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Olive skin tones are pretty all year long—but they look especially gorgeous come summertime. Known for its golden tones, olive skin looks beautiful during the warm weather season. With a glow that’s envied by many, the last thing you want to do is cover up your olive skin. 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 signify warm undertones. If you can’t tell what you are, then you could be neutral. (Get more details on determining your undertones.)
Now that 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 this season (and all year long!), we’re sharing our favorite makeup ideas for olive skin.
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.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation in Suntan
If you’re more of a lightweight makeup kind of gal, BB cream could be the perfect pick for you. BB cream multitasks to help hydrate, prime, perfect, and correct in one simple step.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Deep
If you were 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 upwards. 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 Infallible Paints Blush
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 peachy or orange-tinted bronzers. Instead, reach for natural browns and coppers, which can help accentuate your skin for an extra sun-kissed glow.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit
You have two options for olive skin. You can rock neutral colors, like the 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, choose ones that are on the opposite end of the color wheel from your olive skin tone. To help accentuate your warm undertones, opt for cooler royal blue, emerald green, deep plum, and burnt orange shades. Wear them on their or own or paired together for an eye-catching two-toned look.
Product picks: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Sunset Fire, L’Oréal Paris Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Violet Amour, and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads in Army Brat
This is where all other skin tones secretly envy you. For most skin tones, there are specific lipstick shades that complement—but that’s not the case for you! Olive skin tones can rock everything from the subtlest nude to the boldest blood orange and most vibrant eggplant. When selecting brighter shades, 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 Enduring Berry