Okay, this is me running out the door! :) (That only made sense if you read my "Almost Ready" post.) Are YOU ready to get a little Phil Collins-y and find your true colors? Because we are now officially strategizing on how to make your eyes pop! Not in a gross, violent way, nor in a cartoon-animal-in-love sort of way, but in a way that's going to really show off your eye color in a big way and make it look like God turned up the saturation in real life on your eyeballs.
So as promised: The Color Wheel . . . because it's really helpful when it comes to figuring out the best hues for your lovely cabeza.
If you've ever sat in a class in a near-comatose stupor just staring at the teacher / professor / book / whiteboard like "Why in the whirlpool appliance would I ever have to know this information for real life?" then A) Heaarrrrrd that; as my brother pointed out, the ONLY reason geometry is taught in the world is because "Pythagorean Theorem" is on Catchphrase, and B) silver lining: the color wheel actually IS applicable and relevant to a real-life situation to the tune of "putting on your makeup." So see? Tuition well spent?
I'm approaching this as if I were seriously teaching a lecture, but honestly, it's really basic: Put your finger on your eye color in the color wheel; now drag your finger directly through the white epicenter and find your eye color's exact counterpart (i.e.: it's "complementary" color). Browns and hazels, your starting point is the orange-y region.
Apparently, only 2% of the world's population has green eyes, so that makes me feel pretty special. Or it DID . . . until the color wheel started trying to persuade me to wear pink eyeshadow, so now I kind of feel like I drew the short straw here.
Similarly, if you have blue eyes and are thinking, "Okay, I guess I'm going hunting for some bright orange eyshadow," we can all calm down. These are just kind of the hues and undertones you should look for. For instance, I use a lot of warm brown-, gold- and bronze-colored pigments when I do makeup for someone with blue eyes, and (as you can see with Alexis Bledel and her bronze shadow below), it's the visual equivalent of striking and perfectly executing Blue Steel without exerting any energy at all. So you're going to be blue STEEL-ing the show all day long basically.
I put together this 5x5 collage of celebrities sorted by eye color, and I understand that that might be considered slightly odd if you're comparing it to normal human behavior, but I'm hoping we can just gloss right over that because I think it'll be useful considering that I used only pictures where I thought the makeup demonstrated great use of complementary colors to coincide with and flatter their features / faces.
For instance, Zooey D. in the top center has really cool-toned, pale skin so she knows (or at least, her makeup artist knows) that a red lipstick with blue undertones is going to look best and the contrast will make her baby blues super vibrant. Kelly Rowland's makeup artist knows that purple makes brown eyes pop, and Kristen Stewart's makeup artist probably knows that nothing is going to make her smile, but he can still jazz up her face anyway with dark plum shades on her eyelids to bring out her bright green eyes.
If the color wheel doesn't quite resonate with you, find your eye color row below and just take some notes from your fellow eye-dols.
I'm going to start out with green eyes because that's what I have in my own head so that's what I'd like to do . . . so that settles that argument. :) Below, we have the adorable Rachel McAdams rocking a pretty hardcore purple lid. Not real subtle, but it looks pretty damn fierce, and she can do no wrong in my eyes anyway so first-world PROPS to you, RM!
When doing green-eye makeup, we're supposed to stick to bronze, pink-hued purple colors like plum, and varying shades of green. A lot of makeup artists recommend using an eyeshadow that's the same color as your iris, and I'm sure it looks great on a lot of people, but I think it's a really delicate balance where the eyeshadow pigment has to be significantly more muted than your eye color. Sorry if that was confusing. What I mean is I feel like, whenever I see someone with green eyes wearing green eyeshadow, for example, the colors seem to fight, and the eyes end up looking somewhat gray and lackluster. I'll show you what I mean really quickly with Katy Perry and sapphire eyes.
See what I mean? The gold eyeshadow actually makes her eyes look bluer and more pigmented than when she went all Eiffel 65 on her face (and hair) and went to town on the blue shadow. So basically, don't think that using a neon blue on your blue eyes is going to make them look more vibrant; many times, it does the exact opposite, and the same thing goes for the other eye colors as well. If you're going to use an eyeshadow that's the same color as your eyes, make sure it's not brighter than your eye color.
So for my other emerald-eye ladies, aside from dull greens, our go-to eyeshadow colors for bringing out our most vibrant eyes are:
When it comes to my own makeup, I prefer sticking to neutral colors (beige, brown, black, bronze, gold, etc.) and I pretty much NEVER use anything with pink undertones because I feel like using anything reddish on your eyes makes you look like you have rabies and/or are a zombie. BUT just for you guys, I decided to try out the plum shades today because I hear it's important to "practice what you preach" or whatever. ;)
I'm not going to create a "What I Used" for this one because I actually had to mix together several matte shadows to come up with this color since I never buy plum eyeshadows. Basically, I used the Smashbox Full Exposure palette just for the base color, and I mixed up a pale pink hue and a purple hue from a beginner's Sephora palette I got years ago, and I just used that as my contour.
In the picture below, I added a little more color to the lids with a shimmery purple from a NARS two-color palette I got years ago as well, and I used just a tiny bit of a red color to blend it all out (yes, I said red. I did it. I used rabies red on my eyes.) See, these colors are only in my possession because they were given to me; I've been hiding from plum for awhile . . . and I'm actually not quite sure why anymore.
I think I'm going to start experimenting with it more to see if I can get it to a look that I'm good with because I think I'm finally overcoming my plum hangup 'cuz who doesn't want bright eyes? And speaking of bright eyes, I'm really regretting the title I landed on for this post. I can't get "Total Eclipse of the Heart" out of my head now.
If you're a greeny genie like me and want to try out some new colors, obviously, you can just look for the colors we talked about, but there is also the option of buying a palette that's already customized for green eyes. A lot of different brands have taken to creating palettes per eye color so I just listed a few of them below (and one that's not a palette; it's just a MAC shadow, but I just think it works really well on green eyes so I had to throw it in there).
Thanks for sticking around till the end of this one; I know it was long and wordy. Like I said, there's lots to cover when it comes to color (<-- slant rhyme?! ). Next on the menu is more color-related things: blue and brown eyes and color correcting concealer (those pastel-colored palettes that none of us really know how to use).
Have a beautiful day, my pretties!