Kathleen’s Review: YES YOU CAN WEAR RED ?

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Hi folks Kathleen here. As some of you may know I have been on a red kick lately. One thing I’ve heard over and over again…”oh I love red on you but I can’t wear red..it washes me out.” What’s really happening is you are trying on the wrong red for your skins undertones.  Someone said to me recently…you can wear any color. While that isn’t quite true I can get away with a variety of colors in this case reds because I have a neutral undertone to my skin. Your undertone isn’t the same as your skin color.

Below is an example of two intense reds on the opposite end of the red spectrum. I find color fascinating don’t you?

How do you know what undertone your skin has? There are tests galore out on the internet..to simplify I found one test that is fail proof. In natural light look at the back of your hand your wrist really. Are your veins bluish almost a purplish color? Your undertone is cool. Are your veins green or almost an olive color? Your undertone is warm. Are they like mine a blue green color….or you can’t really tell? You have a neutral undertone. Another simple test is what color looks best on you white or cream…white you have a cool undertone cream you have a warm undertone…you say you look equally good in both? You guessed it you have a neutral undertone to your skin.

Below I’m using a portrait I painted to illustrate that skin color isn’t the same as your skins undertone. I used a lot of lavenders and blues in Bishop Hodges skin color while painting him. Because his undertone is cool…For his wife I used really intense yellow ochre and gold colors to achieve her skin color because her undertone is warm.  Fascinating..?

Below is a color chart I made of reds that I own. There are so many more I could add here..this is just a sample and can help when you are trying to pick out a red for yourself.

Two colors that are blondes but lean towards red are illustrated below.
If you wear blonde and are hesitant to try red one of these shades would be an excellent choice.
Below are examples of two similar temperature reds but one is less intense than the other. If you are afraid to try the more intense Sunset Red try Sangria. In general the less intense reds whether they are warm or cool fall into the neutral  category and are universally flattering.
Below is an example of the next level down from the most intense reds on my color chart.  Golden Russet is all the way on the warm end and Rusty Red is all the way on the cool end. Both have similar intensity. Both I wouldn’t consider low enough in intensity to be neutral. If your undertone is neutral no problem…you can wear either. But if your undertone is decidedly cool I would stay clear of Golden Russet. On the other hand if your undertone is warm I would stay clear of Rusty Red.
   The reds in the middle of my color chart and that are less intense can be worn by everyone. You don’t need to have a neutral undertone to your skin. You can be warm or cool it doesn’t matter….so go ahead try Sangria..or Glazed Strawberry…you’ll look wonderful.
      The take away here is there is a red for everyone. So don’t be afraid…you don’t have to wear Tangelo or Glazed Fire to be called a red head ?there are a variety of reds that are universally flattering. Have fun..ENJOY!

Product Listings:
Top Collage
High Impact by Gabor (Dark Copper)
Brenna by Rene of Paris (Rusty Red)
Karla by TressAllure (Sunset Glow)
Aubrey by Tony of Beverly (Tangelo)
Phoebe by Tony of Beverly (Sangria)
Following pictures
Aubrey by Tony of Beverly (Tangelo)
Bryn by Envy (Chocolate Cherry)
Julia by Jon Renau (14/26: Pralines & Cream)
High Impact by Gabor (GL27-22, Caramel)
Phoebe by Tony of Beverly (Sangria)
Neena by Tony of Beverly (Sunset Red)
Chic Alert by Raquel Welch (Golden Russet)
Brenna by Rene of Paris (Rusty Red)

You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.

I’m blown away by this amazing article by Kathleen! She even graciously invited our viewers to ask her questions about colors so please feel free to leave a comment or question below for her in the comment sections. Thank you Kathleen!



  1. June 25, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Thank you for your kind remarks Gina ?

  2. TAZ
    June 25, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Well done Kathleen!

  3. Sherry
    June 25, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Kathleen – just want to say thanks for the very helpful info! And wow, I will check out your website. What a talent you have!

