When it comes to eye shadow makeup, there are so many colors and combinations that it can seem overwhelming deciding which shades would look best with your eye color. However, there are only a few basic rules for eye color, and these rules can in many instances be broken. Today’s fashion and makeup styles are bold, so most people can get away with being bold with their eye color – as long as they remember to blend in the colors the right way, and use the right contrasting and complimenting colors – not clashing. A variety of eye shadows will look great on any eye color, so if you have a shade you’re dying to try but haven’t had the courage before, now is the time.
Brown-eyed girls are in luck! They can get away with just about any type of eye shadow and liner color. Natural brown hues go across the board to look good with every eye color, but they’re the perfect match with brown eyes. Other colors that are beautiful with brown eyes are purples, neutral and warm coppers, dark browns, and black. Fun eyeliner colors to try with brown eyes would be vibrant purple, gold and copper, rich blue, and even white.
Like brown eyes, green and hazel eyes also look great with warm brown tones. Lighter browns make green eyes look soft and romantic. Burgundy and reddish brown make the natural eye color pop, and violet is simply striking. Black eye shadow and liner is the perfect color to frame green and hazel eyes. A good rule to remember about black is that it goes well with every eye color.
Blue eyes are at their most beautiful with shadows that contrast with the irises, such as warm copper, any shade of brown, and peach. The right shade of pink blended in with brown or black will make blue eyes look sultry.
If you have rare, striking gray eyes, frame them in cool browns, romantic blues, or soft purples. Silver on the top blending into dark gray or black near the lashes bring out the romance in gray eyes. Silver or white eyeliner, especially paired with dark shadow, will create a dramatic, unforgettable effect.
Colors to be careful with:
Green eye shadow should be used with care, as it can look unnatural and harsh, and dark or dusty green usually makes the eyelids look dirty. Pink can give the eyelid a puffy appearance, and are best with deep set eyes. Bright blue eye shadow was all the rage in the 80s and is making a comeback, but be careful with its application so you don’t look like an amateur. Blue looks best with brown or gray eyes, and with black or platinum hair. If you’re blue-eyed and wearing blue eye shadow, be sure to go a shade darker than your eyes; never match the shade with your eye color. If you’re using a dramatic colored eyeliner, tone down your shadow to neutral browns and beiges, to give the liner the spotlight and not clash with too many colors competing for attention.
Eye shadow and liner can be a lot of fun to use and experiment with, but take note of which colors and combinations work best with your eye color. All you need to do is find a few great shades, and with a little practice you can have the daring, romantic, smoldering, or subtle eye look you’ve always dreamed of.
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