Stars stand out with highlighter hair hues and matching makeup — but for some, the bold look is a bust
Stars like Kesha experiment with bright hair color and matching makeup — but it doesn’t always work
Peace out, pastel tresses — celebs are now drawing hair color inspiration from the rainbow. And in true “go big or go home” fashion, they’re swiping on coordinating eye shadow shades. “Vibrant locks aren’t just another way for celebrities to seek attention,” says celebrity hair colorist Rona O’connor, who has worked with Blake Lively and Bella Thorne. “These shades can actually complement the complexion by playing up the skin’s undertones. And an accent of a similar toned eye marries the look overall.” The key to a vibe that’s #coolgirl and not clowny, O’connor adds, is to strike the right hair-toshadow ratio. “A little goes a long way with primary pigments, so a subtle sweep of shadow on the lid will suffice.” Take cues from these stars for the colors that flatter (or flop) for each skin tone.
YELLOW + MEDIUM TO DARK SKIN = EDGY
Root-to-tip sunshine strands would have made Cassie’s skin look sallow, but going ombré with yellow (like Manic Panic High Voltage Hair Color in Electric Banana, $14, manicpanic.com) creates a smooth transition that keeps skin looking radiant, and golden eyes amplify the effect.
PURPLE + DARK SKIN = SEXY
Justine Skye, aka The Purple Unicorn, was almost a green unicorn — but Mom vetoed that. “She let me do purple instead because it was more subtle.” Jewel tones on eyes and hair (like Splat Hair Bleach and Color Kit in Lusty Lavender, $10, target.com) warm up skin for a pretty glow.
ICE BLUE + MEDIUM SKIN = WITCHY
Silvery locks wash out Kesha’s skin, and heavy eye makeup creates an unflattering contrast to make skin look even pastier. The fix? Nix the raccoon eyes and dye hair dark blue (like Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hair Color in Midnight Muse Blue, $9, target.com).
RED + FAIR SKIN = RADIANT
Georgia May Jagger’s fiery locks would make even the Little Mermaid jealous! The paprika shade (like Manic Panic High Voltage Hair Color in Inferno, $14, manicpanic.com) leaves a flush on fair skin that’s enhanced by a pale orange shadow on the lids.