How to choose eyeshadow

If you've had a peep at the beauty counter of your local chemist lately, you'll no doubt have been surprised by the number of make up options available for your peepers! Selecting an eyeshadow to flatter and highlight your eyes can be tricky, but this guide will help you to find and choose the right eyeshadow for you.

How to choose your eyeshadow colour

This guide suggests eyeshadow colours to complement eye colours, but do bear in mind that eyeshadow colours shouldn't clash with your other make up or your outfit - try to select within the same colour family.

Eyeshadow for brown eyes

Brown eyes can pull off almost any colour of eyeshadow, including bolds and brights. However probably the most flattering colours for brown eyes are green or pink. If your brown eyes are flecked with gold, a gold eyeshadow can really highlight them.

Eyeshadow for blue eyes

Warm, earth tones are a beautiful contrast to the coolness of blue eyes. Mauves, taupes, purple-browns, warm browns and slate greys look great on blue eyes. If you have dark hair and blue eyes, jewel coloured eye shadow (emeralds, hot pinks and bright purples) also look fabulous. Most colourings can't carry the look of blue eyeshadow on blue eyes, so it's usually best to steer clear of it.

Eyeshadow for green and hazel eyes

Purple is a great colour for green eyes - from lavenders to deep purples, these shades will really make your eyes pop. Hazel and green eyes also look good with warm brown eyeshadows, including mochas and gold browns.

How to choose between eyeshadow types

There are two main types of eyeshadow: powder and cream. Powder is more blendable and, when used with a primer, has a greater staying power. Cream can give a glossy look but it also tends to gather in the crease of your eyelid, so needs to be touched up regularly.

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