Ever wondered why your eyeshadow just doesn’t look quite right? It could be as simple as using the wrong tone for your eye colour. To help, we had a chat with Carol Mackie, Senior Makeup Artist for MAC Cosmetics and asked her for her top tips for picking the right one.
If you’ve got… brown eyes
Best match: Purple
Why: This versatile eye colour can wear any tone, however contrasting colours work best here. Mackie explains why: “Opposites attract, so steer towards purple eyeshadows in a mix of matte and shiny textures used together. If you’re feeling experimental, you can also try blue, aqua and pink.”
If you’ve got… blue eyes
Best match: Peach
Why: Bright colours look amazing on blue eyes, “but if that isn’t your thing, try a subtle shade from the same colour family such as copper or warm brown”.
If you’ve got… grey eyes
Best match: Blue
Why: Stick with soft, ashy tones that can intensify the natural eye colour. “Blue-grey eyes look great with cool tones similar to the shade of the eye, with a touch of metallic silver,” says Mackie.
If you’ve got… green eyes
Best match: Green
Why: This eye colour is surprisingly versatile, and suits a multitude of shades. “Green colours from pale to deep dark green in matte, shimmer and metallic finishes work well here. Or, even try burgundy or rusty red for something more fiery.”
If you’ve got… hazel eyes
Best match: Metallic gold
Why: Love shimmery shades? You’re in luck. “The colour gold can pick up the little reflecting colours in the iris for hazel eyes, so look for eyeshadows with a metallic finish,” recommends Mackie.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and previously in SHOP Til You Drop and Cosmopolitan.