Beauty, Lifestyle

A simple way to bring out the best in your eye colour

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
October 15th, 2014

Wanna shake up your make up routine a bit?  Using a little basic colour theory is one of the easiest and most effective ways to brighten up your face and more specifically, draw attention to your eyes. The trick is to choose products in shades that are complimentary to your eye colour and work them into your look. Thankfully, this is pretty simple, as the colour wheel below shows.   It’s really as basic as finding your eye colour on the wheel and working the colour that sits to its direct opposite into your make-up.

If you’re not a huge fan of your eye’s complimentary colour, look for colours within the same family, otherwise known as analogous colours. Examples of analogous colours to red are pink and purple. You’ll find that these colours sit next to each other on the wheel.   COLOUR THEORY   Don’t feel you need to confine the complimentary colour to products around your eyes. Adding it in via a blush or lipstick will still work wonders on making your eyes stand out. Experiment with different intensities and tones of your chosen colour until you find what feels right for you.

Here are some ideas……

GREEN EYES – Red is the complimentary colour here, but don’t feel you have to slap on the red eyeshadow. Think of adding some pink or purple around your eyes, either in a soft wash of pastel shadow or even an eggplant coloured liner. Keeping the eyes neutral and adding a bright pop of red or fuschia lipstick will work wonders on bringing the green out in your eyes. If you prefer a more subtle look, think of adding a swipe of pink or red-based blush.

BLUE EYES – Your go-to colour is orange, so incorporate some bronze, tan or coral shades into your make-up. Try an intense, bronze smokey eye instead of the standard charcoal black, or line your waterline with a brown liner.  A bright orange or coral shade on the lips is perfect for summer, as is a swipe of peach or tan blush. Purple and blue also look great on blue eyes, as Cam Diaz is sporting above.

There's a reason Lara favours those bronze tones on her peepers. Pop!

There’s a reason Lara favours those bronze tones on her peepers. Pop!

BROWN EYES – Blue is your best friend. I wrote a whole post on navy make up here, but consider using inky blue liners in place of black or a bright pop of blue shadow smudged into your lower lashline.  If you don’t have a blue liner, dampen a liner brush and dip it into a blue eyeshadow and you have a custom liner. Teal also looks great on brown eyes, as does a cool purple, with more of a blue tinge than pink. Blue-based reds and wine colours also look great on the lips of brown-eyed girls.

There are no hard and fast rules here, but if you want to play up your eye colour, consider bringing a little colour theory into your life. It doesn’t just stop at make-up either – use the colour wheel as a guide when colour-blocking with clothing or adding a punch with accessories.

Let us know how you go and if colour just isn’t your thing, to quote Amy Winehouse, you can always go Back to Black. x

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