Colors That Look Good on Brown Skin

If you want to add a pop of color to your wardrobe without getting rid of your black, khaki and white outfits, you need to determine what colors look best for your skin tone. If you have cool- or warm-toned brown skin, the right color can enhance your caramel-, chocolate-brown or mocha-colored skin and transform your look from drab to delightful in an instant.

Choose vibrant and contemporary colors for your brown skin.
Choose vibrant and contemporary colors for your brown skin. (Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images)
Baby Blue and Pink

If you have dark hair and eyes, Kino Wear recommends “colors that contrast with your dark features and catch the eye.” If you want to add pastel colors to your wardrobe, baby blue and pink are two vibrant shades that mix well with khaki, gray, navy and white. For work, pair a crisp pink French-cuff shirt with a business suit to add this strong pastel color into your work wardrobe.

Pink is a vibrant shade that will contrast well with your dark features
Pink is a vibrant shade that will contrast well with your dark features (Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
Lemon Yellow and Mint Green

Yellow is a sunny shade that complements light- and dark-brown skin tones. If your skin has cool or blue undertones, lemon yellow is an ideal choice for scarves, jewelry and blouses paired with chocolate-brown and khaki clothing options.

If you like green, mint is not just for Easter. In fact, women with dark complexions look best in this strong pastel. Choose a mint-green raincoat or a green pashmina scarf to wear this vibrant color year-round.

Wearing a sunny shade like yellow can compliment dark-brown skin tones
Wearing a sunny shade like yellow can compliment dark-brown skin tones (Buccina Studios/Photodisc/Getty Images)
Claret Red, Tangerine and Mango Orange

If you have warm or yellow undertones, “colors that complement your features are tangerine and orange-based reds,” suggests the website Add Space to Your Life. Tangerine and mango orange are tropical tones that look best on women with olive complexions, brown hair and brown eyes.

Pair your orange colors with chocolate-brown and white clothing. Accent this warm hue with silver shoes and pewter accessories. If you like red, claret is a dramatic and deep red that works with any neutral color in your closet, such as khaki, white, black and navy blue. Claret is also a deep and rich hue that flatters warm-toned brown skin best.

Orange will work well with any neutral color and will compliment dark-brown skin with its warm hues and radiance
Orange will work well with any neutral color and will compliment dark-brown skin with its warm hues and radiance (Kraig Scarbinsky/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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