Your Best Makeup Colors: Queen Latifah

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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 Queen Latifah.

I’d say Queen Latifah’s skintone can be described as caramel with warm/golden undertones. This means she looks great in colors that have a warm/golden or yellow undertone like golds, bronzes, browns, and brighter colors (like pinks and corals) as well as those close to her skin tone (for neutral looks it’s great to have 3 eyeshadows: one close to the skin complexion, one 2-3 shades darker (contour), and one 2-3 shades lighter (highlight). When creating a beautiful makeup look, even if you love neutrals, add in at least one “bright” (usually blush) to really make your look pop.

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, Honesty, Shroom, Brule, Folie, Haux, Brown Script, Embark, Corduroy, All That Glitters, Ricepaper, Samoa Silk, Patina, Bamboo, Charcoal Brown, Saddle, Wedge, Grain, Satin Taupe, Kid, Retrospeck, Soba, Woodwinked, Soft Brown, Texture, Romp, Cork, Era, Honey Lust, Swiss Chocolate, Mulch, Tempting, Mystery, Concrete, Twinks, Brown Down, Bronze, Espresso
For Fun: Da Bling, Sushi Flower, Expensive Pink, Blackberry, Plum Dressing, Cranberry, Star Violet, Shadowy Lady, Sketch, Trax, Mythology, Rule, Orange, Red Brick, Paradisco, Amber Lights, Gorgeous Gold, Goldmine, Chrome Yellow, Bitter, Lucky Green, Swimming, Humid, Electric Eel, Shimmermoss, Aquadisiac, Steamy, Greensmoke, Sumptuous Olive, Coppering, Handwritten, Sable, Antiqued, Print, Smut, Carbon, Deep Truth, Contrast, Plumage, Nehru, Hepcat, Purple Haze, Sattelite Dreams, Vibrant Grape, Nocturnelle, Beauty Marked, Knight Devine, Typographic

Blush: Brighter, more pigmented colors look great on skin tones like Queen Latifah’s.

Illamasqua: Beg, Excite, Hussy, Lover, Thrust, Tweak
NARS: Desire, Gina, Gilda, Amour, Dolce Vita, Luster, Crazed, Exhibit A, Mata Hari, Mounia, Taos, Torrid, Taj Mahal, Orgasm, Nico (highlighter)
MAC: Pink Swoon, Fleur Power, Springsheen, Peachykeen, Breezy, Frankly Scarlet, Ambering Rose, Format (contour), Fever, Raizin, Desert Rose, Flirt & Tease, Loverush, Dollymix, Sweet as Cocoa (contour), Sunbasque, Peachtwist, Trace Gold
MAC PRO: (go to for locations or call 1-800-866-6464. You don’t have to be a MAC Pro member to order) Flame Red, Azalea, Full Fuchsia, Rhubarb, Devil, Salsarose

Lips: colors with a bronze, gold, or yellow undertone to them work best on this skin tone.

Reds: MAC Lady Danger, NARS Heat Wave, MAC Brave Red, YSL Rouge Volupté in #17, MAC Chili
Berries: MAC Media, MAC Hang Up, MAC Darkside, MAC Film Noir, MAC Pop Mode Lipglass
Nudes/Neutrals: MAC Spite Lipglass, Viva Glam V Lipglass, MAC Enchantress Lipglass, MAC Mad Cap Lipglass, MAC Entice Lipglass, MAC Spree Lipglass, MAC Lust Lipglass, MAC Half n’ Half Lipstick
Pinks & Corals: MAC Lychee Luxe Lipglass, MAC Pink Nouveau, MAC Costa Chic, MAC Fanfare, MAC Impassioned, MAC Girl About Town, MAC Ravishing

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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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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4 Responses to Your Best Makeup Colors: Queen Latifah

  1. Dee says:

    Hi Danielle, g8 article, just wondered what Mac shade would you say queen latifah was (e.g nw40, NC45, etc….)

  2. Danielle says:

    New blog post: Your Best Makeup Colors: Queen Latifah:

  3. Danielle says:

    New Blog Post: Your Best Makeup Colors: Queen Latifah

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