Your Best Makeup Colors is a new series here on The Style and Beauty Doctor aimed to help at taking some of the guess work out of choosing makeup colors for your skin tone. I’ll use pictures of celebs to help illustrate the series so when a celeb most closely matches your skin tone you can grab some ideas.
Note: The makeup I mention are colors that will go great with a certain skin tone, but aren’t the only ones you should try. They’ll give you a good idea of what colors will look best on you. Also I’ll be mentioning a lot of brands that are “internet popular” meaning that you’ll be able to check Google Images for swatches easily. This way you can still have an idea of colors and still shop within your own fave brands (drugstore, indie, department store).
If you’re itching to see other complexions, check out: Best Makeup Colors for Every Skin Tone.
Up next is Dita Von Teese.
I’d say Dita’s skin tone can be described as fair with cool undertones. But we also need to add another dynamic besides skin tone and undertone—contrast. Contrast is the difference between hair and skin color. Since there’s a big difference between Dita’s hair and skin color—she has high contrast. When you put all the factors of her coloring together, this means she looks best in vivid colors with cool or blue undertones.
Although it appears as if Dita wears the same makeup look most of the time (red lips and winged liner), I still wanted to use her coloring as an example (partly because she’s the first celeb I thought of and found pictures of…lol).
Anyway, onto the makeup!
Eyeshadows (MAC–if MAC isn’t your fave brand still use this as a guide to figure out which similar colors look best in other brands):
P.S. I tried to only picked colors from the permanent line so you don’t get stuck on a color only to realize it’s sold out.
Neutrals: Forgery, Vapour, White Frost, Crystal Avalanche, Mylar, Naked Lunch, Dazzelight, Hush, Wedge, Satin Taupe, Handwritten, Espresso
For Fun: Blackberry, Sketch, Shadowy Lady, Rule, Humid, Steamy, Sumptuous Olive, Twinks, Club, Print, Carbon, Black Tied, Deep Truth, Contrast, Plumage, Nehru, Vibrant Grape, Fig 1., Nocturnelle, Beauty Marked, Idol Eyes, Electra, Silver Ring, Scene, Knight Devine, Typographic
Blush: soft peaches and pinks look great on coloring like Dita’s. You can wear brighter blush colors, but it’s important to be careful with how many brights you use on your face. Too many can overpower fair skin.
Illamasqua: Chased, Tremple, Unrequited, Nymph
NARS: Sex Appeal, Gina, Angelika, Douceur, Luster, Madly, Deep Throat, Gilda, Mata Hari, Nico, Zen, Oasis, Orgasm
MAC: Tenderling, Coygirl, Well Dressed, Pinch O Peach, Dame, Fleur Power, Breath of Plum, Cubic, Style, Plum Foolery, Gingerly, Blushbaby, Harmony
Bronzer: I don’t feel fair skin needs bronzer, but it’s a look that some may want to try as it does wonders to help warm up the skin.
Try: Benefit Hoola, NARS Laguna, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Light or Medium, Korres Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder in Sunglow Light
Lips: Bold, true colors look best on this type of coloring. Choose those with a cool or blue undertone.
Reds: MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Russian Red, MAC Red, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté #18, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl
Pinks: MAC Show Orchid Lipstick, MAC Girl About Town Lipstick, MAC Saint Germain, MAC Pretty Please, MAC Creme Cup
Berries: MAC Darkside Lipstick, MAC Diva Lipstick, MAC Film Noir Lipstick, MAC Hang-up Lipstick, MAC Cyber Lipstick
Neutrals: MAC Blankety Lipstick, MAC Lusterwhite Lustreglass, MAC Hue Lipstick, MAC Faux Lipstick
Looking for other skintones in this topic? Bookmark this category: Your Best Makeup Colors.
Feel free to add your favorites in the comments! If you have questions, leave me a comment or contact me.
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