November 22, 2011

Guest Post | Makeup Tips Based On Your Skin Tone

This post was written by Aleya who works in collaboration with Allu Skincare

Your skin tone has a lot to do with what kind of makeup looks good on you. Wearing the wrong colors can make you look pale or even cross eyed. In case you’ve never paid much attention to your skin tone while selecting makeup here are a few tips on how to find colors that will work best for you.

Fair Skin

Eye Shadow - If you have fair skin chances are that you also have light eyes so your choice of eye shadow colors is somewhat limited. To bring out your eyes use pastel colors such as pink, light grey and light brown. If you use blue and you have blue eyes make sure that the color of the shadow doesn’t match your eye color exactly because it will look awkward.

Blush - If you want to highlight your cheeks use a soft shade of pink or peach to do so. Using a dark pink will overwhelm your face and make you appear somewhat clownish.

Lipstick - Since your skin is so fair shades of coral, red and pink will really make your lips stand out. Stay away from brown because it will wash you out.

Olive Skin

Eye Shadow - If you have olive skin there’s a pretty good chance that you either have green, hazel or brown eyes. If you have green or hazel eyes then use purple, forest green or brown shadows. If you have brown eyes on the other hand you have a much broader rang to select from. So broad in fact that you’re pretty much free to pick any color you like so get creative and have fun.

Blush - If you use blush accentuate your cheekbones try a warm rose or apricot. These colors will give you a warm look that will look great year round.

Lipstick - A nude color will look stunning on you especially if it has some shimmer. Bright colors such as red will really stand out with your skin tone while a splash of color like a berry red will look sophisticated.

Black Skin

Eye Shadow - Color looks incredible on your skin so go ahead and experiment with different colors and techniques to find the ones that suit you best. Blue, green, silver, gold, smokey eye- you really can’t go wrong. And don’t forget to use liner and mascara for an extra dose of drama.

Blush - Sure you can use blush if you like but bronzer will do wonders to bring out those cheekbones and highlight your features.

Lip Gloss - Glosses in shades of nude, chocolate and wine will add shine and really work to bring out your lips.

No matter what your skin tone you will have to try out a wide variety of colors before you find some that you love. Try to get away from your comfort zone from time to time and try something new. You never know you may like what you find.

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Images are from weheartit


  1. This is a GREAT post! I have light olive skin and these are some great tips :)

  2. Awesome post ♥

  3. Great tips! Love the 1st pic.


  4. I have light olive skin as well and just bought 'Desert Rose' by MAC so looks like the MA made the right choice!

    PS. I've been really loving the flat hairfree brush I won a while back in your giveaway, thanks again!

    Dee x

  5. Thanks for this post!
    " dark pink will overwhelm your face and make you appear somewhat clownish" well, if not clownish, it makes me look like a tomato. For real!

  6. je souhaite davoir une peau pale. je veux mettre des couleurs pastels! x__x

  7. aw. thers nothing for yellow skin lol. but great tips for other ppl :)

  8. Awesome post, and stupid question: would Asian NC30-35 skin be considered olive?

  9. thank you for this post!it really help me..")

  10. @FaceFixers: I'm glad the hairfree brushes worked better for you than for me! I eneded up giving mine away ):

    @ petitechouxx s: Beuuuh moi j'ai une peau pâle et je déteste les pastels, ça ne m'avantage pas DU TOUT!

    @Girlie Blogger : I think purple compliments every eye color (:

    @ Donna ♥ Baby : I think olive skin would be better than "yellow" LOL!

    @ JC ♔ : I'm no expert but I think so as I don't think Asian skin is considered yellow...

  11. Some gorgeous inspirational photos too..thanks!

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  13. I'm NC35 so I would be in the olive catagory. Good to know Im already doing everything right lol.