It’s undeniable, copper is the hair color of the season. Maybe even the year? With celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Sydney Sweeney wearing the hue, everyone is ready to go red. But before opting for a copper shade, it is important to know which copper hair color suits your skin tone.
“There’s definitely a tone for everyone, but sometimes the undertones of your skin will really bring out one copper undertone while another just won’t suit you,” notes Alex Brownsell, co-founder and creative director of Bleach London. . We spoke with Alex to better understand which shades of copper suit different skin tones and why it’s important to consider your skin tone in the first place. Read his expert tips below!
Why it’s important to consider your skin tone
Not all hair colors suit all skin tones or even all undertones. What may look radiant on a darker complexion may look dull on a fair complexion. And even those with the same skin tone but a different undertone will need to update their shade selection a bit to complement their skin tone.
“The undertones of your skin can potentially conflict with a hair color,” Alex shares. When it comes to copper specifically, she mentions that those with redness will need to be careful with the color. “If you have rosacea or a lot of redness on your face, some of the redder coppers will bring that out more. In that case, it might be best to choose something on the gold side to complement your skin tone better,” she says.
Best copper hair color for fair skin: Muted copper
People with pale or fair skin will benefit from a more muted color. Alex recommends “trying more understated pink, gold, and soft copper tones.” Want to get the color yourself? “Try Bleach London Rose Gold or Awkward Peach Super Cool Colour, or customize your copper using Proper Copper mixed with Just Like Honey Super Cool Colour,” she says.
Now a muted hue ain’t the one only fiery tint for fair complexions. If you want to become more brilliant, Alex suggests that you “take inspiration from Leeloo in The fifth Element and opt for an electric orange. It looks great on pale skin. To achieve the hue, “mix the appropriate copper super cool color with the curious orange [to] give you real orange highlights. Or, mix in some of our Tangerine Dream for a brighter shade.
Best Copper Hair Color for Medium Skin Tone: Golden Copper
Alex shares that “golden-toned copper hues will brighten the complexion and bring out the warmth of mid-tone skin tones.” A deep, golden auburn is always a safe bet for your complexion. To blend the color, “layer Bleach London Copper Toner followed by Proper Copper Super Cool Colour” and you’re done.
Best copper hair color for olive skin tones: Red copper
“For olive skin tones, try red copper or cherry-cola copper shades to complement your skin tone,” says Alex. And if you want to mix the tint with Bleach London products, it’s quite simple. “Mix Bleach London Proper Copper Super Cool Color with a touch of I Saw Red Super Cool Colour,” she shares. It’s really easy to get the tint.
Best copper hair color for light brown skin tones: Auburn Red
There are a few options that would suit your skin tone. “For those who want a darker tone, opt for copper-rich reds and brassy auburns. The golden pigments in Bleach London Proper Copper are flattering for warmer, darker skin tones,” says Alex.
And if you want to go lighter? You absolutely can. “Lighter colors that contain golden tones like deeper honey-toned coppers will also bring out light brown skin. On pre-lightened hair, tone with Bleach London Champagne Super Toner, then apply Proper Copper,” shares Alex .
Best copper hair color for dark brown skin tones: Vivid Copper
The best shade of copper for you ultimately depends on your undertones. Alex notes that “the bright copper will really enhance that warmth” will enhance the warm undertones. So if you have warm undertones and want that copper, “try mixing Bleach London Proper Copper with a hint of Tangerine Dream.”
Do you have cooler undertones? Alex shares that “a lighter color like a bright pink-orange or a coral tone can be striking” for your complexion. To achieve the shade, Alex suggests “using Bleach London Burnt Peach. The orange will complement the cool blue undertones in your skin.
Best copper hair color for black skin: mahogany brunette
Your complexion will be best complemented by a mahogany brunette. “The purple in this shade will enhance golden skin tones and the hint of red will complement a deeper complexion,” shares Alex. To achieve the ombre, “add Bleach London I Saw Red Super Cool Color to hair that has only been lightened to a medium orange. And, for a fun pop of bold color, try Bleach London Tangerine Dream Super Cool Color. Have fun and don’t be afraid to go with the shade!