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Best Eyeshadows to Match Your Eye Color

Last updated on : August 26 2017

eyeshadows that match your eye color

When you are trying to accentuate your eyes with the help of makeup, your eyeshadow is a vital element. Your eyes are the windows to your soul, so bringing out their color will max out your entire look. 

With the multitudes of shades available in the market today, it's important to know which one best complements your eyes, style, and look for the day. If you use the wrong one, it will conceal the beauty of your eyes and may clash with your style.

To help you find a color that flatters your face and brings out your natural eyes, we’ve compiled the following list of insights for you. 

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History of Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is a simple eye makeup that comes in the form of a fine powder. It is used to add color to your eyelids for contrast and polish. Its first use can be traced back to Ancient Egypt in the form of kohl. Egyptian royalty used this early way to enhance their appearance during religious ceremonies.

Once it reached Rome and Greece, people started using it to enhance their attractiveness instead of just for religious ceremonies. However, only upper-class women were able to afford such an extravagant cosmetic product.

Today, however, the makeup has come a long way from its humble beginnings in Egypt and is extremely popular all over the world.  

Infographic - match eyeshadow to eye color

Which Eye Shadow is best for my Eyes

Very often, women make the mistake of matching their eye makeup to the clothes they are wearing. We recommend that you avoid this fashion faux pas because it might not be flattering to your eyes. 

Instead, you should choose eye makeup to flatter your complexion and your hair and eye color. The shade should complement your natural eyes but not necessarily match it perfectly. For example, if you have blue eyes and wear a blue choice your eyes will appear dull.

Based on your eyes we recommend the following:

Blue Eyes

Blue eyes belong to the cool tone family, and so warm tones will provide the best contrast to bring out their irises.

For all you gorgeous blue-eyed women out there, try earthy tones, slate gray, and taupe. Use pink or rose when you want a brighter look.

One thing to remember about blue eyes is to avoid using blue eye makeup because it will result in a dulling of your eyes.

The celebrity makeup artist, Dae Sik Son, says, “Apply softer, tonal shades like coral and champagne – they will catch the glint in the iris, but won’t distract.” The whole point is to accentuate your eyes and make them more attractive.

Green Eyes

When you have beautiful green eyes, try purple, mauve, violet, lilac, and plum. For a different look that works try brown with some bronze and gold specks in it.

Since your eyes are already bright, there is no need to use vivid colors to enhance them. Also, avoid cool shades like blue, because they will make your eyes look washed out. To finish the look choose a brown eyeliner and mascara instead of the usual black one.

Matthew VanLeeuwen, an LA-based makeup artist, swears that plum is the best for green eyes. He says, “It makes green eyes become more vibrant and look greenish yellow – which is a good thing. And, if you use a purple that’s dark enough, it comes off as black but still gives you the benefits of plum color”.  

Light Brown Eyes

Brown eyes are versatile and give you a blank canvas.

People with brown eyes can wear almost any color and pull it off. Anything warm like a golden or reddish brown will add more depth to your eyes. If you want a sexy and dramatic look, choose dark hues.

Wearing pink or green will bring out your eyes correctly and make them pop. If you choose one with metallic flecks, it will highlight any gold that may be present in your eyes.

However be careful of using browns because they might make your eyes look muddy.

Sik Son shares, “Most colors work well with beautiful brown eyes, but neutrals like salmon and bronzy gold accentuate them.”

Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes have the best of the two worlds when it comes to color choices. Makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen said, “Hazel eyes are the middle ground between green and brown, which means you can pull off shades from both families.”

If you want to bring out the golden tones in your hazel eyes, use makeup that has golden undertones with a little bit of yellow in them as these will make your eyes sparkle.

Experiment with light purple and pale pink when you want to accentuate the mystery in your hazel eyes or try using a shimmering version instead. To add the finishing touches, apply black eyeliner and mascara.

Gray Eyes

Gray eyes may be one of the rarest of around, and there are so many ways that you can accentuate them. The best shades for gray eyes are ones that maximize and bring out any green, brown, or blue undertones.

If you have gray eyes, smoky shades are the best for you. According to Dae Sik Son, “Choosing a similar steely hue is the best way to play up this rare eye color subtly.”

Dark Brown or Black Eyes

Similar to light brown eyes, dark brown or black eyes offer you a fresh canvas and offer you up many choices. You have these options because black (and brown) form all the primary colors when mixed.

Choose a bold hue like cobalt blue because the contrast will ensure that your eyes pop. Or try a green shade, either metallic or matte, to bring out any flecks in the brown.

When asked about the perfect shade for dark brown eyes, Sik Son shares, “Create the illusion of larger eyes with strong shades of violet, silver, and chocolate.”

If you want to do something more to accentuate your lovely dark eyes, just use a black eyeliner and mascara.

Eyeshadow Tips and Tricks

Things worth knowing.

Today, eyeshadow is more than a pure pressed powder. You can also choose gels, creams, crayons, and loose pigments. So experiment to understand what is best for you and what you are most comfortable applying and wearing through the night.

  • It is a golden rule that you should do your eye makeup before working on the other parts of your face. Doing this ensures that your foundation stays clean if some of it falls on your cheeks.
  • An eye primer is an essential element of eye makeup just like a face primer. Using one will help avoid creasing and will make you make up last longer. Primers enhance your pigment and make applying other cosmetics smooth, simple, and vibrant.
  • To add a bit of dimension and depth to your eyes apply a dark or medium shadow in the crease of your eye and blend it properly. Doing this gives your eyes the illusion of being endless and adds wonder to them.

So in Summary

Knowing what best flatters your eye color is the first step to making your eyes shine. If you use eye shades that do not complement, your eyes may look dull or washed out.

Choosing the wrong shades may have a counterproductive influence on your overall style. Although it is tempting to match your eyeshadow with your eyes, pay close attention to the undertones in your eyes and use complementing hues in your make up.

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