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The beautiful hair colour you wear should complement your skin tone, so take this quiz to discover your ideal shade

Your skin tone has been passed down to you from generation upon generation. But what you might not immediately realize is that the colour of your skin determines more than whether you turn into a lobster in the sun or what box you check on the census. Not to blind you with science (insert funny ’80s quip here) or anything, but the amount and type of melanin you have — a natural substance which gives your skin, hair, and eyes their colour — not only dictates which makeup colours work best on you, but also what shade of hair colour is most flattering.

Scroll down to take the quiz and find out what hair colour hue you should wear.

Your most beautiful hair colour will bring out the subtleties of your skin tone and enhance its natural beauty. Knowing this, we went to Joico Celebrity Colorist Beth Minardi, who has coloured the heads of celebs including Kirsten Dunst, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt, to find out exactly which shades of hair colour work best on various skin tones. Minardi says that “skin tone is extremely important and serves as a guide for the colourist,” and generally a good rule of thumb when it comes to picking shades is, if you have cool-toned skin, your colour should also be cool in tone and vice versa. If you have warm-toned skin, you should opt for a warmer-toned hair colour.

To determine which skin tone you have and thus which hair colours will look best on you, check out these quick at-home hair colouring tips:

* For the most foolproof and flawless finish, always choose a box that’s within two shades lighter or darker than your current colour.
* To keep hair healthy, apply colour to unwashed hair. The natural oils work to protect your hair from damaging product.
* If you want to use a semi-permanent colour, know that you can only go darker or hide grays. Semi-permanent hues won’t lighten hair.
* There is a specified time for leaving the dye on your hair for a reason. Obey it or you could end up with two-toned strands.
* If you make a colour mistake, don’t try and fix it with another box of hair colour. If it is a minor mishap, wash it 2-3 times consecutively with clarifying shampoo. If it’s a biggie, bite the bullet and see a professional.