There are times where we purchase makeup based on pure instinct. There’s no rhyme or reason to some of the lip colors and eye shadows we fall in love with … that vibrant cobalt blue just happens to stand out. But, is it always the right choice? Or the most flattering one? When it comes to choosing the right smoky eye for YOU, there are several things to keep in mind. Don’t get us wrong — we love every color in the book (er, palette) but tailoring your look based on eye, hair and skin tone will definitely make big life choices like buying makeup much easier!
Brown Eyes: For those with lovely, rich brown eyes,ideal shadow shades include eggplant, deep copper colors (like gold and bronze), as well as electric shades of royal blue. Since your eyes are a mix of all primary colors, you can get away with just about anything. Traditional black works best for creating the smoke in your smoky eye!
Green Eyes: Your emerald green eyes pair perfectly with warm hues of taupe, just about any shade of purple and mauve pinks. Stay away from dark green shades, as they don’t offer any added pop and use either black or brown for your smoke smudging!
Blue Eyes: Bright blue eyeslook even more beautiful with a peachy,gray-brown, champagne or silver toned smoky eye look! Avoid any pigments that are too bright, since your own eye color is already light. Create your smoke with a dark charcoal shade or black.
Hazel Eyes: You’re lucky enough to have a range of colors that include brown, green and oftentimes, flecks of gold! Your pretty peepers work well with burgundy, deep fuchsia and yellowy-browns or mushroom grays. To deepen your smoky eye, you can use black, dark brown, dark purple or even a deep blue.
Fair: Those of you with a silky Snow White complexion should steer clear of silver and bright colors that are highly pigmented, as they can overpower your light skin tone. Instead, stick to sheer shades for just the right amount of natural beauty and flare!
Olive: Brown, olive and bronze eye shadows complement your sultry, tanned complexion. Burnt oranges and beige are also perfect for your skin tone. Earthy colors are always your best bet!
Dark: For shadow that really stands out, darker skin tones pair perfectly with warm shades that are rich in pigment! Stay away from pale shades or white shadowsas they tend to look ashy and muddled. Go for bold and beautiful with deep bronze or burgundy shadow for the perfect amount of depth.
About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.