The best makeup colors for your skin tone

One of the most tragic makeup mistakes a person can make is wearing the wrong colors for her skin tone. It's not to say that you can't rock blue eyeshadow or an orange blush. You can certainly wear the colors you want! It's really about finding the right tones and shades to enhance your beautiful face.

Wearing the wrong shades and tones can leave you looking washed out or muddy. You're a gorgeous ray of sunshine, but wearing the right makeup can take your beauty to the next level. Plus, it looks way more natural when you use the correct colors, so people will think you definitely woke up like that.

How to find your skin tone

Most makeup brands break their shades down into categories like fair, light, beige, neutral, medium, and dark. That's all fine and well, but to find the right colors for your skin, you want to focus on your undertones. Undertones are the hues of color that show through your skin's surface: cool, warm, or neutral.

So how do you find your undertone? Simple. Use the vein test from Paula Begoun of Paula's Choice. Take a look at the veins on your wrist. Cool tones will show blue and purple veins, warm tones will show green veins, and neutral tones will show, well, neutral veins.

For cool skin tones

Whether your skin is light or dark, those with cool tones benefit from wearing cool-hued pinks, purples, reds, blues, greens, and grays. Instead of reaching for a peachy pink blush, grab a more vibrant bluish pink. Cherry reds and fuchsia look great on cool-toned lips, while gray and deep purple eyeshadows make cool eyes pop.

Feel free to venture into brighter colors like a cool hot pink lip or even a purple blush. Those colors might seem scary in a palette, but they will look straight up majestic on your skin.

For warm skin tones

People with warm skin tones look best in, you guessed it, warm colors. If you have a warm skin tone, you can reach for oranges, orange-reds, peachy pinks, bronze, browns, and golds. Try out a peach or orange blush. For lips, it's best to go with orange reds instead of berry-toned reds to really enhance your look.

Don't be afraid to try out a vibrant coral or earth-toned browns. Brown neutrals and metallic bronzes will transform you into a warm, golden goddess.

For neutral skin tones

If you have a neutral skin tone, congratulations! You can pretty much wear any color you want. Switch things up by rocking cool, deep purples one day and golden shadow with a pop of orange the next. Anyone can be a makeup chameleon, but you neutral ladies get to do it with little fear of looking washed out or muddled. Lucky you!

Regardless of what your skin tone is and what colors you wear, always remember to do what you feel is best for you. These are guidelines, not rules.

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