“What’s the best eyeshadow shade for my eye colour?” Ok, so this has to be one of the questions I get asked the most. And my answer is usually the same: “Girl don’t worry about that. Experiment!”
Colour is a beautiful thing and if you see an eyeshadow shade that you love the look of, or one that matches your favourite shoes, then don’t be afraid to give it a go. After all, it’s only make-up – you can always wash it off. I give my Nan, Doris, the credit for my attitude towards colour. I remember watching her, from a very young age, sat at her dressing table, applying lipstick to her lips, popping it onto her cheeks, and then blending a touch onto her eyelids. She would then proceed to match her plastic earrings and necklace combo to the lipstick colour. At 89, she still does this – what a hero.
Everyone should #BeMoreDoris.
I also think finding shades that suit you has more to do with your skin tone and your hair colour than your eyes. For example, if you’re super fair with blonde hair, pale-toned shadows aren’t going to do you any favours. However, if you do want to make your eyes ‘pop’, there certainly are shades that work best for certain eye colours – but the guide below is by no means set in stone.
Think of it instead as a list of fail-safe shades to make the most of your eye colour, alongside some of my favourite eyeshadows and palettes…
Blue eyes: Browns, bronzes, golds, orange tones and greys.
Green eyes: Purples, emerald greens, navy blues, bronzes and greys.
Brown eyes: Literally all colours! But jewel tones look amazing.
Hazel eyes: Browns, bronzes, purples and greys.
Grey or charcoal eyes: Purples, bronzes, steel blues and greys.
My pick of the palettes…
Palettes are absolutely the best way to get a collection of eyeshadows that work together. Some have similar tones throughout in different finishes, others have a collection of different tones with different finishes. Here are some of all-time favourites.
Pat Mcgrath Mothership ii palette
Created by the iconic makeup artist Pat Mcgrath, these palettes are pretty pricy but SO worth it. The pigment and finish are unbelievable. They blend beautifully, and the colour collection is a dream. Completely what you’d expect from the ‘Mother of Make-up’. The sublime one is my absolute fave, mainly because the green is exquisite.
Revolution reloaded palette in Velvet rose.
Guys, this is £4! Yep, you read that right, FOUR POUNDS! The same price as a vanilla latte. Honestly, I was shocked by how good these palettes are. The pigment is great, there’s minimal fall out and the pressed glitter pigments are dreamy. The velvet rose is my go-to, but at that price, get them all!
Charlotte Tilbury Stars in your eyes palette.
This is a really straight-forward collection with clear guidelines. Separated into four sections of three shadows, it’s a super easy way to create a gorgeous smoky eye from soft to full-on. I’m a big fan of Charlotte’s pressed glitters, and the shimmers in this palette do not disappoint. This is great for someone who’s stuck in a make-up rut and wants to try something new.
Urban Decay Naked Palette 2
An absolute classic. Everyone should have a Naked Palette in their collection. This version is my favourite as it’s so wearable. From nudes, to plums, peaches to greys, you have every shade you need to create a classic smoky eye of dreams.
Nip + Fab Eyeshadow Palette in Jewelled 3
This is a great palette if you want to experiment with colour. It’s affordable and has an array of jewel toned shades – the best shades for when you want to play with colour. Their richness tends to suit most, and using them helps create an eye look with impact. Try wetting an eyeliner blush and using them to line the eye for a subtle approach.