Choosing a color for your skin tone:
- For fair or pale skin: With lighter skin tones, avoid beige lipsticks, which will just wash you out. Instead, look to pink, peach, or pale apricot as your base shade. Tip: apply a lip liner in a color one shade darker than your natural tone to give your nude tone a brightened effect.
- For the golden girls: If you've got lots of golden undertones in your skin, go for creamy, caramel-toned nudes and warm beiges. Avoid anything too cool, like grays or silver-toned shades.
- For olive tones: If you've got olive skin, you're a lucky gal. Just about any nude shade will look great on you from beige to bronze to pinks.
- For skin with yellow undertones: Think light, creamy-toned beiges like latte or mocha.
- For dark-toned skin: Go for chocolate tones such as rich golden browns and coffees.
Other things to consider:
- Exfoliate the lips before applying a nude tone to create a smooth surface.
- Afraid of going too matte? Consider wearing a semimatte lipstick for a slightly glossy finish.
- For the cheeks, first dust on a tawny bronzer and then add a pink or peach cream blush to brighten the face.
- When going for a matte version of a nude-toned lip, try a matte foundation to create a cohesive look.
- If a chocolate-brown or smoldering gray-toned smoky eye isn't your thing, try a black eyeliner with light shadow instead. Play up your eyes even more by creating emphasis on the brows — a very Camilla Belle kind of thing to do.
- By all means . . . avoid frosty finishes.
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