When looking for new clothes, or new makeup to try, we usually consider our skin tone- but what about when coloring your hair? When choosing a new hue, the same color principles apply. It is important to consider what tones flatter your skin, and which ones to avoid. For those with warmer skin tones, read on for a roundup of the most flattering hues for you!
How to Tell If You Have a Warm Skin Tone
With millions of nuances and billions of people, recognizing your skin tone can be harder than it looks. Thankfully, there are a few key factors in determining whether your warm, cool, or somewhere in between. An easy place to start is to examine your veins. If you can see your veins through your wrists, ankles, or somewhere on the body, pay attention to their hue. Veins that appear green, or a mix of greenish-blue, usually point towards a warm skin tone. Alternatively, veins that appear a purple-blue are a typical sign of cooler tones.
Another easy way to determine your tone is to put on a bright white t-shirt and take a good look at yourself. No white shirts to be found? No problem. A piece of white paper can also do the trick. Aim to make this comparison in natural light and in front of a mirror. Put on the white shirt, or hold the paper up next to your face, and see what stands out. If you notice a yellowish undertone in your face, then you likely have a warm skin tone. Additionally, if you think that bright white is not your look, and feel better in off-whites or creams, then you are probably someone with a warm skin tone. Don’t have a warm skin tone? Head over here to check out hair colors for cool skin tones.
Lastly, consider your skin’s typical reaction to the sun. Do you tan easily and rarely burn? You likely have a warm skin tone. Burn and then tan? You may be more of a neutral. Easy burners are usually cooler tones and fair skinned.
Hair Color Rules for Warm Skin
So what colors work for a warm skin tone? And what colors should you avoid? In general, those with warm skin should stick to warmer hair colors. Think caramels, rich mahogany or chestnut, golden blondes, strawberry blondes, coppers and warm reds. Colors to avoid include icy, ashy tones and blue blacks (sorry ya’ll, the silver trend may not be for you). Cooler color tones tend to wash out warm skin, making it appear green and sometimes gray.
Best Hair Colors for Warm Skin Tones
With these ideas in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most flattering hair colors for warm skin.
Rich and Roasty Chestnut
A roasted chestnut hue is a great choice for warm skin tones. Ask your stylist to add in a bit of dimension with a few lowlights or lighter, copper-toned pieces. This will keep your color from appearing too “flat” and washing you out.
Caramel “Bronde” Balayage
If you’re looking to add a little lightness, avoid going too icy with a caramel “Bronde” balayage. This mix of warm blonde and rich brunette will look stunning on warmer skin tones.
Glitzy Golden Blonde
There’s no rule that says those with warm skin tones can’t go blonde- the key is honing in on the right hue. Try an uber-rich, glitzy golden blonde. Flaxen and super flattering!
Step It Up Strawberry
This stepped-up Strawberry Blonde is gorgeous on warm skin. If you like to add a bit of flare to your color, or typically opt for statement colors, then this hue is for you.
Brunette to Red Color Melts
Color melts using rich browns, copper-caramels and red tones are perfect for warm skin. Dimensional hair colors like the “melt” are another way to avoid flat, lifeless tones. When it comes to warm skin, the more dimension the better!
Looking for recommendations for cooler skin? Here the Best Hair Colors for a Cool Skin Tone!