With winter in full swing, who took the plunge and went with darker hair color like Lauren Conrad did? I think brunette is sexy, stunning and bold and I really wish Kate Beckinsale had stayed brunette…she was one of the BEST brunettes out there!

If you did go darker this season, like many women do, you’ll need to adjust your makeup application!  Here are some useful tips from celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman:

“I think a lot of women think ‘What hair color do I look best in?’ In truth most women can pull off just about any hair color. It’s the tone and shade that need to be just right for you. A good rule of thumb is not to stray too far from what you were born with. Nature knows what it’s doing. Also keep in mind that your ‘best’ look is always subjective. Most people like what they are comfortable seeing you with. If you’ve always been a blonde and go darker, your fun-loving adventurous friends will embrace it, while your ‘don’t stray from the tried and true’ pals may balk. I like to err on the daring side, that way you’re never boring! A good way to make a new hair color look fresh is to change the cut, too…and especially your makeup! That way it’s not the same ol’ you (just in a darker model).

Here are some great tips from Brett for newly darker gals (like Lauren Conrad, Jessica Biel or Ashley Greene) to switch up their makeup to give the whole look a fresh feeling.

  • Skin: Since darker hair gives more contrast to the skin I like to give the color a little boost. Jemma Kidd School Bronzing Trio is a universally flattering face warmer that has a beautiful touch of shimmer.
  • Cheeks and lips: Embrace golds and apricots. Try a soft golden gloss over your fave lip color to give it a twinge of a different look. Benefit’s 24K is great alone, too. For the trendy gal a highly-pigmented, lipstick matched with dark hair is amazing. Revlon’s Matte lipstick in Smoked Peach is gorgeous. For cheeks, try a soft, peachy blush. Bobbi Brown’s Apricot Shimmerbrick blush is a unique way to add glow to your skin without the usual pink.
  • Brows: Go bold this winter with the hottest look in makeup: very defined, structured brows and deep lips (a classic Hollywood look). A rule of thumb is to fill in brows a shade lighter than the hairs. For girls with L.C.’s coloring, try Vanitymark’s Ultra-Brow pencil in Blondie. To amp up the look and accentuate new lowlights, perhaps try going a touch darker on the brows – try Vanitymark’s Milk Choco shade and really define the tail. Sexy!
  • Lashes: The eyes really pop when framed by darker hair, so less is more. Try doing lots of lashes. Curl your fringe before and after applying mascara. Chanel does some beautiful mascaras that have jewel-toned hues. They don’t really read as a color until up close or in daylight. It’s a terrific way to add interest without going overboard!”

How have you changed your makeup now that you’ve gone darker?

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TAMMY GIBSON, founder of A Mom in Red High Heels, is a God-loving, coffee-drinking, heel-wearing, wife and mom offering up her best tips to help women look and feel fabulous so they can achieve their biggest dreams.