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Eyeshadow Color-Enhancing Your Eyes

Choosing eye makeup colors for your eyes can be confusing if you are new to wearing makeup. Colors range from neutrals to more trendy bright colors, and sometimes you may see a color that looks beautiful in the package only to find out it does not look as pretty once you wear it. Luckily, it is becoming easier to find complimentary colors as cosmetic companies such as Almay are packaging shadows, lines and mascaras together based on your eye color. While this is a convenient way for you to find the right colors, there are often only four shadows in the kits and if you want to change up your look, it is helpful to know what other colors will make your eyes pop. There are no absolutes when choosing colors, but there are some basics based on the color of your eyes which you can always mix and match.

Brown Eyes – Those of you with brown eyes have a lot of choices when it comes to color. Any shades of brown, such as dark chocolates and khaki work well to give you a natural look. To make your eyes stand out a bit more, shades of purple and green are great. If you were going for a more natural look, a neutral taupe on your lids with an amethyst colored eye liner would be a lovely combination.

Hazel Eyes – Hazel eyes can be really fun to play with because there are so many complimentary colors. Shades of blues and purples will make your eyes stand out. If you have gold flecks in your eyes, a soft gold shadow will help to bring that out. Dark greens also work well.

Green Eyes – My favorite colors to bring out green eyes are violets and pinks. For a more subtle look, golden browns or soft tans will look great. I have found using shades of soft purples with a bronze liner (or bronze shadow with a deep purple liner) make green eyes really stand out.

Blue Eyes – Blue eyes can look dramatic if you apply a dark blue shadow on your lash line. Other colors that compliment blue eyes are neutrals such as gold, bronze and peaches. Brown liners work well to show off blue eyes.

One note related to color: When shopping for eye shadows, one thing to consider is pigmentation (how much color is in the shadow). For example, MAC eye shadows are known for their high pigment colors, meaning their shadows deposit a lot of color and are longer lasting than a low pigment shadow. High pigment shadows also mean you do not need to use a lot, while shadows with low pigmentation often lead to needing several applications of shadow to create the desired effect.

One note related to color application: You may also want to use an eyeshadow primer to keep lasting color whether your shadow has high or low pigmentation. This is basically an eyeshadow base--creating a canvas for your shadow. You can either use a dab of foundation or concealer on your lid before application, or use a specialty product. One of the most popular (and my staple) eyeshadow primer is Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It comes in either Greed (a gold tint), Sin (a champagne tint), Eden (a tawny tint), or Original (clear). The colored primers can be fun to mix with your shadow for a great look that really enhaces your eyes. You apply this on your lid with the wand, allow it to dry and sweep on your eyeshadow. This way you won't have to worry about the shadow creasing or fading!

Choosing colors can be daunting if you are a beginner, but the colors above are a great starting point. If you really aren’t sure what colors to start out with, you can always use neutrals as they will work to compliment all eye colors. The fun part of using eye makeup is there are so many choices based on whether you want to softly enhance your eyes, be trendy or rock a smoky eye (which we will get to in a later article).

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