Quick Tips: Matching Eyeshadow with Eye Color

Matching Your Eyeshadow to Your Eyes

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You know the dilemma: you want to wear eyeshadow but you can't quite get the look right. Even though some say that you should coordinate your eyeshadow with your clothing, you should also pay attention to your actual eye color. There are several tricks to wearing eyeshadow that suits your eye color best. Here is a list of quick-tips on which eyeshadow hues will look the best on each eye color.

Blue Eyes

With blue eyes try wearing earth-tones, such as browns with a slight purple base, taupe, and slate colored grays.

You can wear several colors with blue eyes, but these are some top suggestions to really make your eye color stand out. If you want to have a little fun outside of the earth-tones, then try a nice rose colored eyeshadow. The coolness from the pink/purple eyeshadow will be a really nice contrast to your blue eyes. If your eyes have a touch of gold in them, you can apply gold shadow as well to make them stand out even more. 

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Brown Eyes

Brown eyes can get away with wearing almost any color of eyeshadow. But if you want you eyes to pop then try either green eyeshadow or pink toned eyeshadow. With brown eyes you can also use blue eyeshadow, and if you have gold flecks in your eyes you may want to try an eyeshadow that has a gold shimmer to it. Brown eyes can even pull off wearing brown eyeshadow, but be careful because certain tones can look muddy against your beautiful brown eyes.

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Makeup Artist Tip: When applying eyeshadow make sure to use a primer first, to ensure that your shadow lasts and doesn't crease or rub off during the day. When you use a primer you enable your shadow to stay put, and you an also use it to cover up any veins or marks that you might have on your eyelids, too. Primers come in all forms from clear gels to tinted creams that are easy for application. 

Green/Hazel Eyes

In order to get green eyes to pop, you should try wearing various purple shades. The contrast in color to your eyes will make them seem more dramatic. If you want your eyes to stand out but look more natural, you may want to try warmer  mocha brown shades or warm colors with slight orange undertones. Basic eyeshadow colors for green eyes would be earth tones with slight hints of gold, taupe colors, mocha browns, and lavender-purple shades. Since most green and hazel eyes has a variety of flecks, feel free to experiment with these colors so you can find the perfect one for your eyes.

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The Final Word

Keep in mind that you should have fun with your eyeshadow and it shouldn't be a bothersome process. A general rule of thumb with eyeshadow is to first compliment your eye color and then it shouldn't contrast your clothing. In other words, don't wear a purple based eyeshadow on your blue eyes while you are wearing a coral toned shirt. If you want to wear a more dramatic eyeshadow look, pair it with neutral clothing colors such as black or white. If you want to wear a natural look, you can play around more with the color of your clothes.

 

You should try to keep your clothing and eyeshadow in the same or color family, or at least a complimentary family. And finally, remember that sometimes less is more. If you choose to use one shade over several that's easy and will also look beautiful and simple. Don't add 5 layers of green eyeshadow on your brown eyes, thinking that it will make them look fabulous. Often times a slight hint of color is all your eyes need to really pop and look mesmerizing.