Are you blessed with olive skin tone? Well, then you’re one of the lucky ones because this skin tone is so coveted.
Whether your skin is deep olive or light olive, you can flaunt it with the right makeup.
From foundation to blush, we’ll show you how to enhance your unique features and look your best. So read on for tips and tricks on how to flaunt your beautiful olive skin with makeup.
Why should I flaunt my olive skin tone?
The best thing about your olive skin tone is that it adds depth to your overall look. An application of the right makeup can give you a sun-kissed effect plus highlight your natural beauty. Olive-toned women have a certain glow that they can enhance by applying stronger eye makeup or bold lip colors.
If you have light olive skin, go for fresh-faced makeup looks to make your features pop. Have some fun with your color by opting for more edgy styles of makeup like winged eyeliner and smoky eyeshadow.
For deep olive skin tones, use strong eye makeup to draw attention away from imperfections and skin blemishes. You can also opt for a more neutral look with a natural-looking foundation plus a splash of color on the cheeks and lips.
Here’s how to flaunt your olive skin tone with makeup:
Step 1: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Hydrated skin looks more radiant and youthful, so it’s important to moisturize before you apply any makeup products. Apply a moisturizer (like Cetaphil) that has an SPF of 15 or higher on your face and neck.
Step 2: Find the right color of foundation
Since olive skin is a mixture of cool and warm undertones, you can either opt for a slightly yellow-toned foundation or one that has some red in it. You’ll also find that most foundations for olive skin tend to have neutral-to-cool undertones.
Step 3: Go easy on the concealer
You don’t need a lot of concealers if you have deep olive skin because it won’t look ashy if you use light, natural makeup. If you’re blessed with light olive skin, opt for creamy concealers with yellow-toned undertones to cancel out any bluish discoloration.
Step 4: Dust on some powder for shine-free skin
If you have oily, combination olive skin, apply loose powder to the T-zone only (the forehead, nose, and chin). This will reduce oiliness without removing all of your natural radiance.
Step 5: Sweep on bronzer to give your olive skin a sun-kissed glow
To create that healthy, tanned look, apply matte bronzer to the forehead, cheeks, and chin in upward strokes. Avoid applying too much product – it’ll just make you look dirty.
Step 6: Add color with blush
Apply a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards. It’ll give you a natural-looking, healthy glow.
Step 7: Line your eyes with black kohl eyeliner
This will help define your eyes and add depth. If you have deep olive skin, black eyeliner will look harsh against your skin tone so opt for brown instead.
Step 8: Apply two coats of mascara to the upper and lower lashes
Whether you have light or deep olive skin, this will help open up your eyes. Plus it’ll lengthen the look of lashes without weighing them down.
Step 9: Finish with bold red lipstick
This will brighten up your complexion and bring out your eyes.
How to flaunt light olive skin tone with makeup
Apply a moisturizer, primer, and then foundation that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone.
To create an even, natural-looking base, blend two shades of concealer together. Apply the lighter shade under the eyes and the darker shade over any blemishes.
- Apply a matte bronzer to your forehead, cheeks and chin in upward strokes.
- You can also use a cream-based product if you have oily skin. Use a blush brush or clean foundation sponge to apply it sparingly on the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards towards the ears.
- Apply two coats of mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Use a matte, neutral-toned eye shadow on the lids.
If you have medium olive skin, apply one coat of volumizing mascara with brown or plum-based black eye shadow in powder form over your eyelid up to the crease.
Finish with a brick-red lip liner and matte red lipstick. Use black liquid eyeliner on the upper lash line for extra definition.
How to flaunt deep olive skin tone with makeup
There are a ton of foundations available today, so it should be easy for you to find a perfect match. If you have a deep olive skin tone, opt for a foundation that has yellow undertones to cancel out any bluish discoloration.
- Apply a moisturizer, primer and then foundation that’s one or two shades lighter than your skin tone
- To create an even, natural-looking base, blend two shades of concealer together. Apply the lighter shade under the eyes and the darker shade over any blemishes
- Apply matte bronzer to your forehead, cheeks and chin in upward strokes using a brush
You can also use a cream-based product if you have oily skin. Use a blush brush or clean foundation sponge to apply it sparingly on the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards towards the ears.
