Brunette Hair Colors for Fair Skin

The stunning Megan Fox's dark black hair creates a stunning contrast with her milky skin.

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With a porcelain white complexion, it is important to select a good brunette hair shade so as to avoid looking washed out and pale. While some brunette shades will work specifically because they do highlight and brighten your complexion, others will help add and intensify the warmth in your skin. Definitely choose a rich brunette shade — shying away from the contrast is totally pointless because the contrast is part of the beauty.


The story of snow white springs to mind when you think of ebony black hair and snowflake fair skin. This look, however, has graduated from the fairy tales and tumbled into high fashion. This is a good way to harness timeless beauty with a modern edge. Black hair is stunning, but be sure to add some dark brown highlights so as not to create a harsh blanket of color, and totally drown your fair complexion out.

Dark Brown

Dark brown is one of the most complementary hair shades a fair-skinned beauty can choose. This is a very good way to join the dark side of the color palette and retain some warmth. Fair skin is super reflective, so warm brown hair will create a lush, golden-brown complexion. Try a rich, smouldering chocolate brown if you have never worn dark hair before — this is a good gateway color.


There is something fiery and wild about this electrifying shade. Copper is effortlessly fierce but can be harsh and brassy. Brighter copper should be avoided because it will make you look gray and bland; brighter shades also do not technically belong to the brunette color palette. Instead, go for a darker, richer copper with strong brown undertones. This will balance the fire with a little earth to create a controlled hint of spice and a smouldering flame.


Burgundy is a perfect cross between vibrant red and smooth chocolate brown. This shade has been sported by the likes of Rihanna and Cheryl Cole. While it is exciting and fierce, it does somehow manage to maintain an air of sultry elegance. You can harness the best of both worlds with this shade. Go for a burgundy with considerably more brown than red. This will help you to have more warmth and less contrast. The red in the burgundy, however, will enhance the red in your cheeks and give you a little more color than lighter hair shades ever could.

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