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Eyeshadow 101: Today's Theme is Purple

Eyeshadow 101: Today's Theme is Purple

The makeup counters at department stores and the cosmetics aisle at Walgreens can be pretty overwhelming. It's super hard to know which colors to try and which ones go together. I thought I would try to help with this installment of Eyeshadow 101.

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 either greens, or deep purples, pinks, and rusty purples.

Next week we will cover product recommendations for blue eyes, to see product recommendations for greenish-hazel eyes,

If you have greenish-hazel eyes, 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 Colored Eye Shadow. 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 that is really simple and great for travel 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.

Join The Conversation
csinilany csinilany 8 years
you have to take into consideration your own entire face. I mean my mom, my sis and I have brown eyes - and believe me that green colors make our skin look totaly unhealthy and dirty. brown (!), taupe, blue, pink, plum work hundred times better!
ann_fancy ann_fancy 11 years
Navy works well with hazel eyes too, but purple is like heaven, however you can't match it with everything
JennaV JennaV 11 years
Sketch is a great shade. I wore that last year with 2 other shades and then I decided to go back to Benefit. The cycle will turn and then i will go back to MAC soon enough. I have brown eyes and LOVE wearing purples. I think it looks really good but I am dying to try some greens...
Blondieforever Blondieforever 11 years
I like Clinique as well- particularly the darker colors.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 11 years
Buy anything MAC, they never disappoint me.
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