The importance of Skin Tone and Face Shape to achieve the best color and cut

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Written by Kerri Maurier

Having the right color and cut will highlight your best features. When working with a stylist your skin tone and face shape should always direct the color and style you choose for your hair. When it comes to skin tone it can determine all aspects in your beauty and fashion choices like your make up, hair, and wardrobe.

How to know your skin tone

Knowing whether your warm, cool, or neutral skin tone may be confusing. A few different ways to determine if you are warm or cool.  One example is to look at your veins, put a white t-shirt against your complexion and use silver and gold jewelry. If your veins are blue, and you look better in the white t-shirt and silver jewelry you are cool toned. If your veins are green, and the white t-shirt makes you look yellow and you look best in gold jewelry then you are warm toned. If your complexion can wear both without drawing out blue or yellow then you are a neutral skin tone. Skin tones can vary from fair, medium and dark to pink, yellow, olive and combination.  Then in addition to that, the color of your eyes can change the look as well.  Your skilled stylist will be able to take all of these attributes and use them to your advantage.

What colors work best with your tone

During the different seasons skin tone can change due to the sun. Your hair should compliment your skin tone not match it. If you have a fair complexion with pink undertones you want to stay with blue bases colors like platinum, icy blonde and cool toned browns to clear the red from your complexion. If you are fair with warm undertones you look best in hues of butterscotch, strawberry blonde and honey to bring out the peachiness in your skin. For medium skin tones in the cool family you still want to counteract any hint of redness in your complexion and should stick to ashy tones such as sand or walnut brown. If you fall in the warm family the tawny blonde, golden brown or copper can pick up the buttery tones and prevent sallowness. In olive skin tones to balance greenish tints in complexion try chestnut brown, auburn, and cinnamon shades. If you have golden skin and have warmer undertones violet based colors look best like mocha and ebony brown. Brown skin can be any range of shades from light coffee brown, caramel, toffee to chocolate.

The hair should compliment the complexion by going lighter or darker. If you have cooler toned skin you will look striking in dark tones of espresso and inky black. If you have a warmer undertone you can opt for colors like maple brown, mahogany and toffee. These are some guidelines to help you find what color suits you best and many very to your own specific skin tones and eye color.

How cuts affect face shapes

Finding the right cut for your face shape can be tricky when you don't know your correct face shape. Having a thorough consultation with your stylist can help you determine which face shape you are. No matter your face shape- round, oval, square, heart, or long, there will be haircuts that look best on you and a few that are not so flattering. Unless you have an oval face shape that can wear pretty much any cut.

The idea is to create a cut to give the illusion of an oval face shape. You can have haircuts to make a round face appear longer, a long face appear wider, soften a square jawline and balance a large forehead. It’s about knowing where to draw the eye by creating a shape that highlights your best features and downplays the not so favorite ones. Hair texture and body type also play a huge role in creating the best cut, so when deciding on style take that into consideration to create an overall balanced look created just for you.

Posted on September 17, 2017 .