Previously, we took a look at how eye colour can impact which outfits you wear for a big night out. Today, though, we’re going to take a look at another area it can impact: your make-up! Remember, if you ever want to change your eye-colour for the evening, our range of natural colour contact lenses can help!
Make-up tips for blue eyes
Make sure you nail the eye-shadow.
Picking out the right eye-shadow is a key part of emphasising those beautiful blues. Ideally, you should go for brown, rose, terracotta or neutral whilst in the office, and then a more eye-catching colour such as purple when heading out for an evening on the town. Other great matching shades for blue include lavender and deep plum. You can also brave the world of metallic (silver and gold look great) if you like that sort of look. The world is your eye-ster. (sorry).
A lot of people prefer to use sheer shadow when it comes to blue eyes. Because the natural colour is fairly calm, sheer shadows can help to make them pop. If you don’t want to go for sheer, though, then matte shadow will have a similar effect – it’s particularly suitable for professional occasions.
One of the cool things about blue eyes is that it’s possible to actually layer a number of colours together in order to achieve some great combinations. Combining a light brown and then a copper tone, for instance, can look killer: they’re both bright colours that will combine well with the blue. Strangely, shades of navy can also work really well with natural blue.
Blue eyes can look absolutely stunning when combined with a smoky charcoal eyeliner. As with the eye-shadow, dark blue, grey and silver eyeliner will work well with blue eyes. If you want to create a really eye-catching, Zooey Deschanel-type contrast then combine those beautiful blues with black.
Because blue has that icy edge, warmer hues can work particularly well. Any colour that has more warmth – such as hazel – can help to give normal blue a bit of warmth. (Vice-versa, if you’ve got slightly warmer eyes, then a cooler shade of eye-liner or shadow can help them pop).
Whatever shade of blue your eyes are, they can be emphasised through the toning down of your lip colour. If you pick out a matte lipstick in a peachy brown or pale pink, then your lips are less likely to steal the limelight. Of course, if you’ve got particularly stunning lips then you can always let them take centre-stage and tone down your eye colour using our delicate blue contacts.
Make-up tips for brown eyes
Know your shades
The shade of your eyes will have a big impact on which make-up is preferable. Those with bright hazel, for instance, aren’t going to benefit from the same techniques that help black-brown eyes pop. Fortunately, almost every shade of brown works well with the others: hazel and black-brown together looks great.
For medium brown eyes
Three standout colours to work with are green, violent and bronze, all of which will look great with medium brown. Indeed, medium brown eyes are one of the most versatile, with purple and green in particular working as well in day-time as they do in the evening. Another good tip is to pair neutral shadow with copper or bronze eyeliner.
Does white eye-liner work? Well, it’s certainly a controversial choice. However, there’s a lot to be said for pairing white liner with metallic tones in order to bring out brown eyes. It’s unique, sure, but if you like the look then you’ve found an instant, eye-catching trick to pull on those nights when you want all the attention.
Speaking of eye-catching. If you really, really want to turn heads, then cobalt blue is a killer tool. As well as catching the attention of its own accord, the colour really helps the brown to pop. Again, this isn’t going to be a look that suits everyone, but a lot of people will really love it.
For light brown eyes
The one caveat to the point we made about versatility is that light brown eyes shouldn’t be used with pure black eyeliner. Ensure that the chosen eyeliner has at least some shade of brown within. For the brightest hazel, champagne tones containing violet, bronze or brown liner can help to reflect the flecks of colour in the eyes.
Don’t be afraid to shake things up
Every now and then, it can look great to combine some real bright sparks of colour with brown eyes to help really stand out. Metallic silver shadow paired with metallic plum along the bottom lash line, for instance, can really turn heads. Indeed, any complimentary light eye-shadow combined with dark brown eyeliner can look great.
Make-up tips for green eyes
All praise to purple
Purple is known for being about the most versatile eye-shadow colour, and it’s at its best when combined with green eyes. The two colours are on opposite sides of the colour wheel, meaning that they contrast each other superbly, helping to enhance both at the same time. The only versions of purple best ignored are those that contain blue undertones.
Stay clear of silver
Whilst metallic shades can still look great when combined with blue, it’s best to avoid silver. Bronze, copper and gold, however, can look superb. In particular, they can look great when combined with an earthy brown or dark green eye-shadow.
Say no to black eyeliner
Whilst black eyeliner is almost universally popular, there’s one colour that it’s not quite so effective with: yup, you guessed it: green! If you want to deploy a darker eyeliner with green eyes, then it’s best to go for chocolate brown or espresso for every day, and then a spicier plum or gold when heading out onto the town. If you want to really make those eyes pop, then a little white eyeliner added to the inner corner near the tear duct can look great.
Like blue eyes, green eyes look absolutely great with warmer colours, meaning that bronze an ideal compatriot: it really helps the green stand-out. (Gold can work just as well if you get a warm enough shade).