Eyeshadows That Bring Out Your Eyes
Ahh, fall is knocking on our door and that means it’s time to kick up your makeup look. One easy way to do that: swipe on a rich, colorful eye shadow that complements your eye color. Here are our favorite celebrity eye effects and the new fall eye shadows and eye liners we’re swooning over.
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If you have light blue eyes and want to create a high-drama eye effect, opt for rich shimmery brown eye shadow shades. If you pick colors that are too dark, they can easily overwhelm and minimize light eye colors. This stunning smoky copper eye effect on Charlize Theron strikes the perfect balance between being high-drama but not overpowering. Get the look with Dior’s 3-Couleurs in Smoky Nude ($48, Nordstrom.com).
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Sometimes keeping it simple is best. A clean, precise line of copper eyeliner is all it takes to make Taylor Swift’s blue eyes pop. Lots of black mascara also helps to contrast with her baby blues to bring them out. We’ve tried the new Cover Girl Lash Perfection Mascara, ($6.99, Ulta.com) and loved how dark it made lashes look without being prone to smudging.
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A great daytime eye effect for blue eyes is Scarlett Johansson’s shimmery taupe eye shadow. It’s light-reflecting finish open up the eyes, but the subtle brown undertones make her blue eyes pop.
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The thought of wearing pink eye shadow doesn’t sound all that flattering, but Megan Fox proves us wrong. The trick is to go for a very pale pink that has lots of shimmer. It’s very flattering on her pale skin with rosy undertones. A new creamy eye shadow that fits the bill: Clinique Lid Smoothie in Pinkgo Biloba ($19.50, Nordstrom.com).
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The best and brightest eye effect we’ve seen for green eyes: Kat Graham’s shimmery purple shadow that completely surrounds her eyes. Since purple and green are opposites on the color wheel, they look extra vibrant when paired together.
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If bright purple is a bit too much for you, then opt for a sheer lavender, like AnnaLynne McCord’s shimmery eye effect. The subtle purple undertones are still effective at making green eyes look crisp and vibrant. An excellent new shimmery eye shadow we love: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36, Chanel.com) doesn’t crease and creates an amazing luminizing sheen on lids.
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Emma Stone also opted for a pale lavender eye shadow to bring out her green eyes, but dressed up the effect by make her lashes look extra dark and plush. To get the look, use a dark black mascara and wiggle the wand at the roots of your lashes before stroking through to the tips. This will make your lashline look extra thick.
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Here’s a pretty shimmer-free option to play up green eyes: sheer burgundy eye shadow. Swept over lids and blended up to brow bones, this sophisticated wine shade works wonders to bring out green eyes. The new NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Grand Palais ($34, Narscosmetics.com) is perfect to get the look. Smoke out some grey liner on your lashes and use a lengthening mascara too.
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If you eyes are dark brown like Kim Kardashian’s, go for a contrasting pale champagne shadow to make them pop. You can also line the inside of your lower lash lines with a cream pencil to enhance the effect, and load on lots of mascara. A new mascara that really “boosts” up lashes: Benefit They’re Real Mascara ($23, Sephora.com).
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For a darker, more dramatic look, a charcoal grey smoky eye like Lea Michele’s fits the bill. The dark grey shadow will enhance any darker specks in your brown eyes, making them look rich and deep. Sephora’s Smoky Kohl Eyeliner ($3, Sephora.com) is a handy little chubby stick with a fine point that can be used as liner and shadow to quickly and easily create a smoky eye.
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A precise line of charcoal eye inner under your lower lash lines enhances brown eyes by making them look richer. Use a creamy eye pencil and draw the line from inner to outer corners, and along upper lash lines as well. Then coat lashes twice with a thickening mascara and comb out any clumps.
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Minka Kelly’s smoky dove grey eye effect is a classic look that’ll never go out of style. A little extra mascara on the outer lashes enhances the effect by contrasting with the whites of her eyes, which makes them look brighter. Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes ($5.99, Drugstore.com) has a nifty “great little grabber” brush. The tiny triangular shape makes it super easy to coat and lift up those outer lashes.
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