The experts at All-Nutrient, makers of Keratint and All-Nutrient Professional Cream Haircolor lines, are giving up their best advice for how you can pick your next new hair hue! (P.S. They’re the ones who created the gorgeous haircolor you see above…)
It all comes down to skin tone and eye color! Start with this basic rule: If your skin has a pink or blue-based undertones, stick with ash or cool shades; if your skin has a yellow undertones, stay with warm shades. Aren’t sure? Hold a shirt or scarf that is orange up to your face, then try a blue one. Also check out yellow or green if you think you have olive-toned skin. Which one clashes with your skin and which is closer to your natural skin tone?
Now, find your skin’s undertones below, then look for your eye color. You might find more hair color options than you every imagined!
If your underlying skin tone is close to neutral or creamy:
- Dark eyes and creamy skin tones work best with dark-to=medium brunette or medium red. You can also cover gray with auburn shades that are medium to dark.
- If your eyes are hazel, blue or green, anything from a light brunette to medium blonde will look good on you. You’ll also look great in auburn or strawberry blonde if your natural haircolor is on the light side. In fact, you can pull off almost any shade of red!
- For blue or green eyes and naturally blonde hair, you can choose lighter-to-medium shades of blonde. If you really want platinum, be sure it won’t wash out very light skin tones too much. (A few lowlights or subtly darker roots help avoid this.)
If your underlying skin tone is warm or ruddy:
- Dark brown, black or hazel eyes allow you to have black, medium brown or golden brown haircolor. Even wine or auburn will enrich your natural skin tones.
- If your eyes are hazel, blue or green and your natural haircolor is light brown to medium blonde, you can add light or golden highlights, or choose medium brunettes that are on the warm side.
- If your eyes are blue or green and your hair is naturally blonde, stay with golden blondes and very light brunette shades. Vivid red tones and warm reds will also work well for you, especially if your hair is naturally on the warm or golden side. Avoid pale, cool blondes.
If your underlying skin tone is olive:
- For brown eyes, opt for dark brown or rich brunette shades. To cover gray, get a slightly lighter brunette and add highlights.
- If your eye color is hazel, blue or green, try light-to-medium brunette or ask your colorist about a sandy shade for covering gray.
- If your eye color is blue or green, chances are good your hair color is already light. If this is the case, you can try light brunette or even blonde, just as long as it’s not pure platinum or super-light. To cover gray, you can go lighter than natural, so gray hair looks like highlights, or you can deepen your gray and add highlights.
If your underlying skin tone is on the yellow side.
- Dark or hazel eyes look great with shades from black to medium brown. Auburn, wine or aborigine also accentuate your natural coloring.
- If your eyes are hazel, blue or green, light browns and medium blondes will also look good on you. Keep blondes on the ashy or sandy side; don’t ask for too much gold.
- If your eyes are blue or green and your hair is naturally blonde, add neutral or sandy blonde shades, or opt for light brunettes without a lot of warmth. If your hair is naturally on the red or warm side, keep red shades subdued; don’t try anything too vibrant.
Naturally, there are always exceptions to rules, or exceptional women who simply want the stark contrast of pale, cool skin, blue eyes and black hair. And then, there are fashionistas, who make pastels, green, blue, fuchsia and pink part of their color play. But even if you’re one, sticking to the basic rules of warms and cools makes sense. When you add an opposite-skin-tone color to the mix, have pieces of it placed away from your face, not right next to it, and you can have a more contrasting color and look good, too.
All set? Now head to your salon and ask your color pro about All-Nutrient professional haircolor and get ready to make a splash with that new hair hue!