Matching your lipstick to your eyeshadow or pairing neutral eyes with a neutral lip is a foolproof way to ensure that your makeup always looks cohesive. It’s a fail-safe formula but it’s very limiting. Playing with color allows you to highlight your features like your skin tone or the color of your eyes.
Ultimately, there is a time and a place for monochrome makeup and there is a time and place for colorful eyeshadow and lipstick of a different hue. The latter doesn’t always have to feel like a bold move, especially when you pick complementary colors. So, keep reading as we share the best eye and lip pairings that prove your eyeshadow and lipstick don’t always have to match.
18 Eyeshadow and Lipstick Pairings to Try
Pairing your eyeshadow with a contrasting shade of lipstick is a great way to experiment with color and test out new trends. Below, find 18 of the best eyeshadow and lipstick pairings.
1. Copper Eyeshadow and Bordeaux Lipstick
For a face of fall-approved hues, dust a shimmery, copper eyeshadow onto your lids, then swipe a deep, wine-colored lipstick across your pout. The contrasting jewel tones are gorgeous for a night-out makeup look and the copper eyeshadow is a great way to enhance green eyes.
2. Green Eyeshadow and Nude Lipstick
Break out the green eyeshadow and wear it alongside a nude lip so that your emerald eyes can be the star of the show. Green eyeshadow is a great complement for brown eyes and the rich shade can be done in bold emerald hues or more neutral, olive green tones.
3. Bronze Eyeshadow and Coral Lipstick
Bronze eyeshadow will never fail — it looks absolutely stunning on lids and especially with green eyes. Coral lipstick is a complementary and equally trendy hue, so pair the two together for a gorgeous, makeup look that can take you from day-to-night with ease.
4. Pastel Pink Eyeshadow and Red Lipstick
This vibrant, on-trend pairing combines softer, pastel eyeshadow with classic red lips for an ultra-feminine look. It incorporates color but does so without feeling too bold or deviating from your go-to makeup look.
5. Violet Eyeshadow and Berry Lipstick
Purple makeup is trending (we love the purple blush trend) and one of the many ways to wear purple is on your lids or on the lips. Combining two different shades of purple offers the versatility of monochrome makeup with an enhanced pop of color. Sport a berry-toned lipstick with a vibrant shade of violet eyeshadow for a standout makeup look.
6. Silver Eyeshadow and Fuchsia Lipstick
Shimmering silver eyeshadow with a vivid pop of pink lipstick is sure to highlight your lids and pout, simultaneously. Both shades are eye-catching on their own, but the combination of the two gives your makeup a daring twist that is worthy of compliments.
7. Gold Eyeshadow and Matte Red Lipstick
The classic red lip has met its match with a glimmering shade of yellow-gold eyeshadow. Alone, both have a certain wow factor and together, this look is perfect for a night out or a holiday party, thanks to its festive charm.
8. Deep Brown Eyeshadow and Peach Lipstick
A shimmery, brown shade of eyeshadow flatters everyone. Pair it with a peach-hued lipstick for a wearable, day-to-night makeup look that spotlights color with shimmer and shine.
9. Taupe Eyeshadow and Red-Orange Lipstick
Another fall-friendly color palette to fawn over — taupe eyeshadow and red-orange lipstick. Pairing your neutral eyeshadow with a red-orange lipstick is a gorgeous and ultra-wearable combo that makes your lips the star of the show.
10. Burnt Orange Eyeshadow and Glossy, Pink Lipstick
Fiery, burnt orange eyeshadow is a gorgeous hue that beautifully highlights blue eyes. Pair it with a glossy, nude-pink lipstick to provide a subtle pop of color that gives a your-lips-but-better look.
11. Navy Blue Eyeshadow and Nude-Pink Lipstick
When sporting a bold hue on your lids, such as deep, navy blue, subtle, nude-pink lips help to balance out the look. Consider it a fresh upgrade for the smokey eye and nude lip that many of us keep in our makeup rotation for a night-out look.
12. Rose Gold Eyeshadow and Burnt Red Lipstick
Metallic rose gold tones offer a gilded glow that brightens the lids. Pair your shimmering rose gold eyeshadow with a burnt red, vampy lipstick for an alluring combo of trendy, rich colors.
13. Frosted Blue Eyeshadow and Light Pink Lipstick
For a makeup look that’s reminiscent of ‘60s glam, pair frosted blue eyeshadow with a soft, light pink lip. The softer nature of both hues will allow you to rock a colorful makeup look that feels wearable and nostalgic.
14. White Eyeshadow and Cocoa Lipstick
Rock a rich, chocolate lip color with a subtle, white eyeshadow for a sophisticated makeup look that is sure to define and brighten your features. With patience and a little blending, white eyeshadow is a great way to fake a wide-awake gaze.
15. Lilac Eyeshadow and Coral Lipstick
A soft, opaque shade of lilac eyeshadow is a great way to brighten the eyes. When paired with a bold shade of coral lipstick, these two complementary shades prove that playing with color is well worth the risk.
16. Turquoise Eyeshadow and Rosy Lipstick
Turquoise eyeshadow is not a shade we see often so know that it will capture everyone’s attention in the best way. To keep your eyes at the center of your look, we recommend pairing your turquoise lids with a muted, rosy shade of lipstick.
17. Gray Eyeshadow and Brown Lipstick
Matte gray eyeshadow with brown lipstick are a gorgeous play on our beloved neutrals. The two colors work together to effortlessly define your features while serving an element of smokey makeup that many of us gravitate towards.
18. Gunmetal Eyeshadow and Greige Lipstick
Shimmering gunmetal shadow makes an edgy statement when paired with a gray-purple shade of lipstick. Whether you prefer the edgy stylings of punk makeup, or have a penchant for cool-toned makeup, this look is sure to flatter.
Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photo credit: Emily, IG/@glittergoblin__, Design credit: Sarah Duvivier
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