Picking the best burgundy red hair color for your skin tone – tips and ideas to make sure you get it right

When it comes to hair color, red shades are still stealing the show at the moment, with seemingly ever increasing numbers hitting the bottle to get a slice of that red action. For those wanting a classy but vibrant tone, gorgeous burgundy red hair color is where it’s at – tasteful and versatile. If you’re thinking of trying it out, how do you know if it’ll suit you, and which burgundy color should you plump for? Let’s take a look at how to match burgundy to your skin tone and the best burgundy colors out there.

Burgundy hair color and your skin tone

Burgundy red hair color
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First thing’s first – if you want to experiment with any new hair color, it pays to pick a shade that will flatter your complexion rather than fighting against it. A good hair color will make your skin tone sing, while the wrong choice can simply make you look ill – not a strong look! Not everyone can pull off burgundy, it’s a shade that tends to flatter cool, blue based skin tones over warmer complexions with yellow undertones.

Deep burgundy shades can also be too dark if you’ve got very pale skin and can leave you looking washed out, so it pays to try some burgundy accents before opting for a whole head of color if your skin’s on the porcelain side.

Burgundy color on dark skin

I think rich burgundy shades look particularly stunning against darker skin tones. Deep burgundy browns can give a subtle wash of color, while a bright burgundy red against dark skin can make a real style statement- just look at how Rihanna managed to rock her burgundy look (not that she seems to be able to put a foot wrong style-wise).

A few ideas …

Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix it up a bit when it comes to hair color. If you’re feeling brave, be bold and turn up the contrast with blonde and burgundy slices of color.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, a burgundy black or dark burgundy brown color can give a beautiful but subtle glimmer of wine red to already dark hair. A great way to dip your toe into those burgundy waters.

So which burgundy color to choose?

  • Revlon Colorsilk in burgundy – this was top-rated by Goodhousekeeping.com in their tests, and was found to give great shine along with grey coverage
  • Garnier Nutrisse Permanent Creme Haircolor in deep burgundy – again this has picked up lots of glowing customer reviews. It’s described as easy to use, giving a dark burgundy shade that doesn’t disappear too quickly.

Flattering, striking, generally gorgeous, if you’re itching for your next color change give burgundy a try. Just be aware that all red based shades have a habit of fading particularly quickly, so you may have to keep re-doing your color to keep it looking fresh, especially if you’re dying over blonde hair.

I’ve also found some burgundy red shades just don’t live up to the pictures on the box – I’ve had to use a vibrant pillar box red as a base color in the past to stop burgundy colors looking dowdy over my light hair. And, of course, never forget that patch and skin test before trying any new hair color.

Which burgundy hair colors have you tried and loved? Or perhaps you’ve been left less than impressed – leave me a comment to let me know!

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  3. I need your help I’m an African American woman and I’m having the hardest time finding the right shade of Burgundy for my skin tone. Can you please help me find the right shade of Burgundy for my complexion. I’m a dark caramel color like Gabrielle Union. I’m rocking a Natural and I need a Hot color. Or what 2 semi – permanent color can I mix to get a nice Burgundy color? PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME…

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