Makeup Shades That Look Amazing on Every Skin Tone

By Elizabeth Hannigan , last updated January 11, 2012

Nothing's worse than picking up a new lipstick that looks absolutely incredible on your best friend, only to discover that it somehow looks garish and clown-like on your own face as soon as you get it home to try it on. It doesn't matter how much you've spent on the lipstick, whether it was a .99 cent drug store special, or it was a $45 department store indulgence. Sometimes, a shade that looks fantastic on one woman just won't work with another woman's skin tone. If you're not a makeup expert, it can be tough to figure out which colors will and will not work on your own face. There are a few cult beauty products out there, however, that seem to work magic on every woman alive. Pick up these favorite shades and see what they can do for you.

Nars Orgasm Blush

You don't have to be a beauty expert to have heard about the world's most famous blush. Nars Orgasm is a peachy-pink and gold shade that miraculously looks fantastic on every single makeup wearing person alive. Everyone from high school girls to professional drag queens raves about this shade. While it looks pretty loud in the compact, once you sweep it on your cheeks, it just makes you look like you are naturally flush. Plus, it's got a bit of gold sparkle, so your cheeks look a bit shimmery when the light hits them the right way. The shade is so popular that Nars made a ton of Orgasm products, but it's the original powder blush you're looking for. You can find it anywhere they sell fine makeup for about $27.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

One look at Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey will probably send you running for the hills, since it looks so dark that it's almost black in the tube. Beauty writers all over the internet can't stop raving about this shade, though, and it's so popular that Sephora sells it on a special shelf apart from all the other Clinique shades. Take a leap of faith and try on some of the sample Black Honey the next time you're shopping for cosmetics. You'll see that, despite the way it looks in the tube, Black Honey actually gives your lips a very natural-but-better looking, berry-shaded stain. Imagine the way your lips would look after jogging, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what Black Honey can do for you. You can buy it for around $25.

Stila Kitten Smudge Pot

If you were to take a look at Stila's Smudge Pot in Kitten, you would probably assume that this shade of eye shadow looked good on all white women. You'd be mistaken. This shade looks good on everyone, whether your skin is ivory, olive, or ebony. While Kitten looks kind of beige-pink in the pot, once you put it on, it takes on a warm, shimmery, gold shade that anyone can wear. Kitten works especially well as a highlighter, and looks great when applied to the inside corners of your eyes. You can buy your own pot of kitten for about $20.

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