Few things are more certain than the fact that every women, at some point in her life, dreams about strutting her stuff with an eye-catching, attention-grabbing, knee-weakening blonde bombshell look. The summer is the time to seize the moment. The warmer weather adds color to our complexions, making blonde more compatible with those that have naturally fair skin. And there’s more than just golden or platinum to choose from; light hair colors work for almost anyone, so long as you pick the right tone, be it strawberry, rose, ash, or another. The pictured celebs illustrate what we mean; they may not be perfectly suited to all kinds of blonde, but by picking the right tone, they create a wow-factor look. Learn more about them in the notes.


Emma Stone’s Blushing Blonde: Emma has very fair skin; most blondes would wash her out. But she uses strawberry undertones and flecks of gold to add warmth, especially around the cheeks.


Carrie Underwood Likes Butter: The piercing contrast of blue eyes and blonde hair is the stuff of beauty legend. But what if peepers are hazel or brown? Notice the honeyed, buttery low-lighting on the inside of Carrie’s long layer cut; it adds sweet softness to the tone and helps the eyes pop.


Keri Hilson’s Taste of Caramel: For women with darker skin tones, like Keri Hilson, all over blonde may be a bridge too far. A full-head of blonde highlights in caramel tones brightens the face while keeping you in the comfort zone. Don’t go too light. If the contrast between the skin and the hair is overly pronounced, it won’t flatter.


Taylor Swift Loves It Dirty: Taylor Swift perfected the darkest shade of blonde, creating a hybrid bronde color that has become one of the most desirable hues for women and girls. Ask your colorist for a dark ash blonde base with subtle highlights through the ends and on top. Your friends may still call you a brunette, but you know you’re a dirty bronde.

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