How To Choose The Best Eyeshadow Colours For Your Eyes

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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?

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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?

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    • Monica, I think pinks and reds go very well with green, but there are also our hair and skin colours to consider when choosing an eyeshadow shade that will enhance our features. With reddish undertones, in particular, it is always best to be careful.

    • Marisa, it’s always fun to experiment, isn’t it? You never know what will suit you until you try it.

  1. I have two colours very light hazel in the middle of the iris with a green ring around them.
    Violets and grey work best on me, allthough I love to use green. Unfortunatly green doesn’t suit me well when used on a large scale. So only eyeliner is best for me, when using greens.

  2. I tend to just where whatever I feel like on the day! Though, to be honest, I think that I’ve learnt what suits me now – I don’t like silvery/lilac colours on me – definitely love warmer colours. I don’t think I’m brave enough with colour – I put it on at home, but rarely, if ever, go out with anything ‘adventurous’!

    • Viv, I’m like you. I wear whatever I want whenever I want, but it’s true that overtime, when we’ve learnt what works best for us, we tend to prefer certain colours and avoid others.

      It can be quite daunting to go out with “adventurous” makeup. I think it’s best to take baby step. Like, for instance, starting with a soft monochromatic colourful look, or a neutral look with a coloured eyeliner, and increase the boldness slowly. :)

  3. I’ve never been good at sticking tot he eyeshadow colours I’m meant to wear =P. I tend to wear whatever colours I feel like, I do stay away from too much red and reddish pink though, as my cheeks are naturally pretty red and it tends to make my eyes look diseased haha!

    • Katie, reddish shades are very difficult to wear indeed. And although I think it’s important to know the rules in case we need them, we should also be able to wear whatever we want, most of the time. :)

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