From the Vault: Makeup for Olive Toned Skin

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Olive toned skin comes in a variety of colors from light to dark, but the key characteristic of this family of tones, is a sort of golden appearance to the skin that isn’t too cool nor too warm. Olive toned skin tans easily and can be found in (but not limited to) various ethnicities such as Latina, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and South Asian.

If you have olive toned skin, it is very important to avoid makeup shades that are too cool or too warm. You want something to mimic the neutral tones found in your skin. Bronzers look great to play up this undertone, but make sure the bronzer isn’t too orange. Other colors that look great against olive tones are peaches and purples.


Foundation: Becca Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown are two lines that offer a variety foundations and concealers for olive tone skin.

Blushes: (from left) NARS Blushes in Luster, Dolce Vita, and Deep Throat; MAC Blushes in Sweet as Cocoa and Fever.

Eyeshadows: (first row, starting at left) MAC Eyeshadows in Sketch, Omega, Bamboo, Grain, Smut, Mulch, Glamour Check!, Smut, Paradisco (second row, starting at left) Patina, Shadowy Lady, Soba, Sable, Saddle, Mythology Copperplate, Expensive Pink, Girlie (third row, starting at left) Dazzleight, Retrospeck, Bisque, Phloof!, Bold & Brazen, Antiqued, Swiss Chocolate, Coppering, Brown Down (last row, starting at left) Samoa Silk, Romp, Woodwinked, Twinks, Satin Taupe, Corduroy, Creme de Violet, Beauty Marked, and Nocturnelle.

Lips: (first row, starting at left) MAC Lustreglasses in Little VI, Flashmode, and Decorative. MAC Lipsticks in Hang-up, Cyber, New York Apple, Brave Red, Girl About Town, Pomposity. (second row, starting at left) MAC Lustreglasses in Ornamental, Star Nova, and Flusterose. MAC Lipsticks in Dark Side, Up the Amp, Odyssey, Spice it Up!, and Rebel.

See also:
Makeup for Dark Skinned Girls
Makeup for Asian Girls
Makeup for Fair Skin Girls

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A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

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    New blog post: From the Vault: Makeup for Olive Toned Skin

  4. Anne says:

    WOw—thanks, Danielle!

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