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How to choose the best highlights for your undertones

There’s nothing like the turn of a new season to do something new with your hair. Whether it’s the transition into winter or blooming of spring, it’s always fun to experiment with your hair as the weather changes. If you’re someone who's hesitant about color treating your entire head of hair, we have a solution for you: highlights and lowlights.

What is my skin tone?

You’d be surprised at how much of a difference a few highlights or lowlights can make to totally change your complexion. It doesn’t require a complete hair color change to freshen up your look. Embracing your natural hair color with the help of a few highlights or lowlights can make worlds of difference for the dimension of your hair and bringing light to your face.

If you’re someone who doesn’t know where to start when it comes to deciding on which colors suit your skin tone, not to worry, we’ve got you covered! This blog post will guide you through all things highlights and lowlights and will help you determine what your skin tone is and exactly what tones flatter it best. Follow along for our full guide to choosing the right color of highlights or lowlights based on your skin tone.

How to Determine Your Skin Tone: Cool vs. Warm

The first step to discovering what color of highlights or lowlights will work for you is to determine your skin tone. There are different characteristics that help determine which skin tone you have, but the main and most important differentiating factor is whether your skin tone is warm or cool. If you’re unsure if your skin tone is cool or warm, these guidelines might help you get a clearer idea.

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Examine your undertones

Generally speaking, the rule of thumb when it comes to skin tones is that warm skin tones will pull yellow and golden undertones, while cool skin tones will pull blue and pink.

Check your wrists

If you can’t immediately tell by examining your complexion which undertones you have, another place to look is your wrists. Often your wrists and veins will have a strong color pigment, whether it be pinks, reds, blues, greens, or yellows. If your veins appear blue or purple, your skin is likely cool-toned, but if your veins are green, your skin is likely warm-toned.

Check your eyes

A secondary physical indicator of skin tone is your eyes. If your eyes are warm or have gold flecks, you’re likely warm-toned. If your eyes have a lot of blues and greens, you’re likely cool-toned.

Try the jewelry test

Many claim that one of the easiest ways to determine whether your skin is warm or cold is to hold up jewelry next to your face. If gold highlights your skin tone better, you’re likely warm-toned, and if silver highlights your skin tone better, you’re likely cool.

Match yourself with a celebrity

Often it’s quite helpful to have a point of reference when it comes to skin tone, so it helps to match yourself up with a celebrity with a similar complexion. Check out the different hair colors they’ve tried and what worked best for their skin.

Get your skin tone professionally matched

Lastly, if you’re still unsure of what skin tone you have, another great option to determine this is to get your skin tone read in-store. Places like Sephora have tools that will scan your skin and determine exactly which shade it is and what type of undertones you have, which is super helpful when trying to select a flattering hair color.

What is my skin tone?

How To Match Your Skin Tone With Highlights

Now that you’re educated and well versed with determining your skin tone, it’s time to learn more about what types of highlights and lowlights work the best to flatter your complexion. The rule of thumb when picking out a hair color is to choose tones opposite that of your skin. So for example, if you’re warm toned, you might opt for an ashier, more cool shade of highlights, and vice versa. Follow along for our breakdown of each different tone of highlights and who they look best on.

Ash Blonde

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Ash blonde highlights are great for those that have
cool skin with reddish or pink undertones. Adding ash blonde highlights, whether it be silver, platinum, ice or champagne blonde, works beautifully to counteract any ruddiness in the skin. Think Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift. If you’re thinking of using extensions to get the look, the Ash Blonde or Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair set would work beautifully.

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Warm Blonde

Achieve Gigi's look with Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions.

Warm blonde highlights, on the other hand, look beautiful on those with olive or cooler skin tones with blue undertones. Whether it be honey, caramel or amber, these golden tones work perfectly because going too ashy with the highlights can sometimes wash out cooler complexions with blue undertones. Think Blake Lively or Gigi Hadid. If you want to use Luxies to get the look without dyeing, we’d recommend Dirty Blonde or Blonde Balayage to achieve this result. 

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Cool Brown

Achieve Bella's look with Ash Brown Luxy Hair extensions.

Cool brown highlights, or an
illuminated brunette, in shades of mocha, ash brown or rich chocolate look beautiful on those with warm skin tones with yellow undertones. Adding cool-toned, rich brown highlights works beautifully with warmer skin tones to brighten and lighten the complexion without adding too much warmth. Think Bella Hadid or Zooey Deschanel. If you want to get the look with Luxies, we’d suggest using Chocolate Brown, Chocolate Brown Balayage, or Ash Brown.

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Warm Brown

Get Cindy's look with Seamless Chestnut Brown Luxy Hair extensions.

Warm brown highlights in shades of golden brown, honey, chestnut or mahogany look beautiful on those with warm skin tones with olive undertones. Adding golden highlights will work perfectly to enrich and highlight tanned, olive-toned skin. Think Cindy Mello, Jessica Alba or Jennifer Lopez. If you want to use Luxies to get a warm brown highlighted look, we’d suggest Chestnut Brown Balayage or Ombre Chestnut.

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Cool Red


Cool red highlights in shades of auburn, burgundy, and deep red look beautiful on those with
fair, cool skin with reddish undertones. The cool cast of these shades of reds counteracts any red undertones in the skin and balances your skin rather than making it look more red or flushed. Think Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale. To get this look with Luxies, we’d suggest using the shade Vibrant Auburn.

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Warm Red

Get Amy's look with Strawberry Blonde Luxy Hair extensions.

On the other hand, warmer red highlights in shades of strawberry blonde, amber, copper, or rust look beautiful on those with
fair skin with neutral or bluish undertones. The red-tinted tones of the highlight work in favor of your skin and bring warmth to the bluish cast of your skin. Think Amy Adams. To get this warm red look with Luxy extensions, we’d recommend trying Strawberry Blonde or Natural Red. 

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Cool Black


Cool toned black highlights in shades of espresso, licorice or blue-black look beautiful on those with
deeper skin tones with warm, yellow undertones. The coolness of the black will work as a beautiful contrast to the naturally warm tint of your skin. Think Rihanna or Serena Williams. To get the look using Luxy hair extensions, we’d recommend using Jet Black or Off Black.

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Warm Black


Warm black highlights in shades of dark mocha, cocoa, or brown-black look perfect on those with
deeper skin tones with cool undertones. The rich tint of the highlights works beautifully to warm up the skin. Think Kerry Washington or Beyonce. To get this warm black look using Luxies, we’d suggest using Off Black Balayage or Mocha Brown.

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We hope you enjoyed our guide to deciding which highlights or lowlights to get based on your skin tone. Do you have highlights or lowlights? How do you choose the right color? Have you ever used hair extensions for highlights? Let us know in the comments below.

If you decide to change your hair look up this season by getting highlights using Luxy Hair extensions, be sure to take a photo and tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #myluxyhair.

Written by: Olivia DiPede

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