Open your eyes to THE COLOUR WHEEL!
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!
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