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How Redheads Can Wear: Pink

Learn How to Rock Pink Like a Redhead

This is another installment in our “How Redheads Can Wear” series where we break down colors and styles and show you how redheads can rock anything. This series gives you the basics on colors and what to wear them with, as well as how to choose the right ones for you. This time we’re talking about pink:

All About Pink

Pink is another color that can be “controversial” for redheads. Some people may think that brighter pinks clash with red hair, or that paler pinks clash with fair skin. The truth is that pink is a gorgeous color on redheads, all it takes is finding the right pink for you.

Pink is sometimes considered a shade of red, so its complementary color is actually a shade of green. Yellow-toned green to be specific. Since pink is sometimes considered a variation of red, it goes really well with red and looks amazing on redheads!

Finding the Shade 

Colors come in different shades (hues) and saturations (intensities), and finding the right ones for your red hair is key to loving any color. Pink can also be more blue/purple-toned, or more red-toned and it can be “true” pink in the middle. This is the shade. Pink can also be dark and rich like a jewel tone, or light and airy like a pastel. It can also be every color in between. This is the saturation of the color. If you don’t like a certain color, try going for a different shade, or even a different saturation of the color

If you already know which shade of pink you like, you’re well on your way. If not, here are a few things to consider. 

  1. Your shade of red hairIf your hair is a “true red” you may want to opt for rich “true” pink” colors. If your hair runs more orange to strawberry blonde, you may want to opt for more of a blue/purple pink. If your hair is a darker red, or perhaps a faux cherry cola red you may want to opt for more red pinks.
  2. Your complexion – Most redheads have fair to medium skin, but redheads can have any complexion. Consider your complexion when it comes to choosing how dark or light you want your purple to be. Fairer-skinned redheads may want to opt for a darker shade of pink, while redheads with a more medium skin may choose to go lighter. Of course, you can go either way, but lighter colors may wash out a lighter complexion. Choose a saturation that contrasts your skin a bit. You can also consider if you are high, medium, or low contrast. 
  3. Your undertones – Similarly to the shade of your red hair, you want to consider your undertones. If you have cool undertones, you may want to opt for a more blue/purple pink, warm undertones a more red-toned pink, and neutral undertones, a more “true” pink.

Pairing Pink with Other Colors

We already know yellowish green is pink’s complimentary color, but what other colors go well with pink? In fashion, there are a couple of colors we consider neutral. This includes black, white, off-white/tan, and denim. So denim isn’t one specific color, but blue jeans go with every color so they are considered a fashion neutral. You can pair any shade of pink with any of these colors. Monochromatic looks are also a great option. Pairing shades of pink together can help create a cohesive look that still feels dimensional. 

Other colors that look amazing with pink include the colors found in pink’s color family which are shades of blue and shades of purple. These are called analogous colors. Since pink’s complimentary color is a combo between green and yellow, its secondary complimentary colors are true green, true yellow, and orange which is found next to yellow. 

Different shades of pink will pair better with different colors. For example, if you want to pair pink with red or orange, opt for a more red-pink. If you want to pair pink with green, opt for a more purple-pink.

Now these rules aren’t hard and fast, but they are a good jumping-off point if you’re trying to create a cohesive look. You can easily find any colors complementary colors by going across the color wheel from it, and you can find the analogous colors or the colors in the same color scheme, on either side of any given color. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: How Redheads Can Wear: Purple

READ: How Redheads Can Wear: Green