VIDEO: Top Beauty Products for Olive Skin

By: Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

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Women with olive skin tones have beautiful complexions that tan easily in the sun. Unlike its fair, more alabaster counterparts, olive skin turns brown (rather than red) when exposed to sunlight. Even though olive-skin Latinas generally suffer less from the harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays, it is still very important to wear sunscreen when going outdoors. Some of the best and most affordable sun-protecting products on the market come from Neutrogena's line of Ultra Sheer Sunscreen.

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Due to the overproduction of melanin in olive skin tones, inflammation, such as a mosquito bites or pimples, can leave dark marks on the skin after healing. Regular sunscreen use will prevent those blemishes from getting darker when exposed to the sun. A product that can help fade dark marks quickly is Clinique's Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. With consistent daily use, this product will even out your complexion and erase the signs of skin discoloration.

Ladies with olive skin tones also tend to deal with oily to combination-oily skin. One of the most important beauty rules for this type of skin is to moisturize every day. When you don't moisturize regularly, your sebaceous glands start overproducing oil. In order to fight excess oil, try using an oil-free moisturizer like Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

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One last issue olive skin seems to contend with is the appearance of large pores on the nose, cheeks and forehead area. This may not be an easily fixed problem, but there are ways to help minimize pores. It is essential to exfoliate and scrub daily to decrease the size and appearance of pores. To help camouflage pores, there's a revolutionary product from Benefit called The Pore-Fessional, which instantly disguises the appearance of pores by only using a pea-sized amount.

BRIGHT CHEEKS, COOL EYES
In terms of makeup products, olive skin tones are able to wear a variety of colors. Blushers in apricot and rosy pink stand out best to bring out that little pink pigment under the olive skin.Two blushers that work well are Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Glisten, which is a matte coral, and NARS blush in Orgasm, a peachy pink shimmer.

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Olive skin also has the luxury of being able to wear any kind of eye shadow color. However, cool-toned shadows like smoky grays and blues look the best. A good palette to try is Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette with its cooler-hued shadows.

The best lip colors for this type of skin tone include oranges, bright and soft pinks and brown nude colors. Two that look gorgeous (and whose proceedings go to a wonderful cause) are MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj (a bright pink with yellow undertones), and MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga (a light pink with blue undertones).

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