Fashion Tip: What Vivid Eyeshadow Works for Me

So primary colors were in for fall and now for Spring/Summer 2012 it's all about pastels.
Learning how to wear the color trends for clothing is one thing, but what about your face?
That's me...back in the day!

How do you wear the trending colors on your eyes?
Well, this isn't going to be a post about eyeshadow application, it's going to be a guide for how to match the color for your eyes.
(I'll leave the "how-to" for our beauty blogger Jenna!)

Match my skin or my eyes
Believe it or not, it is about the color of your eyes. You first have to learn which colors compliment your eye color best. (It's not unlike using a color wheel.)

Now that you have your palette of shades that work for your eye color, you can determine which hue works best with your skin tone. And sorry lovelies, there is no short cut. You can only do this by trial and error. Test them out, wipe off and try again!

Now that you have the basics, here's a simple guide according to eye color.

Blue Eyes
Stay far away from blue eyeshadow. In fact, don't even get a palette that has blue in it. If you want you eyes to pop and look mesmerizing then try wearing earth-tones, such as browns with a slight purple base, taupe, and slate colored grays. If you want to have a little fun outside of the earth-tones, then try a nice rose colored eyeshadow. The coolness from the pink/purple eyeshadow will be a really nice contrast to your blue eyes.

Brown Eyes
Brown eyes can get away with wearing almost any color of eyeshadow!  But if you want you eyes to pop then try either green eyeshadow or even pink eyeshadow. You can also use blue eyeshadow, and if you have gold flecks in your eyes you may want to try an eyeshadow that has a gold shimmer to it. You will be mesmerizing. The cool thing about Brown eyes is that they can pull-off wearing brown eyeshadow, but be careful because certain tones can look muddy against your beautiful brown eyes. Golds are golden!

Green/Hazel Eyes
In order to get green eyes to pop, you should try wearing various purple shades. The contrast in color to your eyes will make them seem more dramatic. If you want your eyes to stand out but look more natural, you may want to try warmer mocha brown shades or warm colors with slight orange undertones. Basic eyeshadow colors for green eyes would be earth tones with slight hints of gold, taupe colors, mocha browns, and lavender-purple shades. Since most green and hazel eyes have a variety of flecks, feel free to experiment with these colors so you can find the perfect one for your eyes.

The Final Word

I say...avoid reds, except in photoshoots! Red, and sometimes pink is hard to pull off. Applied incorrectly, you could look like you have an eye infection! I'm guessing that's not the look you are going for.

Keep in mind that you should have fun with your eyeshadow and a general rule of thumb with eyeshadow is to first compliment your eye color and then it shouldn't contrast your clothing. In other words, don't wear a purple based eyeshadow on your blue eyes while you are wearing a coral toned shirt. You should try to keep your clothing and eyeshadow in the same or color family, or at least a complimentary family.

And finally, remember that sometimes less is more. Don't add five layers of green eyeshadow on your brown eyes thinking that it will make them look fabulous. Often times a slight hint of color is all your eyes need to really pop and look mesmerizing.


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