12 Essential Makeup Tips for Olive Skin Tone

By on October 21, 2014

Adriana Lima, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Alba. What do they all have in common? Absolutely stunning olive skin tone that is nothing short of perfect. And if you’ve been blessed with this magnificent skin, consider yourself lucky- naturally tanned skin is unfathomably sexy and glows from day to night. However, even girls with this luxurious skin coloring need to pay close attention to their makeup. You want to amplify that natural beauty, not destroy it! Here’s our essential top 12 makeup tips for olive skin tones. 97eb2b68c2cd5d00f244da43877029b5

1. Choose the Right Foundation

Whether you have olive skin or not, one of the biggest makeup mistakes every girl makes at one point in her life is choosing the wrong foundation. Either it’s way too light for her obviously naturally tanned skin, or it’s too dark and she ends up looking like a burnt orange peel. When it comes to foundation, take extra precaution to ensure you’re choosing a product that matches your skin tone perfectly. Also make sure you’re choosing a foundation for your skin type, example: don’t buy a product for oily skin if you have incredibly dry skin. Recipe for disaster!


2. And the Right Concealer

Concealer is an essential product to have in your makeup bag. Got a few blemishes that need some covering up? Concealer! Stayed out too late the night before and ended up with horrendous dark circles this morning? Concealer! This magic tool is obviously the quick fix for rough skin, but just like foundation, you need to make sure you’re choosing the correct color for your skin color. I mean, can you think of anything more embarrassing than walking around with obvious makeup dots all over your face? No thanks! 8c729880136c15d6a6363d33a7ece7c1

3. Ditch the Bronzer

Since you already have beautifully tanned skin naturally, there’s basically no need for a bronzer. In fact, using a bronzer could make you look a little too charred, and that’s definitely a makeup no-no.


4. Utilize the Highlighters

On the other hand, that doesn’t mean you should ditch your highlighter. In fact, women with olive skin should utilize their highlighters as much as possible. Use it around the eyes, give your jaw line a bit of glow, lighten up the cheeks- whatever you feel necessary. The end result? Fabulous makeup that makes your natural skin tone burst with perfection!


5. Black Eyeliner

Ladies, I can’t tell you enough: unless it’s Halloween night, please stay away from colored eyeliners. I’m talking bright blues, greens, purples- just, don’t do it. Since women with olive skin tones tend to have brown eyes the majority of the time (and sometimes a lovely emerald green), it’s best to stick with dark eyeliners to make your eyes (and skin) really pop. If you absolutely despise black eyeliner (for whatever reason), choose the darkest shades of brown possible.


6. Black Mascara

Just like we stated above, you want to stay away from colored eyeliners as well as mascaras. Remember: we’re going for gorgeous, alluring, and sexy, not Jimbo the Clown. That being said, find mascaras that are the darkest shade of brown possible- or just plain out black. The rich texture and color of black mascara will make your eyes appear enticing and beautiful!


7. Lip Colors

When it comes to lipstick colors, olive skin tones have tons of options. They can easily sport a ravishing red pout with ease for dinner dates with their lovers, or they can wear nothing at all and sport a gorgeous nude, all natural look that kills. However, it is suggested to stay away from bright pinks and hot pinks- it just simply doesn’t blend well with the darker skin. If you want to sport pink lipstick, try a subtle, pale pink that doesn’t cast off too much color, or a lip gloss with a hint of pink coloring.


8. Brown Blush

Really, women with olive skin tones are incredibly lucky because they don’t really need to wear blush. Their natural tanned skin is beautiful enough without it, and they don’t need that extra boost of color. However, if you decide to amp up your already gorgeous skin color, we highly suggest sticking with brown blushes or darker shades of pink/red. You absolutely want to stay away from bright pinks and crazy reds- this looks silly and odd, which is the total opposite of sexy!


9. Smoky Eyes

There’s really only one way to break this down: olive skin tone + smoky eyes = drop dead gorgeous. There’s just no other way to put it. If you haven’t already tried the smoky eye style, try it on and watch heads turn.


10. Eyeshadow Colors

Smoky eye not your style? No problem, that’s fine. But there are a few other eyeshadow rules you should abide by. For starters, stay away from pinks. Unless it’s a really light or subtle shade of pink, don’t do it. You’re much better off wearing brown, beige, nude, or dark green to complement your stunning shade of skin as well as your eyes. 3e7abb777d6fdaf90b8fbec312050825

11. Embrace Your Natural Beauty

One thing is definitely important to keep in mind when you’ve been blessed with olive skin: it’s a blessing, seriously. Most women would kill for this awesome skin coloring. One of the biggest benefits of having this shade of skin is that you don’t need to pile on makeup to achieve a beautiful glow and gorgeous appearance. That being said, one of the most important makeup tips is to keep it as simple as possible. Try and not go overboard with crazy colors or plaster on tons of foundation- all that does is hide your natural beauty.


12. Don’t Forget the Brows

Do. Not. Forget. The. Eyebrows. The eyebrows, in the end, will shape your face. Leaving then untamed and unmanageable will certainly drag down your appearance, so don’t leave them hanging. When it comes to brows and brow coloring, always choose a shade that’s one step lighter than your natural coloring. If you’re not sure how to pluck your brows, consider getting help from a professional!


Do you have olive skin tone? What’s your best makeup tip for girls with olive skin?


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    December 29, 2018 at 9:11 am

    As an olive skinned girl I have some tips to add that works for me 🙂

    Orange blush and coral blush works great, makes you look all warm and sun-kissed.

    Also I think it’s fine to use colors that aren’t just brown/beige/black, I use some greens and turquoise on my lower lids and it looks cool with my skin tone. I also use a lot of orange and burgundy/purple which works as well so you just have to try and see what works for you.

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      December 29, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is certain that members of our community will be greatly benefited by your advice. Please share more of your supportive comments in the future. Have a great day, Penny!

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    January 18, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Hi!. I’m from India and I have olive skin. One thing that I think would really suit olive skin is good-old kajal (I think kajal is called collyrium in english) on the upper and lower waterline with a little bit of shiny beige on the inner corner.. Makes brown eyes pop!!

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      January 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is great to see our community supporting each other. It is certain that you will help our other community members. Feel free to share more of your thoughts and ideas with us in the future. Have a great day, Aditi!

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      Eliza Glyn

      October 19, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you! Im going to google it. V.Excited

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        October 20, 2018 at 12:55 pm

        Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Eliza!

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    September 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Olive can be pale! I’m such a person. I glow green in photographs and MAC categorizes me as C or NC 20. That’s pretty pale! I don’t tend to find a true ‘match’ with MAC, but at lease I have an idea of my color intensity.
    I found this great article talking about how ‘green’ undertones do not equate to being tan… And there are more articles you’ll find on the web. Many with a community of pale-green ladies sharing tips on what foundations to try. I’m exited for the day makeup companies & poorly informed make-up artists catch up to the rainbow of colors out there.

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      September 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you for such a wonderful comment! We always appreciate our readers sharing their insights and experiences with our community. Because of comments like yours, our community will continue to grow and become more pleasant over time. Thank you, Curious!

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    September 2, 2016 at 8:42 am

    olive skin does always equals tanned skin, sorry to break it to you

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      web admin

      September 2, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Olive skin is different from tan skin. There are many people in the world with pale olive skin. Thank you for your comment as we always appreciate new viewpoints and ideas.

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