My hair is important to me, and for some reason unbeknownst to me, being recognized as a blonde is just as significant. Yes, I identify as a naturally blonde even though I dye my hair. Does that make me strange? Maybe, but staying loyal to blonde hair dye (and part of my identity) means a few other things, too. For one, my light hair, in some ways, dictates my makeup choices. Surely, I'm not suggesting you can't wear any makeup you want—regardless of hair color. But there are few tricks of the trade that keep your hair and your face in a symbiotic relationship.
Below, makeup artists lay out a few guidelines for shades, textures, and products that will look best with blonde hair—regardless of whether you've always been blonde or just emerged from below the foils.
1. Bronze your complexion
"Fair-skinned blondes can run the risk of looking 'washed out' when they go platinum. Swipe on a bit of bronzer on your forehead, cheeks, and chin to make sure your bone structure doesn't get lost," says Kelli Bartlett, a pro makeup artist. Lightly dust the powder bronzer where the sun hits your face with a fluffy brush, specially made to apply your bronzer.
2. Pair bold brows with bright lips
"One of my favorite looks on a blonde is a bold brow and bright lip. You can have your brows tinted (or try it at home)," says Bartlett. "I'd recommend going two shades deeper than your natural color. Pair them with bright, cherry red or fuchsia on the lip—this combo gives balance to the face and is very chic."
Look for a double-ended brow pencil, and use the spoolie end to brush up your brows. And be sure to use a long-lasting lipstick to make sure your vibrant lip last's throughout your meals.
3. Care for your under-eyes
"Striking blonde hair is an attention-grabbing look—it brings focus on your eyes and, unfortunately, can draw attention to your under-eye circles," says Bartlett. Use a color corrector to neutralize your dark circles, and to help your under-eye area look more radiant.
Color-correct bluish-purple bags with a lavender (for fair skin), orange (for medium undertones), or red (for deep complexions) color corrector to help neutralize darkness before applying concealer.
4. Keep your skin tone in mind
"You have to keep in mind your skin tone," says Honey Artists makeup artist Daniela Gozlan. "For light skin tones, peachy lip shades will work perfectly. Medium skin tones can play with cool and warm shades of pink and red on lips and cheeks. Tan and deep skin tones will want to opt for orange shades."
5. Add shimmer with earthy tones
"Bold but natural eyes look great on blondes. Shimmery looks using warm earthy tones, like a light copper shadow, will do the trick," says makeup artist Kristine Cruz at Antonio Prieto Salon.