in finding the best hair color for you, don’t forget about your eye color. Whether you have the baby blues or big brown eyes, considering your eye color is key to finding your best hair color.

Hair colors for brown eyes

If you have warm brown or hazel eyes, chances are you have a warm complexion. Since warm skin tones look best when paired with warm hair colors, choose shades that compliment you, such as warm browns, caramel colors and honey blondes. The golden undertones of these warm brown hair colors will help bring out your eye color and make it shine. Likewise, auburn and caramel will also compliment your eyes. You may or may not want to avoid cool shades of blonde, especially platinum and silver blonde, as they don’t always work with brown eye color.

Hair colors for brown eyes

Shades of hair for colored eyes

Women with colored eyes, including blue, gray, green, and hazel-green eyes, tend to adapt better to cool hair colors, especially if they also have a cool complexion. For those with cool pale skin and colored eyes, icy blondes will really make your eyes pop. If you have warm pale skin and colored eyes, consider trying warm blondes and light brown, honey and chestnut hues as well as red or black hair. If you have colored eyes and brown skin, however, rich brown hues will look best on your locks. Consider trying an icy brown color to create a striking look or a golden brown to enhance your warm complexion.

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Hair Color Highlights

Highlights can help add dimension, but choosing the right highlights for your hair color, skin tone, and eye color is essential for a great look. Strategically placed gold or honey highlights will create depth in dark brown hair colors, while deep cognac and milk chocolate colors work best for women with dark hair, dark skin and brown eyes. Butterscotch and caramel are the best highlights for women with tanned skin, medium or dark hair, and colored eyes. If you have brown eyes, you might want to try red copper or coffee highlights.

Pale complexion looks best with taupe and beige blonde highlights. If you have pale skin and brown eyes, you can also try golden blonde and peach highlights, or light red if you have cool skin. If you have pale skin with dark hair, consider honey highlights. Or if you have light blonde hair and blue eyes, try platinum and vanilla highlights.

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Highlights for different hair colors


What is the most popular hair color?

Shades of brown and blonde are the most popular hair colors because they tend to be the most universally flattering, easy to access, and there is so much variation within these color spectra.

What is the best hair color to cover gray?

The best color to cover grays will depend on your hair shade, how much gray hair you have, and whether you have warm or cool skin tone. Blonde highlights are a great way to disguise grays and make them less noticeable. It also allows you to stick with a different base color, rather than going for a complete change. Alternatively, you can go blonde all over, be it something icy or even a soft silver. As for darker colors, choose ash brown, mocha, burgundy, or even copper.

What hair color makes you look younger?

Lighter colors like blonde, honey, caramel, strawberry blonde and light brown will make you look younger. They will brighten up your look and make it easier to hide or disguise grays. You don’t have to be light everywhere either. If you prefer darker hair, you can always lift it up a bit with highlights or balayage. Even simple highlights framing your face will add youthfulness to your hairstyle.


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