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The Ultimate Guide To What Colour Makeup Suits You

by Tolani Shoneye Published on 31/07/2015 at 14:00
The Ultimate Guide To What Colour Makeup Suits You © Pirelli

We love make-up but sometimes, it doesn't love us. Anyone remember the Nineties? So to stop you from making any more major makeup faux pas we've put together the ultimate make-up guide and guys, we've considered everything. From your eye colour, your skin tone to even your lip shape we've done the research to make sure what you think looks good on your face, actually DOES this time. Thank us later...


When it comes to eye shadow, choosing the right shade for your eye colour is key to perfecting your look. It might be hard to accept but not every colour works for you...that doesn't mean you shouldn't experiment but it's a fact of life that what works for Beyoncé, might not work for you and you NEED to be accept it and move on.

But before you panic and give up on eyeshadows all together, have a look at our break down of shades that enhance every eye colour.

Blue Eyes

Blue eyed girls should always go for oranges, browns, golds, peaches and pinks. These colours are great for complementing the blue of the eyes and allowing it to really stand out. To really bring out your pupils try out dark colours and focus on the outer corner of your eyes.

And of course always finish your eye make-up look with a coat of mascara. An essential step for adding intensity to your eyes.

Avoid wearing blue eyeshadow, a general rule of everyone really, blues and greens will reduce the intensity of your eyes and make them appear dull. Which is never a good look.

Your Perfect Palettes:

What colour makeup suits you © MAC
What colour makeup suits you

MAC Eye Shadow Amber Times Nine | Sleek Eye and Cheek Palette | Barry M Natural Glow Eye Shadow and Face Blusher Palette

Green Eyes

Girls with green eyes should go mauve and all it's variations. we are talking plums, purples pinks... you get the point. And to really highlight your beautiful green eyes, apply a little dark green liner onto the eyes.

For a dramatic evening look, add a dark eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eyes to bring out the brightness.

Your Perfect Palettes:

What colour makeup suits you © Revolution
What colour makeup suits you

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette Give Them Nightmares | MAC Purple Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette | SEVENTEEN Trio Eye Shadows

Hazel Brown Eyes

You ladies can basically wear whatever colour eye make-up you want. Lucky girls! From golden browns to whites, all shades will bring out your pupils. To add some drama to your look, apply gold-brown or black liner to your and finish off with a volumising mascara.

Your Perfect Palettes:

What colour makeup suits you © Urban Decay
What colour makeup suits you

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette | Nars Duo Eyeshadow - Kuala Lumpur | Tom Ford Eye Colour Duo Spring Collection

Dark Brown Eyes

Try to opt for deep shades that will highlight your dark eyes, were talking dark greys, navy blues, browns, blacks and so on. Pastel colours or light tones Will bring out the whites of your eyes and make your eyes look a little washed out.

Always go for metallic shadows that will reflect your eyes beautifully. ​

Your Perfect Palettes:

What colour makeup suits you © Bobbi Brown
What colour makeup suits you

Bobbi Brown Mini Eye Palette | Clarins The Essentials Eye Make-Up Palette | Bronze GoddessShimmering Nudes EyeShadow Palette

Skin Tone

Knowing your skin tone is essential when choosing the right makeup, and it's important to know that skin tone is not skin colour. They are many different skin colours but only three main skin tones ; cool, neutral and warm, or in other words pale, fair and dark.

Cool Skin tone

Always opt for warm colours such as salmon pinks and apricots, these shades work perfectly with pale skin tones. Using shades of beige or golden beige add light to your complexion. Avoid combining colours, instead stick to harmonious tones and variations of earth colours.

Your Perfect Products:

What colour makeup suits you © Lancome
What colour makeup suits you

Lancome Blush Subtil Blusher | Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream | Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Blonde 2

Neutral Skin Tone

Go for pinks and peaches, as these colours add a radiance to neutral skin tones. Always go for foundation that's the same colour as your skin complexion, sounds obvious but it's a mistake so many make. Your foundation shouldn't be darker or paler than you skin tone or you will end up with obvious make-up lines. The aim of foundation after all is to produce a natural, second skin to even out your skin tone and hide any flaws.

If you want a sunkissed effect, go for bronzing powder, illuminator or blusher.

Your Perfect Products:

What colour makeup suits you © LAURA MERCIER
What colour makeup suits you

Laura MercierBonne Mine Stick Face Color , Pink Glow | No7 Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid, Pink | Flimstar Bronze & Glow Light To Medium

Dark Skin Tone

Metallic bronze, golds and sun kissed tones work wonders on dark skin, this palette of colours are great for bringing light to dark skin. This skin tone can handle the widest range of colours, from bright pinks to deep burgundies. So go forth and experiment with your makeup.

Your Perfect Products:

What colour makeup suits you © Sleek
What colour makeup suits you

Sleek Shimmer Blush Rose Gold | Nars Immaculate Complexion Sheer Glow Foundation | MAC Mineralize Skinfinish


Your lip shape plays a big role in what lipstick shades you should go for. So before you spend hours on the make-up aisle trailing colours on your arm, have a look at our lipstick tips.

Pucker up!

Full Lips

Think Naomi Campbell or Kylie Jenner, post fillers. Ladies with full lips can get away with wearing any shade either dark or light, although matte finishes and cream textures work best. If you don't want you lips to look any fuller then maybe avoid very bright tones as these tend to make lips look bigger.

Your ideal lipstick colours will be maroons, coppers and pinks.

Your Perfect Products:

What colour makeup suits you © Topshop
What colour makeup suits you

Topshop Lips in Wicked | MAC Lipstick Violetta | L'Oreal Paris Glam Matte Intense Gloss

Thin Lips

When choosing a lipstick, go for light colours that reflect the light and create a volumising effect. Don't forget to use gloss. A pearly gloss is ideal for giving the appearance of more volume.

Avoid dark colours as these will make your lips look thinner. And if you are after a full lip, use a lip pencil to cheat. Draw the line slowly and gradually until you obtain a precise line. Choose a shade that's the same as the shade of your lipstick. Then, finish off by applying a touch of gloss to the centre of your lips. No one will ever know!

Your Perfect Products:

What colour makeup suits you © YSL
What colour makeup suits you

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick, Peach Passion | Barry M Moisturising Lip Paints | Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour, Golden Bronze

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