Your Ultimate Guide On How to Choose Makeup Colors Based On Your Eyes

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One of the easiest ways to build a cohesive look is to start by using colors that complement or contrast with the color of your eyes, and then using that color decision to help you determine your blush and lip color. 

A color wheel will help you determine what colors to use to complement or contrast with the color of your eyes. The wheel is based on the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. These are the pure and fundamental colors that can be used to make all other colors.

Secondary colors are obtained by mixing equal parts of two primary colors; these include green (blue+yellow), orange (red + yellow), and violet (blue + red).

Tertiary colors are achieved by mixing a secondary color and its neighboring primary color on the color wheel. Tertiary colors include:
 blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange, and yellow-green.

  • You can find out which color combinations are complementary by looking at the color wheel. Start with a primary color and find the secondary color that is positioned directly opposite of it on the color wheel, or vice versa. These two colors are complementary. Some popular complementary pairs include:
  • Blue and orange
  • Green and red
  • Violet and yellow

Because the basic complementary color for blue is orange, those with blue eyes will complement the color of their eyes using shadows that contain yellow or red. Using these shadows will make the eyes look even more blue. 

Blue Eyes

Best options for blue eyes include gold, warm orange-browns like peach and copper, red-browns like mauves and plum, and neutrals like taupe and camel. 

Green Eyes

Red is the complementary color to green, but pure red tones are not recommended for anyone’s eyes—they are too similar to the natural cues that indicate you are tired! Therefore, for green eyes, complementary colors such as brown-based reds and other colors next to red on the color wheel are best. 

Best options for green eyes include red-orange, red-violet, violet, coppers, golds, rusts, pinks, plums, mauves, and purples. 

Brown Eyes

Brown eyes are neutral and can wear any color. 

Complementary colors for brown eyes include purples, coppers, plums, and pinks, greens, blues, grays, and silvers. For a natural look, gold and taupe work well.

After you have chosen eye makeup, use the color wheel to determine whether your choices are in the warm or cool family of colors. Remember that reds and greens can be warm or cool. If a red is orange-based, then it’s warm, while if its blue based, then it’s cool. Greens that contain more gold are warm and those that contain more blue are cool.

Coordinate your cheek and lip color by ensuring it is in the same family as the eye makeup. For example, if you pick a plum eye color to emphasize your green eyes, plum is cool. Use cool colors for cheeks, such as rose, pink, or berry. If using a warm, golden-toned eye shadow, choose peach, warm pink, or a neutral golden beige. If this all seems a bit much at first, neutrals (browns, tans, greys, blacks) are safe eye shadow color choices for everyone. They are warm and cool and work well on any skin tone, eye color, or hair color.

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