Phil Collins pants back on—because I see your true colors shinin' through! Or at least I will after you try out these eyeshadow shades:)
I'm really excited to talk about how to bring out blue and brown eyes, but first I want to just say a few more things about color-ology and quickly throw out a couple of "insider" tips (I'm a self-taught makeup artist—I'm really not an insider, but you know what I mean) on the subject as well.
Since I did a plum eyeshadow on myself yesterday to show how it can bring out green eyes, I tried the green-on-green thing today and put the photos all together so you can decide for yourself which works best to bring out my eye color—using the complementary tone (plum) or using an eyeshadow that's the same color as my eyes (green on green). Also, here's Kristen Stewart doing the same thing.
I do bronze and neutrals every day on myself, so I just tried the plum and green shadows here. I used pretty subtle tones on both looks, unlike K-Stew in the first picture up there. See, that's exactly why I'm scared of red on my eyes. Yes, her eyes look intensely green because of it (that's why I used the picture), but I just can't get on board with that bright red lid thing. Everything in moderation. Actually I don't totally buy into that either . . . just red eyeshadow in moderation. Firm believer in that.
In other words, you don't need to go overboard to get a good return in terms of eye vibrancy.
I'm not listing what products I used because both looks had to be concocted by mixing several shades together so it's just kind of a plethora of random shades from random palettes so whatever your method is to achieve this look, go with it:)
I've got a couple of relevant tricks of the trade / makeup hacks to share with you. I want to bring them up because I never see them getting much love in other makeup resources, but they are actually REALLY effective in bringing out your colors.
These measures might seem like overkill so feel free to ignore them;
I'm just throwing them out there.
I know this isn't a huge secret or anything, but in case you're unfamiliar with it: white eyeliner has magic powers.
For one thing, you can use white eyeliner all over your eyelid as a base / primer before you apply your eye makeup to make the eyeshadow color more opaque and vibrant, but crucially, you can apply it inside your water line (inside your lower lash line) to make your eyes look brighter, wider, and more awake (aka: when I'm hungover or have allergies and don't want my coyote-looking bloodshot eyes to blow my cover). My sister actually does this every day (not because she's hungover every day—just because she likes the effect), and she always looks stunning. What I love most about it is it's such a subtle change so it doesn't look strange or demand attention, but it's really effective. Kind of a behind-the-scenes, thankless job, so s/o to white liner!
I used to do this in high school just because I played around with it and noticed some of its effects, and then when Pinterest came along, I found out that I did not, in fact, invent that trick because there are actually a lot of celebrity makeup artists who do the same thing to their starlet clients so it kind of made me feel like . .
Anyway, this is the effect it will have. Like I said, bigger and brighter. I usually use a dark kohl liner in my water line because I like playing up the SHAPE of my eyes, but if I want to crank up the saturation in my eyes, white will do the trick, and there's a pretty logical rationale behind it: there's more contrast between white and your eye color than there is between red or yellow and your eye color; hence, the pop. :)
Check out the picture on the right if you need some guidance on where to apply your liner.
Okay now this one you may not have heard about; it's kind of a weird one. I don't know why it's not talked about more because I've read in multiple places that most Hollywood makeup artists carry this in their makeup bags . . . "this" being blue-tinted eyedrops.
Again, the rationale is pretty self explanatory. Thank you, Mr. 3rd grade teacher for teaching us which colors neutralize each other. In this case, the blue combats the redness or yellow-ness in the eyes, which allows the white to be brighter, in turn allowing your eye color to pop more against it. Genius.
Downside: these bad boys are pretty expensive ($27). I normally just use redness-reducing Visine, but I did splurge and buy some of these Collyre Bleu Eyedrops—mostly because I was curious, and this blog gives me an excuse to call shotgun and let my curiosity take point in the driver's seat.
Honestly, I think they work pretty well, but I don't think they're worth the price tag so I'm probably just going to stick to normal redness-reducing eye drops to get rid of any discoloration.
I have to warn you so that, if you try them, you don't go into shock thinking you're morphing into some kind of Avator demon . . . here's what they look like when you first put them in for about a minute. KEEP BLINKING!
It's creepier in real life. I know what you're thinking: Kyle, your wife . . .
. . . but they really do work so I'm kind of jacked about it.
Okay, next post is going to cover colors for you brown- and blue-eyed beauties so keep those eyes popped and peeled! (that sounded gross)