Blondes and Brunettes Square Off
by Carolyn Brundage

I am swearing off redheads. Lindsay has ruined it for us all.

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 have style.

Bombshell Brunettes

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 men.

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 side.

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.







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