Having morena skin means having a natural, sun-kissed glow. While many might feel that they can only move within neutral shades, there are actually a lot of really great colors in the market that can immediately take you from basic to blooming if you're willing to go out your comfort zone. Here are a few makeup palettes that you can start with.

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1. Zoeva Artisto Blush Palette

P998 at Sephora.ph


Warm pinks and coral tones work wonders on the Pinay skin! Dust your cheeks with one of two blush options and add a touch of translucent highlighter to finish off your look.

FN TIP: To get that post-beach trip glow, apply your blush starting on the area near the sides of your nose and flick the brush outward. Don’t forget to add a bit on the bridge of your nose, too. Use highlighter to soften the edges near the highest points of your cheeks.

2. Revlon Photoready Primer, Shadow + Sparkle in Romanticism

Available at Revlon beauty counters


Who says cool tones don’t work on morenas? The key is knowing how to properly blend the grays, silvers, and plums in this eye shadow palette to get a dramatic and ethereal look. Now, you can go all-out diyosa for your evening engagements!

FN TIP: Yes, it’s possible to highlight your lids. Simply use the palette’s Sparkle powder and lightly apply it to the center of your lids to give them that soft glow.

3. Lime Crime Venus2 Palette

Approx. P1,979 ($38) at LimeCrime


Venus2 has eight full-sized eyeshadow options that aren’t only ultra-pigmented but also vegan-friendly. Its playful tints are great if you’re feeling brave enough to experiment.

FN TIP: Try leveling up your neutral game by using the shade Mustard and mixing it with the shade Jam (reddish orange) for a fiery sunset look that’s definitely summer-ready.

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4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sundipped Glow Kit

P2,100 at PrettyGirlManila

Love highlighting? This deceivingly simple-looking palette gets your glow from 0 to 10 in a few swipes, and it comes in four colors: Bronzed for that deep amber metallic finish, Tourmaline for a sweet rose gold tint, Moonstone for a pinkish quartz and white pearl glow, and Summer for that sun-kissed sand hue that reflects gold.

FN TIP: You can also use highlighters on your collarbone and shoulders to complete your beach goddess look.

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5. The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip and Cheek Cream Palette

P2,308 at Sephora.ph


This palette may stick to the basics, but the colors are very functional and buildable!

FN Tip: Go for gradient lips by mixing different tones: the deeper reds and oranges go on your inner lip, while the lighter shades go on your outer lip.

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