How to Flatter Your Eye Color
To bring out the color of your gorgeous eyes, we turn to basic color theory. But don’t be nervous. There are actually only a few rules to keep in mind here:
- Colors at opposite ends of the color wheel are the most complementary.
- The two colors on either side of the complementary color also look excellent with your base color. These are called the “analogous” colors.
- Warm colors tend to be dominant, while cool colors tend to want to fade into the background.
It’s really just that simple. So keeping these points in mind, here’s what you can do to make the color of your eyes stand out.
Choosing the Right Eye Shadow Color
There are two things to keep in mind when choosing the colors to enhance your eyes:
• Your eye color (of course!)
• Your skin tone
Don’t try to force a color for your eyes that clashes with your skin tone. If that orangey yellow makes you look sallow, don’t use it! Find another shade in that family that will work for your natural coloring.
Take the time to discover that sweet shade that flatters your eyes and your skin.
Complementary colors: oranges – On the other side of the color wheel from blue sits vibrant orange. If you want to use straight up neon orange, go for it and it will complement your baby blues beautifully. However, since orange is a warm color, it does tend to dominate blue. If you go with a slightly tamer shade like we have here, the colors tend to balance themselves out better. Also try taking the orange all the way down to a warm brown for a more “everyday” look.
Analogous colors: warm reds, cool yellows – On either side of orange, we get a beautiful torch red and a cool yellow. Both of these colors are still on the warm side of the spectrum, so they should be used sparingly in order to allow your blue to take center stage. But if you try muting them, out of red you’ll get maroon or possibly a brick red. Out of yellow, believe it or not, you can mute it down to a luscious and warm green-brown, almost like camouflage.
Complementary colors: vibrant blues – Remember that brown and blue trend that was all the rage a few years ago? And that you still see popping up everywhere, even now? It’s with good reason, because browns and blues were made for each other. Choose a vibrant shade or tone it down to robin’s egg blue for a perfect complement to your doe eyes.
Analogous colors: mint greens, cool purples – This is not a blend you see often, but soft greens really bring out the intensity of your eyes. Try deepening it to a forest green for a more neutral option. Also be sure to play with some true, cool purples. From full-on purple to soft lavender, this is a color you brown-eyed gals should never be without.
Complementary colors: purples – Lucky you! Purple is the color that makes green eyes pop. Basically any shade of purple will look stunning on you. From bold to mild, just choose according to your taste. The cool thing about purple is that it never seems to go out of style, whether it’s a spring pastel or a fall amethyst.
Analogous colors: oranges, blues – To change it up, go for vibrant burnt orange or cool blue. Neither color is as challenging to wear as you may think! Orange can be worn straight up or muted down to a warm brown or even copper tone. As for blue, royal blue is your friend. For a more neutral look, tone it down to blue-gray.
Complementary colors: dark blues – Being that hazel is such a complex eye color, it can be tough to pin down the perfect shade for you. Both green and brown twist through your eyes, giving you the option to enhance one shade today and flip around and enhance the other tomorrow. But to take advantage of the overall shade of your eye, try going for dark blue. It makes an awesome eyeliner shade for everyday wear, but can easily be incorporated into a smoky eye for nights when you want to go all out.
Analogous colors: teals, purples – Here’s where the overlap between brown and green becomes obvious. A teal or sea blue shade is not only very easy to wear, but it will allow the warmth of your eyes to shine through. A true purple shade is amazing for your overall color, but emphasizes all the green streaks in your eyes.
Written by Afton Jones