How to Pick the Right Hair Colour for Your Skin Tone

Deciding between blonde, brunette, and red is tough enough without considering the spectrum of tones that exist within those hues. And then you have to think about how those shades work with your complexion? (Can we take a nap now?)

But understanding the nuances of tone can actually make the difference between choosing a good hair colour and your most flattering one ever—and with a little crash course, it's actually not that hard to figure out. "It's all about placement, saturation, and what undertones in your skin you'd like to emphasise," says Roxie Darling, colouring guru at New York City's Hairstory. "The decision you and your colourists have to make is which colour you would like to bring out in your face."

But it helps when you have a basic knowledge of what cool vs. warm hair shades actually look like as well as an understanding of your skin's colouring to begin with. Consider this your foolproof guide to all of the above.