Find the perfect makeup for your complexion

The supermodels of the 1980s look as beautiful now as they did in their catwalk heyday and you can follow their lead by choosing cosmetics to flatter your changing complexion. Here’s a prescription of products to complement your skin tone.

Fair: Claudia Schiffer


Finding tones which work with your peaches and cream complexion is key. Choose soft shades like muted pink to enhance your porcelain skin and add colour without being overpowering. Seek out eyeshadow palettes in natural tones that can be built up into a chocolate smoky eye for evening.


1. Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation in Golden Glow, $92. 2. Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette 01, $85. 3. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Concealer in Fair, $55. 4. Nars Blush in Reckless, $46.


Stick to a slick of light pink gloss on lips or for more impact, step it up to a dusty pink shade. Keep nails a light nude hue, as darker colours will make your skin look too pale.


1. Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Loving, $26. 2. Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in Berry, $18. 3. Smashbox Be Legendary Long-wear Lip Lacquer in Flushed, $50. 4. Eve Lom Golden Radiance Bronzing Powder, $99.


Fair/Medium: Christy Turlington

Taupes and tangerines are just some of the colours that flatter this skin tone. You can afford to pick darker pinks with good depth of colour for lips and cheeks and duskier eyeshadows in rich chocolate shades to help accentuate your warm skin colour.


1. Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer, $88. 2. .Jane Iredale Gloss in Kir Royale, $58. 3. Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup in Pure Beige, $80. 4. Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Pink Dragon, $54.

An opaque nude/pink shade works perfectly on nails, helping to highlight your cappuccino-toned complexion.


1. Makeup Me Mineral Shadow in Gold Minx, $32. 2. Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Makeup in Nude, $33. 3. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis in Peach Negliee, $10 & Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Beginner’s Luck, $18.50. 4. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Romantic Rose, $68.

Medium: Cindy Crawford

Help darker skin tones sing by using lustrous golden shades to illuminate cheeks and eyes. Avoid choosing a concealer which is too light, as this will stand out and look chalky on deeper complexions.


1. Nars Dual-Intensity Blush in Adoration, $69. 2. MAC Match Master Concealer in 2, $75. 3. Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Medium 2, $69. 4. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color EyeShadow Duo in Precious Metals, $69.

Rusty lip colours work well, while bronzers can also afford to be on the deeper end of the shade spectrum. Keep nails nude in tone to complete a sophisticated look.


1. Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Dahlia, $26.50. 2. Orly Color Blast Nail Polish in Nude Crème, $14. 3. Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, $58. 4. Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Sunny Day, $20.

Olive: Helena Christensen

This beautiful bronze, biscuit-coloured skin tone is the perfect match for vibrant cosmetics. Add a bolt of bold lipstick for a pop of colour and a flattering contrast.


1. Lancôme Absolu Rouge in 368, $57. 2. Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Affriolant, $61. 3. bareMinerals READY Bronzer in High Dive, $38. 4. YSL Le Teint Touch Éclat in Beige Rose, $97.

A dark, smoky eye will create a sultry evening look, while dark bronzer can be used to add definition to cheekbones. Choose bright shades for nails to achieve maximum impact against olive skin.


1. Essie Nail Lacquer in Clambake, $24.50. 2. Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Eye Shadow in Golden Girl, $69. 3. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Hibiscus, $52. 4. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in Neutral, $64.