How To Diagnose Skin Tone & Pick Colours To Suit You

April 11, 2016 2:03 pm

When it comes to picking colours that suit you, your skin tone is one of the most important factors, but luckily also one of the easiest to diagnose! We’ll talk you through the most common skin tones and which colours will flatter your skin the most, from hair to clothing.

The first big differentiation you can make with skin tone is whether you are a cool or warm tone. There are several ways you can test this, but a common method is to simply look at the veins in your wrist. If they appear blue/purple then you have a cool skin tone, but if they appear green you have a warm skin tone. Also think about your jewellery – are you drawn to silver because it’s more flattering against your skin? This would indicate that you have a cool tone, whereas suiting gold jewellery would suggest a warmer tone. If you can’t tell from either of these tests then just think about your skin – do you have a pink, ruddy complexion that is prone to flushing and burning? If so, it is likely that you have a cool undertone. However, if your skin has a yellower tone without rosy cheeks, and you tend to tan more than you burn, you are most likely a warm tone.

From splitting down to warm or cool tones, we can then go a step further and split these down again to Light or Dark tones. Below we’ve broken down how to tell which sub-category you fall under, which celebrities share your colouring, and which colours you should embrace and avoid!


Description: a natural blonde or pale skin brunette with light eyes

Complementary colours: soft neutrals or pastels, plum, rose brown, cool beige

Colours to avoid: earthy tones, orange, strong gold

Celebrity examples: Cameron Diaz, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Kristen Stewart

skin tone celebrity


Description: a natural brunette or blonde with deeply coloured eyes, and porcelain white or dark skin

Complementary colours: primary, jewel tones, bright white, sharp colours

Colours to avoid: pastels, orange, gold, warm beiges

Celebrity examples: Zoe Saldana, Gwen Stefani, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway

skin tone celebrity hair

BEST HAIR COLOURS: Cool skin tones looks great with cool blonde or brunette hair. Make sure to steer away from golden or caramel tones, instead sticking to ash tones.



Description: a natural golden blonde, auburn or strawberry blonde

Complementary colours: warm, camel, peach, golden brown

Colours to avoid: dull or vary dark colours

Celebrity examples: Blake Lively, Amy Adams, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Isla Fisher

warm skin tone celebrity


Description: a natural redhead or brunette with golden brown eyes

Complementary colours: earthy, warm grey, rich warm colours

Colours to avoid: pastels, bright or blue tones

Celebrity examples: Julia Roberts, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz

warm skin tone celebrity

BEST HAIR COLOURS: Warm skin tones look great with rich, warm colours such as auburns, caramels and mahogany. Steer away from very cool tones such as icy blondes.

If you’d like an expert to diagnose your skin tone, and advise you on your perfect hair colour then contact one of our salons for a consultation.