How to pick the right eye shadow for your eye color

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm in love with make up, no, like really. It is a miracle if I walk out of Rite Aid without any beauty products! I am always checking out the latest beauty trends and testing out new make up tricks! I wanted to share one of the most basic make up tricks with you, and that is picking the best eye shadows to accentuate your eye color.


I personally have a huge affinity for blue eyes, but that's probably just because I don't have them (Both of my little sisters got them, I got jacked!). You never hear someone say "wow, what beautifully piercing brown eyes you have." Ya.. nope. And while blue eyes are gorgeous on their own, you can always accentuate them more. Since blue is a cool tone, warmer shades tend to set this iris ablaze. You want to avoid applying too much color on blue lids, because it will detract from the natural beauty.

Colors that work best: Browns, Grays, Blues, and Eggplant. Also opt for brown eye liners, they are much softer than black.

An unexpected twist: Orange/Peach/Gold may not be the first color that comes to mind for blue eyes, but based on color theory, it makes perfect sense. Orange and blue are opposite each other on the color wheel, making them a natural complimentary pair. Since peach and gold close variations of orange they too work well against blue eyes. The warmth of a golden hue brings out the blueness in the eyes and make blue eyes appear bigger and brighter. 

I have brown eyes, so I can attest first hand on how to apply make up to them. Those with dark eyes have the widest range of shadow options. Brown is a neutral, and it doesn't tend to compete with colors in the same way that other eye hues do.

Colors that work best: Browns, Dark Greens, Gray, Black, Plums and Purples. 

An unexpected Twist:  Since brown eyes can reap the benefits of most shades, drumming up the drama is pretty simple. However, few women rarely dare to go blue. Dark navy can create an amazing smokey eye. But, for a bolder look, use a cobalt shadow, and if you're really daring, coat your lashes with blue mascara. 

Green eyes, although very beautiful, are far less versatile when it comes to eyeshadow. With green eyes you want to use mainly earth tones. Much like the recommendation for blue eyes, brown eyeliners are much more complimentary than black.

Colors that work best: Browns, Taupes, Greens, Mauve, Wine, and Gold.

An unexpected twist: Bright purple creates the perfect backdrop for the warm tones of green eyes. If you really want your green eyes to pop, make sure you go with a true, bright purple, instead of a plum or burgundy.

These peepers range between green and brown and often have flecks of gold and gray. Because of their spectrum of colors, you can play up certain aspects of hazel eyes to transform their hue.You can make them appear more gold or green based on what shadows you use.

Colors that work best: Browns, Golds, Grays, Navy, and Greens

An unexpected twist: Burgundy or rust can really make hazel eyes pop! They pick up on the green flecks in the iris. If you're feeling exceptionally bold, try a fuchsia.


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