Dust on some powder for shine-free skin by using a kabuki brush. If you have oily, combination olive skin, apply loose powder to the T-zone only (the forehead, nose, and chin)
Apply two coats of mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Use a matte, neutral-toned eye shadow on the lids and then smudge it with a brush to give your lids a smokey look
If you have deep olive skin, apply one coat of volumizing mascara with brown or plum-based black eye shadow in powder form over your eyelid up to the crease. Finish with a brick-red lip liner and matte red lipstick. Use black liquid eyeliner on the upper lash line for extra definition.
Choosing your olive skin tone makeup
With the right makeup, you can achieve almost any look that you desire. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right makeup for your olive skin tone.
Foundation for olive skin tones – Foundation is used on the face to even out the complexion. Makeup artists recommend using a moisturizer and primer before applying foundation to the face.
The choice of foundation depends on the color of your skin, so it`s important to choose one that is suited for your particular skin tone. This will not only help to give you an even complexion but also provide natural-looking coverage for small imperfections or skin blemishes.
There are a lot of different brands and types of foundation on the market, so make sure you choose one that is right for your skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, choose a moisturizing formula with a light to medium coverage.
Eye makeup for olive skin tone – When it comes to eye makeup, a good rule of thumb is that the eyeshadow color should be nude or close to your skin tone. You can also choose a darker shade if you want definition in your eyelids, but make sure it`s still in the same family as your skin tone.
A single-colored shadow applied over the eyelid tends to look best. If you choose a chocolate-brown shade, it will go well with olive skin tones.
If you want a bit of definition for your eyelids, apply an eyeshadow in the same color family as your eye color – blue is ideal for green eyes, browns are good for brown or hazel colored eyes and shades of grey provide definition for blue eyes.
Some eye-shadow looks to try out:
For a more defined and dramatic look, apply dark eyeliner above and below your lash line. After applying the liner on your upper lids, smudge it with a q -tip or angled brush and blend the product upwards towards your brows.
Use a smokey black or grey shade to line the upper and lower lash lines. For smokey eyes with depth, apply a light shimmering eye-shadow from your tear ducts to your brow bones. After lining the upper lashes, smudge some eyeliner on the waterline of your lower lids.
Blush for olive skin – To brighten up your facial features, try using a cream-based blush. If your skin is dry or sensitive, you can use a powder formula instead. Either way, make sure to compact the product on the apples of your cheeks in short circular motions with either your fingers or a cheek brush
If you want more definition, apply the blush only to the apples of your cheeks and blend down the sides of your face with a clean foundation brush.
Lipstick for olive skin tone – Lipstick can be used to create an appealing look, and is perfect for accentuating the lips and brightening up your facial features. You can choose from a wide variety of lipstick colors and formulas, but if you have olive skin try using neutral colors like light brown, dark pink, or brick red.
Lip liner for olive skin tone – Lip liner can be used to help define your lips and create an appealing look. It`s also great for accentuating the outline of your lips and covering any cracks that may appear on the surface of your lip skin.
When choosing lip liners, find a shade that matches your lips or opt for one slightly darker. You can also use lip liner to define the outside of your lips and then apply lip color over the top.
Finally, don`t forget to define your eyebrows! The most flattering shape for eyebrows is an arch that begins at the bridge of your nose and ends at the outer corner of your eye.
When you`re filling in your eyebrows, bear in mind that dark-haired women tend to opt for eyebrow pencils with grey or ash tones. Blonde and brunette ladies usually prefer brown or taupe colors. Usually, it`s best to avoid black coloring, as this can look harsh on olive skin tones.
Olive skin tones are naturally beautiful and can be enhanced with some light makeup, like a touch of cream blush to bring out the cheeks and some lip-gloss or lipstick for rosy lips.
If you’re new to cosmetics, we recommend starting your makeover by choosing neutral tones for your eye-shadow and lip-liner, as well as some soft-hued powder blushes.