The Expert-Approved Way to Accentuate Your Eye Color With Makeup

Feb 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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If our eyes are the windows to our souls, then what are the curtains — or beauty products — that will make them extra enticing? There are never enough ways to wear shadow or liner, but it seems we’re short on advice regarding how we can enhance what’s already there and make our peepers really pop. According to Justine Purdue, celebrity makeup artist for Streeters, it all depends on whether you want the makeup to match or play opposite your eye color.

“Consider whether you want to contrast or complement your own eye color when looking for eye makeup — remembering the color wheel,” she says. “The iris can also have hue variations, allowing for added accents in the makeup.”

If you have dark brown eyes, Purdue says to contrast with plum tones, deep greens or navy. Complement with rich browns that reflect gold, copper or bronze.

When those with hazel eyes want to contrast their color, they should opt for purple, burgundy and blue tones.  Olive greens, warm browns and gold are the best complementary ones.

Baby blue eyes contrast well with plum, burgundy and brown tones, while blue and yellow hues work best when you want to complement.

Lastly, Purdue also recommends purples, burgundies and browns for contrasting against green eyes; and greens, golds and coppers when you want to match your eye color with your makeup.

Now that you know what colors to try, consider experimenting with some of our favorite eye makeup finds ahead.

  

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /16: For Contrasting Brown Eyes...

Makeup for Your Eye Color | Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in plum
Image: Laura Mercier

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara in navy blue
Image: Dior

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Set in bronze
Image: Bobbi Brown

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Sephora Collection Easy Smoky Eye in Mystic Brown
Image: Sephora

4/16 :For Complementing Brown Eyes...

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Tiny Dancer
Image: Tarte

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint in M-90 (matte purple)
Image: Make Up For Ever

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7 /16: For Complementing Hazel Eyes...

Makeup for Your Eye Color | Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in olive
Image: Stila

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Giorgio Armani Eye Tint eye shadow in Gold Ashes
Image: Giorgio Armani

8/16 :For Complementing Hazel Eyes...

9 /16: For Contrasting Blue Eyes...

Makeup for Your Eye Color | Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Habanera
Image: Nars

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Christian Louboutin Lash Amplifying Lacquer in Rich Burgundy
Image: Christian Louboutin

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner in Steel Blue
Image: Too Faced

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Smashbox Photo Edit Eye Shadow Glitter Trio in Total Scene
Image: Smashbox

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13 /16: For Contrasting Green Eyes...

Makeup for Your Eye Color | Tom Ford Private Shadow in Purple Reign
Image: Tom Ford

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | Guerlain liquid eyeliner in Brun Cendre
Image: Guerlain

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15 /16: For Complementing Green Eyes...

Makeup for Your Eye Color | Urban Decay Naked Heat eye shadow palette
Image: Urban Decay

15/16 :For Complementing Green Eyes...

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Makeup for Your Eye Color | MAC eye shadow in New Crop
Image: Nordstrom

16/16 :For Complementing Green Eyes...