Find the Right Makeup for Your Skin Tone

Enhance your natural beauty with these personalized recommendations.

A sultry smoky eye and succulent coral lip go a long way on your big day! For a luminous glow on mahogany skin, try an apricot-colored blush to create that perfect balance of sweet and sexy.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left): Chanel Joues Contrastes Blush in In Love (available at department and specialty stores), Josie Maran Argan Eyeshadow in Beautiful Smoke (available at Sephora and QVC), Sue Devitt Balanced Matte Lipstick in Babylon (available at Bloomingdale's) , CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Foundation in Golden Honey.

Tip: For depth of color on a smoky eye, apply highlighting shades like icy silvers and purples.

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Soft neutral tones can pack a powerful beauty punch. Play up porcelain skin with a lightweight foundation, finished with an illuminator for definition. Shimmery shadow on the lid and a pale pink lip will make for the perfect wedding-day look.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left): L’Oréal Eye Shadow Single in Morning Light (available at mass-market retailers nationwide), Lancôme L’Absolu Nu Lipcolor in Buff Silk (available at Lancôme counters nationwide), Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator Powder in #6 Shimmer, Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation in #110 (available at mass-market retailers nationwide).

Tip: Sweep luminizing powder along the apples of your cheeks up to your temples for defi nition.

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A barely there nude eye with a bold blast of color on the lip makes just enough of a statement while keeping the eyes seamlessly subtle. A liquid illuminator for the face will create that sun-kissed glow on your special day.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left): Maybelline Fit Me! Blush in Deep Coral (available at mass-market retailers nationwide), Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator in Natural (available at Clinque counters nationwide), Smashbox Eye Shadow Single in Flirt (available at Sephora), Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in Black Purple Plum #603 (available at fine department stores).

Tip: To ensure that your lip color won’t fade during the night, apply a primer before the lipstick.


Reach for liquid liner to create those batworthy cat eyes that will make him go gaga. A wash of neutral shadow with gold undertones will make your eyes really pop. On the lip, try a splash of color to add that extra va-va-voom to this classic look.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left): BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Foundation in Sand (available at select specialty retail stores nationwide), Nars Sheer Lipstick in Mayflower, Stila Eyeshadow in Chinois, MAC Liquid Eye Liner in Boot Black.

Tip: To create the classic cat eye, draw thinnest at the corners and thickest in the center of the lid.

Photos by Tom Rauner (models) and Michael Essig (products)


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