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Eye Shadow 101 - Today's Theme Is Purple

Eye Shadow 101 - Today's Theme Is Purple

Dear Sugar
I am so completely overwhelmed when I see all of the different cosmetics counters in department stores. I like to wear light make-up. Usually just; bronzer, blush, mascara and gloss.

But, this summer I have four weddings to attend and I'd like to get more dressed up and wear eye shadow. I have greenish - hazel eyes. Can you tell me what colors to choose so I don't feel like a complete idiot when I approach one of the counters at Bloomies? Clueless About Cosmetics

Dear Clueless About Cosmetics
The goal of wearing eye make-up is to enhance/bring attention to your eyes. The rule of thumb is to wear the opposite color eye shadow of your eyes on the color wheel so that your eyes really stand out (or POP as they say in the make-up world).

So if you have blue eyes, you'd wear rust, coral, peach or grayish colors; if you have brown eyes, wear greens and bronzes, and if you have green/hazel (gold/yellowy) eyes, try wearing deep purples, pinks, and rusty purples.

For you, I'd go with MAC's Sable eye shadow It is an amazing muted, golden plum brown everyday color with bronze shimmer. First apply a light pink color to the base of your lids - try Trish McEvoy's Deluxe Eye Shadow in Shell, then add a touch of the sable to the crease.

Lastly, line your eyes with Mac's Sketch. It's the mac daddy (no pun intended) of purples. The color is an intense burgundy-plum flecked with red shimmer.

Another great idea which I've just discovered will be very simple for you because it's packaged together is glowmineral's gloEye shadow trio in Amethyst.

Or Dior's 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Sweet Illusion.

Be careful when using purples, because if you go overboard, your eyes will look bloodshot. So dust some loose powder on the corners of your eye, and directly beneath your lower lash when you are finished applying your shadow.

Have fun playing - just think of makeup as an expression of art! This picture of purple "smoky eyes" is a little intense, but you can tone it down significantly to get the look you want.

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