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Old 05-11-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
 
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I'm in a constant dilema about my hair color. I like having highlights in there, but I want them to complement the rest of me.
The problem is, everything I've read about skin and hair tones says that a person with pinkish skin like I have, with the veins looking blue-ish through the skin should have cool-toned hair. Ashy blondes and browns, etc.

But I also happen to have light brown freckles on my face---and that, according to ''the rules'' calls for warmer tones in hair. Strawberry blondes, golden, reds, etc.

So, any of you has this kind of coloring? If so, what do you do when you want to add a little something to your hair?

Pink skin (blushes and sunburns easily)
Light-brown freckles
Hazel eyes (Olive green with small rusty brown center)
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
 
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Hi- it helps to think about what your natural hair color is and what colors you look best in.
For example - I look best in yellow based colors, so reds that veer toward orange rather than a blue-red are best for me. I look terrible in blue or fuschia.
When you think about the color clothing you look best in, also think about how saturated the colors are - do you look good in pastel shades or do you look better with stronger colors?
Do you look better in brown or black?
Same with makeup - do you look best in corals, pale pink, strong pink,or deep red with blue undertones?
If you give us info about these maybe people on the boards can help you figure out what hair colors would work. I'd be happy to try to help you figure it out!
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You might be able to go with either tone. Another test is to see if silver toned or gold toned jewelry looks better next to your skin.

My hair (naturally dark blond) has lots of gold/red undertones that I am constantly battling. I want cool, silvery blond hair, like my daughter and most of my relative have.
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Thank you so much! It's such a puzzle.

My natural hair color is light brown and looks ashy at the roots, but gets a bit of golden highlights in the sun.

I do know that I look good in colors like turquoise, indigo, fushia, bright lemon-sunny yellows, grassy and olive greens. Reds that are not orangey. But also some lighter tones like blue-gray and lavender.
Of all the neutrals, gray looks best on me, some cool dark browns too.
I'm pretty sure crisp white suits me better then cream tones.

Coral, orange, rusty, copper and peach look horrible with my skin. Black tends to wash me out but doesn't look too bad.

With the makeup, I'm having as much trouble figuring it out. Because both purples and reddish-browns make the green of my eyes pop.
Soft-rose blushes more towards blue then orange I think are the best because they match my natural blush.
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Both silver and gold suit me! They each bring out something, so I can't figure it out that way either....
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I'm in a constant dilema about my hair color. I like having highlights in there, but I want them to complement the rest of me.
The problem is, everything I've read about skin and hair tones says that a person with pinkish skin like I have, with the veins looking blue-ish through the skin should have cool-toned hair. Ashy blondes and browns, etc.

But I also happen to have light brown freckles on my face---and that, according to ''the rules'' calls for warmer tones in hair. Strawberry blondes, golden, reds, etc.

So, any of you has this kind of coloring? If so, what do you do when you want to add a little something to your hair?

Pink skin (blushes and sunburns easily)
Light-brown freckles
Hazel eyes (Olive green with small rusty brown center)
If you want to add a little something to your hair, you would look amazing with a medium auburn. I would pick a red with a maroon/brown tint, not orange and not plum. It will bring out your eyes and compliment your fair skin.

I don't fit with any of the charts that tell you if you're warm or cool... or summer or fall. I just go by holding things up to my face to see what really looks the best with my skin, hair and eyes.
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I LOVE auburn, I agree it would make my eyes stand out...but would it not also bring all the red tones in my skin, making me look blotchy?
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I LOVE auburn, I agree it would make my eyes stand out...but would it not also bring all the red tones in my skin, making me look blotchy?
Not sure what you would think of the color up against your skin. It would be great if you had a friend with the hair color you want. You could stand next to each other and look in the mirror. My sister and I always did that when we were young. She had blonde and would drape it over the side of my face. Then, we'd switch.

I'm a redhead and my skin is very fair pink. It's so pink that no company makes a foundation to match. They all look really yellow, no matter how neutral they are. I wear Lancome's dual finish powder called Rose Clair... you know what rose means... PINK! I'm biased, but I think redhair looks best on people with a fair skin and a pink undertone.
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Thank you so much! It's such a puzzle.

My natural hair color is light brown and looks ashy at the roots, but gets a bit of golden highlights in the sun.

I do know that I look good in colors like turquoise, indigo, fushia, bright lemon-sunny yellows, grassy and olive greens. Reds that are not orangey. But also some lighter tones like blue-gray and lavender.
Of all the neutrals, gray looks best on me, some cool dark browns too.
I'm pretty sure crisp white suits me better then cream tones.

Coral, orange, rusty, copper and peach look horrible with my skin. Black tends to wash me out but doesn't look too bad.

With the makeup, I'm having as much trouble figuring it out. Because both purples and reddish-browns make the green of my eyes pop.
Soft-rose blushes more towards blue then orange I think are the best because they match my natural blush.
So it sounds like you look good in a lot of shades but you look BEST in the blue/gray based cool shades. I'm guessing you look better in blues than olive green for example? (or are you thinking of a gray/olive?) The fact that coral, orange and peach don't work with your coloring helps a lot to pick a shade.
For how dark you should aim for in your hair color - do you look BEST in pastels or more saturated colors? Take your cue from that.
As for makeup even thought the reddish browns make the green in your hazel eyes pop - do those colors complement your skin?
And in jewelry - if silver and gold both look good does one look better?
Since you like auburn it seems like you should probably look for a shade with burgundy/wine tones as Ringlets suggested. And if you go for highlights they would be on the ash side not golden.
Judging skin tones is tricky. My coloring might appear pink to you but it really has a yellow undertone and I look best in an orange based auburn, corals, olive green, etc. Burgundy & gray look terrible on me. Ringlets' suggestion to hold colors up to your face is the secret to finding colors that complement your skin.
Good luck!
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