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Finding the best makeup shades to flatter your skin tone is easier said than done. The foundation, eye shadow, and lipstick that look amazing on your BFF may not have the same effect on you. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t gorgeous makeup shades out there to flatter you. It’s all about paying attention to your skin tone. If you have tanned skin—whether naturally or from the summer sun—there are certain makeup colors that will look absolutely stunning on you. Tan skin often has warm undertones, so warm, bronzed makeup shades are your best bet for an ultra-flattering, ultra-pretty look. Consider this your guide to picking makeup for tan skin tones.
A makeup routine for tan skin tones should start with a solid base—and that means finding the best face makeup for your skin tone.
Primer is an easy one—it’s clear, so you can use whichever one you’d like—you just have to think about your preferred finish: matte or dewy. For a matte finish, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer; for a dewy finish, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer. Apply a small amount of your primer of choice all over your face to help create an even canvas and allow your makeup to wear evenly throughout the day.
Next up, you have to think about foundation and concealer. Look for ones that come in a variety of skin tones and undertones, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight (40 shades) and the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer (10 shades).
For a seamless face makeup application, apply foundation with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. This makeup blender is designed with an exclusive plush material and easy to grip shape that makes foundation application easier than ever. Just apply a small amount of foundation onto the makeup blender and use dabbing and rolling motions to blend the foundation onto your skin.
Highlighter is another face makeup product that can accentuate tanned skin. Pick a gold highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops in Golden Hour. Glide the highlighter over your cheekbones, eyebrow bones, and high points of your face for a luminous, radiant glow. Highlighter can definitely be bold, so follow the less is more rule when using this product.
Finally, you can use a translucent face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, on tan skin tones or any skin tone, for that matter, since it’s colorless and you won’t see it. Dip a makeup brush or makeup blender into the face powder and dust all over your face.
Which eye makeup shades look best on tan skin? The answer would be ones that are warm. Gold is a great option for warm skin tones.
Make sure to apply an eye makeup primer—or a dab of foundation or concealer if you don’t have any eye makeup primer on hand—so that you can easily apply your eye shadow.
Our best gold eye shadows include the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Crown Gold, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Sunset Seine, and L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine. Want to create trendy eye makeup looks? Try the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette (which features a variety of warm shades) to customize your eye makeup look further. Gold is a pretty bold color, so use it just in your crease for a pop of shimmer. You can amp it up by applying more for a night out.
You can also add a touch of gold to your eye makeup look with the help of an eyeliner. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Gold to line your lash line.
Top your gold eye makeup look off with a coat of mascara like the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume.
Last but not least, we come to lip color: Which ones look best on tan skin tones? You’ve got lots of colors to choose from—anything on the warm side will look so beautiful on you. Think: Orange-based reds and pinks, like coral.
Before applying any lip color, it’s important to prep your lips. Start with a lip scrub to get rid of dead skin cell buildup on the surface of your lips. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub is a face scrub that can also be used to slough your lips. Just smooth a small amount onto dry lips, then gently massage it over your pout with wet fingers and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Once you’re finished scrubbing your lips, apply a little lip primer, then get to work with putting on lipstick.
Ready to find your perfect lippie? Consider one of the following, based on your preferred finish.
If you prefer a matte lip for tanned skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Amaze.
If you prefer a natural lip for tanned skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Tropical Coral.
If you prefer a glossy lip for tanned skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Fiery.
Once you’ve chosen your makeup for tan skin, you’ll also want to understand how to remove it all at the end of the day. That’s because sleeping in your makeup can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. No thanks! Reach for a no-rinse cleansing option, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, since it’s super-easy to use.
Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. Since there’s no rubbing required, you don’t have to worry about irritating your skin at all.
Now you know all about the best makeup for tan skin tones. For more on the topic of skin tone-matching makeup, click over to our article on The Best Makeup Colors for Every Skin Tone.
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