One of the most common questions I get asked almost on a weekly basis is:
“How do I choose the correct shade of eyeshadow to compliment my eye colour?”
Well, It’s actually not as complicated as you might think.
The most important thing when choosing eyeshadow & liner is your own eye colour. You want to select shades that will bring out the natural colour of your eye. You want your eye colour to pop and stand out, not for your eyeshadow to compete with your natural eye colour.
The 3 basic eye colours, in varying shades, are Blue, Green and Brown. There are also 2 other colours, which are Hazel and Grey. Hazel eyes is a combination of Green & Blue or Green & Brown. Grey eyes is a very pale shade of either Blue or Green.
Lots of people think/assume wrongly that choosing the same eyeshadow shade as your eye colour will bring out your eye colour. This is not true. Wearing the same shade of clothes sometimes do that, especially for blue and green eyes, but not eyeshadow. Wearing the same colour distracts/takes away from the eyeshadow colour and eye colour and gives a dull nondescript tone of ‘nothingness’.
First off, lets start with the colour wheel:
The rule of thumb is this: to best compliment your eye colour, choose the colour closest to your eye colour on the colour wheel. The exact opposite colour on the wheel will be your best complimenting colour. For example, for blue eyes, choose a warm shade of brown or golden shades. For green eyes coppery, warm browns or purple will make the green of your eyes look brighter and much more green. Whenever you pair two oposite colours, they intensify each other.
As already mentioned, stay far away from blue eyeshadow. If you want you eyes to pop and look mesmerising try earth-tones such as warm browns and golden, copper, golden khaki, rich raisin, browns with a slight purple base, taupe, slate coloured greys and charcoal. If you want to have a little fun outside of the earth-tones, try a rose colored eyeshadow. The coolness from the pink/purple eyeshadow will be a really nice contrast to your blue eyes.
Various shades of purple is the best colour for your green eyes. The contrast in color to your eyes will make them pop and 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 or orange undertones. Basic eyeshadow colors for green eyes would be earth tones with slight hints of coppery bronze, taupe colors, mocha browns, deep burgundy and lavender/violet purple shades. Charcoal is also a great colour for you.
Brown eyes are the most versatile. You can basically experiment with a variety of colours and still enhance your natural eye colour. You can basically use any colour, as long as it does not make your eye look murky and dull. Play around with purple, green, navy, blue, gold, silver, copper, brown, mahogany, deep espresso, pewter, deep green,taupe, navy, etc. You will not be competing with your natural eye colour.
Hazel eyes are not in a single colour. Hazel eyes are a mixture of colours, either green brown or green blue. Choose the eye colour you want to enhance and refer to the corresponding colour category If you have green-brown hazel eyes (like myself), you can choose colours from the green or brown category.
This eye colour is basically a very bale blue or pale green, however the iris is surrounded by a dark ring. Surrounding the eye colour with rich, deep eyeshadow and eyeliner will make your eye pop and glow. Choose colours from the corresponding category to enhance/bring out the blue or green in your eyes.
Choosing a combination of monochromatic colours (the two colours on either side of your eye colour) will also ‘compliment’ your eye colour.
My last tim for applying eyeshadow…play around with colour. Never use just a single colour on your eye. The key is to use complimenting colours that work well together and blend then to form a ‘new’ colour. A single shade appears flat. By combining 2 or more colours you create depth. Even the loved Smokey Eye, when done beautifully & perfect, consists of a couple of monochromatic colours.Have fun playing around with colour. Don’t be scared. If you don’t like it, start over. One last tip…for colours too vibrant or bright for your liking, add a little brown or black and blend well. This will ‘dull out’ the colour. (All Images: Google Images, Info: Looking younger by Robert Jones)