If you ever had to sit through the introductory phase of art class in school – and stayed awake long enough to learn something (ha!) – you probably remember the color wheel. It is made up of the main colors of the rainbow using red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and violet (with the exception of indigo). For purposes of this post, I’ll be focusing particularly on complementary colors and how they can provide a map for selecting your perfect eyeshadows.
So, what are complementary colors? These are the colors that fall opposite one another on the color wheel. For instance, the opposite of red is green and the opposite of blue is orange. You can also use the colors alongside the complementary colors. Using complementary colors provides the most striking results; the contrast between your eye color and the eyeshadow color will make your eyes come alive.
If you have blue eyes, try using oranges, pinks and golds.
If you have green or hazel eyes, try using pinks, purples and oranges.
If you have brown eyes – good news! You have the most versatile of all the eye colors and can pretty much get away with any shade.
The rule “never wear eyeshadow that is the same color of your eyes” is not always correct. You CAN wear eyeshadow that is the same color as your eyes (yes, you can!), it’s just a matter of the shade, not the color itself. For example, if you have blue eyes, try using light blues or dark blue eyeshadow; stay away from medium blues. If you have brown eyes, try using a light brown, or khaki shade. And if you have green eyes, try dark green eyeshadows or lighter greens; stay away from medium greens.
And, of course, brown and neutral shades look great on any skin tone and eye color; a great stockpile of neutrals is essential to any woman’s arsenal.
If you’re going to be trying out a new color as part of your eyeshadow routine, experiment and practice with it first. Don’t plan to wear it on a day when you have a set schedule; in the event you don’t like it, you might find yourself running late!