Makeup for Brunettes With Brown Eyes and Pale Skin

Updated on June 29, 2018
Michelle Dockery with dark red lipstick and alabaster skin
Michelle Dockery with dark red lipstick and alabaster skin

If you are a brunette with brown eyes and pale skin, you can enhance your youthful natural beauty with a light makeup routine.

Below are makeup tips for women with black or brown hair, brown eyes, and fair skin -- one of the prettiest beauty combinations.

Celebrities with dark hair such as Sandra Bullock, Christina Ricci, and Michelle Dockery all know how to show off their alabaster skin, and you will too.

We will focus on eyebrows, foundation and concealer, eye makeup, and blush and lip colors. Eyebrows are a great place to start because they are what shape your feminine face.

Anne Hathaway in Pale Pink Eyeshadow
Anne Hathaway in Pale Pink Eyeshadow

Framing Your Face: Get Sleek Eyebrows

  • Give your eyebrows a nice, clean shape. To aid in the prickly discomfort of constant plucking, try an eyebrow shaping kit that ensures your pain is minimal with quick-pull wax strips. Your brow shape will be quickly set and very smooth with a few strokes!
  • Only use eyebrow pencil if your brows are very sparse. You are lucky in the sense that most dark-haired girls do not have to color their eyebrows in with liner at all. The natural dark hairs provide the perfect color and face frame already.

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
Christina Ricci. Makeup for Brunettes with Brown Eyes and Pale Skin
Christina Ricci. Makeup for Brunettes with Brown Eyes and Pale Skin

Blush Colors

  • Your best colors will be brick, light pink, and light peach blush. You can also wear blush with hints of brown in it. To get Christina Ricci's look above and also get the most bang for your buck, use a blush palette kit that has complimentary colors, so you can stroke one or two blended colors on your cheeks, another across your forehead or temples, and another along your nose to contour it.
  • Blush palettes have a variety of light and dark colors, so even if you think you made a mistake, you can blend it away with a lighter color in the kit. Personally, being fair-skinned, I also use blush as eye shadow, so I get double use out of it.

Foundation and Concealer

  • Apply concealer under your eyes as well as any areas on your face you see small veins (usually next to your nostrils) and acne inflammations.
  • Foundation will be the most important tool in your arsenal for making your face look bright and beautiful. Since fair skin is your most noticeable beauty attribute, give even foundation coverage more attention than any other part of your beauty routine.
  • Your best bet is a non-comedogenic, time-tested foundation that will give you all-over flawless coverage.

Michelle Dockery, Lady Mary of Downton Abbey
Michelle Dockery, Lady Mary of Downton Abbey

Eye Makeup

  • Choose non-irritant black mascara to make your lashes stand out.
  • Wear a thin coating of black eyeliner around your eyes to frame them.
  • Your best eyeshadow colors will be pink, peach, beige, and especially celebrity favorites light brown, violet, and light blue.

Lip Colors

  • Your best lip colors will be rose, pink-infused browns, and bricks.
  • You can wear red lipstick, but you have to be careful to find the right shade. Your skin tone is unique and red is a sensitive color. Visit a department store counter with samples and try some reds before you buy.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • What foundation do you recommend for pale to light skin?

    You can try L'Oréal Paris Makeup True Match.


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  • Life and Luxury profile imageAUTHOR

    Life and Luxury 

    6 years ago from South Beach, FL

    While a lot will depend on your natural undertones, try a lavender rose color on your lips and eyelids, and a rose tinged blush for your cheeks. Also makeup colors with a bit more brown in them.

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    6 years ago

    I have blonde hair, brown eyes, and tan skin. I used to be a brunette but I went blonde. What makeup can I use if I am dark and blonde now?


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