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Unnatural Hair Colors For Warm Skin Tones (What To Consider Before You Decide)

by Gabbi

Thinking about dyeing your hair a fun color but not sure what would look good with your skin tone? We get it. Sometimes you see a gorgeous pastel pink on someone else and you think it looks amazing, but when you dye your hair the same color, it completely washes out your complexion.

The reason for this is that people have different undertones when it comes to their skin. These undertones can be subtle but they become really obvious with the wrong hair color.

You’re probably here because you’ve identified your skin tone as warm. Warm skin tones are beautiful and vibrant. The right hair color can really make them pop and make you look healthy and glowing.

But the wrong hair color can make you look downright sickly. 

So, what unnatural hair colors look good on warm skin tones? Almost any unnatural hair color can look good with your skin tone, as long as that color is also warm. Luckily, any color can be made warm if it has the right tones in it – e.g. peachy pink or turquoise blue are examples of hair colors that have warm tones in them.

In this post, we will go over all the different funky hair colors that would go great with your warm skin.

Make Sure You Have A Warm Skin Tone

Before we dive into the best hair colors for warm skin tones, let’s confirm that you really do have a warm skin tone.

Look In The Mirror

Warm skin tones have yellow, peach, and golden undertones. The best way to figure out if that’s you is to stand in natural light and look in the mirror. Make sure you aren’t wearing any makeup for this exercise.

Now, look at your face and note if the undertones you’re seeing are peachy and golden. If they’re cooler pink or white, perhaps you actually have cool-toned skin.

Look At Your Veins

Another trick that can help you figure out your skin undertones is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. They will either look blue or green. If yours look green, you likely have a warm undertone.

What If I See Both?

Some people have hints of both undertones in their skin. If your veins are both greenish and bluish, and your face tends to have some cool colors as well as pops of peach, congratulations: you have neutral undertones! 

Having neutral undertones means you can pull off pretty much every color without it washing you out. That being said, even people with neutral undertones tend to favor either cool colors or warm colors.

If you’re still not 100% sure what undertones you have, think about the color of jewelry that tends to look best on you. Silver? You lean towards the cooler side. Golden? You lean towards warmth.

Now that you’ve confirmed that you have a warm skin tone, let’s discuss what colors look best with your skin.

What Colors Look Best On Warm Skin Tones

As a rule of thumb, warm skin tones look best with warm hair colors. It’s a simple rule, but it can be hard to stick to in practice.

Some colors are tricky. Can blue hair colors be warm? Blue is a cool color, so can you not pull off blue hair as a warm-skinned person?

We have good news for you: almost every color in the world can be both “warm” and “cool,” even colors that we traditionally consider to be one or the other.

So yes, you can absolutely pull off blue hair if you have a warm skin tone, as long as the blue color you choose is a warm blue.

The same rule applies to the other unnatural colors you might be considering. You can pull off pink hair, but it will look best if it’s a warm pink. You can pull off green hair as long as it’s a warm green. You can pull off red hair and purple hair and yellow hair as long as they are all warm.

Let’s explore each color group to figure out which specific colors would look great with your skin.

Best Pink Hair Color For Warm Skin Tones

Pink hair colors are incredibly popular. They can make you look fun, youthful, and trendy. There are a wide range of pink colors you can choose for. Here’s how each type of pink would look on your warm skin tone:

Regular Pink

Regular pink hair color can work for both warm skin tones and cool skin tones because it has neutral undertones. You can definitely pull it off and it won’t wash you out.

Hot Pink

Hot pink is another interesting shade of pink that typically has neutral undertones. It can be worn by people with warm and cool skin tones, however it looks a little better on warm skin tones.

Dusty Pink

Dusty pink is a beautiful and ethereal color, but it’s definitely on the cool side. If you have warm undertones, dusty pink will likely wash out your features and make your skin look more yellow. We would not recommend this hair color if you have very warm skin.

Top Choice: Rose Gold Pink

Rose gold pink is our top choice for warm skin tones. This color even has the word “gold” in it because it’s so warm. Sometimes rose gold can even look peachy. Those are all colors that look incredible with warm skin tones. They will not wash you out and they will make your skin look like it’s glowing with a healthy tone.

Best Purple Hair Color For Warm Skin Tones

Purple hair colors are generally considered to be on the cool side, but there are some that actually have a lot of warm tones in them and can work really well on warm skin tones. Just stay away from cool purples.

Here are the most popular purple hair colors and how they’d look on warm skin tones:

Plum Purple

Plum purple is usually a dark hair color that looks brown or black in some lighting but has pops of purple under bright lights.

Plum is considered a neutral purple color, so both cool-toned and warm-toned people can pull it off. 

Lavender Purple

Another popular trend for purple hair colors is pale dusty lavender. While we love this color on some people, it’s way too cool to look right on warm skin tones. Lavender is a bluish-purple color with some grey undertones. You can certainly try it, but it will likely make your skin look washed out and sickly.


