How To Choose Hair Color For Olive Skin And Brown Eyes

Your guide to picking the right shades that complement and enhance the radiance of olive skin.

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Changing your hair color is a great way to experiment with your look. While there are no boundaries in the realm of makeup and hair (which makes it so much exciting), there are some rules that you should follow when picking a hair color for olive skin. To help you out on this hair journey, we have compiled a list of the best shades that complement an olive complexion. Keep reading to learn how to choose the best hair color for your olive skin and brown eyes!

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  • Suitable Outfit Colors: Suitable Outfit Colors Deep colors like blue-toned red, deep mauve, and dark green pair well with olive skin tones.
  • Makeup: Suitable Outfit Colors A blue-toned red lipstick or black smokey eye with nude lips help highlight brown eyes.
  • Hair Color: Suitable Outfit Colors Brown ombre or balayage mixed with lighter shades compliment olive skin tones well.

You Need A Change:

A woman with bold & bright hair colors
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Growing up, mothers applied the lovely coconut oil to nourish our tresses and keep them shining- a sign of good health. But in this day and age, we want a change, a break from the cacophony of what was to what can be, and hence going a little quirky, bold and bright with hair colors, dark or light can be a fun thing to do.

Play along with your positive points, your attributes and your personality, and then ask yourself, if the color you see on glossy magazine models and celebrities, would best suit your stance or not! Remember PYTs, what may look hot on someone else may be a recipe for disaster when it comes to you. . This is why it is so important to have the right dye shades and colors, those that would compliment your skin tone and not contrast it!

Satshya, a blogger, describes the journey of hair coloring experiences that started at 18. She has tried many shades and styles, including an orangish blonde peekaboo, rust-tip ombre, platinum blonde peekaboo, electric blonde, teal blue, and galaxy hair color. She wrote, “It’s so much fun experimenting with different colors and I whole-heartedly encourage anyone who wants to do it. It’s hair – it grows, it fades, it falls. Make it colorful while it lasts (i).”

What Is Your Skin Tone?

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We are blessed with warm or cool skin tones, and there is a way to find out which one is us. Here are the steps-Wash your face with a mild herbal cleanser to get all the dirt, grime and impurities removed

  • Stand in front of a mirror, in a room that has plenty of natural light coming through
  • In one hand, hold a red piece and a yellow piece of paper
  • In the other hand, blue, silver, green and white pieces each
  • Place each paper by the surface of your facial skin- ONE AT A TIME
  • If a certain color flatters your skin and makes you glow more, for example if yellow or red does the flattering, you then have a warm skin tone. If it is any of the colors from the other group, then you belong to the cool skin tone group!

You could do the same trick under the sun, using the pieces of colored paper individually. Bluish-tint means cooler tones, while greenish tints mean warmer skin tones.

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You can also check your veins in natural light to determine whether you have a cool, warm, or neutral skin undertone. Predominantly green veins mean a warm undertone, predominantly blue or pink mean a cool undertone, and a mix of blue/pink and green mean a neutral undertone.

What Is The Correlation With Hair Color Choices?

Now that you know how to check for the undertone of your skin, and this isn’t a permanent feature though for life, thanks to the sun tan and the elements that can brighten or darken the skin- olive skin and brown eyed men and women have green undertones to deal with.

  • Shades of red, burgundy or mahogany are the best
  • Strawberry blonde hair color is nice
  • Auburn brunette is classy

Should You Have Red Skin Undertones?

Golden blonde hair color
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Think about the following colors-

  • Mocha browns
  • Icy blondes
  • Violet reds

Tip: If you are dark olive skinned, never use medium browns and blondes.

Talking about the eyes, while most with blue eyes use bronze or copper hair color, and hazel damsels wear browns and chocolates, with olive eyes to flaunt, you could think of

  • Orangish reds
  • Golden blondes
  • Honey blondes
  • Chocolate brunettes

Should You Have Warmer Skin Tones?

Ash brown hair color
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  • Ash browns are the best match
  • You could think of beige
  • A touch of champagne blonde
  • Deep reds too would be sassy
  • Violet and auburn mix

What About Ombre And Should I Think Of It With Brown Eyes And Olive Skin?

Yes, why not! Go right ahead and think ‘sombre’, and not ‘ombre’, the latter is so out of fashion in 2015. Warm and cool toned skin and eyes can use sombre colors, for a very natural touch and effortless effect!

Honey-blonde is one of the most natural-looking hair colors for brown eyes and olive skin. It adds a touch of warmth and radiance to them. Light honey-blonde sombre, with its subtle gradient from the roots to the ends, gives a simple yet naturally sun-kissed look. The golden undertones of this color helps create a captivating contrast and brings out the depth and richness of the eye color. As for the skin color, it helps enhance the overall complexion. All in all, it is an ideal hair color for a fresh and flattering appearance if you have brown eyes and olive skin.

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Sombre is essentially a soft ombre look that helps you achieve a more natural version of ombre. In this styling technique, your roots remain their natural color, and a soft transition is made to a lighter color down to the tips.

Infographic: Tips To Maintain Colored Hair

Coloring your hair is an excellent way to experiment with different looks. People with olive skin tone can choose from various colors while keeping their respective skin undertone in mind. Once you have colored your hair, it is important to follow a proper hair care routine to prevent color fading and maintain strong and healthy hair. You can ask a professional stylist for hair care products specifically formulated to nourish colored hair. Additionally, you can follow some basic but necessary after care tips.

Check out the infographic below to know more!

tips to maintain colored hair (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

When you decide to color your hair, you must know that you have to double the amount of time you spend in your hair care routine. Dyeing your hair can make your hair dry, so to prevent this, you need to keep your hair hydrated and oil it more than ever before. Apart from this, make sure the hair coloring products are of good quality. If they are not, the procedure might fail and cause severe damage to your tresses. So, before coloring your hair, keep yourself updated with the pros and cons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does black hair go with olive skin?

Yes. Black is a neutral hair color that pairs well with olive-toned skin.

Does olive skin look better with warm or cool tones?

Most people with olive skin have green undertones that work better with warm tones. But it can also suit neutral tones.

Does blonde hair go with olive skin tone?

Warm blonde shades, such as strawberry, honey, chestnut and caramel blonde shades suit olive skin tones.

What colors wash out olive skin?

Cool tones can make olive skin look washed out.

Does gray hair suit olive skin?

Yes, certain gray hair shades, like denim and smokey shades, look amazing on olive skin.

Does silver or platinum look good on olive skin?

Silver or platinum suits dark olive-toned skin well. Lighter silver shades will work for lighter olive skin tones.

Key Takeaways

  • You have warm undertones if colors like yellow or red flatter your skin tone.
  • You have cool undertones if blue, silver, green,or white colors make your skin glow.
  • To determine your skin tone, you can check your veins in natural light or use colored pieces of paper. Olive skin with brown eyes typically has green undertones.
  • The best hair color for olive skin and brown eyes may vary depending on skin undertones. Options vary from auburn brunette, golden blonde, or deep reds for warmer skin tones to mocha browns, icy blondes, or violet reds for those with red undertones.
hair color for olive skin

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Discover the best hair color for brown eyes and olive skin with these hair color swatches! Check out the video to find which shades suit your eyes and skin tone the best.

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Monica Dickenson

Monica DickensonCertified Trichologist

Monica Dickenson has more than 30 years of experience as a dedicated technician and business owner. She is very passionate about providing the best service possible to anyone experiencing hair loss and has certifications in hair replacement and holistic trichology.

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