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4 Universally Flattering Makeup Colors to Try Now!

Celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman is the kind of guy you want to take home with you. Get your mind out of the gutter, there. I'm referring to the fact that he's a wealth of knowledge, and his understanding of all things makeup is so comprehensive, it boggles the mind. Since Freedman had so much to share with me in our recent interview, I can't help but share more of his amazing tips with you. (Check out some more good stuff here.) While standing in the drugstore aisle or department store counter searching for the perfect shade, are you a bit baffled by all the offerings? Fret not, because Freedman has delivered once again. To discover some of his recommendations for universally flattering lip, cheek, and shadow shades, keep reading.

  • Lips: Look for a pink shade with gold undertones. Freedman likes Benefit Fresh Squeezed Lip Gloss ($18), a pink-grapefruit tone.
  • Cheeks: Pinks with a golden shimmer are the way to go. (Are you sensing a theme?) If you're having a hard time choosing the right shade for you, Freedman recommends testing a few colors side-by-side. Mauve, which has a bit too much brown, along with anything that's too gray, are both difficult to pull off. Instead, pick a color that might look shockingly bright, like salmon or apricot, but use sparingly for a sheer wash. Try Stila Convertible Color in Petunia ($25).
  • Shadow: According to Freedman, a bronze shade with shimmer or a mid-toned fleshy taupe color both tend to be universally flattering. He likes Jemma Kidd Stardust Creme Shadow in Cosmos ($25), which comes in a chunky pencil-like dispenser, or MAC Paints in Bamboom ($16.50), a beige-brown with golden shimmer.
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