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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.
honeySarang honeySarang 8 years
i love gold. but pink.. :/ although i have tried that lipgloss and it is pretty
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Yeah, I definitely do not look good in gold either, Lizlee89! I have light skin and dark hair and golds make me look sallow...I think it is hard to claim there is a shade that works for everyone!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I hate to tell everybody, while gold may be a generally universal color, it does not work on me. I can wear a little bronzer blended in with my powder, but eye shadow makes my eyes look smaller and me look older (not like exaggerated, but it does have an effect)...
grlykool grlykool 8 years
I love gold and pinks!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I agree weffie! I'm a redhead and golds look wonderful on me!
weffie weffie 8 years
gold is so great, i'm a redhead and i like that it makes my eyes look super green, but it looks even better on darker skin tones... everybody wins :)
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