The most essential thing to consider when deciding on a change in hair color is the balance or contrast that your hair color will have to that of your eyes, natural skin tone, and complexion.
Your natural hair color basically restricts how many shades you can go down or up, without needing major changes involving dyes and professional treatment.
The key is to pick a hair color that matches your eye color and skin tone at the same time.
The correct hair color directs the focus on your eyes first, then transitions the attention on your face, enhancing your overall appearance.
Begin by inspecting your skin tone. Look closely at the color of the veins on your arms. If your veins appear greenish, you’re warm. If they appear bluish, you’re cool.
You can also determine your skin tone by putting on a white t-shirt or dress and standing in front of a mirror in a room with natural light.
Once you work out your skin tone, the folowing advice will provide the best tips to discover the best hair color to accentuate your eyes, complement your skin color, and to improve your overall appearance.
Blue Eyes with a Cool Skin Tone
Choose hair colors with the words 'cool' or 'ash.' Try base shades such as intense browns (but not with red undertones), blondes, and blacks. To add extra contrast, apply subtle highlights of honey, wheat, or ash shades.
Blue eyes really sparkle like water reflections when surrounded by platinum to ash blonde hair. If you want a color that is three shades lighter than your natural color, you should have it done professionally.
A stunning fabulous contrast is black or dark chocolate brown hair, fair skin, and piercing blue eyes. This creates and amazing response.
Blue Eyes with a Warm Skin Tone
For warm skin tones, choose hair colors with the words like 'honey', 'gold, or 'beige.' For your base shades, try golden blonde, dark golden brown, chestnut, or auburn. For depth and intrigue, add streaks of cinnamon or red as highlights.
Flaming red hair really sets off blue eyes well. The look is exotic, alive, and yet mysterious. Strawberry blondes that have blue eyes always get lots of second looks.
If you’re fair-skinned with light brunette colored hair, choose copper brown hair or honey colors. Then, add light red highlights or streaks to help emphasize the sapphire color in your eyes.
Light Brown Eyes with Light Skin
People with the natural combination of light brown eyes and light skin tones have plenty of options. They can choose any color between light blonde to medium brown, and it will look fabulous. The best results are produced with cool hair colors. To ensure your light brown eyes really stand out, try a medium brown color with blonde or light brown highlights. This will make your hair appear fuller and highlight the golden flecks in your eyes.
Light Brown Eyes with Medium and Dark Skin Tone
Light brown eyes with dark to medium skin tones can be matched with hair colors as light as blonde. You will probably look better with warmer colors. Conservatively, it may be best to stick with colors somewhere between medium blonde and medium brown. If you choose lighter colors, it's best to use them, since highlights with blonde highlights on medium colored brown hair is very attractive. To provide variety, try light brown hair color with both medium brown low-lights and blonde highlights or streaks. The three color tones in the hair will highlight the tone of your skin, and make your eyes really stand out.
Dark Brown Eyes with Light Skin Tone
Dark brown eyes with light skin is unusual. It goes best with cool, natural hair colors. It is best to only alter the color of the hair by one or two shades, since the contrast and highlighting is already there. The other option is to use the same color recommendation mentioned for light brown eyes and light skin. If you're choosing a two-tone color hair option, try low lights instead of highlights.
Dark Brown Eyes with Medium Dark Skin Tone
Colors between dark brown and light brown, or amber, work best for this type of eye and skin combination. The good thing about medium skin tone and brown eyes is that you ban the use of both cool or warm colors. In the summer, when your skin is darker, use cooler hair colors. During winter, you can switch to warmer hair colors. You can also use lowlights and highlights all throughout the year.
Dark Brown Eyes with Dark Skin Tone
Dark brown eyes and darker skin tones go very well with darker hair colors. This may be tough for people to accept when they dream of a lighter color, but the best hair color is between dark brown and black, and not any lighter. Your natural color palette suits you and will really make your eyes stand out. To rev it up a bit, you can always add some medium brown highlights, but keep them subtle and don't overdo it.
People with hazel eyes have lots of options. They can experiment with various colors to match their skin tones and highlight their eyes. Some look best with warm brown hair. Those with gold and brown flecks in their eyes in the iris are also in the warm category. People with gray, white, or blue flecks in their eyes are in the cool category. Blonde hair tends to emphasise the lighter colors in hazel eyes. Brown hair highlights the brown, green, gold, and gray flecks in the eyes. Red hair emphasises the gray and brown highlights in hazel eyes. Look closely at the prominent colors in your eyes before selecting the base color for your hair.
The best hair color for people with olive skin and green eyes, or for people with warmer skin tones, are bronze and caramel shades that are a little darker than your skin. Burgundy and plum highlights added to brown, dark brown, and black hair also work well with green eyes and olive skin.
For green eyes and a tanned skin, deep toned chocolate brown colors give the best appearance. Lighter colors such as beige and champagne also work well for some people. Basically, all the various shades of brown — from light to dark — work well with green eyes and dark tanned skin.
Fair skin with green eyes go well with a variety of hair colors including blonde, red, brown, and black. Shades of red can be really stunning, and probably work best for most people. Blonde color shades or adding honey blonde highlights to brown hair can emphasise your eyes. Avoid warm shades such as auburn, gold, or copper, which can over emphasise the red color of the skin.
Most people with green eyes look fabulous with a red hair color. Those with warm skin tones should try shades of vibrant red, auburn, or strawberry blonde. People with cool olive skin tones look best with copper shade highlights or with red or caramel brown undertones.
For gray eyes, either red tones, dark brown, or black look best. However gray is such a neutral color that almost anything would work. Aim for a contrast between the eye and hair color.