C40ed668e6d1aefa8687 brunette shades

Even the palest of blondes are tempted to go dark at least once in their lives. It’s no wonder why: Brunettes evoke a type of mysterious allure that’s hard to resist. But every brunette knows that not all chocolate hues are created equal. Keep reading to find out which dark shade will work best for your skin tone.

If you’re fair-skinned:

For a wearable and chic style, stick with a mid-range chocolate shade that complements your skin’s undertones. If your skin is more on the cooler side, opt for an ashy brown hue. Or, if your skin has warmer undertones, try a balayage or ombré that incorporates red or auburn hues toward your ends. Try to avoid caramel or chestnut shades as they may wash you out.


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If you have a medium or olive skin tone:

A honey or golden brown looks fresh and youthful on warmer skin tones. Try a balayage with subtle hints of blonde for a sun-kissed style, or, play around with lowlights and highlights to achieve a multifaceted look. For more drama, opt for a rich chocolate hue to accentuate your natural glow.


If you have a darker skin tone:

Try a lighter brown, natural looking highlights throughout your shade will create a sleek look that works with straight or curly strands. Or, add a few hints of red or light brown balayage to add dimension to your color. Avoid a true black shade as it can look too harsh on your skin tone.

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