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Ask An Expert: How To Match Your Cheek and Lip Color

An issue came up during one of our beauty break chats the other day. Lauren Sherman and I were wondering why peachy Nars Orgasm blush with a Nars Heatwave lip looked so great on her BUT when she switch to a rose-colored Chanel blush called "Rose Petale," the Nars Heatwave suddenly looked way too pink. (It's actually an orange-y red.) Admittedly, I was stumped and thought to ask celebrity makeup artist Susan Posnick to weigh in. She's painted some pretty important faces, like Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, Rene Russo and Diane Lane. She's also the brains behind her very own complete cosmetic line of multi-purpose face, lip and eye products.

Susan had some very helpful advice. "It's a good rule of thumb to keep your lips and cheeks in the same color family," she says. "Use pink cheek color with pink, berry, blue-reds, and pink-beige nude lips. With yellow based cheek color, wear coral, burnished copper, orange-red and golden-beige nude lips. Whether you stay natural or go with bright lips into fall, think of plums (blue-red) and burgundies (yellow-red) on the cheeks. To go with those bright lips, try a flushed cheek color or skip the cheek color all together and use a touch of bronzer and shimmer to simply add warmth and a glow."

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PINK BASED COLORS

Susan recommends Nars' Gaity for a pink cheek.

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Pink Lip

To match those pink cheeks, go for Nars' Scarlet Empress.

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Pink Lip

OR Covergirl Perky.

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YELLOW BASED COLORS

For the cheeks, try Laura Mercier in Blaze.

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Yellow Cheek

Or Nars' Sin.

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Yellow Lip

From Susan's own cosmetics line, London is a good yellow-based lip color.

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Yellow Lip

Or for something lighter, try Baby Kiss from Clinique.

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NEUTRAL COLORS

These are good neutral colors for days that you might feel like mixing and matching. Susan Posnick's Camelia is a great neutral cheek color.

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Neutral Cheek

Susan also recommends Chanel's Tinted Brun Rose for a neutral cheek color.

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Neutral Lip

Bobbi Brown's Brownie goes with any cheek color.

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Neutral Lip

For a darker neutral, try an old favorite, Clinique's Black Honey.

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