Best Makeup for Blondes

Celeb colorists reveal what makes blonde so much more fun — and it's all about the season's most gorgeous makeup looks and tips.

By Maureen Choi

July 26, 2011 10:00 AM
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Beautiful Blonde by Day

Blondes start with the most neutral palette, so they can afford to take risks with hair and makeup shades, says celebrity colorist Michael Canalé, who's responsible for painting on Jennifer Aniston's highlights. The trick to looking beyond gorgeous? Balance a punchy lip with a sparkling, eye-enhancing shade.

MC TIP for light skin tones: Soft peachy shades on lips and cheeks won't clash with a ruddy complexion.

MC TIP for tan skin tones: Pale pinks can look drab, so try orange shades to brighten up darker skin.

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Fair Skin

Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Tourbillon Pink, $30.
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Fair Skin

Too Faced Full Bloom Ultra Flush Blush in Who's Your Poppy, $19.
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Fair Skin

Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Quad in Sea Shell, $10.
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Medium Skin Tone

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Glow in Lune Rosée, $44.
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Medium Skin Tone

Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour in Twinkling Star, $22.
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Medium Skin Tone

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Bright Pink, $23.
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Tan Skin

Jemma Kidd Make Up School Hi-Shine Hydrating GlossStick SPF 15 in Sugar Cane, $25.
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Tan Skin

Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée, $40.

Tan Skin

Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss in Tropicoral, $15.
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Deep Skin Tone

Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Colour in Sole, $44.
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Deep Skin Tone

Paul & Joe Lip Gloss B in Sailor's Delight, $22.
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Deep Skin Tone

Illamasqua Lipstick in Flare, $22.
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Beautiful Blonde by Night

MC TIP for light skin tones: Fair and medium skin tones are super-versatile, so play with blue- and orange-based reds.

MC TIP for tan skin tones: True cherry-red stains pop against golden skin. Pair with coppery eyeshadow for an understated yet glam vibe.

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Fair Skin

Bite Beauty Lip Rouge in Blush, $22.
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Fair Skin

Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Rachel Red, $19.
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Fair Skin

JK Jemma Kidd Glitterati Shadow Dust Duo in Paparazzi, $18.
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Medium Skin Tone

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist, $13.
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Medium Skin Tone

Guerlain Terra Cotta Gloss in Tango, $31.
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Medium Skin Tone

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Rouge, $30.
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Tan Skin

MARK i-mark Metallics Eyeshadow in Gold Luxe, $5.
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Tan Skin

L'Oréal Paris infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red, $10.
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Tan Skin

L'Oréal Paris infallible Never Fail Lipgloss in Rebel Red, $10.
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Deep Skin Tone

MARK Lipclick SPF 15 in Glama, $10.
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Deep Skin Tone

Laura Geller Light Beam Lip Gloss in Bitten, $23.
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Deep Skin Tone

L'Oréal Paris HIP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Shadow Duo in Charged, $6.
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Keep Your Blonde Bright

Blondes can prevent brassiness by coating strands with conditioner before hitting the beach.

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Leave-In Conditioner, $17.

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Keep Your Blonde Bright

Pureology Perfect4Platinum Shampoo, $27.
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Keep Your Blonde Bright

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Conditioner, $9.
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Keep Your Blonde Bright

Andre Walker Hair Make-Up in Blonde, $12.
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