Did you know that just 8% of the world’s population has blue eyes? You may not have realized that this trait was so uncommon, but if you’re lucky enough to have blue eyes, you’re in a small subset of humans with this unique eye color.
No matter what eye color you have, choosing a hair color to match can be tough. There are so many things you have to consider – not only your eye color but also skin color and tone, age and even hairstyle. All of these factors will feed into the choice of hair color.
If you have blue eyes and are planning on dying your hair a different color, you need to know which colors go best with your eye shade. Should you go ash blonde or jet black? Would bright red work, or are you better suited to a more subtle auburn?
We’re going to look at some of the best hair colors for blue eyes. We’ll also look at how factors like skin tone play into this decision, and we’ll showcase some of the world’s most famous celebrities with similar hair and eye color combinations. Are you ready to choose your next hair color?
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The color of your eyes is dictated entirely by a lottery of genetics. The eye colors of your parents play an important role. This is what the laws of genetics dictate when it comes to passing on eye colors:
If you’re one of the few with blue-colored eyes, you’re already something of a statistical miracle – especially if your parents both have brown eyes!
When it comes to choosing a hair color, we also need to pay attention to the importance of skin tone. Two people could have blue eyes and dark hair, but their skin tones can be completely different. One may have skin which is prone to burning in the sun and has a ‘cool’ tinge to it. The other may have skin which tans when exposed to the sun and comes across as warmer.
It’s important not to get confused between skin tone and skin color. Many people think that ‘cool’ tones automatically mean pale skin, while ‘warm’ tones mean those with darker skin. This isn’t always the case. You can have pale skin with warm undertones, and dark skin with cool undertones – that’s the beauty of our individuality!
The tone of your skin is very significant when choosing a hair color. After all, your hair frames your face at all times. If your hair color is slightly off and doesn’t work with your skin tone, it could make you look sallow or washed-out. That’s why we’ll be looking at the various skin tones when we’re examining some of the best hair colors for blue eyes.
Having blue eyes and fair skin means there’s a good chance that you have pink, blue or purple undertones in your skin. This doesn’t mean that you have pink or purple skin. It just means that you have ‘cool’ undertones. If you turn over your wrist, you’ll probably see blue and purple veins, whereas someone with warmer skin might see green veins.
Fair skin with cool tones and blue eyes work well with a multitude of hair colors. But you’re one of the groups that can pull of blonde hair very authentically. With your fair skin and light eyes, a pale blonde look would appear natural, rather than looking brassy or fake.
Try to steer away from ‘warm’ shades of blonde like honey and copper – instead, go for ash blonde or platinum for serious impact. Think Blake Lively and Margot Robbie for serious inspiration. Always be careful when going for very light hair colors, as this can require bleaching. Bleaching your hair can cause scalp irritation if you are particularly sensitive, or if not applied by a professional.
If you don’t want to be a blonde, you always have the option of going over to the dark side. One of the most amazing hair colors for those with blue eyes, fair skin, and a cool skin tone is jet black. This dramatic hair change is very striking. Follow in the footsteps of Alexis Bledel, Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel with this show-stopping style.
So we’ve covered light hair and dark hair – but what if you want something in between? You could always be a little daring and opt for knock-out red hair. Emma Stone is the classic example of someone who can pull off the pale skin and blue eyes, with her textbook cool undertones. Jessica Chastain and Christina Hendricks also make this look work for them.
The trick is to choose red colors that are quite vibrant. You can also opt for a color which has some pink or strawberry undertones. This draws the color out of the complexion without making you look washed-out.
If your skin tone is at the other end of the spectrum, you’re probably someone who tans very easily. Gold jewelry works much better on you than silver, and when you turn over your arm, you see green veins instead of blue. That’s how you know you have a warmer skin tone.
Warm skin tones and tan skin don’t tend to work as well with harsh colors – so you can rule out platinum blonde and jet black. You’ll probably be looking for a color somewhere in between on the spectrum.
If you want to go blonde, you’ve got a number of great options. Reese Witherspoon’s sun-kissed look is a classic example of someone with blue eyes and tan skin understanding what works for them. Her warm skin is complemented by her locks, and the icy blue eyes are very striking amidst all that warmth!
