Experimenting with eye color can be one of the most fun aspects of makeup application since you can get away with an array of colors that play up your eyes, match your outfit or just demand more attention. However, choosing the wrong colors or type of eye shadow can cause the wrong kind of attention.
Age-appropriate eye makeup
Unless you are a teenager, you should stay away from extremely bright eye shadow colors, such as turquoise or blue.
Most blue shades of eye shadow also have a bit of metallic or glitter in them, which is another no-no for aging skin.
Glitter can find its way into the crevices of fine lines and wrinkles and accentuate them in an unflattering way.
Also, using two tones of the same color (unless they are neutrals) can simply make your makeup look really heavy and dated.
Any color on your eyes that goes too far from earthy or subtle colors is going to create a retro look that’s not appealing and will make you look older than you are.
Another problem with glittery or unnatural color choices is that they will tend to crease more as the day goes on.
Avoid these issues by trying the following steps:
- Use a primer on your clean lids that’s going to help set your makeup and last all day.
- Use the darkest color in your palette to fill in the crease of your lid.
- Take some of a lighter color and blend the darker color in.
- Add some definition with a thin application of eye liner. The thicker the line, the smaller your eyes will appear.
If you’d like a bit more of a glamorous look without looking overly done, try these steps to create a smoky eye look:
- Choose a multi-toned eye shadow kit. They typically have three or four colors that have been pre-selected to work well together.
- After the primer and base color, add the lighter shimmery shade over your entire lid.
- Apply a darker shade over the crease and the outer corner of your eye that points toward your temples.
- Use the mid-range color to cover your lid and blend the lighter and darker shades a bit.
- Using a pencil or a dark shadow applied with a small contouring shadow brush to line below your lower lids.
- Use a pencil to line the inside rim above your lower lashes.
- Finish off with two or three coats of glossy black mascara.
So the basic application is a lighter lid, a dark crease and highlights under the brow and in the corners of your eyes.
Keep in mind that you can always add more color in light layers, but if you’ve applied too much, it’s difficult to remove it without simply starting over.
You can play up your eyes with more liner and darker crease color, or go more natural with less liner.
Whichever way you decide to go, be sure to use a generous amount of mascara to finish them off.
Pairing eye color with shadows