The trick to mastering this look is to tailor your metallic highlights to your skin tone. This will make them appear seamless and natural, says stylist and colorist Yoshico-Alexis from Pierre Michel Salon. To find your perfect shade, she recommends placing jewelry (gold, bronze, copper or silver) near your face and arms to figure out which metal suits you best.
We spoke to some expert colorists on how to find your perfect summer-friendly metallic shade. Here are some tips they recommend keeping in mind before you book that coloring session.
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Light and Fair Skin Tones
She also says that blondes with lighter skin tones should opt for golden metallic hues, which will accentuate your color and help it sparkle in the summer sun. And while there are many tones of blonde, Richards says that lighter blondes should try champagne blonde metallic shades while darker blondes can feel free to explore the rose gold family.
If you're looking to try cooler tones this summer, Matrix Celebrity Colorist George Papanikolas recommends choosing silver and gray tones, which are ultimately flattering to this skin tone.
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Warm and Olive Skin Tones
However, if you're looking to go a bit darker (and cooler) once the temperatures rise, Paul Labrecque of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa says that olive tones should try gunmetal, a shade that definitely turns up the heat this summer. "Gunmetal, which is the color of cool steel, looks magical on those with olive skin and dark hair," he says. "To achieve this look, your hair might have to be pre-bleached to a pale yellow in pieces (or all over) to get it to accept the metal tone."
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Dark Skin Tones
Richards also suggests that darker tones can try out gorgeous gold and copper highlights, however, it's wise to keep them subtle through foil highlights or balayage.
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"People with a neutral skin tone can go either direction and have the most options with the metallic shades," he says.
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