Skin tones and hair colour can be enhanced by particular shades and these can be categorised into seasonal colour palettes whether you suit a Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter palette, knowing the tones that work for you is useful. After all, nobody wants an awkward choice of hair colour. The following seasonal palette descriptions can help you discover the right colours and hues, that will work best with your complexion and enhance your features.
Your Personal Colour Chart: What are Your Colours?
The colour of your hair can make you look and feel gorgeous. If you feel like changing your look, your hair colour is an obvious option. While there are quite a few colour choices, it’s important to match your skin tone for the best effect. Before changing your hair shade you should determine which colours work best with your complexion.
Spring Colour Palette
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The model is an example of a Spring colouring, with her pale skin and blue eyes.
Complexion: The skin tone is light and warm with a golden yellow or peach tone. People with this colouring tend to blush easily and may have freckles.
Eye Colour: The eyes can be either a light blue or green and may have flecks of gold.
Hair Colour: The hair is usually blonde; however, they can also be dark or red haired.
Hair Shades for a Spring Colour Palette: People who have this colouring often have a golden sheen in their hair colour. You should therefore avoid ashen tones and choose warm colours instead. Ideally use golden/honey blondes, golden brown, copper and warm light reddish tones like golden red or strawberry blonde. Warm, light to medium brown tones also work well. Make sure that the hair colour is not too dark because the dramatic look only suits cool skin types.
Summer Colour Palette
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The model has light blonde hair and blue eyes and so is a Summer colouring.
Complexion: People with Summer colouring have rosy skin with a bluish to violet hue (undertone).
Eye Colour: The eyes can be blue or green, or if they are brown they have specks of blue, grey or green.
Hair Colour: The natural hair colour is blonde or brunette with an ashen base colour.
Hair Shades for a Summer Colour Palette: Silvery or platinum blonde streaks add dazzling highlights and can give a little more radiance to the hair. One or two low-lights of a darker shade can also create a livelier picture.
If you decide to tint or colour your hair, ash blonde, ash brown or platinum blonde are your colours. Red hair colour should have a bluish hue like burgundy or mauve, but you should avoid red hair colour with a mahogany, copper or golden blonde tinge as these will make you look older.
Autumn Colour Palette
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Here we see an Autumn colouring with reddish hair and bright blue eyes.
Complexion: The skin colour is often quite light with a deep bronze tone and has a yellowish golden hue with some freckles.
Eye Colour: The eye colour can be shades of green, blue and turquoise. On rare occasion you can also see light blue eyes.
Hair Colour: The hair can be dark brown with reddish hues or red shades from copper to mahogany.
Hair Shades for an Autumn Colour Palette: Accentuate your hair colour with warm red and copper tones. Also warm brown tones like golden brown, coppery gold or chestnut can be flattering. If you really want to colour your hair blonde use golden shades and stay away from ash tones. A clever alternative would be golden blonde or coppery red low-lights.
Winter Colour Palette
All this is far too much trouble for you? A visit to your hair stylist can save you from further hairy debacles. In case of doubt, your hair stylist can put some streaks into your hair to distract from the uneven colouring results.
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The model is an example of a Winter colouring, with dark hair and light skin.
Complexion: The skin is usually very light.
Eye Colour: Dark brown, grey, ice-blue or intensely green eye colour is a contrast from the white of the eyes.
Hair Colour: The natural hair colour is black to bluish black or dark to medium brown.
Hair Colours for a Winter Colour Palette: The rich tones of the natural hair radiate warmth. To emphasise your natural hair colour you could enhance it by giving it a bluish-black gloss. Aubergine and mahogany hair colour accentuates dark hair.
Lightening the hair often leads to awkward reddish tones, which does not suit the Winter skin tone. Highlights are not advised as they also tend to look reddish after lightening and make you look older. If you still want to colour your hair you should use ash tones. Avoid yellowish golden shades of hair colour because they detract from the radiance of your skin.
It is important to determine your skin type before dying your hair. If your skin appears yellowish you have a warm complexion, while cool complexions appear slightly bluish.