No matter what you skin tone may be, these 6 shades look good on everyone. Whether your skin is alabaster, ebony, or somewhere in between, you can’t go wrong with these universal makeup shades.
Deep Purple Eyes
Rich purple is the perfect blend of blue and red, which means it is great for everyone. Stay away from shades that are too heavy on the red undertones—they are not as adaptable for everyone, “and if you apply it wrong, it could be misinterpreted as a bruise” says makeup artist Maria Verel. Motives Pressed Eye Shadow in Enchanting is a great color that complements everyone and can be used for day or night.
Unlike pink cheek colors, which can easily veer into Barbie or frosty territory, “a peach blush with a little shimmer marries perfectly with every skin tone,” Verel says. Women with fair skin should wear it right on the apples of their cheeks, while those with dark skin should move the placement up to the cheekbones “so it’s more of a highlighter,” she says. Try Motives Pressed Blush in So Peachy.
This is the secret to making eyes look awake, no matter what your skin tone. “The deep blue will emphasize the whites of your eyes so they are instantly brighter,” says Verel, who recommends a pencil or a cream liner as opposed to a liquid: “The latter doesn’t always read as a true navy,” she says. Motives Khol Liner in Steel is creamy and smooth which helps provide an easy application and a product that will stay on all day.
The glamorous old-Hollywood look is attainable for all, and can actually be easy as long as you go with a true red shade (think primary Crayola red) Motives Rich Formula Lipstick in Go Red is a great example of this universal color. It is when you venture into brick and cheery red that the color becomes less universal.
We can all benefit from the warmth of a little bronzer—especially now that winter has arrived. Bronzers with the tiniest touch of shimmer, such as Motives Pressed Bronzer in Miami Glow are versatile enough to work on everyone. But just as with peach blush, women with different skin tones should wear it in different ways. “On black women, bronzer is more like a highlighter,” Verel says, adding that they should apply it on the tops of the cheekbones. On fair and medium skin, women should lightly dust it everywhere the sun naturally hits: temples, cheeks, and chin. The bonus? It can double as an eye shadow that’s equally flattering.
“You can’t go wrong with a rosy pink lip gloss,” Verel says. The reason: “It will look like most people’s natural lip color, but it’s flattering even if it’s not.” She recommends a semi sheer gloss formula, such as Motives Lip Shine in Candlelight for just a hint of color.
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What are your favorite universal makeup colors?