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About Face: Seeing your eyes with color
Expert tips on playing your eyes up with a pop of color
 
Published Thursday, December 13, 2012 4:30 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

Playing with eye shadow is a great way to add a pop of color to your holiday look this season. Ivy Rogers, skincare lead for Sephora USA, says it is all about picking the perfect shade.

 

If your eyes are brown, then consider yourself lucky.

 

“Generally, brown eyes can wear just about any color,” said Rogers. “But if you want to pick a color that is going to make your eyes pop, then you want to go for your slate grays, charcoals and metallic silvers. Silver really brings out brown eyes. Purple also works well.”

 

She said purple is also a perfect choice for green or hazel eyes.

 

When in doubt, Rogers suggests consulting a color wheel and choosing the color that is opposite your eye color on the wheel. For example, the opposite of blue is orange. So if you have blue eyes, you’ll want to stick with colors in that family, which include bronzy browns.

 

Liners are also a great way to add a pop of color to the eyes.

 

“A lot of people are afraid of doing color on their eyelids,” said Rogers. “With a liner, you can still get some color without being overwhelming. I always encourage women to play with different color liners.”

 

Glitter liners can add some pizzazz to your look. Glitter liners can be worn alone during the day for a little sparkle or at night they can be layered over regular liner for a more dramatic look.

 

When applying liner, Rogers suggests staying as close to the lash line as possible. “Don’t try to concentrate on doing a straight line,” she said. “A lot of people do this, but the eye is not straight across. The best thing to do is follow the lash line and get in there as close as possible, and in between lashes when you are putting that color down. And practice makes perfect.”

 

Rogers said another common mistake many people make when applying eye makeup is skipping the first step. “You have to start with a primer,” said Rogers. “Using eye shadow primer is a must because that helps your product stick better, apply easier and last all day.”

 

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