Bring out the best in your eyes :Part 1 (Make eye color Pop)

Skin Tone and Hair Color are the main basis for choosing eye shadow colors, and the basis of smart application of eyeshadow is choosing three shades for applying eye makeup: a highlighter shadow, medium shadow, and a darker contour shadow.

  • The highlighter is the lightest eye shadow that is used to highlight underneath the arch area of your eyebrows, and the inner corner of your eye.

  • The medium colored shadow is used all over the eyelid up to the crease area.

  • The darker contour shade can be used to emphasize the crease area, or used to line the eyes.

When figuring out what color eye shadow(s) to apply, it's nice to have a color wheel chart handy, like this one:

You want to select shades that will bring out the natural color of your eyes. Your goal is to make your eye color "pop" or stand out -- not for your eyeshadow to compete with or diminish your natural color in any way. The key is to select a color opposite from your own eye color in the color wheel.

" For example, the opposite of blue eyes is a warm shade of brown, or tawny or golden shades. This is actually a theory discovered and proven by Leonardo da Vinci (so I am not making it up): Whenever you pair two opposing (opposite) colors, they intensify each other. So by using shades of eyeshadow or eyeliner that are the opposite of green (coppery warm browns or purple), they will make the green in the iris of your eyes look brighter and much more green. If you have brown eyes, lucky you! You can experiment with a variety of colors and still enhance your natural eye color. So play to your heart’s with purple, green, gold, navy, silver, copper, or brown. Any color looks beautiful around brown eyes; you will not be competing with your natural eye color. If you are wondering why you do not see a category on the chart for hazel eyes, it is because they are not just one color. Hazel eyes are a mixture of colors, either green and brown or green and blue. Depending on which color you want to enhance, choose your eyeshadow to bring that color out, and place your eyes in the color category you want to enhance. If you have blue-green hazel eyes, you can choose shades from the blue or green category. If you have green-brown hazel eyes, you can place them in the green or brown category. So you get to pick; don’t be afraid to experiment."- Robert Jones
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Suggestion Chart for Color Combinations

Fair Hair, Light Skin
Highlighter shadow: White, Pale Gold, Pale Pink
Medium shadow: Taupe, Gray
Contour/Liner shadow: Cocoa brown, Navy, Dark Brown

Brown Hair, Medium Skin
Highlighter shadow: Pale Pink, White, Light Gold
Medium shadow: Cocoa Brown, Silver-Gray, Burgundy Brown
Contour/Liner shadow: Charcoal, Navy, Deep Brown

Dark Hair, Dark Skin
Highlighter shadow: Pale gold, Pale Pink
Medium shadow: Cocoa Brown, Deep Rich Brown, Dark Gray
Contour/Liner shadow: Black, Charcoal, Dark Brown

Good to know

Keep in mind that you should have fun with your eyeshadow and it shouldn't be a bothersome process. 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 5 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.

Picking from what seems like an army of eye makeup shades on store shelves can feel like a perplexing task, but our experts say you can rely on certain hues that are guaranteed to work for your eye color. “Like a simple ribbon that pulls together and brightens wrapping paper for a gift, eyeshadow can make your natural eye color pop!”

“Focus on blending light around the eyes, and stay away from muddy colors that will look overdone with dark lashes, brows and eyes,” advises Dedivanovic. “Apply concealer on lids to brighten the base, and try shimmery beige tones or a nude pencil along the inner rim of eyes,” he adds. Three Custom Color Specialists is known for a signature peachy-nude Clarifier pencil that’s made especially for the inner rim, and comes in “Light” for fair skin tones and “Medium” for deeper complexions.

For more on how to bring best in your eyes, checkout part 2 here.

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