Brunette Complexion Types And Shades

Discusses the versatility of brunettes' skin tones and complexions, how to mix it up, and what looks natural.

It's fairly easy to spot a fake blonde or redhead. But trying to decide who uses Clairol for their brown locks is a bit more difficult. You may not realize why that is, but your gut just tells you something's not quite right sometimes when a bottle blonde doesn't match up her skin tone as well as she could have (not to say that a natural brunette can't look phenomenal as a blonde if she does it right, or that a blonde can't look natural sporting glossy raven strands). The reason behind this is that brunettes come in just about every skin tone and complexion there is.

Brunettes' skin can be of the palest, smoothest ivory. They may be light and have freckles. Medium tones are definitely abundant under a mess of tousled or coiffed dark hair. And most of the time if you see someone with dark or very dark skin, the hair on their head (if it's natural) is brown or black. Brunettes are decidedly the most versatile when it comes to skin tone.

Just as brunettes have the most skin tones in a range from light to dark, they also can have any undertones. You can walk down the street and see brown haired girls with pink, golden, or olive undertones just about any time. Brunettes can have any mixture of overall tone (pale with pink undertones, pale with yellow, medium with olive, etc). There's just such a wide range of mixtures a brunette's skin tone can have!

Dark hair seems to be the predominant natural hair color if you take into account all parts of the world. So it makes sense that every skin tone from North America to the Mediterranean would be easily complemented by brown or black hair. Heck, just look at Disney movies. They have everything from Snow White to Princess Jasmine. Somewhere in the middle we have the characters from Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, and Pocahontas.

The beauty of dark haired versatility is obvious: while brunettes look stunning in their own skin tones, sunless tanners""light, medium, or dark""look natural on brunettes. And with a change in their natural skin tone (or none), brunettes can experiment with all colors of eyeshadow, blush, lipgloss, mascara, and bronzers. Smoky eyes are usually not something to worry about if you're a brunette with a deep olive skin tone, for example. If a very fair-skinned brunette tries out black shadow as part of her smoky look, it may look overdone. But if she deepens her skin tone slightly with a sunless tanning product, it looks natural with her hair AND the makeup look she's going for.

While brunettes already have the widest range of natural skin tones and dark hair looks most natural of any bottled color on most skin tones, dark-haired girls also have the most room to experiment with their skin tones as well. Mixing up skin tone and hair color can create a whole new look (lightening dark black hair to caramel and putting on sunless tanner to deepen your glow, for example, gives a completely different flair to a normally fair-skinned raven haired girl). Brunettes may be copious, but they're not boring!

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