How to Pick a Wig Color Based on Your Skin Tone

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by Julia

It’s hard enough to narrow down a wig style when you have so many to choose from. Throw in colors, and that can make the choice even harder, especially when you’re shopping online. The reds, blondes, shaded pralines, browns and even grays are endless. So how do you know what will work for you if you can’t try the wig on first?

One thing you can do is buy a color ring with hair swatches so you can make the comparison at home. They’re available for a number of wig manufacturers, so if you have a favorite brand, you might want to invest in one.

If you don’t want to buy a color ring and just want to fly by the seat of your pants, you can actually try picking colors that complement your skin tone. “How the heck do I do that?!?,” you ask. Well, I’m going to give you some helpful hints for picking your perfect hue.

The first thing you should know is how to differentiate between the warm and cool tones of the hair because when you’ve basic knowledge about this, it is much easier to know what your skin tone is. So, you can consider this your guide to discovering all of the above.

Analyze your skin tone.

Before picking a wig color, it is necessary to identify the nuances of your skin. There are three categories: warm, cool and neutral. Knowing how to determine your complexion may seem confusing, but there are some tricks to figuring it all out.

If your skin has pink or olive undertones, your tone is cool; while warm-toned skin usually pulls yellow and gold. If you have a mixture of cool and warm, the safest thing to assume is that your skin tone is neutral.

You can also determine your skin tone by looking at the veins in your wrists. If they’re blue or violet, your skin tone is cool; if they’re green, your skin tone is warm.

Your eyes also have a little something to say about your skin tone. If you have little golden spots in the iris of your eyes, your skin tone is warm. If you have blue or green eyes, you usually have a cool tone.

Now that you know the tone of your complexion, it’s time to figure out your best wig color. One general rule of thumb is to choose a tone opposite of your skin tone. So if your skin has a warm tone, opt for a cool color and vice versa. If your skin tone is neutral, everything looks good, so you can pull off any color.

If you have a cool complexion, you can go for reds, oranges and similar tones. Don’t worry, you can pull these colors off so don’t shy away from blondes, honey browns, and chocolate browns.

For those with a warm skin tone, go for cooler colors such as ash blond, beige, champagne blonde or darker reds like auburn. You can even try blacks with purple hues or a fresh brown.

So remember, if you have a cool complexion, warm things up with reds, blondes and rich browns. If your complexion is warm, play with light browns, champagne blondes, deeper reds and bold black colors. And if you’re neutral, try it all!

If you’re still not sure, just look at one of your favorite celebrities who might have a similar skin tone and eye color. If their hair is similar to a color that you’ve always wanted to try, you’ll get a much better idea of how that color will look on you.

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  1. EJ
    September 16, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I must disagree with you on choosing wig colors that are opposite your skin tone. Pink skin (cool) with orange or too yellow tones is hideous and will not look good on the person. It is much better to choose tones that are in the same temperature range as your skin tone.

    • Gina
      September 17, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Thank you for commenting on Julia’s post! You have some excellent points there EJ! This is one of the reasons why I’m grateful there are NOT hundreds of color for every wig style. With the selections already limited, it helps in eliminating some of the color decisions.

      Have a lovely hair day!

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