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
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.
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.
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 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
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.