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 Alek Wek.
I would describe Alek’s skin tone as very deep with cool undertones. I’d also say her skin is about MAC NW55 or even darker. Check out Foundations for Very Deep Dark Skin if you’re this complexion and have trouble finding foundation in your shade. This skin tone looks best in bright, vibrant, pigmented colors with cool undertones. Don’t be afraid of brights as they may look scary in the pan, they look absolutely gorgeous on this skin tone.
If you read the Your Best Makeup Colors post on Kelly Rowland and notice the same colors are being suggested for Alek Wek it’s no coincidence. Even though the two are different skin tones, their undertones are both cool so many of the same colors work on both.
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: Twinks, Soft Brown, Corduroy, Swiss Chocolate, Mulch, Sketch, Sumptuous Olive, Satin Taupe, Handwritten, Espresso, Bamboo
For fun: Knight Devine, Purple Haze, Star Violet, Humid, Nocturnelle, Contrast, Beauty Marked, Passionate, Chrome Yellow, Bitter, Lucky Green, Swimming, Freshwater, Electric Eel, Print, Carbon, Deep Truth, Contrast, Nehru, Plumage, Atlantic Blue, Vibrant Grape, Stars N’ Rockets, Hepcat, Creme de Violet, Knight Devine
Blush: the more vibrant the better! Don’t be scared of bright blush colors, it looks gorgeous on Kelly Rowland skin.
Illamasqua: Tweak (I mention this blush so often because it’s GORGEOUS), Beg, Excite, Panic, Sin, Thrust
NARS: Angelika, Amour, Desire, Dolce Vita, Exhibit A, Mata Hari, Taos, Torrid
MAC: Frankly Scarlet, Breezy, Fever, Raizin, Loverush, Dollymix, Ambering Rose
MAC Pro: (go to maccosmetics.com 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: Again, the brighter the better. For neutral lip colors, look for those with brownish-pink undertones.
Reds: MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Fiery, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in #18, MAC Red Lipstick, MAC Dubonnet Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick
Berries: MAC Darkside Lipstick, MAC Film Noir Lipstick, MAC Desire Lipstick, MAC Rebel Lipstick, MAC Cyber Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in #8 Belle de Rose, MAC Desire Lipglass, MAC Pop Mode Lipglass, Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in #9 Golden Plum
Nudes (go for brownish pinks): Dior Dior Addict Ultra Shine Lipstick in Model Brown, MAC Spite Lipglass, Bobbi Brown Hot Cocoa Lipstick, Bobbi Brown Chocolate Lipstick, NARS Hustler Lipgloss
Pinks: MAC Girl About Town, MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick and Lipglass, MAC Full Fuchsia Lipstick, MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick, MAC Lickable Lipstick, NARS Funny Face Lipstick, MAC Chatterbox Lipstick, MAC Saint Germain Lipstick, MAC Up the Amp 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.