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:
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.
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:
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!