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If you have an olive skin tone, you may realize that the makeup looks your BFF pulls off flawlessly doesn’t quite suit you the same. The truth is, different makeup shades and products work better on some skin tones than others. And while you may be bummed out, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find makeup trends to complement your olive skin color. With the right makeup essentials, you can totally bring the perfect makeup for olive skin to life.
So, what’s the best makeup for olive skin, you may ask? As always, we’ve got you covered! From bright lips to flawless skin, keep reading for the 14 best makeup looks for olive skin.
Let’s cut to the chase—what is an olive skin tone? Olive skin tones feature a combination of brown and green hues. While olive-colored skin is often associated with a gorgeous tan, olive complexions can range from pale to dark, which makes knowing your undertone a big deal for finding the right makeup look for you.
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.
The question of what color of foundation is best for olive skin is likely to be on the top of your mind when it comes time to pick out your makeup. With so many foundations out there that have super pink undertones, it can be a challenge to find your foundation color match. You’ll want to make sure to pick a shade that matches the exact color and undertone of your skin for a seamless look, but doing so is easier said than done.
Veering toward 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. Try choosing one from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight line, which is available in 40 shades. You can look at Fresh Wear swatches to help guide your decision.
Once you have your foundation handled, here’s how to build a flawless base. Start by applying a thin layer of primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer over your entire face. Then, apply your foundation. Next, conceal dark spots and dark circles with the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer. Finally, boost your glow with a few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist.
If you’re more of a lightweight makeup kind of gal, BB cream could be the perfect pick for you. With olive skin, 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. Smooth the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream over your skin to see the magic in action.
If you fancy a classic look, you can’t go wrong with a brown smoky eye. A perfect trend for those with an olive skin color, this look works wonders to complement your complexion and add the right amount of warmth to your look for an eye-catching finish. Head on over to our article, How to Create a Brown Smoky Eye, for an easy tutorial.
If you want to perk up your olive-colored skin, you should give blush serious consideration. With just a swipe of rosy color, you can create the illusion of a brighter complexion. When you have olive skin, it’s especially important to find a rosy pink or warm peach hue that’s just bright enough to show up without looking overdone. Your goal is to give your face a natural-looking flush.
Can’t get enough of a chiseled face? We don’t blame you. For a sculpted, bronzed look, you’ll need to find the right bronzer for olive skin. Be sure to steer clear of overly orange bronzers, which won’t flatter your complexion. Instead, reach for natural browns and copper tones, which will accentuate your skin for a sun-kissed glow. Swipe the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer in Medium or Deep onto the hollows of your cheeks to help keep your makeup from falling flat.
If you love to rock an eyeshadow look that gives your complexion a glorious pop, glossy copper eyes are the way to go. Flaunting a gorgeous metallic brown shade that welcomes warmth and definition to your makeup look, this look is just what you need to make a lasting impression.
To start, you’ll want to prime your lids with a radiant makeup primer. This will help your eye makeup apply seamlessly for a lasting finish. Next, dip a fluffy eyeshadow brush into the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush and dust it all over your lids, extending the shadow just beyond your crease without touching your eyebrows. Then, apply a dab of clear lip gloss directly on top of the copper eye shadow to bring on the high-shine finish you desire. Seal the deal with a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume for lifted and curled lashes.
In the mood to rock a bold eye makeup look? We have a feeling that the feline eyes makeup trend will fit the bill. A spin-off of the cat eye look, felines eyes feature a rich blue eyeshadow applied in a dramatic cat-eye shape to give your lids a statement-making finish. Since blue shades work wonders to accentuate your warm undertones, this trendy makeup look will not disappoint. Simply sweep the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Grand Bleu across your lid and lash line, extending the color outward to create the signature winged shape. Voila!
Speaking of eye makeup for olive skin, it’s only right that we put gold eyes on your radar. A fabulous option for anyone with an olive skin tone, gold naturally complements your complexion and makes your undertones pop. In other words, it’s just what you need to turn heads. We also dig that this look makes it oh so easy to hop on the metallic makeup trend. To get the look, simply apply the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Crown Gold all over your lids.
Have you had enough of traditional eyeliner looks? If so, you may want to give the two-toned eyeliner trend a go. A great way to brighten your gaze and accentuate your gorgeous olive skin color, this trend works in your favor to combine complementary colors for a seriously stunning end look.
Start by layering a traditional black eyeliner, such as the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof in Black, on the bottom right against your upper lash line, then swipe the Blue shade directly above it.
While you can totally rock any lipstick shade you dream of, there is something extra special about coral lips on olive skin tones. You can expect coral hues to call attention to your golden undertones for a radiant and luminous makeup look. Consider coating your pout with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Luminous Coral for a flirty finish.
Now that we’re focused on lip colors, we must say that berry-colored lipsticks should have a permanent place in your arsenal. See, most berry colors will enhance the warmth of your skin tone, but you can also wear cooler berry tones that help create a nice contrast with your complexion. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in Blushing Berry for a warm-toned berry and the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick in Berry Extreme for a cool one.
Have you been asking yourself, “How can I make my olive skin glow?” If so, look no further than rose-toned highlighter. After all, there is no better way to shine bright than with a touch of this luminous essential. Simply apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Stick in Slay-In-Rose to the high points of your face and blend evenly with a makeup sponge or your fingers. Once complete, you’ll have a glowy look that will bring out your natural warm undertones.
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. Best of all, they are super easy to create.
To keep your brows on point, use the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel to complete your look. Start by lightly applying product to fill in sparse areas. Then, use the angled brush to outline and define the shape of your brow. Finish up by combing through brows with a spoolie, and your look is complete.
Playing with opposites can be supremely flattering. As you know, olive-colored skin typically has warm undertones, but reaching for cool-toned shadows can result in eyes that really wow. To help accentuate your warm undertones, opt for cool emerald green and deep plum shades. Wear them on their own or paired together for an eye-catching two-toned look. For a pretty purple, blend the L’Oréal Paris Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Violet Amour over your lids.
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