Best Makeup for Brunettes

Celeb colorists reveal the secret to bolder brown hair — and it's all about the season's most gorgeous makeup looks.

By Maureen Choi

July 26, 2011 11:00 AM
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Brilliant Brunette by Day

MC TIP for fair to medium skin tones: Layer shimmery bronzer under cool-pink blush to instantly warm up pale complexions.

MC TIP for tan skin tones: For a refreshing change from nude, try a sunny coral lipstick instead.

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Fair Skin

Geogirl GR8 Lipshine in Fruit Punch, $4.
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Fair Skin

Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Paradise Peach, $26.
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Fair Skin

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Blush in Blushing Organics, $12.
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Medium Skin Tone

Lancôme L'Absolu Nu Lipcolor in Pale Petal, $29.
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Medium Skin Tone

Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Bronze Rosé, $50.
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Medium Skin Tone

Vincent Longo Perfect Shine V Gloss in Carina, $22.
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Tan Skin

Laura Mercier Cheek Melange, $40.
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Tan Skin

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder in Bronze Shimmer, $22.
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Tan Skin

Clé De Peau Beauté Brilliant Lipgloss in #6, $48.
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Deep Skin Tone

Dolce & Gabbana The Animalier Bronzer, $50.
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Deep Skin Tone

Sensai The Lipstick in Momiji, $55.
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Deep Skin Tone

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Cheekcolor in Sun-Kissed Coral, $28.

Brilliant Brunette by Night

MC TIP for fair or medium skin tones: Aqua metallics with flecks of silver match cool complexions and make eyes pop.

MC TIP for tan skin tones: Pair edgy green eyeshadow with tawny skin for a seriously smoking-hot look.

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Fair Skin

Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow in Blue Blowout, $11.
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Fair Skin

Sephora Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner in Turquoise, $10.
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Fair Skin

Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust in The Life Aquatic, $25.
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Medium Skin Tone

Mehron E.Y.E. Cream in Deep Blue, $6.
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Medium Skin Tone

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao, $22.
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Medium Skin Tone

Guerain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in Les Bleus, $59.
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Tan Skin

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Couleur in #4, $22.
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Tan Skin

Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad #7, $35.
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Tan Skin

Geogirl iCU Liquid2Powder Shadow in Lotus Blossom, $4.
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Deep Skin Tone

Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Créme Shadow in Envy, $2.
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Deep Skin Tone

VMV Hypoallergenics Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Shaken & Stirred, $40.
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Deep Skin Tone

Covergirl intense ShadowBlast Eye Color in Extreme Green, $8.
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Keep Your Brown Brilliant

René Furterer Okara Radiance Enhancing Spray, $26.
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Keep Your Brown Brilliant

Bumble and Bumble Color Support for Warm Brunettes, $23.
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Keep Your Brown Brilliant

Sebastian Professional Color Ignite Single Tone Conditioner, $17.
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Keep Your Brown Brilliant

Ojon Color Sustain Color Revealing Conditioner, $23.
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