October 31, 2013
A good haircut or dye can enhance your best facial features, but to truly have that "wow" factor it's all about making your eyes pop. Your eyes are usually the first thing people see, so it's important to make them wide, bright and unforgettable. Fortunately, each eye color has its own palette of flattering hues that instantly bring out the beauty in your natural color. With the right eyeshadows, you'll be catching people's gazes in no time.
Though it might be the most common eye color, brown eyes are incredibly diverse and a makeup lover's dream as they are complementary with nearly every eyeshadow. A palette of purple shades with cool undertones can accentuate your eyes, while a splash of a bold cobalt blue makes them stand out.
"An electric shade ... really makes brown eyes pop," makeup artist Emily Kate Warren told Allure magazine.
Black eyeliner also suits brown eyes well, which means you can layer on the pencil for a perfectly smudgy smoky eye.
Sparkling blue eyes are already attention grabbers on their own, but there are ways to play them up even more. Stay away from blue and green shades, which can detract attention from your eyes, and instead opt for shades like royal purple and amethyst. Using a purple eyeshadow with a shimmery finish will also help accentuate your eye color. If you want a smoky eye for the nighttime, try a neutral look with golds, browns and light pinks, as black eyeshadow can overpower blue eyes.
The envy of nearly every woman, green eyes are true gems without makeup. To highlight them more, green eyes should be paired with warmer shades, such as a glittering taupe or a silver-tinged sage.
"The warmer undertones are more flattering than ashy brown," explained makeup artist Erica Whelan.
If you want softer definition, switch out your black eyeliner for an espresso brown or slate gray.
To keep your eyes looking fresh and wide, don't forget to wipe away all the leftover shadow, liner and mascara from your face each night. Falling asleep with makeup still clinging to your lids can irritate your eyes over time, causing redness and inflammation. Since most removers and cleansers are not strong enough to get rid of waterproof eye makeup, you might need a specially designed formula, such as the Bliss Lid + Wash, which will eliminate residue in one swipe.