The Best Eyeshadows To Suit Your Eye Colour

Multicolour Eyeshadow

Believe it or not, there is more to matching your eyeshadow to your eye colour than just basing it off the colour your feeling that day, although if that’s how you like to choose your eyeshadow colour then don’t let me stop you.

Time to get technical

If you find it hard to branch out from your neutral eyeshadow tones and are looking for something a little more colourful to test on your eye colour, then let me enlighten you to the colour theory behind finding your perfect shade.

Colour theory is something widely used within makeup artistry and without sounding too technical (applying makeup is all about fun after all!) it’s this colour theory that determines which coloured pigments work best with your eye colour.

As a general rule, colours opposite each other on the colour wheel are complimentary to each other. For example, if you have blue or green eyes the colour opposite your eye colour on the colour wheel is the one that is going to get your eyes popping making your colour seem more intense.

Let’s break it down

Blue eyes

Typically, blue eyes work best with a warm toned eyeshadow pigment. The warm colour that are opposite of blue often compliment cool blue eyes well. Reach for a burnt orange or a red coloured eyeshadow to draw attention and brighten the blue in your eyes!

NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Green eyes

One colour that works magnificently with green eyes is purple. Add on a purple shade and your green eyes will appear greener than they ever have.

If you’re someone who likes something more subtle then experiment with pink and red tones to enhance your green eyes.

Natasha Denona Retro Palette

Revolution Forever Flawless Decadent

Brown eyes

Good news for those with brown eyes, you suit pretty much any shade there is. So, take your pick! Warm browns, oranges and reds or blues, greens and purple, the choice is yours!

If you’re looking for a shade to really make your eyes stand out, then the contrast of cool blue and green shades will make your brown eyes pop!

Above all the colours, gold stands victorious when it comes to complimenting brown eyes. Gold, bronze, and copper shades really draw attention to the shimmery tones often seen in brown eyes.

Urban Decay Born To Run

Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Hazel eyes

Hazel eyes contain a mixture of brown, green and even golden tones. The same colours that match green and brown eye colours also apply to hazel eyes. Do you want the green or brown tones to be the one that stands out the most and refer back to the matching colours to enhance that eye colour!

Alternatively, green pigments beautifully complement the green shade in hazel eyes while bringing out any gold flecks and deepening brown tones.

Natasha Denona Mini Gold Palette

Urban Decay Wild West Palette


If you want to get creative and completely disregard any of the colour theory behind finding your perfect eyeshadow shade, then go right ahead! After all, makeup is an art and a great way to express your own individuality. Wear whatever colour makes you feel confident, that confidence suits you far more than the eye colour that is theoretically supposed to match your eyes.

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