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10 Flattering Hair Color Ideas for Skin with Yellow Undertones

'Cause your golden complexion deserves a dye job that's just as gorgeous.
10 Flattering Hair Color Ideas for Skin with Yellow Undertones
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'Cause your golden complexion deserves a dye job that's just as gorgeous.

Dyeing your tresses is like getting a total makeover from head-to-toe. The right shade coupled with an equally flattering haircut can transform your look, even without a wardrobe overhaul! Blonde hair alone can change the way your favorite white top looks against your skin. The same can be said if you go for a pastel hue like purple or pink and wear your favorite LBD!

Colors, after all, matter so much when it comes to perception—and we’re not just talking about fashion and beauty. That’s why color theories exist and act as guides so we can invest in the right makeup shades and shop for the perfect hues for our wardrobe. That said, you can never really move forward with picking the most flattering color to match you if you haven’t determined your skin tone first!

Though cool, warm, and neutral undertones are present whether you’re fair, medium, or dark skinned—yellow or golden tones in particular are common with South East Asian complexions. That said, searching the internet for hair colors that flatter this sun-kissed skin tone can be tricky sometimes.

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How do I know if I have a yellow skin tone?

One major indicator that you have a yellow undertone is to look at your veins! If you notice that your veins look more greenish versus blue under your complexion then you have a warm undertone. Your eye and hair color can also help determine this! If you have naturally bold brown eyes and a hint of browns or reds in your hair, you most likely have a warm skin tone. Your overall complexion also looks quite yellowish or golden against most of your clothes!

What hair colors look good on yellow skin tones?

You basically want to amplify that naturally gilded tone you have and not work against it. That said, you should be looking at warm browns, golden blondes, and rich orange-y reds to complement and enhance your warm complexion!

10 Gorgeous Hair Colors for Yellow Skin Tones

Now that we’ve established what defines a yellow skin tone and the general hues that work well with it, let us ease your search for finding that hair color that will look stunning against your complexion. No flops, just fabulous dye jobs we sure you’ll love!

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1. Dark Ash Blonde

If you’ve got yellow undertones, don’t be scared to go blonde! Lighter yellow hues can be daunting at first so go for a tamer version with darker ashy brown roots that gradate to a lighter blonde. This works well if you want to try out multiple colors and see which shade works best!

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2. Rose Gold

Warm peachy tones such as rose gold are simply dreamy on golden complexions! The perfect mix of pink and orange will really help soften your features and brighten your aura for a more feminine look.

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3. Caramel Brown

On the safe side of the spectrum, we have caramel brown. It's must-try shade for any girl with a yellow undertone, since it enhances your complexion to have a bronzey wash of color. We suggest you have it done as a balayage, too, for a more dimensional finish.

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4. Pastel Pink

Contrary to what most people would think, pastel pink actually works on most skin tones! The gorgeous pale Barbie hue in particular is amazing for making you glow. The pink helps your golden tone effortlessly pop even more!

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5. Chocolate Brown

Looking for a rich warm color that looks au naturale? Then chocolate brown should be your top pick! This shade neutralizes your yellow tones if you’re looking to have a rosier-looking complexion. The contrast also works to highlight your skin tone without making you look too yellowish.

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6. Soft Ash Brown

If you want a shade lighter than chocolate brown, go for an ash brown instead! Though a milk tea brown would work the same way (it’ll have a similar effect to rose gold against your skin), this safe in-between shade is a chic alternative that doesn’t catch too much attention nor is too boring.

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7. Bright Orange or Red

When picking a red tone for your yellow complexion, be sure to go bright and not deep. Wine reds and burgundies will work against you, versus tangy, copper hues that will really enhance those sun-kissed tones!

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8. Blonde

Once you’re ready to go light, opt for a cool golden blonde ‘do! This will give you an overall monochromatic look that’s undeniably fashion-forward and timeless.

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9. Black or Dark Brown

Hear us out. Though dyeing your hair black or dark brown could be a point of no return, this color will definitely make your skin tone pop whether you’re fair, medium, or deep! It’s also a very low-maintenance color that’ll look chic and sleek no matter your hairstyle!

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10. Auburn

Love browns and reds? Go for auburn! This beautiful reddish-brown shade is a must for anyone with an obvious yellow tone cause it provides that perfect warm contrast that helps enhance your features. Plus, this color stays on longer because of your hair’s naturally red follicles.

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