Makeup is a wondrous thing. It can mean the difference between a natural and edgy look, and can be the means by which women achieve confidence and bravado. Makeup is not merely used to cover up perceived flaws, however; various colors, shades, and textures are used to enhance certain aspects of the face, such as the eyes, cheekbones, or lips. While a generous amount of mascara alone can do wonders to make eyes pop overall, there are colors to aid in highlighting each different iris color.
Why Would Color Impact Color?
Just as certain skin types pull of certain colors, iris shades are uniquely complemented by a specific set of palettes. These palettes may contain a single color in various tones, or may contain several different colors. While eye color is key in determining what shade should be used, skin tone and hair should also be taken into account; think of make up as the paint, and your visage as the canvas.
First Up: Tools
There are a few different tools you should have on hand before beginning your makeup routine. These include:
- Cleansing Wipes
- Angled Brush
- Shadow Brush
- Brow Pencil
- Eye Pencil
- Brow Brush
- Shadow Palette
Although each and every tool is not mandatory, having each tool on hand will make the application process smoother and easier. When choosing a mascara, choose a shade that will complement both your skin and hair color; black mascara, for instance, may look out of place on an individual with extremely light hair and brows. A clean, fresh face is the best canvas to work with.
How do you make brown eyes pop? The most effective method is in choosing a palette centered on the colors purple and gold. Using a shade close to your iris color (beige, tan, cream, etc.) will blend in, detracting from the overall iris appearance rather than adding to it. Purple and gold place greater emphasis on the color brown, naturally attracting others’ attention.
To begin, apply a base coat of white or even a flesh tone. This will prime the lid, making colors appear brighter and richer. From there, line along lashes using a darker iteration of your base color. If using purple, line with a deep purple. Place a small strip of this same color in the crease between lid and brow.
Next, apply a light layer of a cool purple to the lid itself and just above. Blend this color with the dark color placed in the crease to create a bold, dramatic eye designed to make the brown of your iris really pop.
To use gold, consider using a deep shade of gold alongside a more gentle purple shade. Use the gold as your liner and in the crease, alongside a light purple color. The two colors combined will not only draw attention to the area, but bring out the richness of the brown iris.
Hazel can be tricky to match a color to; some hazel contains flecks of green, while others contain red or golden tones. Rather than following a predetermined color to make your hazel eyes pop, experiment with colors mimicking the flecks in your iris; if you have green flecks, try working with a green-based palette. If red is visible, consider a blush, or rose-colored shadow. If gold is present, try using gold accents in your shadow and liner routine.
When applying shadow, begin with a more neutral base, just as hazel eyes contain a neutral base (brown). You can use a deep brown, or a lighter, more natural beige. Use varying shades of brown for the overall lid and brow line application. From there, accent with colors. Use a deep or brilliant green on your lash line, for instance, or in the crease between lid and brow. A rose color will draw out red tones if placed atop a beige base.
Because hazel eyes are more ambiguous in terms of color and shade, your options are more expansive. With this color, experimentation with colors and techniques is key.
Deep reds and pinks are a green-eyed girl’s best friend. While green eyes are rare, there are many techniques designed to help green irises pop. Typically, green peepers benefit first and foremost from the contrast of black mascara and eyeliner. Rather than lining eyes with a dark shadow, line eyes top and bottom with a black pencil. Depending on the level of drama you prefer, these lines can be razor-thin, or a thick cat eye.
From there, build the look with deep reds and pinks; blush and bright red will make irises appear shallow, while deeper shades will lend greater depth. Begin with a deep pink base, covering the eyelid entirely. Gradually, as you work up to the brow line, use lighter strokes, to create the effect of a sunrise: deeper on the horizon, and lighter as it rises. Accent with a dark red on top of the black lining, and in the crease of your eye. This will lend depth not only to your iris, but also to the eye itself, creating a bold look best suited for evening.
Finally, how do you make blue eyes pop? Blues range from deep, icy blue to light, almost colorless blue. As the iris gets lighter, the shade of shadow should get darker; light blue should be accompanied by dark shades, while darker blue pairs best with lighter colors. Just as brown eyes pop with a bit of color, blue eyes are best accented by neutral colors. For light to medium blue eyes, employ a coppery brown color to adorn lids, and dark brown or black to line.
For dark blue eyes, use a white, shimmery base for both the shadow and to line the inner corners of eyes; this brightens irises, both making eyes appear wider, and providing more contrast for deep blue to stand out against. For further contrast, use dark brown mascara. This will complete a neutral color palette and make blue irises truly pop.
Experimenting with color and technique can be tricky: it requires confidence and an eye for color. With consistent practice and trial and error, however, even the most unsteady hand can learn to make eyes pop according to color and tone.