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How To Find The Best Makeup For Your Skin Tone

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    One of the most coveted beauty styles on the red carpet ever is the no-makeup-makeup look — a flawless face that seemingly glows all by itself. While it might look like a certain singer woke up like that, in reality, it’s the result of a slew of skin-perfecting beautifiers and a whole team of trained pros. But, with the right know-how, nailing a natural look and enhancing what you have IRL doesn’t always require a fully stacked glam squad. To prove it, we called up makeup artist Anna Webber to break down how to get the most flattering, natural look for every skin tone. And, here's the kicker: We promise you can do it yourself.

    The first step to achieving a fresh face lies in the products. Not only do they have to be good quality, they also have to complement your skin tone and your undertones. To know if you're warm or cool, check the color of your veins in your wrists. If they seem more blue or purple, you have cool, pink undertones; if they look yellow or olive, you have warm, golden undertones; and if they look blue or green, then you're neutral.

    Got your undertones identified (and here's to hoping you know your skin tone)? Webber walks us through a range of diverse skin tone and undertone combos ahead, sharing the only makeup products you need to accentuate your best features and get a soft, pretty look that you can choose to amp up or play down. Click on to find yours, and get ready to look beautiful — naturally.



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    Skin tone: Photo assistant Lyne Lucien has a very deep skin tone that actually has two undertones — blue on the perimeter of her face, towards her hairline, and yellow in the center.

    Best foundation shade: To even out Lucien's complexion, Webber applied an espresso shade with a damp makeup sponge — starting from the center of the face around the nose and going outward toward the hairline and past the jaw. This technique will give you the most natural-looking face, and you won't end up with harsh foundation lines.

    Makeup shades: "The cool pink lip color complements the blue undertones in her skin," says Webber. If you have this skin tone, you can also do rich, deep reds — just make sure to find ones with blue undertones.

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    Skin tone: With her fair skin and neutral undertones, design project manager Anne Cassard thought she couldn't do bold reds in fear of a too-stark contrast, but Webber dispels all of that.

    Best foundation shade: Webber chose a yellow-based foundation. This creates the perfect backdrop for a powerful red lip and won't make her complexion look ruddy.

    Makeup shades: To show that fair-skinned women can nail red lips without looking overwhelmed, Webber painted Cassard's lips in a maraschino-cherry hue. Cassard could also play up her peepers instead of her lips with a cool silver eyeshadow to complement her neutral tones.

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    Skin tone: UX and product designer Sarah Azpeitia has a medium skin tone with cool undertones.

    Best foundation shade: There was little redness in Azpeitia's complexion to correct, so Webber used a lightweight foundation in the fair color family to create a more even canvas.

    Makeup shades: "She has a cool undertone, so we went with a purple lip here," says Webber. "Berry shades and blue-reds would look great, too."

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    Skin tone: Though production assistant Venus Wong has a medium skin tone with warm, yellow undertones, they look almost bluish-green in the winter, says Webber.

    Best foundation shade: Webber evened out Wong's complexion and combination skin with a balancing foundation in a medium hue.

    Makeup shades: "I wanted to play up the cool undertones in her skin, so I used this light lavender shade all over her lids," says Webber. To get a soft wash of color like this, try dusting shadow in layers with a fluffy dome brush.

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    Skin tone: Audience analytics associate Prapti Pandey has a medium skin tone with warm, yellow undertones.

    Best foundation shade: Webber used a lightweight cream-to-powder foundation in a medium shade and tapped an orange-based concealer around her eyes to counter tints of blue.

    Makeup shades: To play up Pandey's eyes, Webber used a beautiful emerald green shadow with flecks of gold shimmer. "Even though we think of green as a cooler tone, this one has a lot of gold in it, which actually warms up the color." For an added pop or if you don't have time for all-over shadow, dab gold shadow to just the inner corners of your eyes.

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