By choosing the right hair color, you can look younger and healthier while minimizing the look of acne.
You'll often see a fair-skinned person who wears a pale shirt and looks completely washed out. The problem is that the shirt matches her skin tone too closely, not showing enough contrast. The same can happen with hair color. The key to making your skin look its best and reducing the appearance of acne is to find a hair color that complements your skin's undertones -- not exactly matching, but not causing a stark contrast either.
There are some general signs to determine whether your skin tone is warm or cool.
If you have warm skin tones, you should generally avoid brassy, reddish shades of blonde because they'll look very harsh against your skin. You should also avoid platinum blonde, jet-black hair and hair colors with blue and violet tones -- they'll make you look washed out.
Instead, look for rich colors with warm overtones. Great choices are chestnut brown, rich golden brown, auburn or golden blonde. Consider adding copper streaks, cinnamon lowlights or caramel highlights that are darker than your skin tone, along with a rich base color. If you have a warm skin tone and are very fair, avoid going too dark and stick with warm natural blonde, strawberry blonde, ash blonde or ash brown.
Avoid shades that make you look completely washed out or that offer too much contrast. If you have cool olive skin (generally those who are Latino, Mediterranean, fair-skinned African American or mixed races), then choose hair color that ranges from medium blonde to dark brown. Look for multi-tonal shades and consider burgundy highlights.
For those with deeper cool skin tones, the most flattering colors are medium to dark brown with a natural base color. Avoid coppers, auburns and all shades of gold.
If your eyes are light and your complexion is cool, consider a sandy or ash blonde with slightly red highlights -- avoid gold shades altogether.
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