When looking for MU inspiration it is important to look for eyeshadow shades that suit your eye colour and skin tone. Our eyes are one of the most important features – they show so much emotion and are the first thing you look at one someone.
Getting the tones right makes such an impact on your overall MU look – enhancing not only the colour of your iris and creating bright eyes that really stand out but it also really brings out the brightness of healthy looking skin. Many people don’t always realise that skin tone is equally important when choosing the right tones and colour palette for the eyes.
It has a big effect on your ability to carry off certain shades – you are looking to opt for shades that really compliment your natural tones and eye colour. If you have an olive or dark complexion you can work rich deep shades where as pale skin tones suit lighter delicate colours so they do not overpower.
Pale Skin – Pale complexions suit warm colours such as salmon pinks, apricots, shades of beige. Look to golden beiges to add light to your complexion. You generally want to stick to harmonious tones and earthy colours as an overview.
Fair/Medium Skin – Pinks and peaches are perfect for adding real radiance to neutral skin tones.
Dark Skin – This skin tone works well with such a variety of colours, from real brights to darks deep shades. Metallic bronze, golds and sunkissed tonal palettes bring a brightness and light to very dark complexions.
Blue – Blue eyes suit earthy tones of warm oranges and browns. Gold champagne metallics can work well to emphasis the iris without distracting. Taupe, slate and greys can suit too spending on the intensity of the blue in your eyes. Generally lighter neutral tones complement over anything too dark and smokey.
Grey – With grey eyes choose sooty, smokey shades or play with metallic silvers with a shimmery blue purple hue to subtly enhance this rare eye colour.
Brown – Those blessed with beautiful big brown eyes can pull of most colours from greens, blues, pinky tones, golds, coppers and champagne. Bronzy golds and neutral shades such as salmon work well to really accentuate the natural colour without being too dramatic.
Dark Brown – Always go for deep shades to highlight your dark eyes – dark greys, navy, browns and blacks. Try playing with metallic eyeshadows – these will reflect your eyes beautifully.
Hazel – With hazel coloured eyes you want to intensify the light flecks in the iris so opt for metallics and delicate dusty pinks to bring out that sparkle. Add dark gold brown or black liner and mascara to add some drama.
Green – Green eyes are generally naturally bright so no vivd colours are needed. Instead try a shimmery mocha, golds or warm browns with orange undertones or go for a deep rich purple for to add real intensity.
To add some more drama add darker tones to the outer corners of the eyes and apply a little deep dark green liner to the eyes to emphasis the brightness of the iris.
As a general rule – you don’t want to go for the same as the eye colour as this will only compete, drawing attention to the eyeshadow rather than the eye itself. If unsure always opt for soft neutrals on the eye and you can’t go far wrong as they tend to suit most eye colour and skin tones and are perfect for an everyday eyeshadow look.
This is a guest post from international, award winning bridal hair & make-up artist Gemma Sutton.