What Do You Think Determines What Colours Look Best On You? Hair Colour or Skin Tone?

Do you know what colors are the best for you and your appearance? Want to look 5 lbs thinner Younger? How about saving money at the store? No more guessing what colors look best on you or someone you’re buying for! “Hollywood’s Guru of Hue” knows how and wants to show you!
The secret:  Color Stylist Jill Kirsh (www.jillkirshcolor.com) has taken the mystery out of color.

About Jill Kirsh, “Hollywood’s Guru of Hue”Jill’s unique approach to working with color has won her the nickname of “Hollywood’s Guru of Hue.” Creating customized stylizations and programs to meet the needs of both corporate and private clients, Jill has consulted with thousands of women (and men!) around the world including Red Carpet celebrities, Grammy winning musicians, actors, news anchors and business leaders. Jill has been featured in InStyle Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, ABC, Better TV, LX-TV, The Other Half (Nationally-Syndicated), amongst many other media of note. 

Jill has developed a fool-proof, unique and innovative color system for your wardrobe and your makeup that’s entirely based on your present hair color – Deep Brunette, Warm Blonde, Golden Brown & Red, and Ash Blonde, Platinum & Gray. It’s fun, it’s simple and it works!
Deep Brunettes: (Zoey Deschanel, Courtney Cox, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore)
•   French Roast
•   Pink Flambe
•   Ultramarine Green
•   These raven haired gals can also rock Cobalt, Pure White, Royal Purple, & Charcoal.

Ash Blondes, Platinum Gray:  (Newly Platinum Miley Cyrus, Helen Mirren, Christina Aguilera)
•   Rose Smoke
•   Rhapsody
•   Titanium
•   The gals in this color palette will also amaze in Rose, Taupe, Mint, & French Blue.

Golden Brown & Redheads:  (Debra Messing, Jessica Chastain, Jessica Alba, Isla Fisher) 
•   Honey Gold
•   Tangerine Tango
•   These gals can combine these Pantone hues with Teal Blue, Avocado, Russet, & Ecru.

Warm Blondes: (Newly blonde Elizabeth Moss, Kate Hudson, Jennie Garth, Reese Witherspoon)
•   Bright Chartreuse
•   Tangerine Tango
•   Olympian Blue
•   The warm blonde tressed gals will also look fab in Ivory, Coral, Camel, & Turquoise.
I mention often in reviews that even though I have cool skin I can still wear a lot of warmer colours because of my hair colour. I do this as a disclaimer to other cool skin fair girls who may struggle with some of the products I post my adoration for. This is why think I may agree with Jill. Often shades that “should” look great with my skin colouring doesn’t seem to work quite right with my hair. I’m interested to see what you all think of this theory.
Jill also has a selection of hand-painted silk scarves that feature specific shades and intensities to flatter every hair color.  I looked at the scarves that work for Redheads and I absolutely love them. I don’t doubt that they would look fabulous on my colouring. There’s also a line of mineral based cosmetics perfect for each hair color too.

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  • PyxiWulf
    September 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Since anyone with any red in their hair, whether the lightest strawberry, the darkest auburn, or fire engine red share a certain gene additional to the “regular” hair/skin expression genes, it makes sense why we reds confuse normal color rules. I think sticking with skin tone is better because you can’t truly change that (barring extreme hollywood makeup) and it’s the truest expression of your genes. Now, a good colorist or reasonable home colorer wouldn’t color hair that’s outside good for the tone so using hair in those circumstances is fine, but a very warm blonde that’s gone blue-black is not only going to look silly in their hair but the clothing is not going to flatter them if matched to ultra cool hair.

    (*I have ultra simplified the red gene thing for typing on my phone)

  • Perilously Pale
    September 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Ahh but it says present hair colour. Doesn’t say natural. Mine happens to not be natural so the genes don’t apply. 😉

  • Anonymous
    September 28, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    In my personal experience skin tone has a huge impact that cannot be ignored. I’m a natural redhead with cool undertones & the blushes on Jill’s site for redheads would be horrid for me. But this isn’t a critique of her blushes. While I love warm eyeshadows – golden tones really make my blue eyes pop & complement my lashes and brows – my eyes are the only pla

  • Perilously Pale
    September 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    I agree. You can’t totally ignore skintone. In my case where my skin is cool but closer to neutral this theory works great. Things that looked terrible when I was a blonde now look good. But if you have stronger skin tones, like pink in your case, hair colour can’t override that. It is a great way to get people to maybe try some new things and be surprised but not a rule to live by! 😉


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