Open your eyes to THE COLOUR WHEEL!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Is your make-up bag crammed to the brim with bor­ing beiges and typ­i­cal old taupe? Time, so, to in­ject a lit­tle colour into your look with some new eye shades — but rather than scour­ing the make-up counters for in­spi­ra­tion, we are go­ing to look no fur­ther than the com­ple­men­tary colour wheel used in paint­ing and de­sign.

Prov­ing the rule that op­po­sites at­tract, the colour wheel shows you which op­pos­ing shades work to­gether best. In terms of make- up, this means that what­ever your eye colour, the shade op­po­site it on the colour wheel is the one that will em­pha­sise your eyes the most, mak­ing them look brighter and more vivid.

The colour wheel can be bro­ken down to sim­plify things — there are three pri­mary colours: red, yel­low and blue. Th­ese are then com­bined to make three sec­ondary colours: or­ange, green and pur­ple. The re­main­ing six colours — the ter­tiary shades — are mixes of the sec­ondary colours, giv­ing us hues of red-or­ange or blue-green.

So when it comes to the typ­i­cal eye colours of blue, green, brown and hazel, we can work out the best makeup shades us­ing the colour wheel as a guide. And the re­sults might sur­prise you! If you have blue eyes, would you dare wear an or­ange eye shadow? Well, maybe you should try it: rust, or­ange, peach and coral shades are op­po­site blue on the wheel and in an in­stant can make this eye colour re­ally pop. As they are warm shades, they em­pha­sise blue’s cool­ness; try the colour with just mas­cara to fin­ish or add a touch of char­coal eye liner on the up­per lash line. Even though red is op­po­site green on the colour cha r t , few peo­ple have a strong enough green eye shade to pull it off. So for lighter green eyes, delve into pur­ple shades. Get­ting the right shade to suit your own green eye colour can take a lit­tle re­search but there is a pur­ple for you, whether it’s a pow­er­ful pur­ple or light laven­der.

Hazel eyes are in­ter­est­ing be­cause the iris colour can be made up of blue, green and brown, so the rules re­lat­ing to those shades can be ap­plied here. Look to any def­i­nite pig­mented flecks in the eyes to guide you on the wheel.

Brown doesn’t have an op­po­site or com­ple­men­tary shade on the colour wheel, so this means brown-eyed girls can wear pretty much any shade that they want. Keep to deeper shades if your eyes are medium to dark brown, or veer to­wards softer tones if they are are light to medium brown.

Have fun — spin that wheel!

Ev­ery month The Perfume Shop car­ries a num­ber of ex­clu­sive gifts with pur­chase, like this one: buy a bot­tle of sexy 212 VIP sized 50ml-plus and get this cool en­ve­lope clutch for free! If you haven’t heard of Jenny Packham be­fore, she is a favourite de­signer of the Duchess of Cam­bridge. In this col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lancôme, Packham has cre­ated a limited-edi­tion cos­metic bag in pink or white, dec­o­rated with polka dots and filled with travel-sized beauty items. To get the gift, sim­ply buy two Lancôme prod­ucts at a par­tic­i­pat­ing store (one to be sk­in­care).

CAROLINA HER­RERA 212 VIP EDP €66/50ml, The Perfume Shop na­tion­wide

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LANCÔME & JENNY PACKHAM CLUTCH counters na­tion­wide

DKNY WOMAN EDP €15, counters

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