Tips on Caramel Complexion in Women

Golds play up the warmth of a caramel complexion.
Golds play up the warmth of a caramel complexion. (Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Women with caramel complexions have the benefit of having a warm glow year-round. Often seen in those of Latin or African descent, a caramel complexion has a golden undertone that gives off a natural tan even in those cold winter months. If you have a caramel complexion, learning about playing up those warm colors can give your complexion a rich, velvety look and enhance your overall beauty.


For foundations caramel complexions have a few options. If you want a liquid or powder foundation opt for those that are yellow- or golden-based and avoid ivories or fair colors. Bronzer which is used sparingly by most can actually be used as foundation for a caramel tone. Another idea is to add a small pinch of gold powder to your moisturizer and rub that on for a healthy glow and natural look instead of foundation.

Enhance Facial Features

To enhance your golden tones at night try brushing a small amount of gold loose powder to your cheekbones and just a small dab in the center of your forehead and your chin. This is a dramatic look that will enhance all the features of your face with a golden sheen. If you apply and realize you look like you’ve been dipped in gold use a clean brush to brush away some of the gold and blend it in.


Stay away from silver eye shadows or pastels that have an opaque sheen which will clash with your golden complexion. Stick with warm fall colors for eyes or if you would like to do a summery color like a green find one that has gold shimmer in it or mix it up with tiny amount of gold loose powder. Highlight eyes by brushing gold just below the eyebrow or line the inner corners with gold for a dramatic look.

Skip Fake Tans

Avoid using self tanner on caramel skin. Since caramel skin already has some natural tan to it self-tanner can actually mask that and give skin a golden orange look. If you must use self tanner use it gradually and test it on a small patch to ensure you won’t have an orange sheen to your natural color or head to a professional.


Stay away from pink blushes or those that have a purple-base such as raspberries or rose colors. Opt for colors that have orange or golden bases to blend well with your complexion’s undertones. Stick with peaches, corals or any blush that has a coppery sheen to it. Again you could also use a tinted bronzer in place of blush for a more natural coloring on cheeks.

Hair Help

Enhance your overall complexion with a great hair color. Avoid dramatic colors like black or platinum blond, which will clash with your warm look. Ideas to try are rich browns infused with caramel or gold highlights, sandy or golden blonds or lighter auburns with gold tones underneath. Gold highlights in general will enhance your complexion no matter what the color.

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