When it comes to makeup, you likely only play up one feature at a time. For example, you probably pair a dramatic smoky eye with tinted lip balm or a vivid red lipstick with just a swipe of mascara. But we’re here to tell you that if you want to flatter all of your features at once, you can absolutely pair certain shades of eye shadow and lipstick together for a gorgeous combo. It’s all about finding the hues that play together perfectly! Keep reading for the 20 best eyeshadow and lipstick pairings, plus tips for prepping your lids and lips to test out these looks.
HOW TO MATCH YOUR LIPSTICK WITH YOUR EYE SHADOW
First things first, is it better to be matchy-matchy with your eye shadow and lipstick or to opt for shades that coordinate? Well, it all depends on the look you’re going for and the colors in question. Monochromatic looks—meaning looks that involve using the same hues all over—happen to be on-trend at the moment, so if you’re set on one color, an all-over wash isn’t a bad thing! That being said, if you do want either your eyes or lips to be the center of your look, coordinating hues are the way to go, as this will allow your chosen feature to stand out without sacrificing an intricate makeup look.
20 EYE SHADOW AND LIPSTICK PAIRINGS TO TRY
Allow us to take the guesswork out of finding the perfect match. Below, find 20 of the best eyeshadow and lipstick pairs.
PAIRING #1. COPPER EYE SHADOW + BORDEAUX LIPSTICK
Dust a shimmery coppery eye shadow onto your lids, then swipe a deep, matte wine-colored lipstick across your pout for a contrasting makeup look that can’t be beat for a night out.
PAIRING #2. EMERALD EYE SHADOW + NUDE LIPSTICK
Break out the green eye shadow (it doesn’t need to be reserved for St. Patrick’s Day) and wear it alongside a neutral nude lip so that your eyes are the star of the show.
PAIRING #3. CHAMPAGNE EYE SHADOW + CORAL LIPSTICK
One of the most popular makeup shades of the moment is champagne—and it looks absolutely stunning on lids. Coral is a complementary—and equally trendy—hue, so rock that on your lips.
PAIRING #4. SILVER EYE SHADOW + PINK LIPSTICK
Another of our favorite metallic eye shadow shades is silver—and it turns out that it pairs beautifully with a hint of pink lipstick.
PAIRING #5. VIOLET EYE SHADOW + BERRY LIPSTICK
Purple makeup is still trending, and one of the prettiest purples to put on your lids is violet. Wear it with a darker lipstick in a berry tone for a standout makeup look.
PAIRING #6. PINK EYE SHADOW + FUCHSIA LIPSTICK
One way to create a truly striking makeup combo? Rock two shades in the same family—in this case, a light, shimmery pink eye shadow and a bright, matte pink lipstick.
PAIRING #7. GOLD EYE SHADOW + RED LIPSTICK
All that glimmers is gold—and when you apply this sparkly hue to your lids, it’s the perfect way to complement a classic red lip.
PAIRING #8. BROWN EYE SHADOW + PEACH LIPSTICK
Regardless of your eye color, you can’t go wrong with brown eye shadow, as it flatters everyone. Paint your lips with peach lipstick for a work-appropriate makeup look.
PAIRING #9. TAUPE EYE SHADOW + VIOLET LIPSTICK
Here’s another way to rock the purple makeup trend: Color your lips with a violet lipstick and keep your lids relatively bare, sweeping on a taupe shadow.
PAIRING #10: LIGHT BROWN EYESHADOW + BRIGHT RED LIPSTICK
Take your go-to brown eye makeup up a notch by pairing it with a bold, bright red lipstick.
PAIRING #11: NUDE EYESHADOW + PURPLE LIPSTICK
When rocking a colorful hue on your pout, such as a super shiny purple, keeping your eyes more neutral can make for a show-stopping look.
PAIRING #12: DARK BLUE EYESHADOW + PALE PINK LIPSTICK
On the flip side, when sporting a bold hue on your lids, such as a gorgeous ocean blue, subtle, baby pink lips will make for a winning combo.
PAIRING #13: METALLIC ROSE EYESHADOW + BURNT RED LIPSTICK
Metallic rose tones are trendier than ever! Pair a rose chrome eyeshadow with a burnt red lipstick for a classic yet on-trend look.
PAIRING #14: TEAL EYESHADOW + LIGHT PINK LIPSTICK
For a makeup look that’s reminiscent of ‘80s glam, pair teal eyeshadow with a soft pink lip.
PAIRING #15: QUARTZ EYESHADOW + MUTED TAUPE LIPSTICK
A bold, dark eyeshadow is nice on its own, but even more dramatic when paired with a taupe lipstick.
PAIRING #16: BURNT ORANGE EYESHADOW + ROSY LIPSTICK
Trust us, you can pull off the orange makeup trend—it’s all about doing it the right way. Pair a beautiful burnt-orange eye shadow with a rosy lip, and you can’t go wrong.
PAIRING #17: WHITE EYESHADOW + COCOA LIPSTICK
Rock a chocolate lip color with a subtle, white eyeshadow for a sophisticated makeup look that’s sure to turn heads.
PAIRING #18: CORAL EYESHADOW + CORAL LIPSTICK
A fan of the monochromatic trend? Pair coral eyeshadow with coral lipstick for a makeup look that’s perfect for spring and summer.
PAIRING #19: BLACK SMOKY EYESHADOW + BABY PINK LIPSTICK
Who doesn’t love a classic black smoky eye? If you dare to sport this bold eye makeup look, we recommend pairing it with a baby pink lipstick!
PAIRING #20: CHAMPAGNE EYESHADOW + MERLOT LIPSTICK
Bring on the wine! These two wine-inspired shades happen to pair together perfectly when incorporated into your makeup look. We’ll pop some bubbly to that!
HOW TO PREP YOUR LIDS AND LIPS FOR MAKEUP
Once you’ve chosen which shades of eye shadow and lipstick you want to wear, don’t apply them just yet. First, use an eye makeup primer and a lip primer to help create a smooth base for the rest of your makeup application. If you don’t have primer on hand, you can use a tiny dab of foundation or concealer on your lids and a lip liner all over your lips.