For the past couple of months I’ve been living my life as a blonde-bombshell. Well less of the bombshell but I’m certainly blonde.
For the first time in 26 years, I ditched my dark tresses for something about a million shades lighter than I’ve ever been. My reason behind the change was simple. First, I wear a lot of black and I’ve always thought light hair suits dark clothes better. Secondly, I’ve never done anything drastic with my hair before so thought I owe it to myself.
To begin with, the excitement of finally having the blonde hair I so desired overshadowed the fact that now most of my clothes didn’t suit me.
I suddenly found that actually I didn’t wear a lot of black at all, actually what I found was that I owned a lot of garments that were mostly creams and browns because I found they suited mycolouring better. I also discovered that my make-up didn’t seem to look right anymore.
So with this new colour spectrum now open up before me I decided to get some advice on the best colour options for my new hair shade and for brunettes, red heads and blondes alike.
I spoke to Selina Styles, professional hair and beauty stylist, on how to maximise your look and choose the right shades to suit your colouring…
During the day, neutral tones including grey-green and soft browns will really compliment darker eyes. Red and deep pink work best on the lips and dark smoky eyes are great for a high-impact smouldering look at night. Goes without saying but only emphasis one feature at a time, going for both lips and eyes can be a bit much and make the wrong kind of impact. Your ideal palette: Brown, khaki, golden shades for eyes. Stick to deep hues like rich purples and reds for lips.
Avoid matt nudes as they can wash you out and appear dull on a lighter skin tone. Use peachy to pink tones on cheeks and lips to brighten your complexion. A juicy citrus gloss can really brighten a gloomy day and you’re lucky enough to be able to pull it off. Try an orangey shade, it’s great for summer. Subdued peach tones give a natural look for everyday wear. Rather than black, use greyish brown tones as these work better to achieve a smoky eye. Your ideal palette: Pinks, peach and rose colours on cheeks and lips.
Turn heads with magenta or plum lips, the blue undertones will really complement the hair. Cool pink-toned foundation and blusher will illuminate fair skin whilst peachy corals will pick up the softer tones in red hair. A sharp flick of black eyeliner next to lashes works well with a bold hair colour like red. But if it’s a smoky eye you’re after, go for chocolate-brown shadows rather than charcoal and black tones. Your ideal palette: Grey greens, corals, reds and browns.
With fair skin, opt for similar shades as brunettes. Dig out deep hues for lips like berries andaubergine or go softer with a warm rosé on lips and cheeks. For those with a darker complexion, flaunt it with opulent colours. Jewel tones and candy brights are hard to pull off but you have the perfect skin tone to really work these colours. On dark eyes, chose colourslike copper, bronze, navy and aubergine but avoid silvery shadows as these can appear too harsh on dark skin. Your ideal palette: Aubergine, red, gold, walnut and bluey-black shades.
Selina’s top tips for colouring your hair:
* The best way to work out if you suit cool or warm tones with your hair is quite easy. Get a piece of material or a piece of coloured card either red or blue and put each one under your chin as you look in a mirror. Straight away you should see which colour suits you best.
*If you suit red go for warm tones, coppers and soft browns.
*Blues, go for cooler shades. Undertones of ash, beige, purples are the colours to chose.
*When colouring your hair usually whatever your natural hair colour is acts as an indication on how light or dark you can go. It’s not always the case but it’s the generally the best guideline.
Libby Wilkinson is a freelance writer that frequently blogs on her website MostlyFabulous.co.uk