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Best Makeup Shades to Match Your Hair Color

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Best Makeup Shades to Match Your Hair Color Best Makeup Shades to Match Your Hair Color Best Makeup Shades to Match Your Hair Color

Looking to expand your beauty horizons? There’s nothing like an exciting new hair color to transform your look—but your makeup bag will need a makeover, too. From your eye shadow and blush, to the lipstick and lip gloss you stow in your purse for on-the-go touchups, find out which makeup shades will complement your hair color the best.

The Best Makeup Shades to Match Blonde Hair

There are two things that no girl wants washed out: her hair color or even worse, her complexion. Unfortunately for you golden girls, sometimes it comes with the territory. But have no fear—it’s easy to make pale skin pop. Check out these easy tips to make being blonde more fun.

On your eyes: Go light and shimmery. Light eye shadows and eyeliners complement your golden locks. Try shimmery vanillas, apricots, and pinks. Or for more drama, charcoals and chocolates are simply striking.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Little Beige Dress and L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Always Pearly Pink

On your cheeks: Pinks, berries, and peaches will do the trick. These colors will brighten your complexion—but remember to keep it light. Too much can overwhelm light skin and hair. 

Try: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush

On your lips: Give a glossy pink lip a go. A little lip color makes your skin tone instantly more vibrant. Go glossy with sheer berry and peach tones or make a starlet-worthy statement with a bold crimson lip. 

Try: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glassy Garnet and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Rose

The Best Makeup Shades to Match Red Hair

With those fiery locks, you redheads don’t need any help standing out in a crowd. But every redhead knows, your color can clash with red-toned makeup like pinks and berries. If you want to double up on those double-takes, you’ve just got to master your complementary colors. Here are a few tips to get your makeup looking red hot.

On your eyes: Natural shades always pair nicely. Coppery and earth-toned shades are perfect on most redheads, but if you’re feeling more fiery, experiment with plums, greens, and grays.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Pain Au Chocolat and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Caged

On your cheeks: Use a light hand. Since red hair already adds warmth to your complexion, go light on blush. Think soft pinks or peaches just on the apples of your cheeks.

Try: L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush in Rosy Outlook

On your lips: Again, go natural but bold. Neutral eyes go with bold lips like brick reds. Bold eyes go with neutral lips like sweet pinks and clear glosses. Remember, your coppery locks make a major statement, so too much color can overwhelm.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cowboy and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/LIPS Metallic in Liquid Venom

The Best Makeup Shades to Match Brown Hair

You brunettes have it pretty easy. Whether your color is light or dark, cool or warm, brown hair is versatile enough to look great with almost any shade of makeup. That doesn’t mean you can’t accentuate the positives, though. Here are a few tips to turn “You’re cute” into “You’re breathtaking.”

On your eyes: Try metallic, neutral shades. Revel in bolder shades, because you can pull them off. Try deep browns, rich purples, and berry tones. But remember the rule—bold eye, neutral lip.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-ison Avenue and L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Burst Into Bloom

On your cheeks: Take your skin tone into consideration. If you’ve got a fair complexion, rosy pinks and peaches will give you that vibrant, sweet look. If you’re medium to dark, you may want to try berry, brick or bronze tones.

Try: L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush in Soft Sun

On your lips: Perk up your pout with oxblood. Want that showstopper look? Go for burgundies and brick reds. Looking for an everyday color? Try a berry-tinted gloss.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Doesn’t Matte-r and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Gleaming Plum

The Best Makeup Shades to Match Black Hair

Black hair and red lips. There is no look that more closely defines the term “striking.” It’s sultry, sophisticated, fierce, and the absolute ultimate in feminine. But it’s also a nighttime look, and a girl’s gotta be just as together during the day. So, check out these makeup matches to make your midnight-colored hair work for you from dusk ‘til dawn. 

On your eyes: Look royal in jewel tones. Plums and jewel tones are simply smashing paired with black hair. For fair to medium complexions, go with sheers. For dark complexions, try opaques.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Glistening Garnet and L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Smoldering Plum

On your cheeks: Consider your complexion. This varies a lot depending on your complexion. On darker skin, you’ll want to use deep roses, magentas, and a little gold to highlight. On fair skin, go lighter with soft pinks and peaches.

Try: L’Oréal Paris True Match™ in Barely Blushing

On your Lips: Look classic in red. An iconic red lip color is always a good idea. Try one that’s got a hint of yellow to brighten your complexion. For every day wear, go with opaque glosses in rich berry shades.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly In Love and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte at Bat

Now that you have a better feel for what makeup will look best with your hair color, check out our article, How to Find Your Metallic Lipstick Match.