The Best Colors for Your Skin Tone

From the perfect shade of grey to risky neon, find out which colors look best on your skin tone.

Colorful pastels and contrasting neutrals complement fair-skinned gals well. It’s best to avoid strong solid colors, like blue or orange, which tend to look overbearing.

Try: Jewel Tones
naomi watts
Wear a bright jewel tone to turn heads. Take a cue here from Naomi Watts.

Try: Baby Blue

Alexa Chung is gorgeous in an understated baby blue sweater paired with a graphic print skirt and bold lip.

Try: Camel
max mara
Neutral colors, like camel or light tan, make for a complementary contrast to fair skin tones. Take Jennifer Garner in a classic Max Mara cashmere camel coat.

Olive skin tones have the liberty to alternate subdued hues or play with color.

Try: Metallics

eva mendesFrom silver to gold, medium skin tones look dazzling in a range of metallics, like Eva Mendes.

Try: Light Grey
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Try light grey for a more muted look. Jessica Alba glows in a dove gray Nina Ricci ensemble sweater.

Try: Neon
Lily Aldridge For Velvet Launch Party
Not many can pull off neon, but medium skin tones have some leeway. Lily Aldridge stands out in a neon dress she designed for Graham & Spencer that doesn’t look overpowering.

Dark-skinned ladies look dynamite in flattering rich shades like royal purple and bright hues like tangerine.

Try: Cobalt
Bold colors with rich undertones look stunning. Take Lupita Nyong’o’s cobalt blue Stella McCartney dress.

Try: Pastels
Pastel colors win again as a sweet shade that stands out but is not overwhelming. Camila McConaughey goes for a sweet blush shade.

Try: Red

Turn heads in ruby red, à la Rihanna.

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