Want to go bronde but worried it won’t work with your olive skin? There’s no need! We spoke to one of London’s top colourists for how to turn to the light side…

Bronde. AKA blonde meets brown in a soft, sumptuous way. It is a hair hue that aim to  lighten without the commitment or money and time to going blonde. But, can olive skin tones pull it off? We asked the experts…

It’s been a popular look with celebrities for years. With lots of olive skin beauties like Jessica Alba and J Lo, sporting bronde hair. But, when you haven’t got a top hair colourist on speed dial it can be a pretty scary experience. Especially if you’ve ever tried to go lighter before and ended up with orange, brassy tones. We’ve all been there…

Whether at to the blonder end of the scale or the more brunette one, it’s seen a surge in popularity post-lockdown, with many wanting highlights not only to lift colour but their spirits too.

But does it really work for everyone with olive undertones? We spoke to colourist Jack Howard to get the lowdown.

Customise it for your colouring

Don’t think you have to colour to your roots to achieve bronde hair if you don’t want to. Jack suggests opting for some roots if you want to lift colour but without dramatically changing your hair colour: ‘the transition from darker to lighter with your base colour underneath gives it a softness and makes it feel more natural and easy to pull off.’

Focus on the front

For all the face-framing loveliness of a pop of bronde but without having to colour a lot, Jack thinks it’s worth asking for a ‘face frame of some lightness to get maximum impact without maximum maintenance.’

Don’t forget make-up

If you’re a make-up wearer, Jack emphasises that you can of course inject colour and fun into your face after your hair’s been done, so if you worry that lightening might make your pale olive or deep olive skin look sallow, remember that you can balance that with a little blush or bronzer.


“If you want a flawless finish then you need to try EX1 Cosmetics. I use it on all my clients and always have a bottle in my personal make-up too. It looks so good on camera, doesn’t give any flashback, and gives skin a golden glow.”


“I have olive skin so I really wanted to try EX1 Cosmetics, as I had no idea what shade I would be. I tried the match me tool, thinking it was a bit of a gimmick, but it got my shade spot on. For someone will yellow or green undertones these products are amazing!”


“Before I used EX1 Cosmetics I tried EVERY premium foundation on the market. Some were ok, but most left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. I didn’t have much hope for a foundation costing £12.50, but I was SO wrong. The medium coverage looks like your skin but better and it doesn’t oxidise.”


“I’ve always been told I have warm or medium skin tone, but every foundation I ever tried was either too pink or too orange. After trying the skin classification tool and realising I have warm skin with green undertones – everything makes sense! Now, I look for make-up aimed at olive skin – like EX1 Cosmetics – and I have never looked back!”


“I used to mix at least two different foundations to create the right shade for my skin – until I found EX1 Cosmetics. The shade match is spot on and the formula blends perfectly into my skin. I love it.”


“I had seen that loads of celebrities using EX1 Cosmetics Foundation and I was intrigued to see if it lived up to the hyp e. It blew me away. The formula feels so premium for £12.50. I recommend it to everyone.