Ask The Experts: Cool or Warm? March 7, 2019 12:17

The best way to decide what hair color idea to try next goes beyond gazing at a picture of your favorite celebrity and copying their beauty look.

As much as you might love a hair color trend that’s been making the rounds, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will flatter your skin tone.

This may cause you to ask the age-old question, “What hair color looks best on me?” To help you determine which hair colors will complement your skin tone best, we’re sharing exactly what you need to consider when picking out a new hue.

Known in the industry for her extensive background in training and education, as well as being a Master Stylist at Morgan & Morgan Hair Collective since 2001, Jennifer Morgan is the go-to girl with any colouring conundrum and her passion and skill set are enviable in the hairdressing community.

So in this blog we ask her to give you everything you need to know about creating the colour result that will flatter you best


If you have lighter hair, you likely have cooler undertones, whereas darker hair is often accompanied by warmer undertones. It’s these undertones that determine which type of hair color looks best on you. If you have a warm skin tone, you should look for warm hair colors, and if you have a cool skin tone, you should look for cool hair colors.

How can you tell if you have warm or cool undertones, though?

While you may have light, medium, or dark skin, it’s all about the colors that peek through from underneath the surface of your skin—a.k.a. your undertones. Existing in an array of warm, cool, and neutral undertones, skin—and the makeup that’s best suited for it—can get pretty specific. Wondering what undertone you have? Here’s what you need to know.

If you have warm undertones…you’ll notice hints of yellow, peachy, or golden hues.

If you have cool undertones…your skin leans on the pink, red, and bluish side.

If you have neutral undertones…look for an even mixture of warm and cool tones that balance each other out and make your skin’s natural shade more obvious.

If you peek in the mirror and are having trouble clearly identifying your undertone, no worries! There are a few questions you can ask yourself to help easily identify your peek-a-boo hue that will make finding the perfect makeup that much more of a breeze.

What color are your veins? Flip your wrist over and take a peek at your veins. What do you see? If your veins lean toward the blueish-purple end of the spectrum, you have cool undertones. Veins look slightly more green? Warm undertones, we see you! If you’re having trouble really nailing down what color your veins look, congrats: You’re neutral!

You’re at the beach: Do you burn or tan? If you’re a perpetual lobster come summertime, there’s a good chance you’re rocking cool undertones. On the other hand, tan sun bunnies tend to have warm or neutral undertones.

Does silver or gold complement you better? Sure, you can absolutely accessorize with both, but take a minute to really consider which metal looks most flattering on you. Cooler undertones tend to look better in silver, while warm undertones are generally accentuated by wearing gold.

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