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Makeup Colors That Flatter Everyone

Real Simple applied hundreds of lip, cheek, and eye colors to virtually every skin tone and found 15 that truly flatter. 

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Blue Raspberry ($25, bobbibrowncosmetics.com), though colorfully named, is a versatile neutral that testers raved about. “It basically just deepens your lips’ natural color,” said one tester. And the glossy finish adds shine, which complements any complexion.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational LipColor in Red ReVival ($7.50 at drugstores) was described by several testers as the ultimate “old-Hollywood red.” Says New York City makeup artist Spring Super, “It has a slightly blue base, which transforms any lip tone into a true crimson instead of turning orangey or fuchsia, the way some reds do.”

Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Schiap ($26, narscosmetics.com) is a shocking pink shade that shocked testers by complementing both pale and dark skin. “I usually go for subtler pinks. Even though this one was bold, it wasn’t over-the-top,” said a light-skinned tester. “The brightness also stands out nicely against deep complexions,” says Carmindy, a makeup artist on TLC’s What Not to Wear.

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