Shades of Brown That Look Good With Fair Skin

Complement fair skin with a brown shirt.

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If you think brown is a boring color, think again. Brown can add depth and warmth to your wardrobe -- and can be stunning when it comes to eye makeup -- especially when you have fair skin. Embrace your creamy, fair complexion by flattering it with the correct shades of brown.

Chocolate Brown

Rich chocolate brown clothing and makeup will stand out against your fair skin, providing an eye-catching contrast. For a flattering makeup look, apply dark brown eye shadow below the lid crease and top it with a shimmering champagne shadow from crease to brow. During fall and winter months, wear a chocolate brown sweater dress with matching knee-high boots for a stylish look.


If your fair skin has cool undertones, complement your complexion with taupe makeup and clothing options. Taupe, which is a light shade of brown with gray tones, will blend well with fair skin. For a subdued look, brush taupe eye shadow across your lids and add a pop of color with rose-hued lip gloss or lipstick. Clothing-wise, wear a taupe sweater with a dark denim skirt or jeans for a sophisticated look. Complement the outfit with silver jewelry.


Rich caramel brown will flatter fair skin with warm undertones. Go for a demure, feminine look by sweeping caramel-colored eye shadow across your eyelids, or by wearing caramel-hued lipstick. Add soft color with rosy pink blush. Wear an elegant, caramel-colored dress to a special occasion, or layer a caramel-hued jacket over a white T-shirt with jeans for a casual style.


Burgundy-brown, which is a deep purplish shade, will make fair-skinned beauties look regal. Wear burgundy wine-colored lipstick for a bold, dramatic look that doesn't appear garish. Go for a luxe style by pairing a burgundy-brown cashmere sweater with an ecru-colored skirt or pants. Complete the sophisticated look with dark brown leather shoes and a matching handbag.

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