Salon Inspired: Eye color accents

In Columns on January 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm

 By: Samantha Lepore        

When applying makeup it is important to remember that practice makes perfect. Photo courtesy of Google images

Sometimes all a woman needs is a touch of mascara and eyeliner to achieve a striking, elegant look, but for special occasions or the need to spice things up a bit, eye shadow can do wonders. Whether you purchase your makeup from a department store or a superstore such as Wal-Mart or Target, picking eye shadow can be mind boggling. With so many different brands, colors and formulas, it can be difficult to decide which is best for you. I prefer Maybelline’s powder eye shadow because the colors are highly pigmented; it is long wearing, cheap and can be easily blended. Eye shadow can enhance your beauty, but can also take away from it is as well.  It is important to know that not every eye shadow will look good on you; that is why it is important to know what pigments flatter your eye color and skin tone.

            For the girls with brown eyes, you have it the easiest. Brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world, and it goes with most pigments, such as browns, bronzes, greens, grays and bold colors such as purples and pinks. Blue-eyed beauties should never wear blue eye shadow to match your stunning eye color. It will take away from your eyes natural beauty, so stick with grays, pinks, peaches and browns. For those with green and hazel eyes, you are at the highest risk to choose the wrong eye shadow pigment. Purples, pinks, turquoise and olive greens are best for this eye color.

            Eye shadow does not only affect the appearance of your eye color, but also your skin tone. For those who are very pale, avoid very dark, harsh colors, for this will only make you look lighter, so try neutral tones and lighter colors. For those with darker skin, be cautious when using light colors. Sometimes if the eye shadow is dramatically lighter than that skin tone and if it is not applied and blended well, it can look quite atrocious.

            When dealing with any eye shadow pigment, eye color and skin tone, there is always one thing that will compliment your eyes and face in any situation: mascara, and when dealing with mascara, stick with black. The deep, dark color of the black will give the illusion of longer, thicker lashes. With brown and color mascara colors, this can make your lashes look like you put on eye shadow after applying mascara, which gives lashes a dusty unattractive look.

            If you cannot achieve the brilliant eye shadow styles of your celebrity idols right off the bat, do not worry. Practice makes perfect, and the longer you use makeup, the more you will learn about it, such as how to apply it, when and where to use it, etc. Eye shadow, along with all other makeup, was meant to enhance and elicit beauty, not hide it, so take time learning about your makeup and thinking up new, diverse styles. After all, everyone wants to look their best.


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