Put down your highlighters, color-correcting primers, and anti-aging products, and listen up: Your hair color can be just as effective at enhancing your complexion as your makeup and skincare—as long as you choose the right shade. We talked to Emily Mott, senior colorist at Spoke and Weal Salon in Los Angeles, to see the hair color fixes for common complexion woes.
See how your hair color can help with everything from sallow skin to dark circles!
If you’ve got a zombie-like pallor, your current hair color may be to blame—and all the purple-toned primer in the world won't help. Having the wrong hair color for your complexion can make you look tired, older, and washed out. Look healthy sans fards by adding golden to red tones to your hair, Mott says. which will give your skin a healthier glow. (As if you needed another reason to try out the rose gold hair trend.)
If you've got ruddy skin, Mott says to stay away from red tones. Your best bet is to go with a hue that's warm to neutral, like a chestnut or caramel shade, to complement your skin tone. She adds that "having highlights around the face will soften features and brighten the skin up."
"I like dimension in the hair [to help with dark circles]," Mott says. So stop slathering on the concealer and head to the salon for soft, subtle highlights and lowlights. Mott says this technique will create movement in your hair and draw attention to the color, distracting from the evidence of your late-night TV marathons.
Mott says to take your hair color lighter, as this softens the appearance of any noticeable fine lines or wrinkles (despite the fact that you're up-to-date on the best in anti-aging skincare). However, she is quick to note that not everyone should go super blonde—quite the contrary. "Stay away from extremes, like platinum blondes and dark black hair, as these can accentuate wrinkles," she explains. Instead, try adding a few highlights in the medium-brown to light-blonde range for an instant anti-aging boost.
If no amount of exfoliating is succeeding in getting you the glowing complexion of your dreams, ask your colorist for medium to light blonde highlights (Mott says these will brighten up your face and give your skin a more vibrant appearance).
To enhance pale skin, it's less about the tones and more about finding the right shade. Mott says to avoid going super dark, as it will only make your paleness more apparent (unless you're going for a Lydia Deetz-type look, in which case, carry on). On the other side of the spectrum, hair that's too light will completely wash you out. So what's a pale girl to do? Opt for a few face-brightening highlights or lowlights that are within a couple shades of your natural hair color for a subtle, pastiness-minimizing effect.
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