Hair Colors For Pale Skin: Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Match

April 16, 2024

Understanding whether your client’s pale skin has warm or cool undertones is crucial when choosing the right hair color. Undertones influence how hair colors will appear on your client’s skin and can significantly impact their overall look. Here’s a guide to help you determine your client’s undertones and select a hair color that enhances their complexion!

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Understanding Pale Skin Undertones

You may have heard of undertones but do you know how they work? Here’s a quick way of telling if your client has warm or cool undertones and finding the perfect color match for their skin tone: 

  • Cool Undertones: Hair colors with cool tones such as ashy blondes, platinum blondes, and cool browns will work well on someone with cool undertones and prevent them from looking overly pink. Look for hints of pink, blue, or purple in their skin. Veins on your client’s wrist may appear blue. Their skin may also burn easily in the sun and turn pink rather than tan.
  • Warm Undertones: Look for hints of yellow, peach, or gold in the skin. Veins on the wrists may appear greenish. Your client’s skin may tan easily in the sun and have golden or olive undertones.


Examples of Complementary Hair Colors

Choosing a hair color that aligns with your client’s undertones can enhance their overall appearance by brightening their complexion, making their eyes pop, and giving them a healthy, radiant look.

Understanding undertones and selecting a hair color that complements them will not only enhance natural beauty but also boost your client’s confidence. So always consult with your client to achieve the perfect hair color for pale skin and then experiment with different shades to achieve the perfect hair color for pale skin.

Hair Color Options for Warm-Toned Pale Skin

Rich brunette shades can beautifully enhance pale skin with warm undertones.  Here are some pro tips for choosing the perfect rich, warm browns:

  • Golden Tones: Look for brunette shades with golden undertones such as chestnut brown, caramel brown, or bronze brown. These warm hues will complement the golden or peachy undertones in the skin, adding depth and dimension to the hair.
  • Avoid Ashy Tones: Steer clear of brunette shades with ashy or cool undertones, as they can clash with the warmth in your client’s skin and make them appear dull or washed out. Opt for warmer tones that will enhance their complexion instead. Instead Incorporating Balayage or highlights into brunette hair can add warmth and dimension. Choose shades that are slightly lighter than the base color to create a sun-kissed effect and brighten up your client’s overall look.


Rich brunette shades are excellent options for warm-toned pale skin, as they enhance the natural warmth in the complexion and create a harmonious overall look. By choosing brunette hues with golden undertones and avoiding overly ashy tones, you can achieve a stunning hair color that flatters your client’s pale skin beautifully. Cool-Toned Brunettes Cool-toned brunettes such as candlelit brunette hair and rich espresso hue’s in any level can also beautifully compliment pale skin, so don’t let your client be put off by feeling ‘washed out’. The key is to add a few tones to ensure dimension and movement in the hair that looks luxe and super glossy!


  • Chestnut Brown: Picture individuals with warm-toned pale skin sporting chestnut brown hair. This rich brunette shade often adds a luxurious warmth to the complexion.


  • Caramel Balayage with Bronze Brown: Imagine those with warm undertones rocking bronze brown hair. This deep, rich brunette shade has hints of copper and bronze tones that add warmth and richness to pale skin. This look can be personalized with any warm tone to promote richness and warmth and add dimension and texture, creating a more vibrant version of a sun-kissed look.


Warm Blonde Hues for a Sun-Kissed Look

Warm blonde hues such as golden blonde hues can create a stunning sun-kissed appearance for people with warm undertones in pale skin. These shades add warmth and radiance to the complexion, creating a luminous effect.


  • Honey Blonde: Honey blonde tones feature golden undertones that harmonize with warm skin. This shade evokes warmth and depth, mimicking the golden hues of a summer sunset.

Warmer bases of blonde that are a level or two darker paired with cooler blonde tones throughout the mids and ends add brightness and interest to hair and can also create the look of volume in longer hair.


Hair Color Options for Cool-Toned Pale Skin

Icy Blonde for Cool Undertones Platinum and colder blonde is higher maintenance (unless your client is blessed with a natural base 7 or above!) but still a popular choice for individuals with cool undertones or a pale skin complexion. Always show your client some visual aids or scroll through your socials to help them envision this look, we bet once they try it they will love these chic but edgy blonde tones.



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Experimenting with Bold Hair Colors

Encouraging individuals with pale skin to step out of their comfort zone and experiment with fun hair colors can lead to stunning and unique looks. Let’s look at some examples of these hues that compliment pale skin tones, and the impact of bold hair colors in making a statement and expressing individuality.

A vibrant hair color or mix of  cool with warmer toned colors can create a bold look for individuals with pale skin. Rich, intense hues add warmth and depth to the complexion, creating a dramatic and eye-catching look that brings a glow to the skin and brighter pops of color frame the face.


Pastels and Unconventional Hues

The trend of pastel and unconventional hair colors has gained popularity among people with pale skin, offering a fun and creative way to express themselves. Here are some tips for achieving and maintaining colored hair.

Soft Rose Gold/Pink: Soft pastel pink hair and rose golds are fantastic choices that suit pale skin and suit both cool and warm skin tones. This gentle hue by Revlon Visionary Creator Danny Malone is the perfect way to create an edgy but very wearable fashion shade that’s inspired by the punk scene.


Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Natural to Fashion Shades

  • Warmer shades: All color fades and warmth can quickly turn into unwanted red tones and brassiness! So no matter the shade – ensure you keep your clients hair perfect until their next salon visit by offering color services that will Neutralize and Tone, Color Correct and blend first grays
  • Brunette Shades – Yes brunettes can also lose their luster! – to keep these colors looking fresh and vibrant we recommend Nutri Color™ Filters for Brunettes to intensify the richness & saturation of your client’s brown color.
  • Pre-Lightening: Achieving pastel and lighter hair colors often requires pre-lightening the hair to a blonde shade in a level 7 up to a level 10. This process allows the pastel pigments to show up more vibrantly and ensures an even and neutralized color results.
  • Regular Maintenance: Pastel and cooler hair colors require regular maintenance to keep them looking fresh and vibrant. This includes using color-safe shampoo and conditioner such as the Re/Start™ Color Protective Micellar Shampoo, avoiding excessive heat styling, and scheduling your client in for regular appointments.
  • Color Depositing Products: Color depositing products such as Nutri Color™ Filters hair masks can help maintain and tone natural shades  all the way to fashion hair colors between salon visits. These semi-permanent hair dye will help to refresh the color and enhance its longevity.

Whether your client prefers a subtle enhancement or a bold statement, there’s a hair color option for every pale skin tone. With the right one, you can create a subtle or bold result that your client will love! To further empower your salon, go to Revlon Pro AlwaysOn (available for clients only, so click the link to become one) and learn more about hair colors and techniques. To get all the products you need, go to  Revlon ProShop.

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