Best Makeup Shades for Your Skin Tone

Dark: Lips
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Best Makeup Shades for Your Skin Tone

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Fair: Skin

Fair: Skin
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Soft pink, tawny and beige tones work best for alabaster complexions. L.A. makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown-Jovel, who has worked with Evan Rachel Wood and Brittany Snow, says to avoid orangey reds and frosty finishes-"they can make skin look sallow and washed out."

1. FOUNDATION: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 2. This barely there buff gives pale skin a fresh sheen. $58; buy online now at giorgioarmanibeauty.com.

2. CONCEALER: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in No. 1. Its light-reflecting pigments banish dark circles without looking obvious. $40; buy online now at yslbeautyus.com.

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Fair: Eyes and Cheeks

Fair: Eyes and Cheeks
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1. EYE SHADOW: Stila in Kitten. A glimmering champagne just dark enough to create eye-opening contour. $18; buy online now at stilacosmetics.com.

2. BLUSH: Benefit in Ballerina-Pink. For the most delicate flush, swirl on this soft petal hue. $28; buy online now at benefitcosmetics.com.

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Fair: Lips

Fair: Lips
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1. LIP LINER: MAC in Subculture. This creamy neutral shade defines lips without looking cartoonish. $13; buy online now at maccosmetics.com.

2. LIPSTICK: Yves Saint Laurent in Venus Rose. A sheer take on bright pink gives lips that just-bitten look. $30; buy online now at yslbeautyus.com.

3. LIP GLOSS: Estee Lauder in Honey Glaze. Bestows a subtle,toffee-colored shine without being sticky. $18; buy online now at esteelauder.com.

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Medium-Fair: Skin

Medium-Fair: Skin
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Spiced-up neutrals make fair tomedium skin tones look healthy-and enhance features withoutoverpowering them. Look foryellow undertones and gold flecksto take basic nudes and taupesfrom blah to beautiful, says N.Y.C.makeup artist Gita Bass, who workswith Elizabeth Banks.

1. FOUNDATION: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 4. Golden yellow undertones dress skin in a smooth, flattering glow. $58; buy online now at giorgioarmanibeauty.com.

2. CONCEALER: Cle de Peau Beaute in Beige. One tiny dot counteracts bluish shadows and red spots. $70; buy online now at neimanmarcus.com.

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Medium-Fair: Eyes and Cheeks

Medium-Fair: Eyes and Cheeks
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1. EYE SHADOW: Nars in Corfu. This pearlescent beige cream is so sheer and blendable, it's nearly impossible to overdo. $21; buy online now at narscosmetics.com.

2. BLUSH: Nars in Orgasm. Peachy pink with a dusting of gold, it delivers a feminine sun-kissed flush. $25; buy online now at narscosmetics.com.

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Medium-Fair: Lips

Medium-Fair: Lips
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1. LIP LINER: MAC in Spice. The reddish brown hue warms up lips but is versatile enough to work with any lipstick. $13; buy online now at maccosmetics.com.

2. LIPSTICK: Givenchy in Beige Shine. A swipe of this creamy peach gives lips a polished look with just a hint of color. $27; buy online now at sephora.com.

3. LIP GLOSS: Nars in Chelsea Girls. This earthy nude is not too pink or too brown-the perfect partner for a dramatic eye. $24; buy online now at narscosmetics.com.

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Medium-Dark: Skin

Medium-Dark: Skin
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Consider yourself lucky: Makeup artists say that this skin tone canhandle the widest range of colors-from the punchiest brights to the palest pastels. For a more natural look, Brett Freedman, who workswith Vanessa Hudgens, suggests dewy shades with names like caramel and honey.

1. FOUNDATION: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 8. Evens out skin and imparts radiance without a trace of muddy brown or orange. $58; buy online now at giorgioarmanibeauty.com.

2. CONCEALER: Cle de Peau Beaute in Ocher. A yellowy beige that's slightly lighter than your skin can tackleundereye shadows. $70; buy online now at neimanmarcus.com.

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Medium-Dark: Eyes and Cheeks

Medium-Dark: Eyes and Cheeks
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1. EYE SHADOW: Estee Lauder in Copper Penny. A metallic brown brightens eyes without being overly sparkly. $18; buy online now at esteelauder.com.

2. BLUSH: Kevyn Aucoin in Tansoleil. A swoosh of vibrant pink from your apples to your cheekbones gives pretty definition. $24; buy online now at kevynaucoin.com.

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Medium-Dark: Lips

Medium-Dark: Lips
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1. LIP LINER: Rimmel London in Tiramisu. This warm caramel looks like your own lip tone, just a little richer. $3; visit cvs.com for stores.

2. LIPSTICK: Clinique in Black Honey. An ultra-sheer berry gives just the right amount of vampy drama for day ornight. $14; buy online now at clinique.com.

3. LIP GLOSS: Nars in Turkish Delight. To really make lips pop, slick on this white-based pink. $24; buy online now at narscosmetics.com.

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Dark: Skin

Dark: Skin
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To add depth and definition tolips, cheeks and eyes, look for richmetallic hues like burnt copper andbronze or bright berry tones. Whenit comes to foundation, "the darkerthe skin, the more spot-on you haveto be with color," says L.A. makeupartist Vanessa Scali.

1. FOUNDATION: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in No. 11. A warm chocolate-colored base with just enough red to counteract ashiness. $58; buy online now at giorgioarmanibeauty.com.

2. CONCEALER: Bobbi Brown in Chestnut. This extra-hydrating cream won't make skin look dull. $22; buy online now at bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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Dark: Eyes and Cheeks

Dark: Eyes and Cheeks
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1. EYE SHADOW: MAC in Embark. Trace it along the bottom lashes to make eyes appear bigger. $15; buy online now at maccosmetics.com.

2. BLUSH: MAC in Raizin. Deep burgundy undertones give dark skin an alluring glow. $18; buy online now at maccosmetics.com.

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Dark: Lips

Dark: Lips
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1. LIP LINER: MAC in Chestnut. Use it to line and fill in lips, then top with clear gloss for a really natural look. $13; buy online now at maccosmetics.com.

2. LIPSTICK: Lancome in Brick House. Most reds tend to look pink on dark skin; this chocolate-cherry hue won't. $25; buy online now at lancome-usa.com.

3. LIP GLOSS: Chanel in Bubble Plum. A pigment-packed violet gloss that delivers a beautiful punch of color. $27; buy online now at uma.chanel.com.

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