Who doesn’t want to draw attention to their peepers? One of the best ways to do this is to use contrasting colours that will amplify the hue of your eyes, giving you that dreamy, doe-eyed look. This is particularly helpful if you are in the process of snaring that Cleo Bachelor of the Year hottie that you’ve been lusting after. Or hypnotising your Boss into giving you that 500% payrise that you really deserve.
Here are two rules that apply for this style of eyeshadow application.
1. Contrasting tones are way to go.
To bring out your eye colour, it is best to use shades that are the opposite in the colour spectrum. This will really draw attention to the hue of your irises. It’s simply basic colour theory – if you were to place a black paper next to white paper, the striking contrast is obvious. However, placing cream paper next to white paper will result in none of the colours ‘popping’ visually.
2. Colour steals colour.
Avoid applying colours that are a richer, more vivid version of your eye colour. It will drain your eyes of the colour, and make them appear pale and drained. For instance, if you apply an intense cobalt eyeshadow to light blue eyes, the eyes will appear pale, dull and almost grey in comparison.
Blue eyes: Rich chocolate brown, copper, gold, taupe, lavender, lilac and fuchsia.
Grey eyes: Gold, bronze, sand, teal, turquoise, violet, rose and navy.
Green eyes : Deep purple, violet, plum, mauve, lilac, pink, bronze, gold, copper and peach.
Brown eyes: Olive, gold, navy, plum, charcoal, pink, teal, violet, lavender.
Hazel eyes: Pink, lilac, gold, forest green, emerald, lavender.
If you’ve caught the lazy bug, and would prefer to avoid trying to hunt each colour down, Almay have their Intense I-Colour Kits which retail for $20.95, and are available at Priceline. These are eyeshadow palettes that contain shades that are perfectly coordinated to bring out your eye colour. Brill. You have no excuse now. Plus, at that price, you’ll be able to nab it with the change floating around in your handbag.
Get your ‘peepshow’ on, BWA-ers!