The most flattering blonde hair colors for every skin tone
Gwen Stefani's signature platinum hue is "gorgeous with an edge," says colorist Marie Robinson. It's also tailor-made for the pop star's fair skin, colorist Rita Hazan adds, because the shade is so close to her complexion. That said, when your skin is this fair, take a cue from Stefani and try rocking one of her other trademarks: red lips. "Bright lips ensure that your facial features don't get lost," says Robinson.
Margot Robbie may have shocked the world when she showed up at the Oscars as a brunette, but who can forget her equally striking blonde? "The shade works perfectly with her light eyes and light skin," says Hazan. The secret, she adds, is making sure to ask your colorist for Robbie's multidimensional mix of butter, gold, and honey. "This makes the color look natural—not bleached-out or overprocessed," she says.
The sexy star always seems to get it right, and her hair color is no exception. "Scarlett [Johansson]'s color is rich and warm, but still subtle," says Hazan. "It has depth—it's not flat or drabby—and it's perfect for her skin tone because it isn't too red or too orange." To copy the look, ask your colorist for a dark blonde base with cool-toned highlights on the midlength and ends.
Kate Bosworth may have just gone red a hot second ago, but how beautiful was her lighter hair? Robinson says the brownish-blonde shade works because of its "natural-looking warm roots and cascading buttery highlights." When roots are tinted slightly darker like this, she says, they provide "richness and contrast," helping the color blend gracefully with her fair skin. To re-create it, ask for a "caramel base with lighter blonde tones through the midlength and ends, and pale highlights around the face," says Robinson. "This will make the color look very natural."
If you've ever doubted that Asians could pull off blonde, you've never seen this stunning example. The "modern, pale platinum" shade works on model Soo Joo Park, says Hazan, because it's balanced out by the tinge of yellow in her skin tone. It's a bold look, to be sure, but if you're ready to try it, Hazan recommends asking your colorist for an "allover ashy blonde with a slight golden or butter tone."
Confession: We have a major hair crush on Blake Lively—both for those beachy waves and for that beachy color. "Her sophisticated, golden-strawberry blonde has an extremely subtle ombré," says Hazan. "You don't get that harsh dark-to-light, so it's a more modern version of an ombré." To get it, ask your colorist to add varying tones of honey highlights through the midlengths of your hair on top of a light brown base, keeping the ends ever-so-slightly lighter.
Kim Kardashian may now be back to her trademark raven, but we're still loving that blonde phase. What made it work? The fact that the reality star didn't stray too far from, well, reality, holding on to a substantial stretch of the dark roots she was born with. "This is the proper way to do this," says Hazan. If you want to go similarly honey blonde, Robinson recommends asking your colorist to leave your dark roots intact. "That way, you'll still have depth next to the skin," she says.
Is it any surprise that Queen Beyoncé totally rules as a blonde? "Her baby blonde shade works because of the dark base," says Hazan. "The darkness balances the blonde." To get the look, ask your colorist for "cream and butter highlights," says Robinson. Another tip when becoming this blonde: Go slowly. Hazan suggests lightening little by little over three or four appointments, so that your hair doesn't turn too orange or red in the process.
Talk about a golden girl: Ciara's stunning honey-ish hue looks "natural and soft," says Hazan. To steal it for yourself, leave your roots dark (or ask your colorist to give you a dark brown base), then pile on several layers of highlights. "You want some of them golden beige and some slightly lighter ones mixed in on top," says Robinson. "Keeping the brown roots next to your skin ensures that you don't become washed-out."
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