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5 Fall Hair Colors for Women That Are Sure To Make You Shine

The key to turning back the clock? Changing up your hair just in time for the change of seasons. This involves picking a hair hue that complements your skin tone to make you shine. Thankfully, we’ve taken the guesswork out of that with this list of the five best fall hair colors for women.

Marvelous in Iced Mocha

Jennifer Hudson

“Adding eye-catching caramel highlights to a deep brunette base enhances the golden ‘flecks’ in warm, medium or darker skin tones,” says celebrity colorist Mike Petrizzi.

Get the look: Use a highlighting kit formulated for darker hair like Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Balayage Kit in #BY1 Icing Swirl (Buy from Walgreens, $7.99) to create the most natural-looking streaks. Use the included applicator to brush the bleach onto one-inch sections of hair throughout. Let sit for 40 minutes, then rinse.

Works well with: Medium to dark skin and warm undertones

Striking in Salt and Pepper

Andie Macdowell

Blending cool, gray roots in with a rich, darker hue creates a gorgeous two-tone effect that flatters all skin tones, says celebrity colorist Rick Wellman. This also adds depth and dimension for a fuller-looking mane and helps incoming grays appear more intentional.

Get the look: Once grays have grown in at least an inch, paint a dye close to your natural, non-gray hue (tip: look to your eyebrows as a guide) onto small1 1⁄2-inch sections of hair through the crown. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Works well with: All skin tones and all undertones

Fabulous in French Vanilla

Melora Hardin

“Bright blond, face-framing highlights pop against warm skin for a look that’s instantly more youthful and energized,” says Petrizzi. And the halo of light created by concentrating streaks around the face directs focus upward, counteracting any droopiness or sagging for a face-lift effect.

Get the look: First, paint the bleach from a highlighting kit like Revlon Color Effects Frost & Glow in Blonde (Buy from Walmart, $6.98) onto two 2-inch sections of hair on each side of the face from roots to ends. Next, apply the bleach onto other, varying one-inch sections of hair around the face, from roots to ends. Let sit for 45 minutes before rinsing.

Works well with: Fair to medium skin and warm undertones

Chic in Fiery Copper

Jessica Chastain

“The vibrance of a warm shade of burnt red brings out a peaches-and-cream glow within skin,” says Petrizzi. “Plus, the radiance ensures a fair skin tone doesn’t appear washed-out.”

Get the look: Apply a strawberry-blond dye like AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Permanent Liqui-Creme Hair Color in #9RC Light Strawberry Blonde (Buy from Sally Beauty, $9.89) to roots, then work through ends with a comb. Cover with a shower cap (this creates cuticleopening heat so dye absorbs better). Let sit 30 minutes; rinse.

Works well with: Fair to medium skin and cool undertones

Beautiful in Buttered Toffee

Annie Potts

“A brunette base with soft, blended golden highlights imparts warmth to cooler skin for a glowing complexion,” says Wellman. “What’s more, it adds mega shine and movement to hair.”

Get the look: Choose a 2-in-1 kit that includes dye for the base color and bleach for the highlights like L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte in #6.1 French Eclair/Light Ash Brown (Buy from Target, $13.99). Apply the base color all over hair and let sit 30 minutes; rinse. Next, apply highlights onto various 1⁄2-inch sections. Let sit 30 minutes; rinse.

Works well with: Fair to medium skin and cool undertones

A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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