Eyes: How to Choose Eyeshadow Color

by Insiya on October 29, 2010 · 34 comments

eyeshadow color

eyeshadow color

How to Choose Eyeshadow Color

Eyes are considered to be jewels of our body. It feels really good to polish them with an eyeshadow but do you sometimes wonder why a certain eyeshadow is not looking good on you? Maybe because the color that you have chosen is just not right. People make this mistake often by using the same color eyeshadow as their clothes. You can choose a color to compliment that with the color of your clothes but never match it entirely. Remember that the colors which suit others might not necessarily suit you. Eyeshadow colors should be chosen on these 3 criteria:

1. Eye Color

2. Skin Tone

3. Hair Color

Eye Color

Contrary to the belief, you should never match your eyeshadow with the color of your eyes. For example, blue eyeshadow on blue eyes will just make it look dull. This does not mean blue-eyed color people should not use blue eyeshadow. They can use it as long as they blend in other complimentary colors to make it more vibrant or neutral. Also make sure not to put the exact same eyeshadow shade as your eyes on the area of the lid right above your iris. Try to apply that color either on your crease or outer corner. The general rules for choosing eyeshadow for different eye colors are-

Brown & Hazel eyes- Brown eyed people are pretty lucky in this regard as they can experiment with the most number of colors. From amber, slate grey, charcoal, copper to lavender, violet all suit brown eyes. Even eyeshadow shades like khaki, olive, dark brown and yellow shades like gold work well with brown eyes.

Blue eyes– Pink, orange, peach, purple, coral, wine, gray, black undertones tend to emphasize blue eyes more. Also silver eyeshadow works really well with blue eyes unlike with brown eyes. Avoid any eyeshadow with blue-green undertones.

Green eyes- Eyeshadow with red undertones like burgundy, maroon and colors like apricot, peach, plum, gray pops out and compliments the green of the eyes more than any other colors.

color wheel

color wheel

This wheel will give you a fair idea of what color you should opt for. Basically find out your eye color in this wheel and just see the color placed on the exact opposite of that color. For example right opposite green is placed different shades of plum and magenta which is what suits green eyes more as mentioned.

eyeshadow for green eyes

eyeshadow for green eyes

Skin Tone

Skin tones are usually categorized into warm skin tone & cool skin tone. Most Asians fall into the warmer skin tone category. Warmer skin tones have yellow or golden undertones whereas cool skin tones have blue or pink undertones.

skin tones

skin tones

If you have warm skin, try colors like bronze, ivory, taupe, light brown, pink, soft green, and coral. If you have cool skin tones you should experiment more with silver, pale blue, lilac, teal, dark green, turquoise, and gray .

Hair Color

Black/Brown– Again brunettes have an advantage as most of the eyeshadow colors suit them. From dark colors like black, browns, purples to neutrals like gold, beige to lighter shades of green, yellow all work well with brunettes.

Blonde– Blondes usually have a fair skin tone so only few shades of pinks, grays, black, gold, blue, and greens suit them

Red – Few shades of pink, black, gold, green (especially olive) suit redheads better than others due to the intensity of their hair color.

Don’t limit your creativity to only the colors listed. These are no strict rules to follow but if you are an eye makeup beginner these guidelines will help you choose and decide which colors will suit you more than others.

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Mrunmayee October 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Hmmmmm.. Gr8 tips Insiya.. :yes: :yes:

I feel lucky to fall into brown eyes/hair category… 😉 😉


Insiya October 30, 2010 at 1:35 am

I know most of us indians are na 😀


bhumika October 30, 2010 at 12:19 am

me too me too….!!
nice tips insiya..


Insiya October 30, 2010 at 1:41 am

thank you bhumika :-))


Sabrina October 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

Nice tips, Insiya. I liked the color wheel very much.


Insiya October 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

thanks sabrina :-)) :-*


Rati October 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

Fantastic write up and I think I must start learning the colour wheel now. 😛


Insiya October 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

thank you :-* I know its pretty advantageous to know the color wheel. There’s so much of it you can apply not only in makeup but in so many other things :-))


Priya October 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

Thanks Insiya…i have black eyes….and as per the wheel its mainly greys…any suggestion?:-)


Insiya October 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

Priya you should mainly go for colors that have a blue tinge but not a complete shade of blue. Go for purple blues like iris, majorelle blue, periwinkle, indigo or you can also go for green blues like teal, tiffany blue, midnight green, persian green. Avoid navy blue or any dark shades of blue. You can use black nevertheless in your crease and outer v for that smoky eye look :-))


Preetha October 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Nice tips Insiya…Me too have black eyes..I love purple…can I use them?


Insiya October 31, 2010 at 2:01 am

yes sure refer to the different colors i desribed to Priya. those will suit you as well :-))


Smita T October 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

this is a great article 🙂 thank you , the chart is great !!!!!!!!!


Insiya October 31, 2010 at 1:59 am

thank you smita 🙂


Priya October 31, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Great….thanks …:)


Aruna January 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

wonderful article. I have always had a problem due to dark circles so never experimented too much with eyeshadows but i think the purple shades and the smokey look might look good.


sarmila July 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

i have small eyes with small eyelids with oval face but i love i makeup ?:) any suggestion


Chitranjali September 26, 2011 at 12:29 am

Hi Rati,
Chitranjali here I have dusky skin tone with round face and black eye colour, so can you pls tell me which eye shadow will suit me ?? 🙂
Thanks Bye!


Frankie December 23, 2011 at 4:33 am

Thank you so much!! This helped me a lot, I found my perfect color…. Everyone says my eyes are gorgeous now, and I didn’t think they were but now I’m like oh my god!!! :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:


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