Have you ever spent ages creating a beautiful eyeshadow look and looked in the mirror and thought… meh. Me too. It’s probably because you weren’t using the right shades! This post is going to explain how to use the colour wheel in order to get the best out of your eyeshadows and make your eyes the focal point of your look. Knowing exactly what shades suit you depending on your eye colour can really take your makeup to the next level.
Firstly, you need to determine whether your eyes are cool, neutral or warm toned. It’s really easy to figure it out. Just take a look at the colour wheel below.
For example, blue is on the cool end of the spectrum so blue eyes equals cool toned eyes. Brown is on the warm end of the spectrum, on the inner most circle, so brown eyes equals warm toned. Green or hazel eyes can be a little trickier to determine because as you can see, green tones fall into both warm and cool. Essentially this makes green a neutral shade but eye colour doesn’t just fall into three categories. There are many different shades and tones of brown, green and blue along with some rarer shades such as purple! I myself have dark brown eyes, some would say almost black. Black is a neutral shade but I have some warm browny/amber undertones in my eyes which overall, makes them brown. The warm tones in my eyes are very subtle, more subtle than someone with amber eyes that almost looks orange, a really beautiful eye colour! Amber eyes are very obviously warm toned. This can also be the case for blue and green eyes. Hazel eyes tend to have either a mixture of green and brown tones making them slightly more warmer or a mixture of green and blue tones, making them cooler toned. In this case, blue is usually he dominant shade and at first glance they look blue. Blue eyes can range from a beautiful sapphire blue to a light, almost grey looking eye which fall into the cool family. Unless the eye has some green shades which take it into the neutral territory. As I mentioned earlier, black is a neutral shade and people can have just straight up black eyes. Black eyes are very common amongst East Asian people, although people from different ethnic backgrounds may still have black eyes. Some sources state that black eyes do not exist and that they are just a very dark brown. I’ll link an article for you to read more about it and help you come to your own decision on wheather or not black eyes exist. Personally, I think they do.
Now that you’ve figured out whether you have warm, cool or neutral eyes I can start giving you some suggestions on how to enhance your eye colour with makeup. It’s really easy to figure out what colour palette will look best. Take another look at the colour wheel and find your eye colour. Let’s take blue for example, immediately opposite blue on the colour wheel is orange. This means warm toned oranges, reds and brown are going to compliment blue eyes best.
If you read my post about finding your skin undertones you’ll remember that I said you need to match your undertones to a foundation with same tones. So someone with yellow undertones in the skin will need a yellow based foundation and someone with pink undertones will need a pink based foundation. Using the colour wheel in eyeshadow application is the complete opposite. You want to use a clashing colour in order to make the colour of your eyes pop. So, if someone with blue eyes was to apply an orange shade to the lid, the warm tones in the shadow are going to clash with the cool tones in the iris, thus making the eye colour appear brighter.
I’ll break the colour palettes and corresponding eye colours down into a list –
Blue eyes – Cool toned – colours that will suit the best, warm tones – Warm browns, oranges, golds, coppers, pinks, berry tones, yellow based shades and reds.
Brown eyes – Warm toned – colours that will suit the best, cool tones – Blues, cobalt, royal and navy, purples, greys, cool to mid-toned browns and greens.
Green eyes – Neutral toned – colours that will suit best, predominantly warm but also cool toned. Warm browns, oranges, golds, bronzy tones, red based shadows and purples.
If you do want to use the colour wheel for your eyeshadow application but are unsure on which palette to try I’ll give you a few suggestions. For a warm toned eye, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, Zoeva’s Caramel Melange, Zoeva’s Matte palette or Urban Decay’s Naked Heat are fantastic options because they all contain warm browns, oranges, berries and reds. For a cool toned palette, Urban Decay’s Naked 2, Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2, Zoeva’s Naturally Yours or MAC’s x 15 Cool Neutral palette are all amazing options because they contain taupe’s, purples, greys and mid-toned browns. Some amazing neutral palettes include The Balm’s Meet Matte Nude, Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Eye, Urban Decay’s Original Naked or Too Faced’s Natural Eyes palette.
Of course, the colour wheel isn’t a rule it’s just a guideline and it’s a fantastic one to follow if you want to make your eyes the star of the show! Personally, I prefer warm toned shadows but when I want the attention on my eyes, I’ll do a nice purple smokey eye.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and I hope you was able to take something away from it. I hope to see you back in my next one.