How to: choose eyeshadow colours
Folks often ask me how I come up with the particular (and sometimes unusual) combinations of colours I use in my eye looks. Well it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Mother Nature – she’s been throwing together the most stunning hues since the year dot, and I totally trust her judgement and am amazed at her skills when it comes to the multi-coloured patterns and pigments of flowers and fish, butterflies and birds, and of course, those awe-inspiring arcs in the sky, rainbows.
But I also steal ideas from man (or woman)-made creations like art-works, clothing, manicures (just check out the NOTD thread and you’ll see what I mean), jewellery, product packaging (except maybe cereal boxes) – you name it, someone or something has probably already put some hues together in a fabulous fashion, and it’s just a matter of keeping an eye (or two) out for what’s around you, and then transferring the concept onto your eyelids.
Having said all this, not every colour partners brilliantly with another, so here’s a little guide to a few of my sure-bets…
Putting two or three colours side by side can result in stunning eye looks, and choosing the shades is as easy as referring to this picture of the visible spectrum, which is, in essence, a rainbow.
Any colours that are next to each other in the above pic I can guarantee will always look magnificent together e.g. yellow and green, or perhaps a threesome of aqua, then blue and then violet:
Here’s another trio, but I reversed the rainbow sequence of red, orange and yellow because red on my inner corner is really pushing my luck. And when you get to the end of the rainbow, there’s no need to stop at violet – simply keep going from the beginning again because I can assure you that violet and red (or pink for the not so daring) will also look amazing when paired together:
Another ‘formula’ that creates an interesting contrast is to skip a colour from the rainbow sequence e.g. instead of green then blue then purple, leave out the blue, and just use green and purple. In the second picture I left out the orange, and leapt straight from yellow into to berry red:
Of course these are all bold vivid colours, and you might not be into wild out-there hues like me, but you can soften them down and still create the same wondrous effect. To show you what I mean, here’s the rainbow in pastel form:
The possibilities go on ad infinitum, and you’re only limited by what you can dream up, and how bold you’re prepared to go.
Take care of you,
Which colours do you absolutely love together? Are you game to try any of these combinations, or are you more of a neutral gal?