I Just Figured Out Why Jennifer Lawrence Suits Every Type of Hair Colour

Updated 08/18/17

There are many mysteries in life that we haven't been able to solve, but one of them that's often weighed on our minds has to be Jennifer Lawrence's hair. Yes, that might sound extreme, but hear us out. The Oscar-winning actress has changed up her tresses so many times that we sometimes even forget she wore certain looks. Like that time she had dark hair for Silver Linings Playbook. Or when she chopped all her hair off after filming The Hunger Games. Not to mention all the different iterations of blonde she's tried out.

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So what's her trick to looking so incredible with any type of hair length and colour? It just so happens it's nothing to do with her hair, but rather her makeup. We spoke to makeup artist Neil Young about what she does to ensure her overall look is impeccable every time.

What Young told us took us by surprise. Essentially, Lawrence's looks fall into one of two categories: beachy-blonde highlighted tones, and dark or platinum blonde. When you have a lot of different colours and tones throughout the hair, you can go for softer makeup, but when you have a bold one-colour look, such as with a brunette or a platinum, you need to be more graphic with your makeup.

Click through our gallery for our picks of the best J.Law looks and why they work for her.

Jennifer Lawrence hair: Multitonal
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Multitonal

When you have a range of different blonde tones in the hair, ensure the makeup is lighter. Don't go for anything too graphic. 

Jennifer Lawrence hair: Multitonal
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Multitonal

"With a fringe over your face, you're already giving your face a frame. Make sure the colour is softer on the eyes and avoid the waterline," Young says.

Jennifer Lawrence hair: Multitonal
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Multitonal

The great thing about the multitonal colours in the hair is that you can wear pink, such as this lip colour, without making your face look washed out. 

Jennifer Lawrence hair: Multitonal
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Multitonal

As this is a classic beachy look with the curled hair, Young recommends to go really soft on the makeup, as with the others, but go for more bronzed skin.

Jennifer Lawrence hair: Graphic
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Graphic

This look signals a change from the previous with the graphic eyeliner, adding definition to Lawrence's look. Young says bolder hair colours can be quite harsh, so you need to complement that with the makeup and make it just as strong. 

Jennifer Lawrence hair: Graphic
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Graphic

Similarly, Lawrence's eye makeup is much bolder than when she has blonde highlights through her hair. Young recommends for those with dark hair and pale skin to "avoid the pinks, as they'll make you look washed out. You need to anchor dark hair with makeup." Instead, try peachier undertones. 

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This is one of the most striking looks on J.Law. Although she has a smoky eye, there is real definition around her eyes with a black liner, which balances out the bold platinum blonde. 

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"When you colour your hair in one all-over blonde when there are no tones, it often takes all your features away. You almost become flat. To counteract that, you need to add a big eye or a bold lip," Young says.

Want more hair inspo? Check out our guide to the best hair colour ideas

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