What Colour Eyeshadow You Should be Wearing

Whenever I do make up for special occasions such as matric dances, university balls, or red carpet events the most common request I get from my clients is to match the eyeshadow to the color of her dress.

Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to matching the eyeshadow with the same hue as your attire. As a matter of fact, eyeshadow should not match the dress colour at all. However, it should complement the colour of the dress. Personally, it should complement the overall look that you are going for.

What is so great about eye makeup is that there is a wide variety of products techniques, and colors one can use to define and make your eyes pop. My favorite product for standout eyes is most certainly eyeshadow, but how do you choose the right color eye shadow to wear with your next look?

It’s easy, one should simply look at the color of your Iris. The most predominant eye colors are green, blue and brown, and each of these can be enhanced by certain colors that complement that specific eye color more than others.


Brown-eyed girls are very lucky as most eyeshadow colours can be worn with brown eyes. My personal favorite colours to use on brown eyes are dark purples, bronzes, and golds. Soft green eyeshadow can also look great on brown eyes, but for the most stand out effect wear deep blue/shimmer blue. Blue’s make the brown in your eyes pop.

If you are afraid to wear blue eyeshadow opt for a black eyeliner with a midnight blue hue in it. This will look a little more natural. For eyes that dazzle, choose eye makeup in cool hues like charcoal or silver. Lastly, finish your eye makeup with strong black eyeliner on your waterline and upper lash line.


If you have blue eyes then you must try eye shadows with orange undertones. Use such an eyeshadow colour in the crease of your eye as a blending colour when you blend your eyeshadow. Browns with red undertones are the unsung heroes when it comes to making blue eyes pop. Additionally, golds, bronzes, rose gold and champagne-like colours will highlight the gold hues in your eyes.

I never skip eyeliner when it comes to eye makeup, but sometimes it has been found that black eyeliner might appear too harsh on blue eyes. Instead, opt for a deep/dark brown eye liner.


Green eyes look incredible with purple eyeshadows. Especially purple shimmer eyeshadows. Red is also a colour known to make green eyes pop, but we know that red in its purest form will look rather unnatural. Try eyeshadows with a red undertone, such as cognacs. Pink toned eyeshadows will also look more natural and still make the eyes pop. Rose gold will look flattering on green eyes too.

Opt for a charcoal, dark grey, or dark brown colour for your eyeliner so as to avoid a look that is too harsh on your eyes.


Because grey is such a soft and mysterious looking color select eye shadows and liners that are silver, mink gray, or icy blue.

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Francis Ferreira
Francis Ferreira


Francis Ferreira is a professional makeup artist & hair stylist. He studied makeup & hair design at Kohl Makeup Academy. He has always been in love and fascinated with makeup and how it can transform and enhance a face. His passion for beauty and skin care stems from many years of experience working for prestige cosmetic brands MAC & Bobbi Brown. Francis loves sharing the art of makeup with women and show them how they can utilize it to enhance their own beauty.

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