If you caught the previous post: Building Your Eyeshadow Collection: Part I, then you more than likely have been curious about this post scheduled to follow. Building on the basic knowledge supplied in the first post, this continuation will talk more about colors and how to go about selecting the right ones for you.
Please note: This article uses MAC eyeshadows as examples of eyeshadows to start your collection with. If MAC is not an affordable option, I recommend NYX eyeshadows as they are quality comparable dupes to MAC and numerous dupe lists may be found on Google.
Your Unique Eye Color
Selecting the right colors to make your eye color come alive is the first crucial step in the process. Do you have blue eyes, green eyes, brown, hazel? If you missed the past post on How to Pick the Perfect Eyeshadows Based on Your Eye Color, it will help to better explain the method behind what I’m about to cover.
Blue Eyes: Oranges, purples, pinks and gold shades.
Green Eyes: Similar to blue eyes; oranges, purples, pinks and gold shades.
Hazel Eyes: Pinks, purples, and gold shades.
Brown Eyes: You can wear any and EVERY eyeshadow color (lucky you!) Purples, blues and greens are electrifying!
Contrary to popular belief, you may also select colors that are of your own eye color. The trick to selecting the right ones is to focus on the intensity of your eye color and go for shades opposite that. For example, if you have dark green eyes, choose light green shades but avoid darker green shades, as they will mold too well into your dark eyes. Another example, if you have light blue eyes, choose darker blues and avoid light shades of blue.
How Do I Choose?
Once you’ve figured out the shades that best accentuate your unique eye color, bulk up your collection based on those shades. As mentioned in Part I, your complexion will also play a role in selecting the right colors. If you’re cool, seek out blue-toned shades, and if you’re warm, choose red-toned shades. Once you have that down, I recommend following this basic principle to round out your collection and give you an endless variety of combinations:
- Select 2-3 light colored shades of that color
- Select 2-3 medium colored shades of that color
- Select 1-2 dark colored shades of that color
As an example, if I have blue eyes and I’m interesting in building my pink collection, and I have a warm complexion, I might choose:
- 2-3 light pinks: Jest, Da Bling, Pink Freeze
- 2-3 medium pinks: Free to Be, Swish, Expensive Pink
- 1-2 dark pinks: Cranberry, Beauty Marked
Or let’s say you have green eyes and you wish to build the eyeshadows in your purple collection and you have a cool complexion:
- 2-3 light purples: Seedy Pearl, Beautiful Iris, Crystal
- 2-3 medium purples: Nocturnelle, Satellite Dreams, Shale
- 1-2 dark purples: Shadowy Lady, Sketch
Of course, you can build from there, but having 2-3 per shade category will round out your collection a little better when you’re first starting out. Additionally, if you need help selecting eyeshadows for your unique eye color/complexion, I’m always available for a personal consultation. 😉