Olive with blue or green undertones (Mindy Kaling)
Black with blue undertones or rosy brown (Lupita Nyong’o)
Your Natural Hair Color
Ash-blond, sandy blond, or towhead
Ash or dark brown
Black with blue undertones
Snow white or silvery gray
Your Color Prescription Your predominantly blue undertones pair nicely with sea shades, as well as frosty purples and pinks, fresh greens, berry reds, cool grays, and crisp white. Use orange, tomato reds, and yellow sparingly. “Super-warm shades pop too much on a cool person, making it look as if the color is wearing you,” says New York City–based makeup artist Nick Barose.
Your Color Prescription Rich, earthy shades of red, orange, yellow, green, and brown make your golden undertones look radiant. The same holds for peach, coral, and red violet. When shopping for neutrals, opt for warm grays (mushroom, taupe) and off-whites. Your best blues are periwinkle and teal—anything chillier can give your skin a grayish cast, says Barose.
Blond, brown, red, or white/gray, all with both warm and cool tones
Your Color Prescription Your hybrid warm-cool coloring puts the whole rainbow in play. But in general it’s better to choose slightly softened sherbet shades, like muted raspberry, Creamsicle, lemon, and lavender. Ultra-brights, like magenta and electric blue, can overwhelm the balance in your complexion, says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Your go-to megawatt color: true red.
“Certain colors flatter all skin tones and hair colors because they provide an equal balance of warm and cool,” says Eiseman. Three of her picks—true red, blush pink, and teal—also happen to bring out the natural flush in a face. Her fourth pick, eggplant, is such a deep, versatile shade that it can take the place of a neutral in an outfit, making it a great wardrobe staple.