Monthly Archives: December 2014

Eyeshadow Recommendations for Blue and Gray Eyes

Choosing a color that is opposite on the color wheel from your eye color will emphasize the color of your eyes. Since orange is directly opposite from blue on the color wheel, orange-y colors like peach and copper work well with blue and gray eyes. Here’s a longer list of shades for blue and gray eyes, broken down by undertone:

  • Warm: peach, copper, orange, bronze, gold, burgundy, plummy purple, rose gold, taupe, warm brown, rust, pink, champagne/warm beige, taupe
  • Cool: gray/silver (for blue eyes), purple, pink, taupe

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be absolutely prescriptive or to box you in – it’s just a starting point. Every single one of these colors may not work for you; consider your skin undertone and how bright or muted your coloring is. For instance, bright gold may not look right on someone with muted coloring, and warm brown may look muddy on someone with bright coloring. See here for more on this.

And there are many ways to incorporate these eyeshadow colors into your looks. You don’t need to put an orange shadow all over your lid; you can use it on part of the lid and blend it into more neutral colors, as in the image above. See here and here for some ideas on putting together eyeshadow looks. I’ve also put some example images in this post.

Below I’ve listed specific eyeshadow options, with different finishes and from different price points, for each color group. I’ve noted the finish and how light/dark each color is in parentheses. One quick note – if you have darker skin, the shades labeled as light to light-medium may look ashy on you.

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Eyeshadow Recommendations for Green and Hazel Eyes

Choosing a color that is opposite on the color wheel from your eye color will emphasize the color of your eyes. Since red is directly opposite from green on the color wheel, reddish colors – burgundy and plummy purples – work well with green eyes. Here’s a longer list of shades for green eyes, broken down by undertone:

  • Warm: burgundy, plummy purple, bronze, pink, brown, rose gold, taupe
  • Cool: purple, violet, pink, taupe

If you have hazel eyes, those colors can bring out the green in your eyes, and gold can bring out any gold flecks in your iris.

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be absolutely prescriptive or to box you in – it’s just a starting point. Every single one of these colors may not work for you; consider your skin undertone and how bright or muted your coloring is. For instance, bright violet may not look right on someone with muted coloring, and warm brown may look muddy on someone with bright coloring. See here for more on this.

And there are many ways to incorporate these eyeshadow colors into your looks. You don’t need to put a burgundy shadow all over your lid; you can use it as an accent color, as in the image above. See here and here for some ideas on putting together eyeshadow looks. I’ve also put some example images in this post.

Source: Joanna F. http://www.beautylish.com/f/iwjuyw

Source: Joanna F.

Below I’ve listed specific eyeshadow options, with different finishes and from different price points, for each color group. I’ve noted the finish and how light/dark each color is in parentheses. One quick note – if you have darker skin, the shades labeled as light to light-medium may look ashy on you.

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