Looking for a new hair color is like matching your foundation to your skin tone—you better know your undertones whether you’ve got a deep or fair complexion. And contrary to popular belief, fairer tones aren’t the only ones with the advantage when picking a hair color.
It isn’t necessarily true that fair-skinned girls can sport whatever hair color they like versus morenas or those with deeper complexions. There’ll always be a blonde, brown, and red shade that would suit every skin tone out there! The trick is to match the right hue to your undertone so your hair color can work for you and not against you.
Like we mentioned earlier, think of it like shopping for makeup. For example, there’s a certain shade of pink that could work as a blush if you’re tan but then could be a bronzer if you’re fair. Or for eyeshadows, there’s a particular purple hue that could look muddy or like a bruise if you’re fair but would be quite pretty when you’ve got a medium to warm skin tone. At the end of the day, it’s really all about color theory and figuring out what works best to enhance your features!
What hair colors are best for fair skin?
The right hair color for you depends if you’re pale but warm, fair and neutral, or light and cool! Knowing your undertones is essential to determining what hues work best and what could potentially wash you out. Let’s say if you’re fair with a yellow undertone, avoid corn blonde hues since these shades will blend into your complexion versus making you stand out. A color that mildly contrasts with your skin will work best but you need to be clever about it!
For example, a cool ash brown would be ideal if you’re fair and have cool tones. The brownish veil will make your skin pop but the ash tone will go with your complexion. The same cannot be said for a pale warm complexion. The gray tones of an ash brown can make you look sickly or even paler, so for warm skin, it’s best to pick an ash with a hint of warmth—like a milk tea-inspired brown.
Best Hair Colors Perfect for Fair Skin, According to Undertone
It can be tricky to find the right hue to match your skin tone. So, to make your search for your next ‘do a lot easier, we’ve rounded up a list of flattering hair colors you should try based on your undertones!
For Warm Undertones: Caramel Brown
Match the warmth of your skin with a gorgeous brown that will definitely give you a natural bronze-y glow. Opt for subtle blonde highlights for that beach babe vibe and added dimension, too!
For Warm Undertones: Platinum Blonde
Though platinum blonde is usually foolproof for fair skin, it does work best against yellow undertones to create that chic monochromatic look.
For Warm Undertones: Copper
If you want your color to standout, then don’t opt for a tame red. Go for a fiery copper hue that will really complement your warm undertones!
For Neutral Undertones: Ash Blonde
Much like your undertone suggests, you basically don’t need to pick between shades if you're neutral. This means you have no problems when picking an ash hue! Whether that’s ash blonde or mushroom ash brown, your complexion is the right shade of pale to carry this color series effortlessly.
For Neutral Undertones: Chocolate Brown
When opting to go darker, chocolate brown is perfect for your skin tone! It’s not too dark to create a stark contrast against your skin but neither is it too light to wash you out completely.
For Neutral Undertones: Bright Red
An apple red hue may be daunting to sport, but dare we say why not if you’re on neutral grounds? This red works well against your tone that isn’t too cool nor too warm, which helps balance out the brightness!
For Cool Undertones: White or Gray Blonde
Go for that tone-on-tone effect with an icy blonde ‘do that’s so effortlessly stylish. But if you’re going for this color, just make sure you apply blush when you step out to avoid looking to pale (unless of course you’re going for that alternative gothic look!)
For Cool Undertones: Mushroom Brown or Milk Tea Brown
This beautiful shade of brown is as sweet as it can get. The warm-toned ash will breathe life into your complexion while still keeping to a light and breezy color palette.
For Cool Undertones: Wine Red or Auburn
Red would definitely look striking against blueish pale skin, but the trick is to not to go to fiery warm to avoid clashing with your complexion. Instead, pick deeper red shades like auburn or wine.
For Cool Undertones: Pastel Pink, Purple, and Blue
Creative pastel colors are undeniably interesting hair color choices—and they look perfect if you’re fair skinned and cool. Since these hues barely have enough warmth in them, they tend to look more flattering on people whose undertone is equally as chilly.
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