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The 10 Best Hair Colors For Pale Skin

12 February 2019
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

Choosing a new hair color is a lot like playing a game of chance. While there’s no surefire way to guarantee that you’ll love your new hue, you trust your stylist to create a hair color that perfectly matches your vision. While scrolling through social media searching for a new ‘do, you might have overlooked a crucial part of identifying what shade is right for you: your skin tone.

If you’re working with fair-as-can-be skin, don’t despair! The world of hair color for pale skin is vast, and if you need help deciding which one to try, we’re here to help! From ash blonde shades to dark brown hair and vibrant reds, here are our top picks.


What are the best hair colors for pale skin?

Finding the best hair color for your pale skin all depends on identifying your undertones. If you’re skin has cool undertones, you’ll want to stick with ashy blonde, brown, and fantasy hues. If your complexion is on the warmer side, deeper hues such as honey blonde, copper, and caramel will go perfectly with your skin. To find out more about our favorite hair colors for pale skin, keep scrolling.

honey hair color for pale skin

Honey Blonde

If you have a pale complexion with warm undertones, you’re going to want a blonde shade that pairs best with the warmth in your skin. We recommend trying a honey blonde hair color that will give your skin tone that instant sunkissed glow.

platinum hair color for pale skin

Platinum Blonde

Platinum blonde and cool-toned fair skin is a match made in heaven. The icy blonde hue will perfectly complement your porcelain complexion—particularly if you have blue or green eyes.

If you decide to go platinum, be sure to invest in a quality anti-brass purple shampoo like the Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Ultra-Violet Purple Shampoo. Since your colorist will need to use bleach to achieve platinum blonde, you’ll want to pick up a weekly hair treatment to minimize the look and feel of damaged hair. We recommend the Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaflash Intense Fortifying Treatment. It instantly restores, softens, and protects hair from breakage.

mushroom brown hair color for pale skin

Mushroom Brown

This ashy brunette shade that incorporates notes of light gray and deep brown is the trend that started a wave of mushroom-inspired hues. Whether your skin has cool, warm, or neutral undertones, mushroom brown hair is sure to look stunning against your fair skin. For ashy brunettes, we recommend picking up the Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Brass Off Shampoo to neutralize brassiness.

mushroom blonde hair color for pale skin

Mushroom Blonde

If you’re looking to go lighter but keep your ash hair color, why not give mushroom blonde a shot? This multi-dimensional, cool-toned blonde can be worn lighter or darker, making it customizable to fit any shade of pale skin.

champagne hair color for pale skin

Champagne Blonde

Where mushroom blonde is a moodier take on blonde, champagne blonde is the life of the party. When done right, the multidimensional, creamy blonde shines like a freshly opened bottle of bubbly—not to mention it works for just about any skin tone.


caramel balayage hair color for pale skin

Caramel Brown

Ladies with pale skin: If there’s one rule to coloring your hair, it’s that going too deep with your hue will make your skin look washed out. If you have a naturally dark base, ask your colorist to paint caramel highlights throughout your mane using a balayage technique. This will allow you to keep your dark brown hair color while notes of caramel frame your face, enhancing your skin tone.

lilac hair color for pale skin

Smoky Lilac

We recently dubbed smoky hair colors one of the top trends of 2019. Combined with a trending hair color like lilac, how could you go wrong? If you have pale skin with cool undertones, this one’s for you!

auburn hair color for pale skin

Light Auburn

For those with light brown hair, making a subtle transition to red hair is easy. Ask your colorist for light auburn hair, a shade that perfectly combines brunette and red for a fiery hue that works for all skin tones.

burgundy hair color for pale skin


If light auburn is just a bit too neutral for you, you might be looking to play on the deeper side of the red color spectrum. For a red hue that’s dark and bold, turn to burgundy. Burgundy hair colors complement every shade of fair skin, so you really can’t go wrong!

Since red hair colors are notoriously difficult to maintain, you’ll need to make a few changes to your hair care routine. Step one: Switch out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system with a formulas for color-treated strands like the Pureology Reviving Red system for color retention and radiance of red or copper color-treated hair.

rainbow hair color for pale skin

Go Bold

When combining pale skin with wild hair colors, the sky’s the limit. Whether you dream up a neon hair color or something a bit more muted, your fantasy shade is sure to look stunning against your fair complexion.

Looking for more personalized hair color tips? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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