The Most Flattering Make-Up For Every Eye Colour |
When it comes to makeup, eyes are everything. Here's how to make the most of them, depending on your eye colour...
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“Blue eyes look best with warm brown shadows and a slick of black liner,” says make-up artist, Zoe Taylor. “Because they’re light in tone, anything neutral works well. As long as you keep some black in there – be it in your liner or mascara – the two shades together will enhance and define your eyes. Look to taupes and browns with orange undertones like coral, champagne and gold. Even a thin layer will build intensity and sharpen your gaze.”  


“Emerald and gold tones bring out the green in hazel eyes, while warm, copper browns enhance their richness,” adds make-up artist, Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury. “These shades showcase the eye’s lighter flecks, as do lilac and purple if you’re wanting to play with more colour. Another trick is to use shimmering or metallic formulas to highlight the upper and lower lash line, and the inner corners of the eyes – it instantly creates the look of wider, brighter eyes. It’s also worth noting that eyes are rarely just one colour, hazel eyes often have blue or grey flecks in them, so select colours for these parts too.”


“Because brown is a neutral, most products will compliment this eye colour,” explains Zoe. “One shade that really sticks out as a great pairing is orange – while it sounds daunting, it picks out the darker flecks in your eyes, plus you don’t have to wear it all over – just a hint of liquid liner will be enough to elongate the eye and make an impact. If orange is too much, bronze-gold metallics are a failsafe option, and a smudge of blue liner always contrasts against brown beautifully. The latter will create a soft colour juxtaposition to black mascara, too.”


“A slick of aubergine or purple always looks beautiful with green eyes,” says Sofia. “Plum, amethyst, aubergine and violets are a must for creating intensity. As these tones are quite pigmented, apply a touch of foundation on the lids first. This will neutralise the colour before applying darker shades so nothing looks too heavy.” Zoe agrees: “Though pretty, dark shades can make you look tired. To counteract the effect, pop in some eye drops before you do your make-up too – this will brighten the whites of the eyes and keep unwanted darkness at bay. Green eyes shouldn’t be afraid of a flash of red either – after all, this compliments green on the colour wheel, so reddish, rusty hues will work. If matte textures are too much, try the shades in a washed-out, cream version, buffed into the lids with minimal mascara.”


“If you have grey eyes, you can play them up using the ‘colour harmony technique’ – which means choosing colours close to your natural eye shade for a seductive look,” says Sofia. “Enhance their frostiness with silvers, minks or ice blues. Cool tones like this may not work on deep and olive skin, but there is always a way to adapt the look – even if that’s taking darker shades and blending them out for a softer finish that doesn’t look too harsh. If you have hooded eyes (like me) but want to play with these shades, the key is to widen and elongate the look of your eyes. Do this by blending shimmery shades all the way up to the brow bone, before focusing on matte shadows to recreate a contour effect, lifting the eye shape in the outer corners by blending upwards into a V-shape.”

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