Colours that look good on brown skin

Written by mimi abney
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Colours that look good on brown skin
Choose vibrant and contemporary colours for your brown skin. (Getty Images/Thinkstock)

If you want to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe without getting rid of your black, khaki and white outfits, you need to determine what colours look best for your skin tone. If you have cool or warm-toned brown skin, the right colour can enhance your caramel, chocolate-brown or mocha-coloured skin and transform your look from drab to delightful in an instant.

Baby blue and pink

If you have dark hair and eyes, go for colours that contrast with your dark features and catch the eye. If you want to add pastel colours to your wardrobe, baby blue and pink are two vibrant shades that mix well with khaki, grey, navy and white. For work, pair a crisp pink French-cuff shirt with a business suit to add this strong pastel colour to your work wardrobe.

Lemon yellow and mint green

Yellow is a sunny shade that complements light and dark-brown skin tones. If your skin has cool or blue undertones, lemon yellow is an ideal choice for scarves, jewellery and blouses paired with chocolate-brown and khaki clothing options. If you like green, mint is not just for Easter. In fact, women with dark complexions look best in this strong pastel. Choose a mint-green raincoat or a green pashmina scarf to wear this vibrant colour year-round.

Claret red, tangerine and mango orange

If you have warm or yellow undertones, colours that complement your features are tangerine and orange-based reds. Tangerine and mango orange are tropical tones that look best on women with olive complexions, brown hair and brown eyes. Pair your orange colours with chocolate-brown and white clothing. Accent this warm hue with silver shoes and pewter accessories. If you like red, claret is a dramatic and deep red that works with any neutral colour in your wardrobe, such as khaki, white, black and navy blue. Claret is also a deep and rich hue that flatters warm-toned brown skin best.

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