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Lilac eyeshadow, peach lipstick and sky blue polish are pretty ways to welcome spring—but how do you know which of these soft shades flatters your skin tone? We asked makeup artist Pati Dubroff for her advice on picking the perfect hue for you.

If you're dark...
Do go for bold. Any vivid statement-making shade, like lilac or canary, will dazzle against deep skin tones. If a full-on lavender lipcolor seems too intimidating, try swiping on a nude lipstick and adding just a dab of color to the center of your lips.
Don't use a light touch. A wash of pastel powder can appear ashy on ebony skin. Instead, apply a dense cream formula and then layer powder on top to create a dramatic pop of color.

Shadow: Maybelline New York ExpertWear Mono Eye Shadow in Purple Daze ($4; drugstores) Liner: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Mist Me? ($25; Lipcolor: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paints Lipcolor in Lilac Lust ($10; drugstores) Polish: Essie Treat Love & Color in Laven-dearly ($10;