Eye Makeup – The idiot proof guide to eyeshadow colour – Brown Eyes
Eye makeup has always been one of those things that just confuses me! And it turns out I’m not alone! I always end up picking something up in shop, liking the look of it then letting the highly skilled professional in the shop apply to my eyes and think “Yeah I’ve course I can go recreate that at home – no problem!” and then after attempting it at home, looked I’d gone and got myself a black eye. Not the desired outcome.
Only when I started to learn more about eye makeup did I start to understand why I had been getting everything so wrong! The colours I was choosing weren’t complimenting my eye colour, they weren’t making my eyes pop, instead making them look flat and two dimensional. Only when I really started to learn more about eye shadow did I really start to love it and now I rarely leave the house without it!
Therefore, below I have put together my idiot proof guide to eyeshadow colour and eyeshadows and how you can become an at home expert too! Enjoy!
Well this is the colour that I know most about as it is my natural eye colour. I’ve got (unnaturally) big eyes – no seriously, my parents called my ET when I was a baby – so I’ve always not wanted to bring too much attention to my eye area which is why I’ve gone for more natural tones. For brown eyes the colours that tend to suit are purples and pinks – not usually black which is what most people think of when they think dark eyes – smoky eyes. No. Always opt for dark purple over black – trust me, I’ve tried it.
For my eyes I use the Lemon Smooth Affair for Eyes as I get a little red around my eyes and yellow corrects redness however the natural match for dark eyes would be Naked or Petal shade of Smooth Affair, they are also great at concealing dark circles.
As mentioned above I would always go for pinky/purple tones as they really bring out the white to dark contrast on the eyes. Pinks and whites are also great at lightening the eye as often dark eyes tend to be more prone to dark circles and overall darkness to the eye area.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – perfect if you are going for a smoky eye and great as it contains lots of pinky tones to help lighten and brighten.
Pink Bliss – the most beautiful collection of pinks and purples, my favourite for my eyes and I know it will be one of yours too!
Silver Lining – lovely greys and silver tones if you want a more dramatic look – not so great unless you bring a bit of colour in there. I would suggest using a blue eye liner or maybe a white eye pencil to bring back a bit of warmth to the eye area. But still a lovely pallet.
Sundown – I’ve mentioned this pallet before because I just love it so much! A beautiful collection of purples with a bright highlight shade to help bring some lightness to the eyes. Perfect for dark eyes and everyone else.
Pink Quartz – Jane Iredale’s best seller in eyeshadows. The name is a little misleading as it’s more dark reds and purples than pinks but still a beautiful collection of colours. Perfect for a natural, daytime look.
This is where you can have some fun with dark eyes! Eyeliners are the perfect way to really enhance dark eyes and bring that definition to the eye area. From Jane Iredale I would recommend the following
-Smoky Quartz Mystikol – a smoky, dark grey that is great for all eyes but especially but dark eyes
-Midnight Blue Eye Pencil – blue and dark eyes. Match made in heaven!
-Black Eye Pencil – a classic for a reason, works wonders
-Emerald Mystikol – green eyeliner? Yes, yes! It’s stunning!
-Sapphire Mystikol – a statement look but there is a reason that Kim Kardashian is going crazy for blue!
Matte eyeshadow – always always better than glitter for mature skin. Glitter is for younger skins.
Purple eyeshadow – a colour that practically suits everyone! If in doubt, go for purple
Rule of thumb – go for darker shades in the outer corner, lighter shades in the inner corner
Less is more – don’t over load on your darkest shade. Remember the black eye scenario I had
Natural, natural – remember your eyes look great without eyeshadow so don’t overdo it – all you are doing is enhancing your eyes, not concealing them.
Wishing you happy and healthy skin from Ms. Glow X