Your Best Makeup Colors: Gabrielle Union

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 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 Gabrielle Union which was actually requested by The Style and Beauty Doctor reader Kenya via Facebook. She posted on our wall saying, “hey Danielle I love your blog it’s so helpful I was wondering could add Gabrielle Union to the “your best makeup colors”. I see you have a older blog featuring her but could you make it more detailed like the other ones thanks so much!“.

The post Kenya is referring to is Makeup for a MAC NC50.

I’d say Gabrielle Union has chocolately brown skin with warm/golden undertones and would be about the equivalent of a MAC NC50 (for the record I don’t know Gabby’s actual foundation shade but NC50 seems pretty close—either way the makeup suggestions listed below will definitely work). Because there is a fair amount of contrast between Gabrielle’s skin tone and dark hair color, she can also pull off bold colors like blue-reds.

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: Soft Brown, Dazzlelight, Brun, Concrete, Texture, Handwritten, Embark, Mulch, Twinks, Espresso, Bamboo, Shadowy Lady,
Sketch, All That Glitters, Satin Taupe, Kid, Retrospeck, Soba, Woodwinked, Soft Brown, Texture, Romp, Cork, Era, Honey Lust, Swiss Chocolate, Tempting, Mystery, Brown Down, Bronze

For Fun: Contrast, Deep Truth, Top Knot, Knight Devine, Nehru, Plumage, Star Violet, Expensive Pink, Beauty Marked, Humid, Parfait Amour, Vibrant Grape, Amber Lights, Greensmoke, Sumptuous Olive, Coppering, Handwritten, Sable, Antiqued, Carbon, Plumage, Nehru, Hepcat, Purple Haze, Sattelite Dreams, Vibrant Grape, Nocturnelle

Blush: the more vibrant the better! Don’t be scared of bright blush colors, it looks gorgeous on Gabrielle Union 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. Taj Mahal
MAC: Frankly Scarlet, Breezy, Fever, Raizin, Loverush, Dollymix, Ambering Rose
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: go for colors with a warm or golden undertone.

Reds: MAC Lady Danger, NARS Heat Wave, MAC Brave Red, YSL Rouge Volupté in #17, MAC Chili but because of the level of contrast between her skin and hair, she can also rock blue-reds like 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, Revlon Super Lustruous Lipstick in Hazelnut, NARS Hustler Lipgloss (see also Nude Lipsticks for Dark Skin)
Pinks & Corals: MAC Lychee Luxe Lipglass, MAC Pink Nouveau, MAC Costa Chic, MAC Fanfare, MAC Impassioned, 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.


  1. Tennille
    January 19, 2012 / 9:42 am

    Thanks so much, Danielle!!! I definitely needed this in my life! :o)

  2. kenya
    January 19, 2012 / 11:30 am

    thanks so much! very helpful!

    • Danielle
      January 21, 2012 / 12:28 am

      you’re welcome! glad I could help :)

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