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Olive skin describes a skin color spectrum that is frequent among populations from Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East,Central Asia and North Africa, as well as parts and South Asia.
Named for its green and gold undertones (the color of an olive), it refers to an earthy skin tone which can be warm, neutral, cool, or anything in between. Typically olive skin is a darker complexion that is naturally tanned, however can be lighter in color as well. Fair olive-skinned people have light skin that in cold weather may seem "fair" or "pale", but a slight but usually noticeable olive hue remains. This distinguishing aspect of the skin type is what contributes to its name and differentiates it from other skin types.