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Hi Sherry I’m glad you enjoyed my article..thanks for the compliment about my art..:-)

  4. Pat English
    June 25, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    WOW thank you Kathleen! I want to try red and now I know to look for the cool shades of it! You do always look great in whatever red you are showing too!

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that Pat..I look forward to seeing you post a photo of yourself in your red wig..;-)

  5. Lori Tankersley
    June 25, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    OK,good,now show me a post on which blond color can a person wear with a cool skin undertone 🙂

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Hi Lori..this was an article focusing on reds..but if you have cool undertones the neutral or ashy blondes work best for you. I love Jon Renau’s Blonde Brownie..very light but not platinum and not too ashy..just right..:-) enjoy

  6. June 26, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Such great information on an intellectual level about color! Kathleen, you are so generous with your time in helping others with their color choices. I especially liked seeing the detailed images on your painting! 🙂 With your help and encouragement, I’m about to pull the trigger on an intense red wig!

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Oh so excited for you Zmarie..yippee..reds are so fun cant wait to see what you get…still thinking the EW saffron red rooted?

  7. Freida Morgan
    June 26, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Kathleen you are just a treasure trove of wonderful information! Glad I found your blog!

    • July 1, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Hi Freida I’m glad you did too 😉 thank you for visiting and I’m so glad you found it interesting..:-)

  8. Sharon
    August 6, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Hi Kathleen,

    You are a gifted artist. Beautiful work. I am looking for alternatives to dark brown (4) which is my natural color but lacks dimension. I’ve done the vein test but see both blue/violet (wrists) and green (back of hand). The number 6 in RoP, Amore, Noriko and Raquel Welch;s SS10 make me look sallow. Does this suggest that I have warm undertones? FYI I am a mix of Asian, African and Caucasian. Would love to go with something other than plain dark brown. Any insights would be appreciated.

    • August 7, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Hi Sharon…thank you for the compliment…hmmm it sounds to me like you are cool. I probably didnt make mysrlf clear I really meant looking at your veins on the inside of your wrist in natural daylight..if they are blue/purple you have a cool undertone..so without seeing photos of you i would say Envys Chocolate Cherry or Ellen Wille’s Hot Aubergine Mix…let me ask you..what looks better on you a white shirt or a ivory shirt…I would love to help you further if you’d like email me a photo so I can get a better read on your coloring and help find something you like besides dark brown 😉 you can reach me at Kathleen@KathleenRyanArt.com…I’m glad you enjoyed my post all the bedt Kathleen

  9. Vicki Luttrell
    September 23, 2017 / 1:08 am

    Ok, I’m confused about what type of red tones would look best on me. I have yellow undertones. I’ve never been able to wear yellow or other colors leaning towards the yellow side (greens, oranges). I’ve tried on a wig with a lot of golden-blond highlights around the face. It wasn’t a good look for me. It made my skin look even more yellow. Help me.

    • February 10, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Hi Vicki…you are most likely considered cool. 🙂 What is your favorite hair color now? The cooler reds from muted to darker and more vibrant would look best on you. I’d love to see some photos of you….you’re welcome to email me kathleen@kathleenryanart.com…I’d love to help you find a gorgeous red you’d be happy with…best Kathleen

  10. Theresa
    February 10, 2018 / 2:29 am

    💕Thank you so much for all this wonderful information👀. I’m a visual person, & love you sorted all the confusingness out.
    Reds here I come!😍

    • February 10, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Ahh thanks Theresa…reds are fun…I’m here if you have any questions or want some help deciding. best Kathleen

  11. Katie
    April 27, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    This is so helpful (all of your reviews are)! I’m wondering, though, how Gabor’s reds compare. Would Gabor’s Rusty Auburn be a good “match” to RW Glazed Cinnamon?

    • Kathleen Ryan
      April 30, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      Hi Katie..thanks for “stopping by” 🙂 Gabors red are beautiful….Rusty Auburn would be closest to your RW Glazed Cinnamon out of the Gabor reds. The Gabor RA color might be more blended and a tad darker overall than RW GC but I think you’d be happy..Rusty Auburn is a very natural red. Pretty color choices both of these. 🙂 Hope that helps..best-Kathleen

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