The Best Eye Shadow for Hazel Eyes

by Emily McBride
(last updated March 18, 2015)

Makeup is a great tool to help us feel better about how we look. The trick with makeup using it to enhance your natural beauty, not smother it. Applying makeup to hazel eyes is fun because of how many options you have. Do not try to match your eye shadow to the color of your clothes. It will come off as tacky, and your eye shadow will look better if you choose shades that compliment your eye color, hair color, and skin tone instead. It may help you to determine whether green or brown is more dominant in your eyes; then you can choose eye shadow colors that will help enhance the dominant color.

One thing that can help you figure out which colors will work best for you is with the color wheel. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel compliment each other. So, if your hazel eyes tend most to be brownish, then blues and purples will work well; if they tend to be greenish, try pink and maroon shades. For the most part, those with hazel eyes can wear makeup for blue eyes and brown eyes as well. The following is a list of eye shadow colors that should look good with hazel eyes.

  • Brown, taupe, beige, cream
  • Lilac, violet, plum, lavender
  • Rose pink, berry, pale pink, heather
  • Deep khaki, forest green
  • Black, silver (if you are going for a dramatic look)
  • Don't use blue eye shadow

Before you use any eye shadow, use a primer—this will help your shadow to not crease and stay on throughout the day. You can also try experimenting with the colors of the rest of your makeup. Try a purple eyeliner to make your eyes really stand out. Also, choose your colors of eye shadow based on the look you are going for. Do you want your makeup to look natural or dramatic? Consider changing your makeup depending on the occasion or the time of day. Going out in the evening calls for more dramatic eyeliners and eye shadow colors; at work during the day it may be better to keep your makeup more neutral and natural.

The best way to determine what eye shadow colors look best on you is to experiment. Try out different colors to find some you are happy with. If you need help, go to a makeup counter in a department store; a professional there can help you know which colors will look best on you and teach you how to apply your eye shadow.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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