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According to colorist Marie Robinson, whose clients include Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway, the best shades of brown and black right now are natural—kicked up a notch. "It's about enhancing, not extremes," she says. "Most of these celebrities are within two shades of their natural color, whether it's a tiny bit lighter or darker."
"This sandy brown color goes well with Emma Watson's short haircut," says Robinson. "It makes her face appear softer."
Watson's hair is dyed two to three shades lighter than her natural color and blended with highlights.
"It's so finely done that as it grows out, she's not going to get any major demarcations or root lines," says Robinson. She also notes that someone with a layered, wispy cut should avoid going too light. "Otherwise, their ends will appear thin or see-through."
"This is a lot of color," says Robinson. But these golden highlights still flatter—and illuminate—Jennifer Lopez's complexion because her base is brown.
The lightest sections are toward the mid-length and the ends. To get Lopez's color, ask for a light brown base, and add highlights around the face out to the ends, gradually getting lighter toward the tips of the layers.
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Although this blonde-brown warms up Angelina Jolie's complexion, Robinson cautions that someone without her anime lips and striking eyes might have trouble pulling it off.
"A fairer person without big features or someone who doesn't wear a lot of makeup could get washed out by this shade," she says.
To get this look, ask for gold and honey highlights blended over a natural medium brown.
"This sunny, golden brown hair color really brings out the color of Natalie Portman's eyes," says Robinson.
Subtle honey and caramel highlights also perk up her complexion. "The highlights are blended, not streaky, to make her hair look barely sun-kissed."
Robinson recommends this shade for pale to olive skin tones. "It adds color without overdoing it," she says.
"This is the color anyone could wear," says Robinson. This chestnut brown shade warms up Victoria Beckham's complexion and enhances her brown eyes.
Ask for a dark brown base and caramel and light auburn highlights to frame the face, mid-length, and ends.
Robinson says that red highlights are the key to this look. "The red golds add dimension, making your hair look richer and more chocolaty."