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If you’ve ever taken art classes you probably know something about warm and cool colors. Cool shades—silver, blue, and violet—have a calm, relaxing feeling. Warm tones—gold, red, yellow— have an energetic, stimulating quality. Color combinations are often kept on one side of the spectrum or the other. But this spring we’ll see palettes that combine warmth and coolness, for a complex, balanced look. Learn more about this emerging trend in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step 1: When blending warm and cool shades, keep colors within the same range of vibrancy. Try gold and silver, lilac and peach, or magenta and fiery orange.

Step 2: As with makeup, adding neutrals will help to anchor and soften the brighter hues. Placing contrasting tones against a creamy blonde or neutral brown will keep the look from going garish.

Step 3: Consider your skin tone. Place the color that is most complementary closest to your face. If you’re not sure whether you’re warm or cool, use your makeup colors as a guide.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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