We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • Tarte15% off with code WEEKEND + free shipping over $40, ends 5/29.

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

169 Comments

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the post above for information regarding pricing, availability, dupes, and availability, and keep discussion on-topic. If you have general feedback, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

Comments on this post are closed.

I’m such an eyeshadow wuss! I wish I could pull off bright colors, but I can never pull off blue, true yellows, or true reds. I’m more of a browns and pinks kind of person ;P

Blue. Dark blue especially. I feel like I have a black eye when I wear them or I instantly think of really bad 80’s makeup.

I steer clear of light blues because it doesn’t look flattering on my yellow-hued skin and it reminds me of the 80s.

Copper, really brassy tones. Makes me look like I have a rash or something. Colors like Amberlights and Antqiued I have to use in moderation if at all.

i like blue and teal..but for some reason, when it comes to eyeshadow, i find it weird on me…im an NC43 right now, and blue and teal eyeshadow just doesnt look good on me…sigh…

I wouldn’t avoid any colours really. There are colours I prefer over others. Chartueses and red-based Purples are pretty much below on my list of colours. But I really do think you can work any colour if you work at it and if you have the interest to wear it.

Colours I am WARY of are reddish-purples (look sickly or bruised). Charteuse is just new territory for me. =P

I am an NW45 so I avoid colours that are not richly pigmented. I have also been avoiding the bright colours and going for more neutral looks.

you should try the brighter colors! They will look really good on you, I am Nw45ish , and brights look awesome on me when I wear them.

Hmmm…I really have a problem wearing bold, bright eyeshadows. I like neutral, warmed up colors which is why benefits velvet line is appealing to me! I like wearing toned down bold colors though, like the ones in the barbie loves stila palette!

Blues-normally true blues or darker blues like Freshwater and Deep Truth from MAC. I’m always afraid I will look like an 80s disaster! Speaking of which do you think you could do a blue look that doesn’t look like the 80s?

I’m REALLY wary about blues. I’m very picky on which shades I like and think will look good on me. This stems from one of my sisters wearing a terrible shade of blue for years, piling on just that one color, and it did not go well with her skin/eyes/hair. So I am mainly afraid of ending up looking like she did haha

I avoid bright colors and red purples…or anything that would make me look like I was just sucker punched.

i hardly stray away from my neutrals, browns, golds, the occasional purple or black
i don’t wear eyeshadow all that often but i love them experiment
yellows and pinks don’t look too great on me

I tend to stay away from oranges: pale to true to bronzy oranges…they just tend to look really strange on me. I also stay away from any reds, even other shades with lots of red in them…they also tend to look orange on my eye and/or make me look like I’ve been having a sob fest.

silver looks really bad on me. i think most silvers are too cool toned. the only silver type shadow i can pull off is UD mushroom

Well, since I am 24, I feel like I am too old for colors for some reason, since also I am a young professional. The brights just don’t fit within my field. However, I do wear brights on the weekends or when I am on a date. However, for sure I know I do not look good wearing YELLOW, ORANGE, PINK and BRIGHT BLUE. πŸ˜€

Yea, 24-year-olds shouldn’t wear colors. Ha. 24-year-olds aren’t too old to do anything at all! Maybe a 54 year old should avoid it but c’mon, if 24 is too old now to wear bright make-up, what is going on?

baby blue. i think looks terrible on my olive tan skin. actually, i avoid most pastels also, now that i really think about it.

anything that is bright blue, orange, green, yellow, pink, red…I don’t really even give them a second look.

really dark colors really don’t work with my dark hair color, i don’t know why but they just look so much harsher on me than lighter colors

I know there’s always a way to make pretty much any eyeshadow work but I don’t like the look of green or true blue eyeshadow on me. I’m nc30 with golden tones.

I tend to stay away from blues not because I’m affraid of them or anything just when I was younger and would wear makeup all I was ever given was bright blues that just looked tacky to me and my grandma still tries to get me to wear them all the time.

White: 10 yrs ago that was my fav wash of all over eye colour and for evenings a lil black in the outter- V…but now i don’t even own a single white e/s.

Blue: I just can’t pull of an all blue look…the bright vivid blues (Electric Eel etc) just look OTT on me and very 80’s soap vampish:) So i use darker blues sparingly with green/yellow looks.

I just can’t make yellows, reds and greens work !! But I’m happy to stick with neutrals, blues and purples. πŸ™‚

Can’t do bright matte colors, like vibrant purples, yellows, blues and greens. I probably COULD pull it off but I’m just not comfortable with them. I prefer more neutral colors.

I avoid all shades of blue except for Turquoise, Aqua.Generally I go for neutral colors or bright colors with sheer, shimmering finishes. Mat finishes tend to show the TRUE colors of bright shadows, and I can’t pull them off… ever.

At first I avoided browns ‘cuz I thought they were boring but they’re growing on me.

But I always avoid shades of purples that aren’t bright (NW45 here). Something like Dame’s Desire (MAC) is awful against my yellow-undertone skin.

Any really super bright eye shadows. I really like the bright eyeshadows from Krylon and Sugar pill. I do love the colors, but it scares me because I don’t know how to apply it without looking like a clown. I wear mostly neutrals, but would love to branch out and wear fun colors, I just have to learn how to use it well to complement my features.