Maroon, or burgundy, is a purple color with a lot of red undertones, so it would look great on warm skin tones! Maroons are usually on the darker side, so it might not work for you if you want a pastel purple, but maroon is a great alternative to the plum purple we discussed above because it will enhance your warm undertones.

Top Choice: Magenta Purple

Magenta is a warm pink color, so magenta purple is a slightly cooler version of that. However, it’s still technically a warm color, and if you’re looking for a fun and bright option for your hair, this is our top choice.

Best Blue Hair Color For Warm Skin Tones

Believe it or not, blue can look great on warm skin tones. However, a lot of blue hair colors are too cool for your complexion. Here is how most of the blue colors look on warm skin:

Classic Blue

Imagine the primary color blue. This is what we are referring to when we talk about classic blue. This color is cool through and through. In fact, it’s the complete opposite color from your skin tone on the color wheel.

Not only will this color wash you out but it will neutralize any warmth and leave you looking pale and ghostly.

Silver Blue

Silver blue is a huge trend right now. It’s essentially a light grey color with blue undertones. It looks fantastic on some people, but it’s not the best choice for people with warm skin tones.

We would recommend going with a warmer color to suit your skin.

Top Choice: Teal

This is a perfect hair color for warm skin tones. Teal is a blue that has been warmed up with yellow tones, landing it somewhere between a blue and a green. Because of the warmth in it, it looks fantastic on warm skin tones.

The best thing about teal is that it’s versatile: you can have light pastel teal hair or deep bright pastel tresses. Both options would look incredible on you!

Best Green Hair Color For Warm Skin Tones

Green is made from blue and yellow, so it can fall on either side of the spectrum, depending on which color is more prevalent.

There are cooler greens and warmer greens, with warmer skin tones looking better in warmer greens. Here are the popular green hair colors and how they would look on warm skin tones:


The regular green color is typically neutral. You can pull it off if you have warm undertones or cool undertones. Green is usually a medium to dark hair color, so if you don’t mind having darker hair, it would be a great option for you.

Emerald Green

Emerald green is a deep green tone akin to the color of emeralds. It’s usually a slightly cooler version of regular green, and therefore it’s best for people with cool skin tones.

If you have warmer skin, emerald green can make you look washed out.

Neon Green

Neon green has a lot of yellow in it, so it would look great on warm skin tones! If you’re brave enough to rock such a bright look, we recommend it. You will look stunning with it and all eyes will be on you when you enter the room.

Top Choice: Olive Green

Olive green is a warm green color that would look great on warm skin tones! It would enhance your skin and make you look healthy and glowing. It is our top pick for green colors that enhance the beauty of your skin tone.

Best Red Hair Color For Warm Skin Tones

You might think that all red colors are technically warm, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many red colors that have significant blue undertones and wouldn’t look great on warm skin tones.

Here are some of the most popular “unnatural” red hair colors:

Firetruck Red

Firetruck red is a bright and loud red color, commonly associated with firetrucks and the primary color red.

It’s a neutral color that you could pull off if you have warm or cool skin tones. However, we think if you’re going to go red, there are better options out there for your skin.


Burgundy is a dark and deep red that resembles the color of red wine. It looks gorgeous over dark hair and adds an air of edginess to your look. Sadly, burgundy is not ideal for warm skin tones because it has a lot of cool undertones. It can make your skin look overly yellow and washed out.


Although copper isn’t technically an “unnatural” hair color – some people are born with it – it’s a pretty rare color. And it looks fantastic on people with warm skin tones.

Copper can enhance your peachy glow and make you look incredible. If you’re looking for a more natural-looking red, this is a great option.


Berry red is sort of a mix of red and pink. Think of the color of raspberries. It’s a pretty color but it pulls more cool than warm. We wouldn’t recommend this color if you have very warm undertones on your skin.

Top Choice: Red-Orange

Red-orange is a perfect color for warm skin tones, especially if you’re looking for a bright and loud color that makes a statement. Red-orange has tons of warm tones in it and it will look harmonious with your warm skin tone. This is our top choice for a red color on warm skin.

Best Yellow And Orange Hair Colors For Warm Skin Tones

Yellow and orange hair colors are all going to look great on your warm-toned skin, so it’s hard to go wrong! 

Our only advice would be to stay away from neon yellow, which can have some green undertones and pull too cool for a warm-toned complexion.

Other than that, you can pull off any yellow hair color: from pale blonde to bright highlighter yellow.

The same goes for orange hair: you would look good in a pastel orange as well as a bright fiery orange hair color. 

Final Thoughts

Having a warm skin tone shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the wide variety of funky and fun hair colors. Despite what someone may have told you, you can look good in greens, pinks, and even blues.

The trick is to always opt for the warmest tone of the hair color you want. As long as you follow that rule, you really can’t go wrong. 

And even if you decide to go for a totally cool color – it’s not the end of the world. If it goes well with the rest of your look, it doesn’t matter if your skin tone is affected. As long as you like the way you look, you should be able to color your hair any color you want! This post is mostly about considerations, rather than hard rules.

We hope you find this helpful on your hair coloring journey!

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