How to Choose the Best Blonde Hair Color for Your Skin Tone


Can anyone rock blonde hair color? Absolutely, says Matrix Global Educator Pati Rodriguez. What’s the secret to blonde hair color perfection? It’s all about choosing the right shade of blonde for your skin tone. Let’s break it down. Complexions typically skew toward warm, cool or neutral. Hair color does too. So if your stylist creates a shade of blonde that complements your skin tone, it will be ever-so flattering. How do you know which blonde is best for you? Here’s a guide to the most popular blonde hair color shades and the best complexion matches for each.


Mocha Blonde Hair Color


Best for: light, medium and dark cool or neutral skin tones

This creamy medium blonde hair color is an ideal base color for lighter blonde highlights. It also works well as a blonde highlight shade for a deeper blonde base color. Mocha blonde contains no warmth, so using a blue-toned leave-in spray like Matrix Brass Off All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray will tamp down unwanted warm tones and ensure this blonde hair color keeps its cool.


Butter Blonde Hair Color


Best for: light and medium warm and neutral skin tones

Sunny and gorgeous, this pale, warm shade works best on complexions with subtle golden undertones. It’s also the perfect base for pale blonde highlights and contrasts well with bronzed skin. You can take care of your butter blonde hair shade with Matrix Color Obsessed Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo helps protect against color fading and ensures maximum color vibrancy.


Golden Blonde Hair Color

hair hand curls 

Best for: light and medium warm skin tones

Rich, golden blonde hair color is the gold standard for people with warm undertones. It brings blue, green and hazel eyes alive, and looks especially elegant when it’s streaked with buttery warm highlights.


Rose Gold Blonde Hair Color


Best for: any skin tone

Rose gold blonde hair is a hybrid of pink and peach. If your skin tone is cool, your rose gold hair color should carry more pink in the formula. If your skin is warm, your rose gold should be more on the warm peach side. Those with ruddy complexions should avoid rose gold hair color. You can keep your rose gold hair color going strong with a leave-in conditioner like Matrix Keep Me Vivid Color Velvetizer Leave-In with UV and Heat Protection—an essential if you often use hot tools to style or if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It leaves hair feeling soft and prevents hair color from fading.


Strawberry Blonde Hair Color

Strawberry Blonde Hair Color

Best for: light warm skin tones

Veering toward the red blond hair color category, this warm blonde hair color is one of the most striking. It comes in a wide range of options, from golden blonde with a touch of red to shimmering, golden red. Like all warm blonde hair color shades, it’s beautiful on warm or neutral complexions and is the best hair color for green eyes—but it also makes blue and hazel eyes pop!


Honey Blonde Hair Color


Best for: medium or dark warm skin tones

This warm, rich blonde hair color is beautiful on medium skin tones with darker eye colors—think all brown hues to almost black. It also serves as the perfect base for golden blonde or butter blonde highlights.


Caramel Blonde Hair Color


Best for: Medium to dark warm or neutral skin tones

As deep and warm as its sweet namesake, caramel blonde hair color makes a golden complexion glow. If your hair is dark blonde or light brown, adding caramel blonde highlights creates dimension and warmth. If your hair is curly, you want to commit to weekly deep hydrating masks like Matrix A Curl Can Dream Rich Mask to preserve your curls as well as your color.


Bronde Hair Color


Best for: Any skin tone

Bronde hair is a hybrid of brown hair color and blonde hair color.One of the most versatile hair color shades, you can blend any shades of brown and blonde to achieve the look. So if your complexion is warm, use warm brown and blonde hair color, and vice versa if your skin tone is cool. Typically, bronde hair combines a light brown base hair color with blonde balayage highlights.


Platinum Blonde Hair Color


Best for: light or medium, cool skin tones

Finding the best platinum hair dye is its own special project. Characterized by its cool, icy whiteness, platinum blonde hair color, or platinum silver hair color, brings the drama. Also referred to as white blonde hair color, platinum blonde creates an energizing contrast with your cool skin and makes your eyes truly pop.

Perfect your cat-eye, smoky eye and red lip if you opt for platinum blonde hair color, because wearing little-to-no makeup can wash out those with this hair color. Staving off brassiness is also key: Keep your platinum blonde hair icy cool with the Matrix So Silver Triple Power Toning Mask for Blonde and Silver Hair. This formula will banish unwanted yellow tones and add a beautiful silver dimension to platinum hair.


Icy Lilac Blonde Hair Color


Best for: light, cool skin tones

A cool, light lilac is a modern twist on light blonde hair color. To achieve the best result, your hair will need to first be lightened to a pale blonde shade, then toned to the desired lilac shade with a toner like Matrix Tonal Control Pre-Bonded. This unique formula helps colorists create the perfect shade every time.;


Pastel Pink Blonde Hair Color

Pastel Pink Blonde Hair Color  

Best for: light or medium cool skin tones

Pink hair has grown in popularity for a reason! Why? It’s soft, sweet and feminine. Look especially pretty in pink if your complexion is cool, fair or medium. This pink blonde process will require your colorist to lighten your hair first before applying a pink toner, so you’ll want to make sure your hair is as healthy as possible, before and after. To achieve that, it’s all about Matrix Instacure Anti-Breakage Shampoo, Conditioner and Porosity Spray, both of which contain a special liquid protein that keeps lightened hair nourished and strong.


Pale Peach Blonde Hair Color


Best for: light or medium warm or neutral skin tones

If your skin tone is too warm to sport a dusty pastel like pink, pale peach hair color is the way to go. The subtle warmth of this off-the-beaten-path blonde hair color will enhance your complexion beautifully, within the pastel realm.


Pearl Blonde Hair Color


Best for: light or medium cool skin tones

Look closely at a pearl and you’ll see subtle swirls of pale pink and lilac within an alabaster base. The same skin tones that are enlivened with lilac blonde or pastel pink blonde are excellent candidates for a pearl blonde hair color. Shades this light require a little extra TLC. Treat your blonde hair to a blonde-loving system like Matrix Unbreak My Blonde Shampoo, Conditioner and Reviving Leave-In. These sulfate-free formulas for highlighted and damaged hair contain citric acid to strengthen and soften strands.


Silver Blonde Hair Color

Silver Blonde Hair Color  

Best for: light or medium cool skin tones

Looking for a cool, elegant hair hue? Silver blonde is grey with a sterling finish, and it’s stunning on pale or olive skin tones. Ideally, it should sport some dimension—think about a darker root that melts into shimmering silver mid-lengths and ends. To avoid dullness, keep your silver blonde hair color as shiny as possible. To do that? Incorporate Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Treatment into your hair care regimen. It’s a versatile leave-in treatment that adds moisture, fights frizz and boosts shine.


Champagne Blonde Hair Color

Champagne Blonde Hair Color  

Best for: light or medium cool or neutral skin tones

The cool tones of champagne provide an elegant backdrop for light or medium skin tones that are cool or neutral. If you opt for this shade, consider adding a few platinum highlights to your champagne blonde base for an elevated look.


Beige Blonde Hair Color


Best for: light, medium and dark cool or neutral skin tones

Beige blondes are typically neutral in tone—it’s a pale, sandy, fawn color. This shade is especially flattering on those with fair complexions with pink undertones and light-colored eyes. Lighter blonde highlights add the perfect accent to beige blonde hair color.