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Dark/tan skin?

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Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

does anyone have good tips for colors that look nice on brown skin? i love pastels and muted colors, but they seem to look better on paler skin.

thanks in advance.

over 4 years ago

#1
Mara C

Mara C.

LAS LOUIS AND ST. VEGAS,
United States

4925 posts

I actually find pastels to really pop on a darker skin tone, you can pretty much wear any intensity of color without worrying about it blending too closely with your own skin tone and washing you out. Though that isn't to say a washed-out look can't be nice.

A lot of how color works against skin tone is the actual warmth or coolness of the skin's color, not how light or dark it is. For example, I have a very warm color to my skin, and I like the way I look in more muted, less saturated, earthier colors. I feel like gold jewelry looks better on me than silver, which is the case with many warm skin tones.

And... RED. Bold fucking red (again, can be warmer or cooler types of red). It looks wonderful on pretty much everyone, which is surprising to some people because it seems like it'd be hard to wear it confidently because it's so bold.

0 · July 26, 2010

#2
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Mara C.

would warm colored skin have a pinkish tint and cooler colored yellowish?

i don't think i actually own any red, so i'll definitely try that one. thanks a bunch!

0 · July 27, 2010

#3
Shiori Mine

Shiori M.

TORONTO,
Canada

623 posts

are you talking lip related colors?

I agree red looks great on virtually anyone (though you'd have to get a tone that looks good with ur skin). I find don't go too pale if you have tanned skin, like a barbie pale pink. It just looks tacky. You could do a softer nude though, just make sure it has enough of a color so you don't look dead.

If you mean eyeshadows, I find pastels don't show up on my skin very well. I prefer deep colors if you are gonna use colors. If not I just use golds/browns more and do a smokey eye.

0 · July 27, 2010

#4
Mara C

Mara C.

LAS LOUIS AND ST. VEGAS,
United States

4925 posts

@Randi B.

Haha the tricky thing is that there are various pink tints that can be either warm or cool (mostly actually cool), but in general yellow tones remain much warmer (yellow is a very weird color, we got really into picking it apart in a design class... but that's off-topic).

One thing that people do is the "vein test," where you look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Bluer veins suggest a cooler overall tone, greener veins suggest a warmer overall tone. They can be a mix as well, but many people definitely swing one way or another.

0 · July 27, 2010

#6
Zac Hughes

Zac H.

HOUSTON, TX,
United States

149 posts

I agree with Chelle above me. Use dark and neutral tones. I'm a guy, so I don't wear makeup. However, I have a good eye for color. Muted and pastel colors look nice on me even when I get tanned. I'm a peanut-butter brown color.

Also, remember that vividly colored eyes can play a role too...

0 · July 27, 2010

#7
Brandon M.

Brandon M.

CALIFORNIA,
United States

19 posts

I like white clothes with tan skin

0 · July 27, 2010

#8
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

5334 posts

red and yellow works so well. also you can wear pastels, but instead of block tones, try pearly shades

0 · September 1, 2014

  

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