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Do You Match Your Eye Shadow to Your Eye Color?

A few weeks ago, I contacted makeup artist Amy Oresman, who was responsible for creating Hayden Panettiere's dazzling Emmy look. And here's a little gem that didn't make it into the original post.

"What can you say about the often-repeated beauty advice to match your eye shadow shade to your eye color?" I asked. Here's what she had to say: "Don't believe it! Matchy-matchy eye shadows compete with your natural eye color, making it look more muted and washed-out."

So, fill me in. Do you already follow this advice, or do you "break the rules" by color coordinating?


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Dawn100 Dawn100 7 years
My eyes are green with a black ring around them proboly why they go almost black in the fall time I go for pinks,peaches and whites druin the fall when my eyes are black I use bright humid colors to bring out..the blackness of them
Bolly Bolly 8 years
Good God no. Matching your eye shadow to your eye color just makes you look like you didn't try and washed out. I stick with the rule about using eye shadow that is your eye color's opposite. Like a have blue eyes so I use a really sheer light gold shadow with black eye liner to highlight my eyes.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
The colour of my eyes changes between blue, grey and green a fair bit so I'm always swapping colours. Green looks good if it's transparent, like a light shimmer. The rest of the time I stick with white, black or purple.
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
Green eye shadow looks ugly on me, with my green eyes. It's better to go across the color wheel. Purple, plum, and raisin make my green eyes pop.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I have brown eyes, so I do use brown eyeshadow sometimes. I mostly use grey and purple!
anabj anabj 8 years
I have brown eyes and green is the color that works better with them. And my niece has green eyes and she looks beautiful with purple.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Never. I have medium-dark green eyes and I like to contrast them with various shades of purple. I also like champagne-toned shimmers. For liners I like brown, dark violet, sapphire, teal and grey.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i have dark brown eyes and i wear alot of brown eyeshadow, black, other colours occasionally, but mostly shades of brown and black looks GREAT
foxfairy foxfairy 8 years
I have really dark brown eyes; sometimes I uses a brown shadow with a little shimmer when I want to go for a natural look. I find that a brown shadow doesn't wash out my eyes a lot.
Kyley Kyley 8 years
I have aqua eyes and I can't imagine pulling that shade of blue off on my lids, so no. I think they really pop with bronzy pinks
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
Also gold works great for brown eyes.
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
I have brown eyes and I go for coppers, browns, pinks, and blacks.
emalove emalove 8 years
My eyes are green with a blue ring around them, and I DO like to wear shades of blue and green sometimes. But I usually prefer colors like taupe, plum, or violet to really bring out the green.
juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
I coordinate my eye shadow more to my outfit or my other makeup, but i may have once or twice...but i am ashamed. lol
Blackthorne Blackthorne 8 years
My eyes are a gray blue green. I would never put that on my lids. I tend to go for lighter colors because I have such deep set, and dark areas around my eyes or I totally go for the smokey look.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
Brown eyes look great with any shade but when you have lighter eye color you really shouldn't be matchy matchy. I have blue eyes that shift from bright blue to gray (depending on my mood and clothing). Blue eyeshadows just do not do anything for me. It competes too much. I will wear a dark navy eyeliner occasionally but that is as close as blue colors will get on my lids. I find that gray, brown (particularly bronze), some golds and some purples really make my eyes pop. I also never wear black eyeliner because between my light complexion and light eyes it looks way to harsh. Its all about complimenting your color and not competing with it.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
My eyes are a medium hazel, more brown than green, occasionally amber-brown, so it's hard to get an exact match. But I wear lots of browns, golds, greens, and olives - colors that are sort of in the same range but generally bolder/darker than my eyes. I really like the way golden-bronze shadows make my eyes look more green, though.
verily verily 8 years
I have muddy hazel eyes, so no, I don't try to match. I generally wear greens, light browns, or purples.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I rarely match my shadows to my eyes, which are green. But when I do, I find that darker shades work better.
havok636 havok636 8 years
i have blueish green eyes, but i love it when they look blue, so to bring that out i wear either brown or steel gray eye makeup. it makes my eyes look amazing!
stellina429 stellina429 8 years
I have brown eyes and I do tend to wear a lot of browny-gold eyeshadows - but they look really good against my olive skin, while sometimes more colorful shadows look a bit too garish.
HelloAnia HelloAnia 8 years
If you want your eyes to pop, in contrast to looking muted. You need to use the complimentary color eyeshadow of your nature eye color for example, green=purple + plum, or a red based bronze/brown, blue=brown/gold/bronze, brown=blue/purple. I know it's not that simple, but it's a good quick assertive way to pick a shadow color.
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
I wear whatever eyeshadow goes with my outfit and the look I'm trying to achieve. If it means brown eyeshadow (I have brown eyes), then whoop-de-do.
fangora fangora 8 years
Well, I got green/hazel eyes. I like to wear purple eyeshadow to pop out the green and rarely try to match my eyes color. Sometimes I wear green but mixed with brown, copper and gold, all shimmery, but is not that often.
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