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Choosing makeup shades isn’t all about your complexion or whatever suits your fancy—you’ll want to take your eye color into consideration, too. The trick to bringing out the full beauty of your eyes is to choose eye shadow hues that complement your eye color. The idea comes from the artist’s color wheel—a concept you likely remember from elementary art class—and goes something like this: If your eyes are green, the opposite shade on the color wheel will make them really stand out—in this case, purple. Anything from dusty lilacs to rich burgundies to neutrals with specific undertones will play up your iris’ natural beauty. You can use the same concept to find the best eye makeup shades for other eye colors as well. Here, discover the secrets to taking your look from so-so to stunning with all the right eye shadow shades. All eyes will be on you—and your eyes—in no time.
Of course, you’ll want those baby blues to stand out. What a waste if you didn’t! Make blue eyes pop with brown and bronze shades, shimmery taupes, and blue accents. Earthy hues provide the perfect complement to the cool tones of blue eyes. Sweep the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Metallics Eye Shadow in Brass Knuckles across your lids to become an instant bronzed beauty, or pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avant Garde Azure or Bleu Nuit and follow the directions on the packaging to create your very best blue eye shadow style. If your makeup look still needs something more, add a blue winged eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Electric Blue, to your lids.
Green and hazel eyes mesmerize in violet, rose, and plum hues. Purple undertones naturally complement green eyes, so they appear more vibrant. Golden, warm brown, and green hues are also great options. A little shimmer and shine never hurts, so pick up a few metallic eye shadows, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Rose Chrome and Violet Luster. Blend the two together for a special pop of color. Another option? The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Shady Violet. This double-ended eye shadow is perfect for your two-toned violet look. To add even more flattering purple to your face, try a purple eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Pure Purple, or a lavender lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kitten Paw.
When it comes to your eyes, there’s nothing boring about being brown. Bring out the smoldering beauty of brown eyes with warm, earthy hues, shimmering neutrals, and deep, rich shades like berry, mocha, and charcoal. That’s right: Sometimes like attracts like (thanks, science!), and brown eyes are no exception. It doesn’t get much easier than smudging a brown eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Brown Sugar, on and being good to go. For a night on the town, go a little smoky with a charcoal eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke.
Certain eye makeup shades are universal, which means no one has to feel left out of the fun. Every eye color is flattered by gorgeous neutrals, shimmering silver, golden bronze, and charcoal hues. So, no matter what eye color you have, keep things simple with a wash of silver eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Metallics Eye Shadow in Aluminum Foil, or create a more elaborate style with an eye shadow quad, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Silver Couture. Finish up by curling your lashes and coating them with a mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara.
Now that you know all about eye color and the eye shadows to wear with yours, how about learning something else? To improve your eye makeup skills even more, read our article, The Best Eye Makeup for Your Eye Shape.