Ever wonder which shade of eye shadow will enhance your brown eyes? Are you looking for an eye liner that will make your green eyes pop? We all know makeup can trick the eyes, but did you know that by simply using a certain shade of shadow, liner, or mascara you can enhance your eye color and make your eyes the primary focus of your face? Read on for tips on how to intensify your irises with color – in addition to these tips, try FreshLook ColorBlends, a contact lens that subtly changes your eyes’ color!
Although brown eyes are neutral and work with virtually any color, going for a contrasting look can make dark eyes stand out. Colors like brown, gold, and purple are all known for their unique ability to make dark eyes pop. For a toned-down look, warm bronze and peach are go-to pigments. If you’re looking to make more of a statement, grab a purple or teal shadow. Any warm shadow in the red-brown or gold color families will instantly add depth, while colors with metallic flecks or shimmer will bring out the gold in your eyes. Play up brown eyes by blending together lilac hues and silver shadows.
Since blue is a naturally cool tone, pairing it with pigments on the opposite end of the color wheel is ideal. Shades of light brown, bronze, plum, lilac and peach are sure to bring out your blue eyes. Experts recommend looking for colors with a bit of texture in them, as texture can mimic the flecks of color visible in blue eyes. For a subtle look, try a light brown with a little sparkle – colors like champagne and gold washed over the lid and blended into the socket can work wonders for ladies with blue eyes. For a high-drama eye effect, shimmery brown shades strike the perfect balance between drama and subtlety.
Professionals all agree that a variation of purple is the most complementary to green eyes. For an everyday look, you’ll want a color that appears neutral from a distance but still brightens the iris – colors like wine and mauve are ideal since they appear brown from afar but are purple upon closer inspection. Experts recommend avoiding silver, blue, or green eye shadows as the pigments are too intense and could have an undesirable effect. If you use a purple shade that’s dark enough, it will come off as black but will give you the benefits of a deep, plum color. For subtler contrast, try a sheer lavender shadow.
Since hazel eyes fall somewhere between green and brown, they work with a range of tones. Because there’s such a wide spectrum of colors found in hazel eyes, it’s easy to use makeup to completely transform their hue. Use shades of purple to bring out the green already present in hazel eyes, and use light browns and greys to make hazel eyes appear browner. For an everyday look, use brown as your base shadow and apply from the lash line to the crease. Then, pat a bit of gold shadow on the center of your upper lid and line your lower lash line with gold. And voila! You’ll have a subtle look that’s perfect for hazel eyes.