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The Best Makeup Shades for Every Hair Color

October 26, 2018

If you’re looking for the best way to maximize your beauty look, one simple and fun solution is to coordinate your hair and makeup. And that goes beyond matching your makeup to your hairstyle! Your hair color should influence your makeup look too since choosing the right makeup shades to pair with it can play a huge role in your end look. When you choose makeup that complements your hair color, you allow your facial features to pop, creating a truly mesmerizing appeal. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, keep reading to see just how great it can be! Below, we’ve got you covered with the best makeup shades and products for every hair color.


Black hair has a certain mysterious air to it that requires creating a special balance with your makeup in order to even out the intensity. To avoid looking too vampy, try creating your base with a tinted moisturizer or a lightweight foundation. Once you’re happy with the coverage, grab a contouring palette to carve the hollows of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the outermost part of your forehead. After you’ve perfected your face, be sure to outline your eyes with black eyeliner and swipe on a few coats of mascara so that your eyes stand out just as much as your luscious dark locks. To top off your look, perk up your pout with a vibrant red lipstick that screams classic elegance.

If you have black hair, stock your makeup bag with the following products:

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in DIY Red


Unlike dark-haired beauties, blonde bombshells have to put a bit more thought into creating the perfect makeup look. Of course, how a blonde should do her makeup depends on her specific shade of blonde. And with so many shades of blonde, where’s a girl to start? If you’re a natural blonde, your best bet is to stick with sun-kissed shades that really amp up your natural beauty. Think: gold and bronze hues. If your blonde hair leans more towards a golden yellow color, you can rev up the vibrancy of your look with neutral pinks and peaches. Once you have your color scheme down pat, complete your look with a touch of brown or bronze eyeliner—black tends to look a little too harsh on blondes—and a bubblegum pink pucker for just the right amount of color.

If you have blonde hair, stock your makeup bag with the following products:

L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush

L'Oréal Paris Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Brown

L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Bottomless Java

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Fearless Fuchsia


Brown hair looks especially gorgeous with glowing skin, so the main priority in a brunette’s makeup routine should be to find the perfect illuminating, tinted moisturizer to achieve a dewy glow. After you’ve blended your tinted moisturizer onto your skin, sweep a little bronzer on your cheekbones, brow bones, and nose to add definition to your face. To take it a step further, contour your lids with a champagne and burgundy eye shadow combo. As a finishing touch, swipe on a dark lipstick. This looks especially beautiful on brunettes because it provides just enough contrast to really bring out the vibrancy of your dark strands.

If you have brown hair, stock your makeup bag with the following products:

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Skin Illuminator Tinted Moisturizer

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Glistening Garnet

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Resilient Raisin


As trendy as monochrome makeup is these days, you may want to avoid all-over color if you have red hair. Before you go grabbing for one tone to work magic everywhere, choose a neutral-toned bronzer for your cheekbones, with a slightly pinker blush for the apples of your cheeks. Once you’ve created the base of your makeup look, it’s time to move on to your eyes. When creating your redhead-friendly look, think back to the color wheel and reach for contrasting shades like olive green and chocolate. As your last step, round out your look with a natural-hued lipstick to create a hair and makeup combo that looks both gorgeous and otherworldly.

If you have red hair, stock your makeup bag with the following products:

 L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Radiance Cheek Duo in Romantic in Rose

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Wild Green

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Green Promenade

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Nude Star


If you’re rocking one of the latest colorful hair color trends, such as pastel colors or even rainbow hair, you probably want to consider neutral makeup tones for your everyday look. To start things off, reach for a buildable foundation with a matte finish, then stick with a natural blush color on the apples of your cheeks, or even just a light highlighter to brighten up your visage. A neutral-toned eyeliner in either brown or black, depending on what you prefer to wear with your skin tone, will help bring definition to your eyes while also allowing your colorful hair to shine. For your daily life, pair it with a nude or taupe eyeshadow. Of course, we’re not completely ruling out pops of color, such as a bright eyeshadow or a bold lip, when the time and occasion is right! In these cases, it’s better to choose a hue that complements your hair color, pairing cool toned hair with warm toned makeup and warm toned makeup with cool toned hair.

If you have colorful hair, stock your makeup bag with the following products:

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator

L'Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Black or Brown

L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe

Feeling inspired to try out a bold new hair color? Read our article How to Achieve a Sunset Hair Color.

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