It’s easy to tell if a dress color will flatter your skin tone. But do you know which eyeshadow shades best enhance your eye color?
I don’t know about you guys, but when I look at someone, the first facial feature I notice is usually his or her eyes. The eyes don’t lie. They speak when mouths are silent, and sometimes frown while lips forge a smile. We can draw someone across a room by holding eye contact for that extra second, and an action as subtle as a wink can alter the meaning of a sentence. In reality, our eyes typically say much more about our moods or intentions than our words or expressions do.
A woman knows how powerful her eyes can be. Think of doe-eyed Audrey Hepburn, the coquettish lids of Sofia Loren, and the open, vulnerability of Meg Ryan’s baby blues. My eyes are one of my favorite features to play up when I’m doing my makeup so I thought I’d share some eyeshadow suggestions with you guys as well! I’ve rounded up the hues and eye shadow palettes best suited to your natural eye color no matter what shade you were dealt in the genetic lottery
If you got this recessive trait, you should surely play it up! It may sound surprising but eyeshadows with orange, rust, or terracotta undertones really enhance the acqua color of your eyes. Since blue and orange are opposite each other on the color wheel, they make each other stand out when put together. Look for palettes with copper-y undertones like Urban Decay’s Heat Palette or the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Shadow Palette.
Where are my brown eyed girls at? There are plenty of shades of brown eyes – from amber to chocolate – but for the most part they all look good with complementary warm, toasty neutral hues. I prefer to use baked brown shades that seem mostly natural with a hint of shimmer. When you want to really go for a bold pop of color, lavender hues will make your brown irises pop. Try the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette or the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude.
Hazel eyes can be tricky because they’re fickle. Sometimes they seem to be green through and through and other days they’re more on the brown end of the spectrum. If you play your cards (shadow?) right, you can play up the flecks of green that make your eyes unique. Go for eye shadows with gold undertones to bring out the lighter shades in your eyes, like the Buxom Suede Seduction Eyeshadow Palette or the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Shadow Palette.
Green eyes are harder to spot right off the bat. While blues and browns tend to be more obvious, green eyes may be mistaken for one or the other without the proper backdrop. Similar to blues, green eyes pop when placed next to an opposite hue on the color wheel. Spring for palettes with red undertones, ranging in color from cranberry to plum. You can also play up green with earthy brown shades that teeter on the verge of olive. Try the MAC Burgundy X 9 Eye Shadow Palette or the Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in 002.
No matter what shade you were blessed with, your eyes are such an intimate feature. I hope these suggestions make you feel as powerful as a leading lady.
Photography by George Elder