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The 9 Natural Color Types

Our guide to the 9 most common color types and approaches to complementing your clients natural tones.

Type 1

Pigmentation = light depth with warm tone

Hair color = light red to golden blonde

Eye color = light blue, turquoise, green or brown

Skin color = light beige or rosy with warm freckles

Wear shades with pea green, gold and copper tones to add intensity to this light, warm color type; brown shades should have a light, warm red tone. Avoid white hair or black as these counteract natural warmth, giving a pale appearance, which is far less expressive.

Type 2

Pigmentation = light depth with neutral tone

People with this color type can possess opposing pigment qualities. There are two possible color orientations:

  • When analyzing the hair, eyes and skin, the overriding majority have a light color level with neutral tones
  • Predominant features are exact opposites, for example warm eye color and cool, ashy hair, both with a light color level. These combine to produce a neutral color type
  • In both examples, wear light colors in order to enhance natural pigmentation, for example salmon and apricot shades are extremely flattering

Type 3

Pigmentation = light depth with cool tones

Hair color = light ash blonde

Eye color = all light eye colors with a noticeable amount of white hair

Skin color = light beige or rosy

Wear subdued, cool shades in order to complement this delicate pigment type; strong colors will overpower.

Type 4

Pigmentation = medium depth with warm tones

Hair color = red blonde through to light copper brown

Eye color = petrol, olive green, brown/green, light and medium brown

Skin color = beige, olive beige, or rosy with warm freckles

Warm colors enhance and emphasise this color type. For maximum effect use beige browns, yellows and coppers. Avoid cool colors, as these will counteract the natural warmth.

Type 5

Pigmentation = medium depth with neutral tones

People with this color type can possess opposing pigment qualities.

  • When analyzing the hair, eyes and skin, the overriding majority is a medium color level with neutral tones

Individuals with these pigmentation features have the greatest number of options for color accentuation. Just about anything goes, lighter or darker, warm or cool!

Type 6

Pigmentation = medium depth with cool tones

Hair color = medium ash to dark blonde or brown

Eye color = all eye colors have a noticeable amount of white hair

Skin color = beige or rosy beige

Complementary shades are in the blue to cool red spectrum; warm golden tones are not advised.

Type 7

Pigmentation = dark depth with warm tones

Hair color = medium to dark brown and golden brown

Eye color = olive green, green/brown or medium to dark brown

Skin color = beige and bronze

This dark, warm type perfectly suits golden autumnal colors and warm, earthy shades, however any warm color shade should work. Avoid sharp, bright colors as these will clash with natural pigmentation.

Type 8

People with this color type can possess opposing pigment qualities. There are two possible color orientations:

  • When analyzing the hair, eyes and skin, the overriding majority have a dark color level with neutral tones
  • Predominant features are exact opposites, for example warm eye color and cool, ashy hair, both with a dark color level. These combine to produce a neutral color type

Bright, intense colors suit this type perfectly, as the contrasts in natural pigmentation are enhanced by strong, vivid color without creating a clash.

Type 9

Pigmentation = dark depth with cool tones

Hair color = medium/dark brown to black

Eye color = dark blue, white hair, green, or black/brown

Skin color = beige, rosy or olive

This type is characterised by the strong pigmentation contrast between dark and cool. Frosty, intensely cool colors create the perfect result. Avoid warm colors as these compete with the cool natural colors.

Correctly diagnosing your clients natural color type and explaining the process via a detailed consultation, will win client confidence in your expertise and help nuture a great relationship.