Makeup for Light Skin Girls

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Light skin women come from many backgrounds such as African-American, Black (of any nationality), and Latina (of any race and/or nationality) or mixed race. Many light skin women fall in the following undertone categories: pink/red (cool) and yellow/golden (warm). It’s important to understand your undertone whether you’re light skin or not, to ensure you pick the proper foundation and makeup shades for your skin tone.

Foundation: Brands like MAC, Becca Cosmetics, and Bobbi Brown offer an array of foundation shades perfect for light skin women. If your stumped on foundation, be sure to check out Foundation 101.

Bronzer and luminizer looks great on light skin as well. Try NARS Bronzer in Laguna (or Casino or Irrésistiblement), NARS The Multiple in Cap Vert (or Malaysia or Tuomota) and for luminizer try NARS The Multiple in Luxor (or Copacabana or Maldives) or try Benefit Moon Beam.

Blush: Mid-tone pigmented blush colors look great on light skin as do some bright pinks and reds. Be careful with deep, dark colors as they can come off as “bruises” on light skin.

Try NARS Blush in Amour, Angelika, Gina, Lovejoy, Orgasm, Outlaw, Taj Mahal, and Oasis.
MAC Blush in Springsheen, Style, Pinch Me, Dollymix, Peaches, Dame, and Margin.
Make Up For Ever Blush in Candy Pink 85, Dusty Pink 112, Pearly Peach 153, Bright Peach 130.

Eyeshadow: Go for pigmented, long-lasting eyeshadows. Some colors to try: (neutrals) MAC Eyeshadows in Soft Brown, Charcoal Brown, Grain, Bamboo, Bronze, Wedge, Woodwinked, Cork, Tempting, Shroom, Brule, Orb, Tete-A-Tint, All That Glitters, Arena, Samoa Silk, Twinks.
(colors/brights) MAC Eyeshadows in Winkle, Vibrant Grape, Digit, Parfait Amour, Stars N’ Rockets, Sushi Flower, Da Bling, Cranberry, Satellite Dreams, Purple Haze, Tilt, Moon’s Reflection, Electric Eel, Shimmermoss, Expensive Pink, Amber Lights.

Lips: Try (neutrals/daytime) MAC Lipstick in Victorian, Patisserie, Costa Chic, Creme in Your Coffee, Shy Girl, Hug Me, Faux, Creme d’ Nude, Half N’ Half. MAC Lustreglass in Beaux, Sinnamon, Morning Glory, Flusterose. MAC Lipglass in Ember Glow, Chai, Cultured, Nymphette, Pink Lemonade, Florabundance.
(colors/brights) MAC Lipstick in Milan Mode, Utter Fun, Show Orchid, Bombshell, Speed Dial, Up the Amp, Ruby Woo, Pink Nouveau, Chatterbox, Ravishing, Vegas Volt, Morange, Lady Danger, MAC Red, Brave Red, Darkside. MAC Lustreglass in Venetian, Flashmode. MAC Lipglass in Cha Cha, Electricd Fuchsia, Lychee Luxe, Russian Red.

Still stumped? Contact me with your questions.

Also see:
Makeup for Dark Skinned Girls
Makeup for Asian Girls
Makeup for Fair Skin Girls
Makeup for Olive Toned Girls
MAC Eyeshadow Guide

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About Danielle

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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