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The Most Flattering Bridal Outfit Colors for Dusky Brides

BY The WMG Bride | 24 Jul, 2016 | 4406 views | 3 min read

We get it. Reds just don't cut it for you and some of those pastels tend to wash you out. It seems like the universe is conspiring against you when it comes to finding that elusive bridal color. Well, a lot of it is just in your head ladies. Dusky skintones can carry off fabulous colors like the ones below. Its all about picking correctly.

Peach & Orange tones

1455102676_Harkiran_Basra_018 A beautiful warm peach, think the color of an apricot sets off dusky skintones beautifully. Balance it off with copper and gold embroidery and you have yourself a winner

Warm Reds or Orangey Reds


From the wedding: Anushree & Rishabh 

All reds aren't the same and while a bright tomato red  can look a bit too garish on dusky skintones, go for either a deeper ruby red or a pale coral red. Our bride Anushree in the photo above chose to do both- a deep maroon for her sangeet and a more warm red for the wedding day.

Ink Blue

1463822499__MG_4359_2 1459411147_TWC_33 Royal, Ink blue and any other jewel tones set off dusky skintones beautifully and add a certain amount of radiance to your face  


1462867449_8_Wedding_0319   Choosing the right type of coral is hard, but choose a coral with a heavier bit of orange in it as opposed to pink and you shall be sorted

Blush Pink or Dusty Pink 

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Left: Outfit by Sue Mue, Right: From the wedding Tanisha  Nikhar

Universally flattering, but perhaps the one color that dusky skintones can carry off without thinking. Dusty pink is that beautiful soft rose pink that give a certain softness to dusky skintones.  So many darker girls are afraid that pastels don't look good on them when infact they look great. The trick is to choosing the right type of pastel - a warmer pastel as opposed to a cooler one.

Other colors


Photo by The Creative Lens★ 4.9

Beyond the list above, a beautiful dull gold (not a yellow gold but a pale gold) looks lovely. You can also experiment with magenta's , Pista green, and Haldi Yellow. Rememeber to choose the right hue of the color. For example: A haldi yellow would look lovely but a pale butter yellow would not. How to choose the right hue? Read on.

Make any color look good: Choose the right hue


See the chart above and all the different shades of pink on it. The ones labelled dark pink and pink are cooler tones and would look better on lighter, cooler skintones. The ones at the top are more likely to suit duskier ones. So it isn't about the color per se but the hue you choose. In general if you are a dusky, Indian skintone choose colors which lean more towards orange and gold vs colors leaning towards purple and blue. Example in the shade wheel above. Look at one color and ask yourself. Is this pink more of a purplish or blue pink or is it more of an orange pink. If the answer to the latter is yes, thats your color ! f55ff-cool-and-warm-makeup-colours In this chart, refer to the left column for colors you like.

Other things to keep in mind

  • Your blouse color matters a lot more than your lehenga skirt color, because its closest to your face. Same with your dupatta and the inner facing of it
  • Silver embroidery is hard to pull off. Still to gold, copper or at max rose gold.
  • Makeup is half the battle when it comes to an outfit. Choose lipstick colors in the same hues mentioned above.
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