Your Best Makeup Colors is a 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).
Looking for other complexions? Check out: Best Makeup Colors for Every Skin Tone.
Up next is Eva Marcille which was actually requested by The Style and Beauty Doctor reader Yani who wrote in saying, “Eva Marcille and I are identical in skintone & eyes (I too have hazel eyes). Whenever I go out and try makeup products on, they either make me look too “red” or they wash me out. I wanted to ask you if you could add Eva Marcille to the “Your Best Makeup Color” series (pretty please, lol). I feel like our skintone (Eva & I) is an odd one, lol“.
I’d say Eva’s skintone can be described as caramel with very 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). Since Eva has such strong warm undertones and hazel eyes, she already naturally has a lot of coloring, it’s important to stay away from colors that are too cool. Eva often gets this wrong herself going way too cool with makeup colors. She actually looks best in neutrals, but a few eye popping eye colors for hazel eyes (like purple) also look great (see more in Eye Makeup Colors for Hazel Eyes).
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: 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: Expensive Pink, Blackberry, Plum Dressing, Cranberry, Star Violet, Shadowy Lady, Sketch, Trax, Mythology, Paradisco, Amber Lights, Bitter, Humid, Greensmoke, Sumptuous Olive, Coppering, Handwritten, Sable, Antiqued, Carbon, Plumage, Nehru, Hepcat, Purple Haze, Sattelite Dreams, Vibrant Grape, Nocturnelle, Beauty Marked, Typographic
Blush: Mid tone pinks and corals as well as golden and bronzy colors look great on skin tones like Eva’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 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: colors with a bronze or gold 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 Costa Chic, MAC Fanfare, MAC Ravishing