It’s an exciting time to be a woman if you have a love for makeup and fashion.

The colors that are now available in hair dyes and cosmetics mean you can change your look whenever you feel like it. Or as often as you feel like.

But, every change in hair color means a change is needed in makeup and often fashion looks. In this post, we’ve gathered together some ideas to help you make the most of your new copper hair color.

How To Get Copper Hair

Some of us are blessed with naturally copper hair while others need to purchase it. Whichever camp you fall into, choosing the right colors and styles to bring out the best in your hair color is a must. Some of the ideas we cover here may be familiar to you, but we’re sure at least one or two will be tips you haven’t thought of yet.

There are many different shades of red hair, both natural and as a hair dye color, but the shade we refer to as copper has a slightly orange tint to it. Copper is the most natural-looking shade of red for hair color, but it is possible to create it.

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Going from a blond or pale hair color to copper is a reasonably simple procedure. Your hairstylist should be able to do it for you without bleaching your hair, or you can do it yourself. Going from a darker color to copper takes a bit more work.

With darker hair, whether natural or dyed dark, you will probably have to bleach it first. It may take more than one bleaching to get your hair light enough to be able to go the right shade of copper. If this is the case, your colorist may ask you to rest your hair for a week or so before you attempt the second bleaching. As frustrating as that may be, it is better to wait. Too much bleaching can damage your hair and cause it to break off.

What Colors Can I Wear With Copper Hair?

Whatever color your hair is, you’re usually best to match the color of your clothing to your skin color. After saying that, if you have naturally copper hair, you may find that a color that looks good against your skin may clash violently with your hair.

There are a few general rules that seem to apply for people with copper hair, but as always, rules can be broken if its done the right way. There’re three tests you can do to help you discover what type of skin tone you have which will give you some general guidelines about what colors will suit you best.

What Color Are Your Veins? 

The best veins to look at are the ones on the inside of your wrists.  If they are a blue color, you have cool skin undertones. If they are a green color, you have warm skin undertones. If it’s difficult to tell if your veins are bluer or greener, you’re neutral.

What Jewelry Color Looks Best On You?

We usually prefer wearing either gold or silver jewelry, but sometimes, that preference may override which color suits us best. If you feel that gold jewelry brightens you up, then you’re a warm-toned person. If you think silver looks better on you, then you’re a cool-toned person. If you’re struggling to decide, ask a friend for their opinion.

Does Black And White Clothing Drain The Color From Your Face? 

If so, you have warm skin undertones. If tans or browns drain your color, you have cool undertones.

There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, if your skin has a warm undertone, ivory, yellow, orange, brown and a warm red are going to be the best colors for you. If you have cool undertones, you should choose purple, pink, red, green, and blue.

Most women with copper hair are going to be warm toned and will look great in oranges, browns, ivories and yellows. However, be careful which shade of these colors you go for. A bright yellow for example, may make your skin looked washed out but a pastel yellow may bring out the color in your eyes.

Makeup Tips For Women With Copper Hair

When your hair is as stunning a color as copper you may be tempted to keep your makeup to a minimum. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with that, but you may have more options available to you than you think. Here’s a few tips:

•        Start with neutral colors: If you’re new to makeup or new to copper hair, you might be best to stick with neutral makeup colors until you have a better idea of what suits you. You can add more colors as you get more confident.

•        Embrace your freckles: There’s no need to cover up your freckles, especially if your hair is naturally copper colored. Applying multitudes of concealer or too heavy foundation will just look unnatural.

•        Invest in a liquid highlighter: A light brushing of highlighter along your cheekbones will add a subtle sparkle to your face without drowning it in color. Your makeup should complement your hair color and not over-power it.

•        Don’t be afraid of a red lipstick: Despite what you may have been told, the right shade of red lips can be gorgeous with your fiery copper hair. The trick is to choose one with an orange tint to it. There’s no need to be afraid of pink, either. Just choose the right shade of pink.

•        Black mascara: Stick to a brown mascara if you prefer, but black eyelashes can be a stunning contrast for your evening look.

•        Bold eyeliner: Black may be too heavy, especially if you decide to go with a black mascara. However, a blue or green eyeliner can provide interest and flair, allowing you to be bold without over-doing it.

•        Pastel eyeshadows: If you’re using pastel eyeshadow, try and match it with your clothes to get a polished, elegant, look. Fashionable makeup colors are always fun to try but if you’re heading to work, you might want to tone it down a little.

•        Get creative with your eyebrows: Eyebrows are tricky for most people, but women with copper hair may have more difficulty getting the right color to match your natural eyebrow color. You can of course, leave them natural, or try using a matching eyeshadow to fill them out.

  • Blend, blend, and blend some more: Blending is important for any makeup look, but it’s even more crucial for women with copper hair. Your hair is, and should be, your main beauty feature. You want people to notice your tresses, so don’t distract them by leaving harsh makeup lines on your face or eyes.

Caring For Your Copper Hair

The less chemicals you put in your hair, the healthier it will be. Whether your copper color is natural or enhanced, investing in high-quality shampoos and conditioners is vitally important.

If your hair has been dyed, use a sulfate-free shampoo. Although it may be more expensive than the shampoo you use now, it won’t break the bank and your hair color will take longer to fade. Rinse your hair in cool water rather than hot.

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Always use protective hair products with hair dryers, straighteners and curlers. Use a dry shampoo in between washes and never use a brush with wet hair.  Get your hair trimmed regularly as this will also help to keep it healthy. If you do go out in the sun, wear a hat.

The Last Word On Copper Hair

Natural or enhanced, long or short, curly or straight, copper-colored hair can be a fabulous choice for any woman who wants a change. If your hair is naturally copper-colored, you’ll be aware of how stunning this shade can look with the right makeup styles and clothing.

But, perhaps most importantly, if you’re going to rock copper hair, your main accessory needs to be your confidence. And with hair like yours, why wouldn’t you be?