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Eyeshadow That Makes Your Eyes Glisten

Posted Jul 29 2009 10:42pm

Authentic Beauty with Kate Turnbow

I see all kinds of eye makeup that claim to accent eye color. I don't know if any of them will actually deliver on their promises of making your eye pop, but in my opinion, your eyes should be the focal point of your face. I may be wrong in that opinion, but between perfectly separated, curled eyelashes and properly applied eyeshadow, in the world of makeup I don't think there's a whole lot that is more important.

Before even discussing eyeshadow application, eyeshadow color will definitely make or break a makeup routine. Not only do you have to keep in mind your skin's tone, but eyeshadow is all about making your eyes pop and and your eye color glisten. I like complementing colors - colors that don't exactly match your eye color but that will actually contrast with your eye color. Of course, it all depends on whether or not you're going for a dramatic smoky look, a standard and pretty day look or a funky and wild kind of look.

Blueeyes-2 For blue eyes, for a simple and pretty look, go with light or medium browns, taupes, chocolates, grays or simply a deeper shade than your natural eye color. For a smoky look, use charcoals or try mixing a black liner with a bright blue. For a funky look, try silver, fuschia or turquoise. Violets or lavenders also work for blue eyes, but look best with baby blue eyes and blond hair. For those with reddish hair, less vibrant colors in brown shades will look best. As a general rule, vibrant colors combined with other vibrant colors isn't a good mix.

Brown_eyes-1 For brown eyes, khaki greens, champagnes, golds, bronzes, browns and even pinks, apricots and blues will really accent your eye color. If you want to add an eyeliner, go with something a little bit darker than your shadow. Go dramatic with teal or purple or go simple and understated yet pretty with a creamy shadow and black mascara. A simple and traditional black eyeliner with some mascara also plays up brown eyes, so feel free to even skip the eyeshadow.

For green eyes, which is my personal eye color, go for deep taupes, khakis, deep browns or greens or warm apricots if you want a pretty day look. For a much dramatic look go with more golden shades like muted plums or purples or mauve berry colors. For a really funky, summery look, try bright limes, fuschias or a sharp purple. I have a berry/pink color that I love to wear with super dramatic Green_Eyesashx-1 black mascara that I use for a day look that really makes my green eyes the focal point of my face. I keep it simple and apply the shadow swept up to the brow bone, all the way around the eye to the crease and around the bottom lid. I apply the shadow a little darker on the brow bone and the crease, and it's a simple and quick yet pretty day look. I don't always apply eyeliner, especially in the summer, but if you want to add an eyeliner to the mix, go for deep gold, brown or black.

Also key in shadow color is your skin tone. Really, eyeshadow is pretty much decorative in my opinion, so it's a pretty big world of possibilities, but every so often your skin tone just will not agree with your shadow choice, and it kind of depends upon your skin's undertone.

Here's a quick little reference on skin undertones. A pale, rosy, ebony, or dark-red cast to skin usually indicates that you have a cool tone. Think of nighttime and the natural colors associated with winter and spring. Warm, yellow, golden, and honey tones usually lend themselves to a warm undertone. Think of daytime and the natural colors associated with summer and fall. If you have a blend of both, or are more olive toned, then you have a neutral undertone to your skin.

For me, I have a blend of both red cast and some yellow undertones, and while I used to have brown eyes, which have now turned into a very bright green, I once tried a goldish-bronze (I know, really technical term there) eyeshadow that I thought would look perfect, it is a color most recommended for brown eyes after all. Let's just say it was completely wrong for my skin tone. It really clashed with the small amount of rosy undertone I have while also bringing out the yellow undertones, making my entire face look almost yellow. That's just one example of how you may not even be aware of all your skin's subtle undertones until you apply a color that really just completely clashes with your natural color. Or now, while I have green eyes I'd love to wear a bright lime color in the summer, but again, lime makes my skin look yellowish. Nevertheless, it's so very important to work with the skin color you have - unless you're Michael Jackson, it is what it is.

Here's to wonderfully glimmering eyes!

Kate Turnbow

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