Want to make your peepers pop? If you’re a creature of habit when it comes to make-up and aren’t quite sure which eyeshadow colour you should be wearing, read on to find out how to enhance those irises.
Eyeshadow for Blue Eyes
As blue is a naturally cool colour, try using warm, neutral tones to accentuate your eyes. Unlike dark, smokey eyeshadows paired with lots of heavy eyeliner, layering light shades of earthy brown is a much more effective way of complementing the twinkle in your eye without distracting too much from your natural beauty.
The opposite of blue on the colour wheel, orange and peach hues are especially good at setting off blue eyes as they create a lovely contrast without overshadowing.
While all these colours are great for wearing during the day, if you’re heading out and fancy a look with a bit more sparkle then shimmery gold and bronze eyeshadows are superb options for drawing attention to blue eyes. To really electrify your baby blues, try sweeping a line of metallic eyeshadow or deep purple across your lower lash line too.
Eyeshadow For Hazel Eyes
Hazel irises contain different coloured flecks of brown, gold and green, so if you’re lucky enough to have this eye colour then you can experiment with a number of eyeshadows depending on your mood and which flecks you feel like illuminating.
As with blue eyes, dark, smokey eyeshadows can be slightly overpowering next to a hazel iris, so for daytime choose rich, autumnal colours like warm browns, golds and greens to match the changeable tones of your eyes. To really bring out their natural sparkle, dab gold or bronze on the inner corners and centre of your eyelids.
For highlighting any green flecks or to create a look that’s more party-ready, add a touch of purple, wine red or dusty pink eyeshadow to your eyelids, or rim your lashes with dark green shades to add real depth to your look.
Eyeshadow For Green Eyes
As green eyes are naturally bright, you don’t have to rely on vibrant colours to make them stand out. Green-eyed make-up lovers that want to accentuate their fluttering assets are best suited to eyeshadow colours the opposite of green on the colour wheel, such as muted purple, pastel pink, wine red and rose gold – all providing a perfect finish for a night out or special occasion.
To enhance your gorgeous greens during the day, make soft palettes of shimmery brown, charcoal grey and forest green eyeshadows your go-to make-up essentials. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even experiment with mixing some of these colours together to create a slightly richer finish.
Sweep a hint of gold across your eyelids and on the inner corners to highlight any yellow specks in green eyes – although this popular make-up hack works on most eye colours, it’s especially effective at complementing green eyes. Not to mention gold is wearable across all seasons.
Eyeshadow For Brown Eyes
When it comes to eyeshadow, brown-eyed beauties are pretty fortunate as the neutral tone of their eyes means they can afford to play with a whole host of hues across the colour wheel without worrying about clashing different shades.
For best results, cool blue, plum and green tones tend to do a great job of balancing out the warmth of brown eyes and are completely wearable during the day, but if using brighter colours doesn’t appeal to you then neutral shades of nude and salmon can also work wonders.
Top Eyeshadow Tips
- Once you’ve found an eyeshadow that suits you, remember the key to making it look good is also very much down to how you apply it. Whether you’re using pale or dark shades, be sure not to cake on the pigment in one area and drag it across your eye – take some time with it and lightly layer on the eyeshadow to ensure you get even coverage.
- If you’re feeling creative and want to try wearing a few different colours together – primer and blending are your best friends. Applying primer will not only help your eyeshadow stay in place, but also help you to blend the colours together more easily.
- Blend the eyeshadows using your finger, make-up brushes or a sponge to keep any colour gradients looking as slick as possible. When mixing in vibrant colours, always include a neutral shade to help keep your look toned down and wearable.
- And last but not least, remember to mix your finishes. If you wear too much shimmer eyeshadow, you might find your make-up looking a bit over the top. Equally, being too generous with a matte eyeshadow will only make your eyes look flat. A mixture of shimmer and matte is the ideal combination to add dimension and keep your peepers looking pretty.