“Taupe works on everyone from the palest skin tone with blonde hair to the darkest skin and hair color,” says Walsh. The color, which is a mixture of brown and grey, is neutral enough to complement all eye and skin colors. Walsh recommends shading the lids with a taupe shadow (or a shimmery taupe for evening) and then defining the eye with a dark brown liner.
Try: Lancôme Petit Tresor in Fil D’Argent ($25, lancome-usa.com), Dior Celebration Collection Eye Palette ($65, sephora.com), Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27, urbandecay.com)
“The color that is most versatile is coral,” says Walsh. “Coral contains neither red nor yellow undertones so it contrasts with most skin tones to create a brightening effect.” She recommends using a light touch with pale skins and a heavier hand to create more of a flush for darker skinned gals.
Try: NARS Orgasm Blush ($28, narscosmetics.com), Cargo Blush in Catalina ($29, cargocosmetics.com), Benefit Coralista ($28, benefitcosmetics.com)
“Look for a transparent lip color that contains a hint of rose or berry to enhance your natural lip shade, effectively creating a better version of your own lips,” says Walsh. Finding a sheer color is key, because it allows the product to adjust to each individual. Walsh is also a fan of a light glossy finish, which is universally flattering regardless of skin tone.
Try: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($15, clinique.com), Jouer Lip Gloss in Bare Rose ($20, nordstrom.com), Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment ($22.50, sephora.com)