Do you love to wear eyeshadow, but tend to stick to neutral shades? Perhaps you’d love to try some of the beautiful shades of colourful eye makeup that you see in the department stores, but you’ve no idea how to wear them. Or maybe you already own some gorgeous colourful eyeshadows, but they’re just sitting in your makeup bag and never get used. Wearing colourful eyeshadows are actually not as scary as they can seem at first, and they can also be totally wearable for daytime too. When you know how of course. In part 4 of my Summer Styling Essentials series, I’m going to show you 7 ways you can wear colourful eye makeup in a subtle way. These tips are perfect for everyday wear and will really enhance your eyes beautifully.
So why wear colourful eye makeup in the first place? Well wearing beautiful colours on your eyes is really going to enhance your eye colour. This in turn will actually enhance your entire face. You may have already heard that wearing a complimentary colour eyeshadow will really bring out the colour in your eyes. But this can be a little scary for some of you, as sometimes that complimentary colour could be a a blue or green, or some other really bright looking shade. However, it is possible to wear bright, colourful eyeshadow colours, WITHOUT looking like you’re going to an 80’s theme party!
The key is to keep everything else subtle. So if you’re someone who loves wearing neutral shades, you can still do that, and then just add a hint of colour into your makeup routine. Let’s get started with the 7 ways you can wear colourful eye makeup everyday.
1. Wear colourful eye makeup as an eyeliner
You can wear a coloured eyeshadow as an eyeliner. Apply a neutral shade all over your lid and then apply your coloured shade as an eyeliner. This will give a gorgeous little pop of colour, yet will still enhance your eyes in a beautiful way. For a soft smokey daytime look, you could apply a colourful eyeshadow dry with a fine eyeliner brush. This is a great alternative to wearing black or brown eyeliner. Try shades like the ones I’ve suggested below. These will ease you into wearing colourful eye makeup, as these shades are not too bright. If you want a more defined look, apply the eyeshadow wet. Or you could apply a colourful gel or liquid eyeliner.
2. Apply to the lower lashline
This one is one of my favourites and I often wear coloured eyeshadow in this way myself. Again, you can keep everything else on the eyes fairly neutral. So apply your neutral shadows all over your lid and in your crease. Then apply the coloured eyeshadow on the lower lashline using a fine eyeliner brush. Or if you’d like the line to be a little thicker and to get a bit more intensity, you could use a pointed dome shaped brush. Apply the shadow dry, as this will give a much more subtle finish. This would be a perfect way to wear coloured eyeshadow to the office or your place of work. The look is still subtle and not at all showy. Yet it will really enhance your eye colour.
3. Apply on the outer corners of the eye
With this technique, again make sure to keep everything else minimalistic. First apply a transition colour in a neutral shade in the crease and just a little above. This will provide a great basis for applying your coloured eyeshadow shade. Next apply a small amount of your coloured shade on the outer corners of your eye, and apply a little in the crease too. Build up the colour slowly until you achieve the intensity that you want. Then apply a lighter shade all over the lid. With this method, you’re still applying a little bit of colour to your eyes without going over the top. I’ve given you a few sample shades below.
You could also just apply 2 shades if you want, ie: the lightest shade and the colourful shade. Another option it to apply the 3 shades, but apply the coloured shade as your transition colour and then apply a little of the brown shade on the outer corners and slightly into the crease. There are so many possibilities.
Add some eyeliner. Apply a black or dark brown to the lashline.
Some additional profi tips:
Tip1 : If you feel you’ve applied too much, blend out the shade with a eyeshadow blending brush.
Tip 2: Another thing you can do is to apply a little more of your neutral transition shade and blend together with the coloured eyeshadow shade. This will tone it down a little.
4. Apply a small amount in the inner corner of your eyes
This one can be a little more daring, but really nice depending on the colour you choose. If you’re going to try this technique, stick to light to medium shades, such as pastel shades for example. This will keep the look more of a daytime look. If you’re feeling a bit more daring, try shades such as teal, or even brighter shades such a yellow or orange shade.
5. Apply colourful eye makeup to the centre of the lid only
This is another great one if you’ve got a pastel or brighter shade of eyeshadow. If your eyeshadow is a shimmer shadow, even better. Applying a little of the shimmer shade in the middle of the eyelid can give your eyes a real wow effect. Apply a lighter shade of your choice only on the outer and inner areas of the eyelid, leaving the middle of the lid free. Then place your coloured eyeshadow in the middle part of the lid. Blend the edges slightly so that the 2 colours blend together.
6. Apply a colourful eyeliner pencil in the waterline
This is probably one of the easiest ways to wear colourful eye makeup. You can once again work with neutral eyeshadows if you like. Then just add a pop of colour on the lower waterline of the eye using an eyeliner pencil in a bright shade. That’s it. Super easy, perfect for daytime wear, and your eye colour will really pop so much.
7. Go all out and wear all over your lids
I absolutely love to wear colourful eyeshadows, so this is defintely one of my favourites. However, even when I wear a colourful eye makeup all over my eyelids, I still make sure to tone it down by applying a neutral shade in the crease.
I hope this post has helped you to realise that colourful eyeshadows and eyeliners are not so scary at all. In fact, they’re really fun to wear and really enhance the colour of your eyes. Spring and Summer are defintely great times of year to try them out and experiment a little.
Now it’s over to you
So my challenge to you today is this. Firstly, I want you tell me what your struggles with colourful eye makeup are? Are you perhaps a bit intimidated by wearing colourful eye makeup, as you don’t know how best to wear them? Or perhaps you don’t think it’s appropriate to wear colourful eye makeup at the office or wherever you work. Whatever your struggle with colourful eye makeup is, I’d love to hear from you.
Next I want you to dig out the coloured eyeshadows and eyeliners that have been sitting in your makeup bag for a while. Now I want you to go and experiment using one of the 7 techniques I gave you above. Once you’ve tried them, let me know which one you decided to try. Send me a photo if you like too. I’d absolutely LOVE to see what shade and what method you tried. And once you’ve mastered one of the techniques, maybe try one of the others.
Don’t know what colourful eye makeup shade suits you best? Send me an email and I’ll give you a FREE eye colour match so that you’ll have the perfect shade of eyeshadow to enhance your eye colour.
If you missed any of the other posts in my Summer Styling Essentials series, you can catch them here: