What Colors Do Not Look Good on Olive Skin?

Some people are born with beautiful olive skin and many wish they had this complexion. Olive skin is not only unique, but it also has many benefits. However, not all colors look good on olive skin.

So what colors do not look good on olive skin? This is a question that many people with olive skin tones often ask. The truth is, there are no definitive answers, as everyone’s skin tone is different and will react differently to different colors.

However, there are certain colors that are traditionally said to not look as good on olive skin tones.

So, if you’re curious about which shades to avoid, read on for our guide to the best and worst colors for olive skin!

Worst colors for olive skin

The worst colors for your olive skin tone are those that have a strong, yellow or orange undertones. In addition, some light shades can wash out an olive complexion as well as some dark shades.

Purple, blue and some pinks do not look so good on olive skin either. While these colors cause people to feel self-conscious about their skin tone, they also make the skin appear duller and older.


Purple colors can make the skin appear sallow and sickly while some pinks can make the skin look chalky.

Yellow or Orange

Yellow and orange undertones can also be unflattering. When it comes to makeup, these colors will often make your skin look dull and tired


Pink shades in general can wash out olive-toned skin, making you appear pale and sickly. This is because pink shades come across as cool undertones that are the complete opposite of what you need.

What colors look good on olive skin?

So what colors can you wear if you’re worried about which hues don’t look best with your natural skin tone? The obvious answer is anything that complements your skintone!

Olive skin looks great in fall’s rich jewel tones such as deep emerald greens and burgundies. These colors will really bring out the natural complexion and can be worn to any occasion, whether formal or casual.

Olive skin is also better suited to dark and neutral tones such as black, white, browns and grays. At the same time, even though these are some of the most flattering colors for this complexion type, it is worth mentioning that they must be paired with other complementary shades in order to yield a more attractive result (for example, when wearing black pants with a white top).

Olive skin is a great base for monochromatic looks because these colors complement each other without clashing.

Other colors that look good on Olive Skin Tones:

  • Neutrals (browns, whites)
  • Earthy tones (rust, greens)
  • Soft grays, lavenders and pinks
  • Jewel tones (deep reds/purples/greens/burgundy)

The key thing to remember is to focus on the color wheel rather than avoiding certain colors. This will help you to create beautiful outfits for your olive skin tone. A good rule of thumb if you have to wear certain colors is to combine colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel (i.e., yellow and purple).

This will not only create a smart, well-balanced look but it will also make your complexion appear brighter and fairer.

What colors bring out olive skin?

As you have heard me say before, when it comes to beauty, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. What looks great on someone with fair skin might not work for someone with olive skin. That said, certain colors can bring out the natural beauty of olive skin tones.

Warm olive skin tones look absolutely stunning in warm colors such as burgundy and rust, while cool olive skin can be worn to great effect with deep greens and jewel tones.

However, I must emphasize that this is a general statement and that some cool-toned people might find certain warm shades don’t work for them while some warm-toned people absolutely adore orange.

Also, keep in mind that different shades of the same color will have different effects on your skin tone. For example, a fluorescent bright purple might diminish the appearance of an olive complexion whereas a dusty lavender could create contrast without overwhelming you.

That said, if you want to look incredibly sexy, then try wearing a dark gray dress with black lace over it, don’t forget the heels.

You can also go for pinstripe suits in gray or charcoal. Stripes exude power which will work really well with the classy style of this outfit. Make sure that both pieces fit you perfectly and accentuate your figure in all the right places.

Of course, you don’t have to wear formal clothing in order to look great; try throwing on some jeans with leather boots and an awesome leather jacket; it’s the perfect look for a casual Friday at work.

Final Thoughts

Every woman deserves to feel confident in whatever she chooses to wear, whatever color of her hair, whatever makeup she has on her face and whatever shoes she wears. This can be achieved by simply choosing the right outfit combinations.

Skin color should not be an obstacle on the road to feeling and looking good. The key is understanding what colors work best for you, then experimenting with different outfits until you achieve your desired result.