It's easier to change the color of your hair than it is to change your overall skin tone. And skin tone should be the number one deciding factor when choosing a new hair color. A good color will accentuate your natural complexion.
For the purposes of matching your hair and skin tone, you don't need to know all six different skin types. All you need to determine is whether your skin tone is considered cool or warm. There are a lot of tricks for figuring this out. One of the easiest is to use the vein trick. If you just can't tell, try this instead. Get two pieces of jewelry, one gold and one silver, and hold them up against your skin. Depending on which one stands out, you can determine your skin tone. Gold means warm, and silver means cool [source: Hair Finder].
When it comes to the terms warm and cool, this is what you need to know: Warm goes with warm and cool goes with cool. So if you have a warm skin tone, you'll want a warm hair color to go with it and vice versa [source: Short-Hair-Style]. Examples of warm hair colors are dark golden brown and auburn, and these look good with red highlights. Cool hair colors, on the other hand, are brown and blonde, and they tend to be complemented well by honey or wheat highlights [source: Leider]. If your complexion borders on red, then as a general rule, you should avoid red hair colors.
If you're still not sure which hair color is best for you, ask your local hairstylist. He or she should be able to help you with your decision, and it's always better to let someone with training do the hard work, anyway.
Now that you've got the right hair color, read on to find out how to match your clothes with your skin tone.