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Colour me beautiful

Matching your hair shade to your skin tone can do wonders for your appearance – these celebs’ colour experiments make the impact clear

By Kim Crowley
27 Oct 2015 | 03:00 pm

Summer

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

Less good

While brown hair could work on Gwyneth, here she’s gone too dark and too warm, working against her naturally cool undertones. The dark eye and brown lip add to the overall impression of ghostly pale skin.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Good

Here Gwyneth has highlighted her hair, but not more than a few shades from her natural colour, so it works. She keeps her skin dewy, features soft and lip colour creamy pink — all perfect for summer and the combined effect makes her eyes pop.

Autumn

Mischa  Barton

Mischa Barton

Less good

This blonde is too light for Mischa’s colouring, and the strong red lip is preventing her natural beauty from shining through.

Mischa Barton

Good

What a difference! She has kept to her natural warm, golden brown tones in her choice of make-up, hair and clothes and she looks absolutely stunning. Mischa is simply glowing here.

Winter

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Less good

This is an example of how lightening your hair more than two shades can make your skin look sallow. On top of that, Sandra’s eyes appear too deep for her new hair colour – there’s no balance.

Sandra Bullock

Good

This look’s make-up is very similar to the less-good one, yet creates a completely different effect. The richness of Sandra’s hair now complements her eyes and she is in perfect harmony – her skin appears creamy and more youthful.

Spring

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Less good

With Amy’s hair up, she loses the warmth that radiated from it and it appears ashy, making her skin look ashy too. The black of her dress also does nothing to help lift her complexion, nor does the coolness of the earrings.

Amy Adams

Good


Amy looks radiant here with warmer hair. Although she is wearing only neutral colours, because the undertone is correct, they enrich her creamy warm complexion to perfection.

By Kim Crowley

By Kim Crowley