Get the Right Shade of Red for Your Coloring

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Once again, spicy red hair is all the rage for fall. Going red seems tempting, especially during autumn but if you’re seriously considering becoming a redhead, make sure to take your features into consideration before taking the red-hot leap.

When going red, it’s important to consider your eye color and skin tone, which will indicate which shade is right for you. “I always conduct an analysis of skin tone, eye color and natural hair color when formulating my reds. Warm eye colors like green, brown and hazel usually contain natural underlying red pigments,” says hair-color expert and New York salon owner Beth Minardi. “Warm reds look best on golden skin tones while cool reds complement ivory and olive complexions,” If you suffer from acne, rosacea or ruddiness, avoid coloring your hair red since the hue can make your skin condition appear worse. “It used to be that you had to match warm skin tones with warm hair colors and cool skin tones with cool hair colors,” says David Adams cofounder and president of Red Chocolate, a hair-color education company. “But that’s no longer today’s standard,” he adds.

Already have red strands? If you have red hair and are looking to add some contrast go for red, brown or auburn lowlights. “Redheads look great with deeper red, brown or auburn lowlights woven through the hair,” Minardi says. However, she cautions that while golden highlights can be beautiful in copper hair, they can often look garish on women with olive skin tones.

And while you’re at it, learn the perfect makeup look for your red hair here.

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