4 Eyeshadow Color Combinations That Never Disappoint

November 04, 2020
By: Tembe Denton-Hurst | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Creating a colorful eyeshadow look can be intimidating. Between choosing what eyeshadow colors look good together but also fit the vibe that you’re going for and blending them seamlessly, it can often feel like it requires expert help. That’s why we tapped Los Angeles-based makeup artist Emily Oliver to share her tried-and-true pairings for any occasion.

Best Eyeshadow Color Combinations for a Smoky Eye: Gold and Brown 

According to Oliver, this eyeshadow duo is great for a subtle, smoky eye. “Gold and brown pair well, and the result is both elegant and striking,” she says. To get the look, we recommend using Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck and Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow in Filigree. Buck is a matte brown shade that pairs well with the shimmery Filigree, a true gold hue that glides on like a dream.

Best Eyeshadow Color Combinations for an Everyday Look: Cream and Taupe 

Matte cream and taupe are a classic shadow pair that works regardless of the occasion. We recommend applying the cream shade all over the lid and working the taupe into the crease and on the outer edges to create definition. To get the look, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach, a matte cream shade, and the NYX Professional Makeup Single Eyeshadow in Taupe.

Best Eyeshadow Color Combinations for a Bold Look: Burnt Orange and Navy

Burnt orange really pops on the lid, creating a point of focus. Navy, when blended into the lash line, provides a nice contrast and a little bit of edge. All you have to do is dust the lid with your orange shadow and buff it out just past the crease. Then, smudge your navy shadow into the lash line using a short, flat brush. We love the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Evidence and NYX Professional Makeup Nude Matte Shadow in Frisky for this look — high-performance shadows that offer loads of pigment.

Best Eyeshadow Color Combinations for a Soft Glam: Rose and Champagne 

Rose and champagne eyeshadow shades are universally flattering, soft and feminine. They're perfect for achieving soft glam looks. Apply the champagne eyeshadow all over the lid and pop the rose onto the center, stopping at the crease. Next, blend the eyeshadow colors well, so the transition is seamless. Our favorite pairing for this look is the L’Oréal Infallible 24 HR Shadow in Glistening Garnet and Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy, two shimmery hues that look amazing on their own but even better together. 
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