Now you may be forgiven for thinking that blonde is blonde, right? Wrong! Any hair colour can be warm, cool or neutral and the tone that you chose is instrumental in finding the right hair colour to suit you…
Choosing the right colours for your skin tone is an important part of the beauty process. The wrong tones in your hair can make even the most glowing skin look off.
So, which tone are you? The tips below will help you identify which skin tone you are and what colours will suit you best. Once you have decided your ready for a style re-vamp why not visit our online bookings page?
Warm toned people will look vibrant and healthy while wearing earthy colors, such as oranges, bronzes, golds, peaches, brick reds, earthy greens, mocha browns and ivory.
Cool toned people are most complimented by jewel tones such as vibrant emerald green, royal or icy blues, rosy pinks, silvers, plums, and pure white. Colours with a blue base work best.
So are you warm or cold?
The Vein Test
One of the most popular ways of determining your colouring is the vein test.Stand by an open window in the natural light during the day and make a fist and examine your inner wrist. What colour are the veins? Veins that are more blue are a sign of cool tones, while green veins tell us you are warm. If your veins are a mix of blue and green, you may well be neutral – lucky you
The Silver/Gold Test
It’s a little known fact that warm works with gold as cool works with silver. See if you can get hold of some silver & some gold fabric then look in the mirror in the natural light. Hold each piece of fabric up next to your face one at a time and examine. If the silver compliments your face then it’s likely you are cool and of course if the gold makes you look fresh then you are more than likely warm!
While these rules do have exceptions it is generally acknowledged that your skin, hair and eye tone dictate your colouring.
Warm toned skin tends to have a golden or apricot undertone. You natural hair colour will have hints of orange, yellow, red or gold & your eyes tend to be amber, dark brown, hazel, or green.
Cool toned skin has a pink or rosy undertone. Your natural hair will contain blue, blue-violet, silver and ash undertones. Eye color tends to be light blue, gray-green, blue green, turquoise, gray-blue, black or cool brown.
If you do not fall into any of the criteria exclusively then you may well just be a well rounded neutral tone! Neutral toned people can wear just about any color and look great! Some neutral skin tones may look slightly better in warm or cool which means just that, you can wear just about anything but certain colours will really set you off!
Still Unsure? Don’t fret, it’s not always an easy process. No one’s skin is exactly the same and individual coloring can be a task to determine on your own. Pay us a visit in salon for a thorough colour consultation where your stylist will personally identify your colouring with similar criteria to the above.
Once you’ve determined your skin tone consider the following tips to look your best..
If you’re warm
If you fall under this category the earthier colours will really work well for you such as yellow, orange, brown, orangey-reds, and yellow-green shades. When it comes to your make-up formulations like foundation with a yellow or golden undertone are going to work best for you. And be sure to be bold with your lipstick when it comes to a night out on the town such as with one of the beautiful lipsticks below; brick red for example is sure to make your complexion pop!
When it comes to your hair..
You’ll find dark, warm browns, chestnuts, rich golden browns and auburn, warm gold and red highlights, and golden blond shades look best on you. Any colour with a red or golden base is going to work very nicely. Highlighting is a brilliant solution to adding warm tones to your hair without transforming your whole look immediately. They can also be built up or filtered down to create a more dramatic or subtle look. Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at some beautiful highlights from Anne’s collection ‘Colour Motion’.
Highlighting with golden blondes,copper streaks or golden brown shades is going to work best with colours to avoid being blue, violet, (beige) and ash based based hair colors as these will wash out your skin.
And if you’re cool
If you’re a cool colour then sticking to jewel-toned makeup and clothing, including blue, purple, blue-green, green, magenta, and bluish-red shades is best. Your cosmetics will work best for you with bluish or pink undertones and be sure that you stick with classic black mascara, the contrast with your eye colour will look sensational.
And when it comes to your hair..
Naturally cool people should avoid hair colours that throw off warmth in the light such as gold, yellow, red and bronze tones. The warm colours will have a tendency to drain a cool colour individual.
The best hair colours for the cool characters are raven-wing blacks, cool ash browns and cool blondes in shades ranging from mink to platinum and icicle white. Highlights look stunning in wheat, taupe or ash shades. The base should always be neutral, ash and beige when you are looking for a hair colour and bare in mind that if you are lightening darkened hair then it can be prone to being very warm under the layers of colour so you may need to visit your salon to have the hair toned regularly. This is relatively inexpensive and the only way to keep the hair in a cool tone. You’re also lucky as many exciting unnatural and fashion hair colors like lipstick or cherry reds, and burgundies will work well for you!
And finally, these tips can be a very useful guide but don’t forget rules are made to be broken and you may find doing the opposite works for you. Let’s not forget that fashion and style is art and when it comes to art there is no right & wrong!