The Eyes Have It……..
First I have to thank Jess for extending me the opportunity to guest blog on Love for Lacquer, I am honored and a bit nervous.
Sometimes the thought of wearing makeup can be overwhelming. So many colors, so many formulas….ahhhh it’s just all too much sometimes. So today I thought I would do a quick breakdown of some tips in choosing an eyeshadow color. Even if you don’t wear makeup on a daily basis at some point you might have an event or something to attend where you would want to put on a little makeup. Everyone should know some basics so I hope you find this helpful.
The general rule of selecting an eyeshadow color is you do not want to match the eyeshadow color to the color of your iris. I would say this is more of a general guideline but not necessarily a rule. Choosing the right shade of a color can allow you to experiment more with eyeshadow colors in the same color family as your iris but for beginners I would say stay away from attempting this, if you get it wrong you could end up looking like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. Instead most people would want to look for shades that will enhance and bring out the natural hue of their eye. Take a trip down memory lane with me back to Elementary School and the lesson of the color wheel. We want to choose colors that are opposite our iris color on the wheel.
Blue Eyes – Pink, Orange, Gold, Brown, Rose, Violet
– Brown eyeliner (black can be a little harsh on blue eyes for an everyday look)
Green Eyes – Medium Pink, Purple, Mauve, Gold, Coral
– Brown eyeliner (want a fancier look for evening try a bronze or golden liner)
Hazel Eyes – Pale Pink, Light Purple
– Brown or Black eyeliner
Brown Eyes – Green, Gold, Brown, Pink, Blue, Gray, Purple
– Brown or Black eyeliner
*Brown eyes hit the eyeshadow jackpot; you can pull off pretty much any color eyeshadow! *
Tips for application: Throw away the little applicators that came in most packages. Beginners you don’t need to spend a ton on expensive brushes, e.l.f makes some decent ones and most are between $1.00 – $3.00 and can be found on their site, most Target and some Walmart stores) My favorite brands of brushes for the more experienced are by Mac or Sigma.
Use an eye primer. You want the color to stay on, not crease and not look dull. You can buy an eye lid primer or use a small dot of foundation and set with translucent powder.
To really open up the eye, curl lashes with an eyelash curler for 30 seconds. You will be amazed at the difference this makes. For days I don’t want to really wear makeup I always curl my lashes, a little mascara and lip gloss and out the door.
Wrap Up: For most everyday looks on the average women just KISS. (Keep It Sweet & Simple) You should have fun with your eyeshadow and let it compliment your look, not overpower it.
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