10 Flattering Outfit Colors For Dusky Skin Shades

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10 Flattering Outfit Colors For Dusky Skin Shades


In India, where majority people have wheat-ish to dusky skin tones, the media and society in general favors the fair-skinned. This kind of hypocrisy has given rise to presumptions that dusky skin women cannot wear light or neon shades. It is time we ignore such baseless stereotypes and embrace the beauty of darker skin shades. Therefore, we have decided to write about the right colors for dusky skin people.

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Whatever be your skin tone, figuring out the color that makes you look flattering is imperative. One of the fashion world’s best kept secret is the technique behind choosing the right color for dusky skin tones. Judging from undertones and underlying vein colors, many beauty experts are finally starting to reveal what works best for diverse Indian skin tones.

Thanks to bold and confident beauty bloggers and dusky skin celebrities finally making a mark, here is list of 10 colors that look flattering on dusky skin tones.

Lighter Hues of Teal Blue

While most dusky skin women might prefer navy or darker blue shades, outfits that are made up of lighter variations of teal make darker skin tones look more pronounced and glamorous. The right colors for dusky skin does not have to be only the darker shades. So, get out of your comfort zone and invest in this uncommon shade to bring out the best in you!


Here is Priyanka Chopra Jonas looking casual chic in a teal blue turtle neck top. Whats more interesting is the shinier teal blue mini skirt that is adding the extra edge to the classy ensemble.

Bright Yellow Colors for Dusky Skin

Yellow has always been a controversial color among women having darker skin tones. Breaking the myth, the color yellow looks amazing on all skin tones. Especially for darker skin colors, yellow matches the warm undertones, making it the most suitable among all colors for dusky skin.


As a dusky-skinned Bollywood diva, Kajol has always killed it with her exquisite beauty while wearing colors that suit her skin tone perfectly! Shining bright in a yellow saree, she looks absolutely glamorous.

Hot Pink to Add the Wow Factor

Radhika Apte is nailing it again with her amazing style sense. With utmost confidence and flair, she is an inspiration for all women who want to show off their style in brighter and louder outfits.

Save this color for your party-wear wardrobe and add some glittery makeup to rock an ensemble in hot pink!

Who Said Neon is Not for You

Take it from the Malaika Arora that slaying in neon is not only for the people with fairer skin complexions. Go invest in that neon ensemble you have your eyes on and totally rock the look like the Bollywood style diva here!


To ensure that you do not over-do the look, pair up with neon top or jacket with a pair of white pants or choose any other color in lighter shades.

All-White Colors for Dusky Skin

Women with darker skin shades always have to hear how the color white does not complement their skin tone or make them look darker even. The truth is, white is timeless and it looks classy and fabulous, irrespective of your skin color. For dusky-skinned women especially, beige or off-white colors work best.

Bold Red Monochrome Wonder

Red is so gorgeous in itself that it complements all complexions. For dusky women, red works best in shades of magenta or brownish hues. Try to avoid the shades of red that tend towards orange or vermilion and you are good to go!


Take it from Malaika Arora who is slaying in a monochrome bright red dress. If top-to-bottom red is too bright for you, try pairing it up with subtle colors like white or go for bolder options like black or dark green.

Shades of Grey Colors for Dusky Skin

As every day casual color choice for dusky skin women, shades of grey is the best option. Be it a casual top or an all-embroidered lehenga, grey looks best on darker complexions as it tends to make fairer skin tones look washed out.


Be Real in Pastel

Colors like beige, cream and all other nude or pastel shades look gorgeous on women with dusky complexion. It not only makes the skin look brighter and shinier, but also adds a classy edge to the entire ensemble.

Bipasha Basu looks superb in a simple but elegant, beige colored traditional outfit with her hair styled in a top knot bun and smokey eye makeup.

Hues of Purple

When it comes to shades of purple, there are a lot of similar colors that can easily get you confused. Purple looks amazing on dusky complexion if the right shade is chosen with precision. Avoid darker shades of violets and try to look for more subtle options like Priyanka Chopra Jonas here.


Purple looks best when it is paired up with other neutral shades like white or cream or a combination of various lighter tones of violet.

Black is Forever

Black is probably the only color that suits every body out there, irrespective of skin tones and body types. Go all-black on your regular work days or save it only for your precious LBDs, it will never disappoint!

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Here is Lisa Haydon totally slaying in an off-should long black dress accessorized with a gorgeous turquoise pearl necklace and drop earrings.

Gone are the days of relying only on greys and blues while picking out outfits. Your wardrobe can now stock myriads of colors to match your every mood and occasion. Women of dusky complexion should reach out of their comfort zone and try colors like neon and hotter shades of pink that better complement skin shades with warm undertones.

How many of these bold shades do you already have in your wardrobe? Let us know in the comments!

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