hair color ideas 10 Flattering Hair Color Ideas For Pale Skin

Plus, how to tell if a hue will suit you.

March 08, 2019
Hair Colors For Pale Skin

If you’re looking to change up your hair color, understand that selecting a shade that will be especially flattering on your skin tone takes some consideration. The reality is that not all hair colors look the same on everyone 一 your unique skin tone and coloring will impact which shades look best on you. So if you have pale or porcelain skin and you’re looking to experiment with your hair color, we’re sharing the hues that will complement you best. Plus, tips on what to consider before making your shade selection. 


What To Consider Before Choosing Your Hair Color 

Before selecting your shade, think about whether you prefer a hair color that will mesh well with your skin tone, or something that will create a drastic contrast. If you’re going for the subtler option, assess whether you have warm or cool undertones and then select a light or medium shade with the same undertones as your skin. For something more dramatic, choose a shade with the opposite undertones or opt for a deep or richly pigmented shade. The good thing is that experimenting with hair color is (and should be) fun, and in the end it’s whether you love your new look that matters most.  

The Best Hair Colors For Pale Skin 

Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for and what undertones or depth level will suit you and your preferences, it’s time to choose your color. To help get you started, here are ten hair colors that are ultra-flattering on pale skin tones 


1. Ash Blonde 

For very pale skin with cool undertones, ash blonde hair is a great pick. The cool tone of this hue won’t create a harsh contrast against your complexion, rather it will be subtly flattering. To get the look at home, use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Ash Blonde.


2. Warm Blonde 

If you have cool or neutral fair skin, opting for a sunny, warm blonde shade will add a beautiful contrast to your look without appearing harsh. It’s a great way to add brightness to your complexion without opting for a bold color. Get warm blonde hair at home with the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Ultra Pearl Blonde


3. Strawberry Blonde 

Strawberry blonde hair is gorgeous, and pale skin tones pull it off beautifully. With equal parts warm blonde, copper and rose, this light-to-medium hue is just bright enough to really pop against fair skin.

4. Platinum Blonde 

If you’re considering going blonde and you’re unsure about which tone will suit you, platinum is a universally flattering shade on pale skin tones. While the undertones of platinum blonde hair can be manipulated, classic platinum blonde is pretty neutral and extremely bright which makes it a great choice. The light depth makes it blend with your skin while the brightness adds just a touch of contrast. 


5. Mushroom Brown 

Another ashy shade, mushroom brown hair is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The good news is that this cool-toned brunette hue won’t wash you out. The ashy tones are flattering on fair skin while the medium brown base pops against the complexion. Get the color at home with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Cool Medium Brown


6. Bronde 

If you’re torn between blonde and brown hair, you’ll love this hybrid shade. Get the best of both worlds with a bronde hair color — which, as you may have guessed, is equal parts brunette and blonde. The hue is totally customizable — which means you (and your colorist) can find a shade that will perfectly complement your pale complexion.


7. Auburn 

People with pale skin tones can’t go wrong by opting for an auburn hair color. Because most natural redheads have fair skin, auburn shades look excellent on most people with pale complexions. DIY the shade with the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Auburn Brown


Editor’s Tip: If you notice your color fading after a few weeks, use the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Auburn which helps to tone and brighten your hair color in just 15 minutes.  

8. Dark Chocolate 

If a high contrast look is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a rich, dark chocolate color. This neutral shade flatters warm and cool skin tones, and the depth adds a striking element to your look. Try it out with the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deeply Brown.


9. Pastel Pink

If you want to have some fun and play with out-of-the-box color, pastel hues look stunning on fair skin tones. Pink hair has been trending for a while now, and pastel pink is the perfect shade of the popular color to rock if you have fair skin. Try it out with the  L’Oréal Paris Féria in Smokey Pink. and L’Oréal Paris Féria in Smokey Blue are some of our favorite pastel hues.

10. Pastel Blue 

Speaking of pastels, pastel blue looks gorgeous on fair skin. The cool undertones complement pale skin beautifully, and light shade of blue is a great way to play with color without being overly bold. Get the look using L’Oréal Paris Féria in Smokey Blue.


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Written by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Credit: Ariel Wodarcyk