Although I like to match my eyeshadow to my outfit and to experiment with crazy colour combinations, the result is not always good. I’m usually not bothered if the shade I’ve chosen doesn’t accentuate and highlight my natural eye colour because to me makeup is a way to expressing myself and how I’m feeling on a particular day. But there are some special occasions, like an important work interview or a date with a special someone, when it’s important to look your best. And that means choosing an eyeshadow colour that complements your eye colour. But how to pick it?
The colour wheel
If you paid attention in art class, you’ll remember the colour wheel. The colour wheel displays the main colours of the rainbow in a circle, and is designed to show the relationships between primary colours, secondary colours, and complementary colours, thus helping you choose shades that go well together. It’s the complementary colours that you should consider when picking your eyeshadow shades. What are complementary colours? Complementary colours are the opposite of each other and thus fall on the opposite end of the wheel. For example, the opposite of blue is orange. Therefore, orange accentuates blue eyes and makes them pop.
What eyeshadow shades complement your eye colour?
Blue eyes: oranges really make blue eyes pop. If this colour is too “extreme” and scary to you, try gold, copper, pink, coral, peach and any shade with orange undertones. Silver shades work well with blue eyes too.
Brown eyes: those with brown eyes are very lucky as most shades will look great on them. Green, bronze, brown, purple, grey, copper and yellow work well with, and accentuate, brown eyes.
Green eyes: to accentuate green eyes, try shades with red undertones such as maroon and burgundy. Peach, pink, purple and grey shades all make green eyes pop too.
Hazel eyes: those with hazel eyes are very lucky too as they can easily wear all the shades suitable for both brown and green eyes.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should stick only to these colours. I certainly don’t. Yet, whenever you want to try a new colour, it’s best to experiment with it at home when you have some free time rather than use it just before a special occasion. That way, if you hate it, you can easily wash it off without having to redo your makeup in a hurry!
Do you stick to eyeshadows shades that complement your eye colour or do you like to experiment?