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 Julianne Moore.
I’d say Julianne’s skin tone can be described as fair with warm undertones. But we also need to add another dynamic besides skin tone and undertone—contrast. Contrast is the difference between hair and skin color. There’s a difference in the color or Julianne’s skin compared to her hair, but it’s not as great as say Dita Von Teese’s. It’s more medium contrast. When you put all the factors of her coloring together, this means she looks best in medium range colors (as opposed to very light or very bright) with warm undertones.
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: Blanc Type, Brule, Malt, Gleam, Shroom, Honesty, Folie, Haux, Corduroy, All That Glitters, Nylon, Rice Paper, Charcoal Brown, Soba, Espresso
For Fun: Expensive Pink, Blackberry, Shadowy Lady, Embark, Sketch, Mythology, Motif, Amber Lights, Gorgeous Gold, Bitter, Lucky Green, Swimming, Humid, Steamy, Juxt, Greensmoke, Sumptuous Olive, Patina, Woodwinked, Satin Taupe, Honey Lust, Romp, Antiqued, Sable, Mulch, Handwritten, Bronze, Carbon, Deep Truth, Plumage, Nehru, Hepcat, Purple Haze, Parfait Amour, Vibrant Grape, Silver Ring, Knight Devine
Blush: mid tone colors (colors that don’t fall too light or too bright relatively) look best.
Illamasqua: Beg, Create, Disobey, Expose
NARS: Gina, Gilda, Amour, Dolce Vita, Lovejoy, Luster, Madly, Deep Throat, Silvana, Taos, Nico, Torrid, Orgasm, Zen
MAC: Buff, Peaches, Fleur Power, Cubic, Springsheen, Peachykeen, Style, Plum Foolery, Melba, Pinch O’ Peach, Gingerly, Pinch Me, Flirt & Tease, Sunbasque, Margin, Trace Gold
Lips: Medium tone colors (not too light and not too bright) with warm undertones look best on this type of coloring.
Reds: MAC Viva Glam I, MAC Chili Lipstick, MAC Ladybug Lipstick, MAC Fresh Moroccan Lipstick, MAC New York Red
Pinks/Corals: MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Please Me, MAC Blankety, MAC Creme de la Femme, MAC Costa Chic, MAC Fanfare, MAC Cosmo, MAC Shy Girl
Nudes: MAC Creme d’ Nude
Berries: MAC Dare You Lipstick, MAC Hang Up 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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