Matching ombre highlights with your skin tone: A guide

All Things Hair | 08 November 2016

Flatter your skin tone with these gorgeous hues.

Are you lusting after all the hot hair hues on social media, but feeling nervous about going the whole hog? Well, luckily for you, there is a simple solution: ombre highlights. This colouring technique is an amazing way of softening, brightening, and uplifting your locks in a subtle, yet high impact way! And since 2016 has seen a whole host of celebrities and style icons embracing the trend, now is the perfect time to add a new and exciting dimension to your locks.

So, if you’re considering ombre highlights for the season ahead, you’ll need to find the perfect shade to suit your skin tone! And it just so happens that we’ve created a helpful little guide, to outline which hue is right for you. Take a look!

Ombre highlights to flatter each skin tone


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Ombre highlights: Dark skin tones. Credit:

Dark skin tones

If you have a dark skin tone, then you’ll be pleased to hear that you’ll suit almost every shade of ombre highlights, including deep reds, as well as shades of bright caramel and ash blonde. Why, you ask? Well, because the deeper the shade, the more blended and natural-looking your ombre highlights will be – whereas with lighter hues, they’ll help to give a brightening effect to your overall look! When it comes to ombre hues, you really can’t lose.

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Ombre highlights: Golden/olive skin tones. Credit: Allyson Alapont

Golden/olive skin

If you have golden, olive-toned skin, you should definitely consider opting for warm, caramel tones in your tresses. These tend to work best with darker hair types and are perfect for enhancing the natural hues of your skin, while giving it loads of extra depth and dimension.

Of course, if you’re completely at a loss for what your skin tone is, it’s worth consulting your hair stylist first. They will be able to advice you on the colours that will complement your skin tone, and the best hues to suit your hair’s natural shade!

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Ombre highlights: Mid-toned skin. Credit:

Mid-toned skin

Ombre highlights are perfect for balancing your complexion, especially if you have skin that tans easily. So, if you have mid-toned skin, you should think about opting for brown, gold ombre, and muted blondes, as these colours will complement and enhance your skin tone perfectly.

Not only that, but these shades are also great for adding a sun-kissed touch to your locks – after all, beachy hues aren’t just for summer!

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Ombre highlights: Fair skin. Credit: Allyson Alapont

Fair skin

If you fair skin, you’ll know that working highlights into you mane can be a little tricky – go one shade wrong and you could risk washing yourself out, or even emphasising any pink tones you may have. With this in mind, we suggest opting for softening shades of gold, light blondes, and ashy tones, as these are perfect for complementing your skin colour, without creating too much contrast in your overall look.

Editor’s tip: Thinking of getting a hot ombre hue this winter? Then don’t forget to use a wash and care duo which has been formulated with dyed tresses in mind. We especially love the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, as it has been specially designed to help keep your colour vibrant for longer!


Still not enough to convince you to go for some hot ombre highlights this season? Well, it sounds like you’re in need of some A-list inspiration – simply take a look at the stars who love the blonde ombre hair trend, and take note!

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