It’s the best way to choose the right hair color for your complexion, according to beauty experts

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Fancy a new hair color this summer? We are here with you! Something about warm weather often makes us want to step out of our comfort zone and try something different, but of course we also want to make sure we look good while doing it. If you want to find a hair color that flatters you, it’s probably not the best idea to shoot in the dark; There are a few factors to consider when determining which colors will work best for your skin tone.

To find out some of the best hair color selection tips, we spoke to Katie Graves, senior hairstylist and colorist at Mirror Mirror. She gave us all her top tips for changing up your look in the most flattering way possible. Read on for all his tips!

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Consider your skin tone and eye color

When determining the most flattering shade for you, the first step is the one you may already know: determining your skin tones. To do this, look at your arm and note the color of your veins. If they are more blue or purple, you have cold skin! These skin tones generally look best with warmer hair colors. On the other hand, if your veins are on the green side, your skin is warmer, you might want to go for a cooler hair shade. Do you have a mix of both? Lucky you! You have a neutral skin tone, which goes well with just about anything under the sun.

However, it turns out that choosing the perfect hair color isn’t just about your skin tone. Graves says your eye color should also play a major role in the process. She reminds us that, unlike skin tone, “your eye color will not change with sun exposure” and should always be considered. Graves suggests opting for cooler hair shades if you have blue or gray eyes, noting that “a cool blonde can brighten your look and a rich brown will contrast to highlight your eyes.” On the other hand, those with brown or hazel eyes will find warm tones more flattering.

Keep the seasons in mind

Along with your current skin tone and eye color, according to Graves, there’s another factor you should consider when choosing your new hair color: the effect of the seasons on your skin tone.

“To choose the best hair color for your skin tone, you also need to be aware of the seasons,” she explains. “A lot of times people want to be very dark in the winter and light in the summer, but if you tend to go pale in the winter, the reality is that going dark might not be the most flattering look for you.” That’s a fair point! Instead of making a drastic change that may be less than flattering to your complexion, Graves suggests “adding some low lights and heat for a more moody look that’s season-appropriate without washing out.” We love this idea! Also, when summer arrives, you can lighten your hair by adding highlights but “keeping some of your natural color as low light” to avoid losing all of your dimension. Overall, Graves says you should “avoid single-process flat colors.”

Finally, remember that less is often more when it comes to hair color changes; you don’t have to do a complete overhaul of your natural tones. “Making subtle changes like going from cool to warm blonde or adding highlights to your natural color can change your whole look without doing too much damage to your locks,” Graves concludes.

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