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The Prettiest Makeup Ideas for Olive Skin

Have you ever noticed that the makeup looks your BFF pulls off flawlessly don’t suit you? Well, that could be due to your skin tone. Different makeup shades and products work better on some skin tones than others. If you have olive skin, you may find it tricky to find makeup looks that really do flatter your complexion, but trust us—they're out there.

First things first, you’ll need to sort out your undertones. Most often, olive skin tones have warm or neutral undertones. If you’re not sure what your undertones are, flip your wrists. Blue veins signify cool undertones, while green veins indicate warm undertones. If your veins seem somewhere in-between, you could be neutral. Once you have a better understanding of your undertones, it’s time to update your makeup bag. To help you show off your olive skin tone, we’re sharing our favorite makeup looks for olive skin, including how to pick the best foundation and blush tones to complement your complexion and how to use eyebrow makeup for bold brows that standout against your bronzed skin. Without further ado, here are eight olive skin makeup ideas:

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #1: FOUNDATION

When it comes to choosing the most complementary foundation for olive skin, you want to pick a shade that matches the exact color and undertone of your skin. Veering towards darker formulas with warm undertones will be your best bet, and from there you can pinpoint the exact color that suits your skin best. Choosing a foundation with lots of tone and shade options will allow you to find your perfect fit.

Product pick: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #2: BB CREAM

If you’re more of a lightweight makeup kind of gal, BB cream could be the perfect pick for you. With olive skin, a lightweight face makeup is the perfect way to let that gorgeous inner glow shine through while also reaping the benefits of some coverage. BB cream multitasks to help hydrate, prime, perfect, and correct in one simple step.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #3: PEACH OR PINK BLUSH

If you want to choose only one beauty product to perk up your olive skin, you should give blush serious consideration. With just a swipe of rosy color, you can help create the illusion of a brighter complexion that naturally draws the face upward. When selecting the perfect blush for your olive skin tone, look for a rosy pink or warm peach that’s not too light and not too dark. When you have olive skin, it’s especially important to find a hue that’s just right so that it will show up without looking overdone.

Product pick: L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Bashful

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #4: COPPER-TONED BRONZER

These days, no makeup look is complete without a little sculpting action. To get the look with olive skin, be sure to steer clear of overly orange bronzers. Instead, reach for natural browns and coppers, which can help accentuate your skin for a sun-kissed glow.

Product pick: L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer in Medium or Deep

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #5: COOL-TONED EYE SHADOW

In our opinion, there are two go-to eye shadow options for olive skin. You can rock neutral colors, like those found in the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude, or you can choose to add a pop of color to your lids. If you’d like to wear bright colors, pick ones that are on the opposite end of the color wheel from your olive skin tone. To help accentuate your warm undertones, opt for cool royal blue, emerald green, and deep plum shades. Wear them on their own or paired together for an eye-catching two-toned look.

Product picks: L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue and L’Oréal Paris Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Violet Amour

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #6: BRIGHT LIPSTICK

This is where all other skin tones secretly envy you. For most skin tones, there are specific lipstick shades that look best—but that’s not the case for you! Olive skin tones can rock everything from the subtlest nude to the boldest blood orange. When wearing a warm-toned lip color, you can expect your golden undertones to become more apparent, whereas cooler berry tones can help create a nice contrast with your complexion.

Product picks: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Bewitching Bordeaux, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Cool Coral, and L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Tender Berry

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #7: ROSE-TONED HIGHLIGHTER

We mentioned that rosy-toned blush is a perfect shade for olive skin, and the same holds true for highlighter. Whereas a gold-toned highlighter can wash out your skin, or just not show up at all, a rose-toned highlighter on your upper cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and brow bones will bring out your natural warm undertones.

Product pick: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Stick in Slay-In-Rose

OLIVE SKIN MAKEUP IDEA #8: BOLD BROWS

Your bronzed, olive skin is gorgeous, but it can wash out your eyebrows completely—and nobody wants that. Thankfully, the solution is majorly trendy. Big, bold eyebrows are the epitome of on-trend and they will ensure your eyebrows remain a focal point in your makeup look. To keep your brows on point, and on par with the rest of your makeup look, fill them in with a brow gel, pencil, or mascara. Each type of eyebrow makeup has its benefits, so you’ll want to try them all out to find the best one for you. Also, check out our article, What Eyebrow Makeup Product Should You Use?

Product picks: L'Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel, L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara, and L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil

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