Q&A: Picking Eyeshadow Colours

A reader of mine asked me this a few months back – how do you choose the right eyeshadow colours? Good question indeed, even I wanted to find out because I’m someone who usually sticks to safe colours, meaning, neutrals. Looking through all the eyeshadow palettes I have currently, I can see a lot of the same colours – browns, taupe, beiges. Boring right? Boring but safe. Then I ventured towards something slightly more daring – purple. Not dark ones, just a very light purple in different shades – three to be exact. That was as far as I went. So I set out in search of the “right” eyeshadow colour and found out that certain colours would actually help enhance the colour of your eyes!

To answer the question, for starters, try neutrals. Browns and beige, these are colours that would suit most eye colour. But, even with browns, you would still need to experiment, because it also depends on your skin tone – warm or cool. When you are game enough to venture into uncharted territory, then you can try brighter colours or those with a more pigments.

There is also a simple trick that I’ve picked up on my “travels” of putting on eye make-up. Which shades to put on which parts of your eyelid. I’ve learned that:

  • the lighter colours are used to normally open up your eyes – to highlight your eyes. So this is usually applied on the upper part of your eye – on the brow bone. Another area you can highlight also is the inner corner of your eyes.
  • Next, apply a slightly darker colour, or maybe another shade on your eyelids.
  • Use a darker shade that is close to the colour you used on your lids on the crease of your eyes to accentuate that area.
  • If you have a fourth colour, pick something that is the darkest shade to the previous two and use this on your lash line. If not, just use an eye liner to line your eyes.

You can apply this simple rule to most three or four eyeshadow colour palette that you have.

There are some brands that have their eye shadow palettes labelled for you to easily follow, like this New Colour Max Eye Shadow Palettes by Face of Australia Cosmetics. It has A, B, C & D embossed on the colours and at the back, instructions on where to apply which shades.

Colour Max Eyeshadow Palette in Gold Mine by Face of Australia Cosmetics
Colour Max Eyeshadow Palette in Gold Mine by Face of Australia Cosmetics
The back of the pack with clear instructions
The back of the pack with clear instructions

As for the colours that would help enhance your natural eye colour, well, I’ve come across so many different hints and tips, but I decided this is by far the best. The one that actually made some sense, is using the colour/shade that is opposite to your natural eye colour. Meaning:

  • Blue Eyes – Browns, Coppers and Golds
  • Green Eyes – Plums, Purples, Lilacs and Lavenders
  • Brown Eyes – Blue, Aqua and Emerald Green. But, brown eyes stand out with most colours anyway, so my suggestion is to go with your skin tone (warm or cool) and work from there.

 

Eye ColoursEye Colours by norlinm on polyvore.com 

Basically, look at the colour wheel and which ever eye colour you have, use the ones that are opposite of that colour on the wheel. Great tip isn’t it? Have you got any other tips on picking eyeshadow colours? Feel free to share it with me!

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