Written by April Reinhardt (last updated May 4, 2020)
If you've ever visited the cosmetics isle of a grocery store, department store, or pharmacy, then you've seen the tremendous—almost overwhelming—choices of eyeshadow available. How do you know what color to buy? The most important thing to consider is the shade of eyeshadow that will compliment your skin tone, hair coloring, and eye coloring. If you've fair skin and blue eyes, you should choose cool colors, such as pink, plum, ivory, and gray. If your eyes are brown and you have a medium complexion, warmer colors will look great on you. Green or hazel eyes, combined with fair skin tones, look great with violets and browns. If your skin tone is dark, choose cool or warm tones—either look great on you. Here are some more tips for choosing the correct shades:
Now that you know your color palette, you need to know how to properly apply the eyeshadow. There's a reason why eyeshadows are often sold in compacts of three complimenting colors. Just yesterday, I bought a Revlon compact of earth tones to compliment my blue eyes. Inside there is a very light shade of ivory, and a medium shade of taupe, and lastly a deep mocha. This is how to apply the three shades of eyeshadow:
The only thing left to do is to soften any hard lines. You don't want to tell where one color begins and the other ends. Smudge the definite lines of the colors a little, then apply eyeliner and mascara to complete the look.
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