The Best Blonde Shades for Medium Skin Tones

Gwyneth Paltrow's gorgeous blonde locks flatter her skin tone at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

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You have the kind of skin that most women drool over. Your luscious medium-toned skin looks perpetually tanned and you never even have to step into a tanning salon. If you want even more sex appeal than you already have, dye your hair a show-stopping shade of blonde. You'll be turning heads in no time.

Warm-Toned Skin

The shade of blonde that makes your medium skin really pop depends on your unique skin tone. Have a look at the skin on your arm. If it has golden, orange or yellow undertones, you have a warm skin tone. In addition to looking glamorous in gold jewelry, your warm skin will also look best in warm shades of blonde. Buy caramel, honey or gold shades. The golden tone will give an all-over golden look that will be sure to get you noticed.

Cool-Toned Skin

You'll know if you're cool-toned if your skin has an undertone of pink or blue. Your icy medium skin will look best with cool and neutral blondes. As you peruse the hair dye aisle of your local drug store or the look books at the expensive neighborhood salon, stick with cream and ash blondes. Make sure your stylist knows that you have cool skin so she can complement it, rather than making you look like you've got the flu that's been going around.

Darker Blonde Shades

Since your skin is lusciously tan, avoid super light blonde colors. Platinum blonde will look harsh against your medium skin, accentuating dark under-eye circles and other skin flaws. Nobody wants that. Instead, choose a darker shade of blonde. For best results, only choose a blonde that's a shade or two lighter than your skin. If you're not sure if it's right for you, compare the color on the hair dye box to the skin on the underside of your forearm to see if it's the requisite two shades lighter.

Highlights And Streaks

If you really had your heart set on having super light blonde hair, highlights are a sexy workaround for your medium-toned skin. Rather than dying your whole head platinum blonde, first dye it the darker blonde shade. Then, incorporate highlights or streaks of the lighter color throughout. Unless you're a master of home hair dying, you should get help from a stylist so you don't end up walking out of the house with a bag over your head.

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