Eye shadow can be a great way to accentuate your eyes. Use the wrong color however and it could have devastating effects! Not everyone can pull off Bret Michaels’ pre-1990 make up trends.
The first thing to remember when choosing eye shadow is to take into consideration your skin tone. A color on a green eyed person with a dark complexion is going to look very different on a green eyed person with fair skin. You may have to try a couple of different shades before you find the one that fits.
Blue eyes come in many shades and degrees of lightness. They can be light and pale or very deep and opaque. The rule of thumb with blue eyes is that cool colors are your friend when it comes to eye shadow. Cool colors are soft against blue eyes, which let the eye color dominate. Cool colors include blues, greens and purples with a blue undertone. Exceptions to this rule include pink and oranges such as copper, bronze and rust. Pinks should be kept soft and your orange shades should compliment your skin tone.
Green eyes require a completely different approach. Whether your eyes are blue-green or hazel -green, or any other shade of green in between, if you are trying to enhance the green in them you should keep the colors you use warm. Copper, gold, mauve, bronze, purples with more of a pink undertone, and even light green. Try to avoid blues as much as possible, blue shades compete with green eye color too much. Your green eyes will play second fiddle to blue shadow, and that is not the point of eye shadow!
Pinks can be flattering to green eyes; pinks can also look absolutely awful. Pinks are a trial and error type of color, but when you find the right one it can soon become your favorite.
Talk about versatility! Brown eyes can wear a wide variety of colors to make their eyes stand out. There really no colors that are off limits in that respect just make sure to compliment your skin tone and you are set!
Hazel Eyed folks are pretty versatile also. Like their green eyed friends however, blue shadow should be avoided at all costs. Pinks and browns are flattering and can really bring out the green in your eyes. Greens work well too. Golds and shades of yellow such as mustard, sunflower and sand are perfect for hazel eyes. Purples work too, just for the not too much blue rule for green eyes.
When in doubt about eye shadow neutrals work well with any eye color and any skin tone. Also application is important. There are many tutorials available online that show step by step instructions for applying eye shadow and liner. Good luck and have fun discovering your perfect shadow colors!