Blondes and Brunettes Square Off
I am swearing off redheads. Lindsay has ruined it for
Oh and blondes, too. Thanks Britney, Paris and Nicole.
Which brings us to brunettes. Whether deep rich sable,
think good girl Anne Hathaway and Glam-a-mom Catherine
Zeta Jones, or warm, sunny auburn a la Jennifer Garner
and Jessica Biel, brunettes may not have more
fun (cue Britney, Paris and Nicole) but boy do they
Survey says. brunettes are the new sex kittens.
3 in 4 men would rather wake up with a brunette than
a blonde, according to a recent SunSilk survey of 4,000
And while most of us could care less if gentlemen no
longer prefer blondes, going dark for fashion's sake
is much easier than lightening up. (Let's not even talk
about the perils of getting red just right.) The bottom
line is, if you have hair, you can make the change.
For natural brunettes, the options are endless, from
intense mahogany to rich copper. Blondes too can add
color to their look without jumping head first into
a long term commitment. Lowlights, the opposite of highlights,
can be used to add darker color and dimension to blonde
hair. Those not afraid to settle down can opt for a
complete brunette transformation, as did Reese Witherspoon
and Hillary Duff. Contrast is key in choosing the right
shade of hair color to suit your skin tone. Be warned:
pale skin and light brown hair may look washed out.
Lighter skin tones fare well with rich chocolate and
ebony, while darker skin is complemented by light shades
of color, proving that opposites really do attract.
And then there's the makeup. Change the color of your
hair and be prepared to give your makeup drawer a significant
overhaul. Dark locks usually require more makeup, but
over apply and you'll look like a trollop instead of
a trendsetter. When in doubt, seek professional help
before beginning a major makeover.
A Page from their Look Books
It's often been said that older men marry younger women
to recapture their youth. Catherine Zeta Jones
has effectively reversed that trend by at once marrying
up - way up - and freezing the hands of time. The 37
year old actress (who turns 38 in September) looked
stunning on the red carpet at July's Manhattan premiere
of No Reservations.
Zeta-Jones ultra-dark locks set off her fair skin
and dark eyes paired with rosy cheeks and lips. A red
sequined dress kicked up the va-va-voom factor, which
is undoubtedly exactly what the anti-wallflower intended.
Pictured: Leighton Meester at the "Entourage" Season 5 Premier on September 3, 2008. Courtesy of PR Pictures.
Actress Anne Hathaway has also helped increase
the box-office appeal of brunettes.
From The Princess Diaries to queen of chic,
Hathaway is making a quick ascent up the style ladder.
Hathaway's well-heeled turn in The Devil Wears Prada
earned her a spot on the A-list, and she's been
working hard at cementing a spot on Hollywood's best
dressed list to boot.
Hathaway vamped it up at the premier of Becoming Jane
with dark hair, dark eyes and even deep merlot nails,
all set off by her seemingly flawless porcelain complexion.
It's no wonder the rest of us are heading to the dark
Pictured: Brunette bombshell Anne Hathaway at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 2009. Courtesy
of PR Pictures.
No matter the current trends, pick a look that works
for you. Just ask the blonde, then redhead, then brunette,
now blonde again Jessica Simpson. Changing your hair
color won't change your life.