This Season’s Color Tips 101

Some of the newest makeup shades are bold (red blush), luscious (caramel gloss)—and even bizarre (mauve everywhere). These shades that can be worn by all, below you will find a cheat sheet to help you when selecting a new color.

Vanilla Shadow (above)

Vanilla” is synonymous with boring , but add shimmer and it’s livelier than basic neutrals.

*For Fair Skin: Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow in Navajo (1) and Cover Girl Eye Enhancers in French Vanilla (2).

*For Medium Skin: L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eye Shadow in Morning Light (3) and Sue Devitt E-Z Eye Roller Ball Eye Shadow in Kouri (4).

*For Dark Skin: L’Oreal Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Cream Shadow in Glampagne (5) and Lancome Colour Design Eye Shadow in Shimmer (6).

Caramel Gloss

Caramel is a sensuous color on the lips and a red tinge makes it flattering. To keep it from washing out the face, add a dusty pink blush.

*For Fair Skin: Cle’ de Peau Lip Gloss in #9 (1) and Mark Pro Gloss in Spice Epice (2).

*For Medium Skin: Make Up For Ever Super Lip Gloss in Tobacco (3) and Wet n’ Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Sheerly Cocoa (4).

*For Dark Skin: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips Full Color in Chloe (5) and Max Factor Double Lip Gloss (6).

Brick Red Blush

Blush is a minor player, but this season’s brick red shade is strong and gutsy.

*For Fair Skin: Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Sunset Glow (1) and Smashbox Blush Rush in Heartbreak (2).

*For Medium Skin: N.Y. C. New York Color Smooth Mineral Loose Blush Powder with SPF 12 in Desert Rose (3) and M.A.C. Mineralize Blush in Merrily (4).

*For Dark Skin: Black Radiance Sheer Blush in Spiced Ginger (5) and Nars Blush in Dolce Vita (6).

Mauve Tones

Mauve makeup is having a comeback-without the tacky frostiness of the 80’s. It’s richer than the typical rosy pink. Pick a sheer one with a hint of shimmer.

*For Fair Skin: Wet n Wild Beauty Benefits Beauty Brilliance Blush in Perfect Plum (1) and Vincent Longo Lip Stain Lipstick in Nolita (2).

*For Medium Skin: NP Set Show Loose Dust Duo in Brazil (3) and Stila Cheek Color in Clay (4).

*For Dark Skin: Dior Eye Shadow Duo in 685 (5) and Black Opal Lipstick in Sheer Plum (6).

Shimmery Charcoal

Like dark, stormy skies, a dense cloud of glittering charcoal shadow around the eyes is sexy and dramatic. The glimmer makes the black look less hard.

*For Fair Skin: Sephora Colorful Strass Mono in No. 07 (1) and E.LF. Eye Shadow in Socialite (2).

*For Medium Skin: Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Gunmetal (3) and Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Black Star (4).

*For Dark Skin: L’Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Metallic Shadow Duo in Platinum (5) and Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow in Diamond Black 307 (6).

Carnation Lips

As a flower, it’s a poor substitute for the rose. But as a lip color, carnation pink gives you that burst of color, but it’s still elegant and pretty.

*For Fair Skin:Maybelline New York Lipgloss in Candy Desire (1) and Armani Silk High Color Cream Lipstick in Rose (2).

*For Medium Skin: N.Y.C. New York Color Liquid Lip Shine in Pink Sand (3) and Nars Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red (4).

*For Dark Skin: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Afterglow (5) and Laura Mercier Lip Colour Crème in Hydrangea (6).


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