Bold, sugary neon pink’s been popping up everywhere lately, from Diane Von Furstenberg’s fall runway to the pouts of Olivia Wilde and Camilla Belle. It turns out you don’t need a tan or a makeup artist to pull off a bright hue—you just need the right hue! There are rules of thumb when choosing a colour—fair skin and yellow undertones look best in cool shades, while warmer complexions can pull off pigments with coral tones. Don’t worry, we’ve done all the work for you. There are the exact colours on 10 tastemakers with varied skin tones, so you know exactly which shade to buy.
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Emma Stone had just dyed her hair an almost-platinum hue when makeup artist Mai Quynh gave the actress one of her best looks. She used Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge ($25) in Fuchsia RS320—a creamy shade with a blue undertone—to get the right icy pink.
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If you have pale skin and red hair, like Scandal star Darby Stanchfield, look for cool undertones. Makeup artist Fabiola used Nars’ Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($25) in Mexican Rose on the actress for the Environmental Media Awards in Los Angeles.
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Blondes with golden skin look great in warm, coral hues, as well as cooler colors. Makeup artist Georgie Eisdell used Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($34) in La Favorite on Saoirse Ronan for a premiere in Los Angeles.
If you share Lucy Hale’s light skin and dark hair, follow her lead and pick up Obsessive Complulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar ($18) in Anime, which makeup artist Fiona Stiles painted on the actress for an event in Los Angeles. Keep the color glossy by adding Mark’s Glow Baby Glow ($7) in Girly Girl on top.
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Makeup artist Melanie Inglessis gave Olivia Wilde a cool fuchsia color for a movie premiere in Los Angeles by layering two products: Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ($9) in Smitten as a stain followed by a coat of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Color ($23) in Fuchsia.
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Camilla Belle might not look anything like Stone, put they’re actually wearing the same shade of lipstick. Why? “Camilla and Emma both have yellow undertones, so this shade looks perfect on both of them,” Quynh says, who did Belle’s makeup as well.
The models at Diane Von Furstenberg’s F/W 13 show all wore the same shade of pink—M.A.C.’s Chromagraphic Pencil ($16) in Process Magenta under lip balm—and while it flattered everyone, none more than model Tian Yi.
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Makeup artist Tsipporah used M.A.C.’s Lipstick ($15) in Candy Yum Yum to give Priyanka Chopra—Bollywood actress and the latest face of Guess—a striking pink pout for a Los Angeles event.
If you have a similar complexion to Ashley Madekwe, apply Dior’s Rouge Dior Lipstick ($32) in Fuchsia Star and top it off with a coat of Urban Decay’s Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19) in Crush for shine.
Those with a red undertone, like Nyong’o, should choose a hue with a blue undertone to make the color pop, says makeup artist Nick Barose. He used Armani’s Lip Maestro ($32) in 504 Ecstasy: “This bold color turns a gorgeous fuchsia on her.”