The myth of eye shadows…

Often, when facing a rich palette of eye shadows, we feel overwhelmed with the multitude of colours, effects and finish types. Somewhere deep in our hearts we suspect what we might like, but to be on the safe side or have the peace of mind we take some advice, which… actually does not change anything. Golden rules, authoritative hints and recommendations, however valuable they might be, have just one flaw. Usually they completely contradict one another, leaving us in confusion with some unfinished thoughts.

So the question is – how to choose shadows to match eye colour? The answer is – in different ways, as the iris changes slightly depending on the time of the day or season of the year. It gets more or less pronounced in the entire setting – from complexion type, eyebrow and hair colour, to apparel and accessories that we are currently adorned with. With heated emotions it gains some kind of depth and it softens when the tension subsides. There are no universal solutions for so many variables. What might appear to be an ideal solution today, simply pales on another occasion.

So why not use the well-known method of trial and error? Why not take a moment to listen to yourself, determine the mood and need of the moment – and then decide – cohesive harmony, sharp or soft contrast… It is also worth considering that delicately contrasting tones will strengthen the intensity of iris colour. Strong contrast will outshine it a little, drawing more attention to itself. How to achieve contrast? Add a combination of gold, beige, orange or brown tones to blue eyes; frame green eyes in violet, bordo – the colour of wine and ripe grapes – brown or cinnamon; for brown eyes use blue, emerald, turquoise, green or even pink. In this case it is not just about the opposition of colours; the traditional cold-warm opposition is also important. By using colours which are identical or similar to the iris, we will accentuate their tone in a completely different manner. It is enough to strengthen its green with emerald, pistachio or turquoise. Use bottle green, dimmed green or olive. Blue eyes will correspond with shades of azure, navy blue, cornflower blue, up to delicate grey. Brown eyes will apear beautiful when surrounded with other browns, gold and sand. It is now the iris colour that is in the foreground, giving an impression of limitlessness of the look. These are the eyes you can get lost in – sensual and determined. To see an example for these differences, take a look at Kasia – a girl with blue eyes, presented here in two different stylings. I intentionally did not use any lines here to focus attention only on the colour of eye shadows and their effect on the iris colour.

The first make-up is in contrast to Kasia’s iris colour. For eye makeup I used several shades of gold, cinnamon, sand and pearl. In this styling, by contrast of warm tones with the cold azure, an effect is achieved of even more blue eyes, as if the colour was glowing from within. Due to the make-up being very delicate, it works very well for the daytime.

For the second make-up I used all the colours of the iris: cornflower blue, navy blue, turquoise and azure. In this styling the eyes appear larger. The colour seems to flow from within, creating a very hypnotic effect. Eye shadow colours tone it down a bit, adding elegance and sensuality. It is a great make-up for a night out.