For a darker look, draw inspiration from the beautiful Megan Fox. Her warm skin tone and amazing blue eyes work well with any number of hair colors, but she consistently chooses a deep brown with warm, lighter brown highlights. This gives the style a bit of body and dimension rather than being one color all over.
In earlier images of Megan Fox, you can see that she’s opted for an almost black shade. As time goes on, her hair color gets warmer, as she and her stylist realize that this is the approach which suits her best.
If you want to go for a striking redhead look, opt for shades that have the same amount of warmth in them. If your skin gets freckly in the sun, a gentle cinnamon shade could enhance your skin and make those blue eyes pop. If you’re quite pale with warm undertones, choose a rich coppery red. If your skin is darker, go for a bright popping red, like Rihanna, whose lighter eyes look fantastic with such a contrasting style.
There is such a thing as a neutral skin tone – and if you have one, you’re very lucky! This means you can wear pretty much any hair color and they’ll all suit you pretty well. You have maximum freedom to choose from a huge array of hair shades and tones – but which ones are the best?
One tip is to figure out which side of the spectrum you lean towards. Not many people sit perfectly in the middle ground between warm and cool. It’s likely that your skin tone will be closer to one than the other.
You can try what’s called the ‘white robe test.’ First thing in the morning, in natural light, tie your hair back and then put on a white robe or dressing gown. You could also try a crisp white shirt or a fresh white tee. If your skin looks a little yellow-tinged, you lean towards the warm side. If your skin is rosy and pink, you’re a cooler tone.
As a neutral, you can still choose from most hair colors. But if you want a match that looks authentic and accentuates your natural features and amazing blue eyes, go for the colors from your ‘side’ of the spectrum.
Here are some examples of celebrities with neutral skin who have livened up their look with a few small tweaks:
Many people like to stick with natural-looking colors when they dye their hair. After all, if you work in a professional role or if you need to keep up appearances, electric blue or bright pink locks may not be suitable!
But if you’re confident enough to give it a try, you can also dye your hair these unnatural colors that look great with blue eyes.
Here are some of the best options for you:
Whether you’ve dyed your hair a hundred times before, or whether this is your first time taking the plunge, here are some tips to help you choose the right color and ensure your hair stays healthy throughout the coloring process.
First, you should always go to a respected salon professional when dying your hair. They have the very highest quality dyes which can last much longer. Plus, they’re experts are helping you choose which hair colors suit your blue eyes. There’s also less of a chance of suffering from an allergic reaction to the dye if you visit a professional colorist.
When selecting a color, many stylists will advise choosing a shade that’s only five steps away from your original color. This could be five shades lighter or five shades darker. Five shades are enough for other people to notice a difference, but not so much of a difference that it could harm your hair.
Think about whether you’d like a permanent or semi-permanent dye. Perhaps you just want to give your hair a new lease of life, but don’t want to commit to a new color on a permanent basis. Maybe you do want to permanently alter the color of your locks – at least until the roots grow back in! Talk to your stylist about the range of permanent and semi-permanent options they have.
If you’re not sure about committing to a new color, you could try a wash-in, wash-out hair dye, or a spray-on option. This is great if you want to test out electric blue or pastel pink before you actually dye your hair.
Think about whether your hair is already color treated. For example, if you have a chestnut brown color on your hair and want to switch to a bright blonde, be aware that it’s often a long process. There may be bleaching involved, and the process could also damage your hair if it’s thin or in poor condition.
In this case, you should work on strengthening your damaged hair roots it so that you’ll be able to dye it your chosen color. Use natural hair products, minimize heat styling and eat a hair-healthy diet to promote strong hair growth.
Selecting a hair color doesn’t always come down to matching a shade to your eyes. There are many more factors at play, and your skin tone is perhaps the most important. There are countless people in the world with blue eyes and blonde hair, but their skin tones are totally different, and therefore their choice of hair dye should be too. You may also prefer different hairstyles to make your face look thinner.
If you’re thinking about dying your locks, think about all the considerations listed here. Most importantly, speak to your stylist or colorist, who will be able to offer personalized advice based on what they think would suit you and your blue eyes best.
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