Mature Palette

Color experts share how to create youthful hues with anti-aging effects in a snap, and most importantly, how to do it correctly. —D.C.

as0115-CT_ErinNelson-r_fmt_0_0.jpegStay within two levels of the natural color. Going too light can create a hollow-looking skin tone.

—Erin Nelson, Aloxxi artistic advisor



Enjoying this story? Subscribe to the American Salon Newsletter

Get inspirational trends, techniques, tips, education and the latest beauty news delivered right to your inbox! To read on the go, sign up today to get weekly beauty news and updates.




as0115-CT_Crowley-rev__fmt_0.jpegFor highlights, I keep it light around the face while shadowing it with an appropriate lowlight, according to skin color.

—Erin Crowley, senior colorist at Warren-Tricomi Salon in New





as0115-CT_MICHAEL-rev__fmt_0.jpegStylists usually think that older clients need lighter hair, and while this is partly true, we need to get brighter, not lighter.

—Michael Albor, Matrix artist





as0115-CT_Stanko-rev_C_fmt_0.jpegIf a woman is prone to age spots or dark circles, then a color that is too dark or too cool, like a level 4 ash brown, can be quite unattractive.

—David Stanko, Redken haircolor consultant and colorist at Cutler Salon in New York City




as0115-CT_Markham-rev__fmt_0.jpegTry to replicate patterns seen in children’s hair that has been naturally lightened by the sun, and tends to be darker at the roots and lightest toward the ends.

—Jim Markham, founder and CEO of ColorProof Evolved Color Care