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Learn more about how VIOLA ROUGE crafts its shades with underlying skin tone in mind. While we know every shade looks gorgeous on everyone, we also understand personal preference. This shade guide gives you a place to get started...

Red Skin Tone/Undertone

  • Even the deepest brown or palest pink skin can have red undertones. So, Irish, Scottish and Germans may fall into the same category as some Somalians and Senegalese.
  • Bright colors often exaggerate a ruddy complexion.
  • Deeper reds and oranges with a blue base work best.
  • Berries contrast and cool down the heat to balance red skin tones.
  • Dark skin with red undertones looks great with a nude shade that has a slightly bluer base; Fair skin can handle a peachy nude shade that is a bit deeper than your skin tone.
Red Collection Shades

Blue Skin Tone/Undertone

  • Cool skin has a blue tint. This is true for the deepest Sudanese skin tones and the fairest Brit.
  • Red/Orange shades work well.
  • Vibrant purple and fuchsia have a blue base, so they complement cool skin tones.
  • Neutrals work well.
Blue Collection Shades

Yellow Skin Tone/Undertone

  • Yellow undertones are often described as peachy or golden. Warm shades of fiery red or a sunny orange look great but any shade works if it suits your personality.
  • Fiery red hues with an orange undertone work well.
  • Berries contrast and cool down the heat to balance red skin tones.
  • Neutrals are great.
    Yellow Collection Shades

    Pink Skin Tone/Undertone


    • Pink complexions can be found in every ethnic group. However, typically Nordic descendants fall into this category.
    • Red and orange shades can easily overpower this skin tone.
    • Berries contrast and cool down the heat to balance red skin tones.
    • Rose colored nudes create a beautiful neutral palette.
      Pink Collection Shades

      Olive Skin Tone/Undertone


      • In truth, Olive is a skin tone, not an undertone. Olive skin tones can be found in abundance in places like Nigeria, Morocco, Italy, Spain, the Pacific Islands, and all over South America. They can also be found in the Middle East as well as the Mediterranean.  When it comes to foundation, this skin tone is the most difficult to match. It’s also the group that can have the most fun with lipstick. It typically has warm or neutral undertones with a greenish cast to the skin, so it is complemented by a wide range of lipstick shades.
      • Bright red shades highlight golden-yellow undertones.
      • Cool berry shades accent the warmth of this complexion.
      • Pink shades should fall within the coral range.
      • Deep red wine and cranberry shades and earthy brown nudes also work well with olive skin tones.
      • The ideal nude shades lean towards a brown or mauve hue, or have a warm orange base. 
        Olive Collection Shades

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