Find the Best Colors to Compliment and Accent Your Eyes!

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If you didn’t make it to our Free Saturday Workshop in L.A. or N.Y., here’s what you missed! I’ve dissected our Eye Colors and Eye Pencils and listed the shades that compliment and accent your particular eye color. Not only did I choose the perfect eye shadows for your eye color, I also implemented the basic smoky eye techniques to accent your eyes.

Blue Eyes

Here are some tips to complement baby blues. Depending on the color of blue, eye shadows appear to alter the intensity. When working with deep blue eyes, use complementary colors, in the orange / copper range. For blue-green eyes, use something in the orange / red based family. If your blue eyes have gold or yellow flecks, enhance the golden hues with lavenders and violets.  For a more subtle approach, accentuate your baby blues with beige, golds, and dark blues.

Complementary Eye Pencil –  Auburn and Vintage

Complementary Eye Colors – ApricotPixiePink GrapefruitBronzedCajun Spice, and Firebrick

Accenting Eye Pencil – Rich Brown

Accenting Eye Colors – BoneHoneysuckleDulce de LecheSunsetSunflowerSpanish GoldCanyonEspressoTinselMidnightSmoked Sapphire, and Onyx

Blue eyes with gold flecks- DaisySunsetGalaxySugared VioletVineyardVoodoo, and Graphite

Brown Eyes

Here are some tips to complement brown eyes. Depending on the shade of brown, eye shadows appear to alter the intensity. Brown is a tertiary color made up of the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. The most neutral of brown eyes is the dark brown or almost black. Anything goes with eyes of this nature. If your eyes are warm or reddish brown, use colors in the green family to pull out the undertone. Use blue violets to complement brown eyes with an orange-amber cast. If your brown eyes have gold or yellow flecks, enhance the golden hues with lavenders and violets. Lastly, if your brown eyes have specks of green, try hues with a red undertone, like pinks, mauves and/or red violets.  For a more subtle approach, accentuate your brown eyes with beige, golds, and browns.

– Reddish Brown Eyes

Complementary Eye Pencil- Black Forest

Complementary Eye Colors- MossPacific, and Tea Tree

– Amber eyes

Complementary Eye Colors- VoodooMidnight, and Smoked Sapphire

– Brown eyes with gold flecks

Complementary Eye Colors- GalaxySugared VioletVineyardVoodoo, and Graphite

Accenting Eye Pencil – Rich Brown

Accenting Eye Colors – BoneHoneysuckleDulce de LecheSunsetSunflowerSpanish GoldCanyonEspressoTinsel, and Onyx

Green Eyes

Here are some tips to complement the rarity of green eyes. First and foremost, eye shadows appear to alter the intensity of green eyes. When working with green eyes, use complementary colors in the red-based family. If your green eyes have gold or yellow flecks, enhance the golden hues with lavenders and violets.  For a more subtle approach, use accent colors like beige, golds, browns, and dark greens.

Complementary Eye Pencil – Auburn and Vintage

Complementary Eye Colors –  CashmereWheatPink IllusionGalaxyConcordBerrywoodSiennaVineyard and Voodoo

Accenting Eye Pencil – Black Forest

Accenting Eye Colors – HoneysuckleDulce de LecheSunsetSunflowerSpanish GoldCanyonEspressoTea Tree Graphite, and Onyx

Basic Smoky Eye: Begin with a highlight on the brow bone. Use an Eye Color two or more shades lighter than your natural skin tone. Lay the flat surface of Brush 330s on the surface and sweep from the outer corner of the brow bone inward. Make sure to hug the base of the eye brow with the edge of the brush. Load Brush 810 with a complementary Eye Color and lay the brush on the outer corner of the crease.  Brush forward using a windshield wiper motion. Then blend upward into the highlight to achieve a soft gradient of color from dark to light. Reload Brush 810 to connect the outer corner of the eye and follow the lower lid all the way across to the tear duct. Use Brush 800s to soften the edges in the crease and lower lid. Dull the tip of an accenting Eye Pencil on the back of your hand. Then color the entire lid directly from the tip of the pencil. Again, connect the outer corner with the accenting Eye Pencil and follow the lower lash line clear across — leaving the Eye Color on the lower lid visible. Blend the accenting Eye Pencil on the lid and lower lash line to even the tone with the 810 Smudger Brush. Make sure to blend upward to soften the edge in the crease. Set the pencil with a darker accenting Eye Color and Brush 330s. For more definition, line the inside of the top and lower waterline with the Black Eye Pencil. Finish the smoky eye look with a couple coats of Cream or Volumizing Mascara.

— Sean Conklin

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