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Find the yellow that’s right for you

By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Color stylist Jill Kirsh uses a person’s hair color to identify the exact shades she should be stocking in her closet. Here, she breaks down exactly who belongs in which yellow when it comes to clothing and accessories. What’s your perfect swatch of sunshine?

Brunette or black hair: Kirsh recommends that people with dark hair stick to what she calls “Crayola crayon yellow,” a very true version of the color. It shouldn’t be muddled or muted, but a shade that comes right off the primary color wheel.

Photo: Jessica Alba (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Auburn or reddish tones, warm golden brown hair: Those with a hair color similar to Julia Roberts’ should wear very warm, golden yellows. They do well with mustard and muddled, earth-tinged yellows.

Photo: Julia Roberts (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Warm blond, champagne or flaxen blond hair: “Go brighter,” Kirsh says. “Like a canary or lemon shade.” It shouldn’t scream or be fluorescent — you want something vibrant and defined.

Photo: Michelle Pfeiffer (Axel Schmidt / AFP / Getty Images)
Platinum, ashy blond or gray: An icy pastel works best here. The shade should be more faint, cool and dusty rather than loud and bold.

Photo: Helen Mirrin (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)