Eyeshadow Crazy!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Choosing Eye Shadow Shades

Eye shadow is a great way to bring out your eye color and help you look polished and put together. That is, when it's chosen and applied correctly! Here are some tips to help you choose the ideal eye shadow shades for your particular eye color.

The two schools of thought when it comes to choosing your eye shadow color are complementary and contrasting colors. For example, Liz Taylor always wore purple eye shadow to bring out her gorgeous violet eyes. This is an example of complementary colors. Contrasting colors would be the opposite of your eye color and can also work well to make the color of your eyes the main focus. Experiment and find out which method you prefer for your eye makeup.

For Blue Eyes: Try warm brown shades like toffee, caramel and gold to bring out blue eyes. One great idea is to use neutral shadows in warm shades, then line with navy blue liner or try a dark blue mascara to make eye color pop.

For Green Eyes: Green eyes look great in shades of purple, from light to dark. Copper, burgundy, fuchsia and rust shades also look stunning on green-eyed girls. Or, try a deep emerald shade for a complementary color.

For Brown Eyes: Brown eyes look gorgeous in many shades, including blue and purple. Go neutral with a shimmering champagne shadow, or try a medium rose shadow for a feminine flush.

For All Eye Colors: You can't go wrong with neutrals! Shades like beige, toffee, fawn and chocolate look fantastic with all eye colors. If you're in the mood for a little color but not too much, use light beige wash of color over entire lid then finish with a colored liner in the shade of your choice.

If you want the perfect colors for your eye color in one convenient kit, check out different eyeshadow palettes. Most brands carry these now.

Don't be afraid to experiment with your eye shadow color. However, a good basic rule of thumb is lightest color on the brow bone, darkest in the crease, medium shade on the lids. However, neutrals and pastels can be used on both the lid and brow bone areas. Powder shadow offers the easiest application, while cream shadows give a glowy look that's easily blendable. Shadows can be applied wet or dry, for a dramatic look or one that's more natural. The best thing about shadow is its versatility!

Hair and Makeup by Sabs Hernandez for Lancôme Paris
Photographed by FILROBES
Modeled by Jacqui Manzano-Yllana & Cielo Fronteras

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