Match your make-up and your hair

28 Jun

This week we linked to an interview with actress Anna Friel on our Twitter.

A woman after our own hearts, the actress likes to change her hair colour a lot. Redhead, brunette, a few highlights or lowlights whenever she wants to so she can experiment with a different look.

It’s never been so easy to do it. You don’t have to rely on home colour kits or a trip to the hairdressers for a tint. Instead you can use hair extensions or a wig to change your hair colour. You feel like a whole new person.

But Anna had some good advice for those who like to experiment with different shades of hair. It’s important you make some subtle changes to your make-up when you’re trying out a new colour.

Say you’re going from light to dark, darkening your own blonde tresses with some darker tones using our Colour Comparator. You want to make sure you don’t look too washed out. Similarly if you’re adding a reddish hue to dark locks you need to inject some warmth.

As Dream Girl offers a range of cosmetics as well as hair extensions here is our guide to matching your beauty and make-up with your new hair colour.


Going from coffee coloured right through to espresso and black brunette hair covers a wide range of shades. What really brings all those shades together is their warmth, which you need to bring into your make-up.

With darker hair you can experiment with rich shades like plums, reds or metallics.

Make sure your skin glows by adding a little bronzer to your cheekbones or instead of blusher. You don’t want to look washed out.  Use eye shadow shades like copper and bronze to add warmth and finish with a little black eyeliner and a few strokes of mascara.

Purple looks great with dark hair. Either use it as a eye shadow or eyeliner shade or tone down the eyes and wear it on the lips, with a full pout of course. You can also try a burgundy or a red.

Black hair means you can experiment with a smoky eye look. Use navy blue or charcoal to emphasise your eyes.

Remember dark hair when you’re paler can make you look tired so cover any dark circles and add a little white to your bottom eyelid to make your eyes pop.

Brunette style icon: Katy Perry


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If you’re going blonde you want to capture a golden glow. Think California healthy and sunkissed.

To heighten the glow use an amber or gold sheen on your eyes. Use lighter coloured eyeliner, like a brown rather than a black. It will jar too much with your lighter locks.

When using blusher you don’t want anything too red. Use a peachy shade on the apply of your cheeks. Use a little bronzer on your cheekbones and your nose to heighten that “I’ve just come from the beach” glow.

You’re embracing a natural beautiful look so with the lips go for a pink gloss.

Blonde style icon: Blake Lively


There are a few shades that make redheads pop. Green is one, purple another. For a subtle hint use a brighter shade as an eyeliner if you’re opting for red or auburn locks.

You want skin to look dewy and fresh. Opt for a tinted moisturiser or a very light foundation of you need one, to even skin tone.

Use blush as just a flush of colour so try a tint instead of a powder. Don’t go for anything too red, a pink will give you that fresh-faced look.

For lips go for a nude or for those with darker skin perhaps a light brown.

Redhead style icon: Christina Hendricks


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One Response to “Match your make-up and your hair”

  1. felix July 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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