Pink unless it’s the palest, hardly recognizable pastel pink. Purple in general, it also doesn’t look good with my haircolor, so I never ever wear those shades.
I also basically never go for really bright shades, they overpower my complexion.

Aqua blues… I can’t wear blues because I have blue eyes (according to me, at least). I hate when people wear the same color eyeshadow as their eye color. Looks like a muddy mess! But bright cyan type aqua’s just leave a taste of Mimi in my mouth. Yuck!

I think green eyeshadows, as my eyes are olive green. Neither I like green clothes… So it’s something about that colour! Hahaha
But I do use olive green eye pencil in the water line =)

For me I tend to avoid acid brights, I like colour, just not completely in your face colour, with my pale skintone I feel like it’s difficult for me to pull off very yellow golds too, snd anything with very strong orange undertones.

True white, pink and red. They make my eyes small (or make me look tired) and I don’t really like it… apart from white and purple, I wouldn’t wear any colour meant for lips on my eyes. πŸ™‚

I’m on a total neutral kick at this point–bronzes, browns, beiges, etc.

So colors in general right now.

But if I narrowed it down, I cannot pull off blues! It’s just too much, like a *whispers* hooker… (I’m NW40-43)

yellows of any kind and lime greens are right out, just look bad on me. I can wear pretty much anything else, but I don’t care for stark white.

I havent really found any eyeshadows that I cant wear as of yet. Maybe I have found one I just havent really noticed

I’m very cool toned (NW15 – 20) and find that browns and golds/yellows look awful on me. I occasionally use them, with other cooler colours to balance the look. The easiest colours for me to use are silvers, greys, purples, pinks, greens and teals – I have also recently started to include taupes, as long as they lean towards being cool. I’ve never tried orange.

Purples…not because they look bad with skin tone or eye color(thought not so great with bright red hair) but because all the department store lines I used to use when I first got into make up would always put me in purples—I hate purple!

I love ’em all! I used to be wary of blues, especially if they match my eye color, but I’ve learned to use them effectively with my coloring. I will say I’m a bit wary of silvers still…that’s a color I’m still getting comfortable with. =)

I can’t wear blues. My skin is to warm, I can’t get it to look right… Maybe I just have to find the right blue, because I love the look of dark blue colours…

I can’t wear purple toned lipstick because it makes my teeth looks yellower. I can’t wear certain cool eyeshadow tones, blues and greens, as my skin is olive toned, and it clashes badly.

I avoid dark matte browns, because I can’t figure out how to lighten up and not give myself raccoon eyes. I used to be afraid of purple, but I’ve gotten over that fear this year!

Pink is my favorite color but I am not a fan of how pink e/s looks on me. I have alot of pink in my skin, so its not like it looks bad. I guess it just does not do much for me. The only exception would be passionate. That color is the bomb.

Taupe. I like some warms but not your hardcore autumn-y ones like mustard or grey-green. I don’t think I’d do red. Brown and grey don’t do much.

Browns with red undertones. I just bought the MAC Making it Easy trio because I loved the peach and champagne shades. But when I applied the coppery red – ugh. I looked ill. I should have known better.

yellow- this is just a personal preference though, i just happen to really diislike the color yellow. i love golds though…. and i dont really wear bright pink, which makes me look ill…

any yellows, yellow golds, or yellow greens look awful on me and I just don’t particuraly like true blues or true greens.

There are no colors I wouldn’t wear, but I try to avoid pinks, reds, and warmer purples because they tend to irritate my skin like crazy!

I find pastels in general hard to wear, darker, brighter colours work better for me. But then I don’t wear black, dark brown, very dark blue, red, orange, etc. as I don’t like them.

cool browns and grays, dark cooler green (beautiful shades that bring out the green in my eyes, however they clash with my skin tone), pink and pinkish-browns (they don’t do anything for me, they just weirdly sit on my lids), harsh gold or silver.

I tend to avoid pinks, since people tend to ask me if I’m ok or need a hug when I wear a pink look. Ha ha.

I’m an NW45 as well and I never do anything with frost. I have began experimenting with color and am having a blast but I keep it simple with just color in the crease. Neutrals are normally my go to, so I love the UD Naked palette!

I avoid any color that is super bright or super dark, neon… lol

I kind of avoid blues, just because I have blue/green eyes and it does nothing for me. Although I do like “Deep truth” from MAC.

Mostly if I’m wearing color they almost have to act like a brown, grey would or I rarely think of wearing them.

I try to wear pretty much anything, but I’m not particularly captivated by Olives, or more yellowy golds. Other than that, I’ll wear and use pretty much anything.

I agree with the yellow yellow colors (if that makes sense). I have some purple eyeshadows and blues that I don’t avoid but have to make sure it is properly placed and the right color for my NC45 complexion.

lime greens! they look terrible with my eyes! If i must wear a green its more of a dark hunter with shimmer otherwise i look gaudy!

Red and orange eyeshadows. The red ones I avoid because it looks like I’m bleeding! And orange is just not a color that I like lol!

True blues, and coppery colors. On my NW43 skin they look veeeerrry strange. Teals, purples, and greens are my go to colors tho!

I don’t really avoid any colors. Although, for a lot of the brighter/more over the top colors I use a lighter hand usually on the outer or inner corner of an overall neutral shadow look.

I have really warm/red-toned skin, so anything green is a disaster on my face.

I have blue eyes and brown hair, so warm colors in the orange/yellow/gold/red/copper family are what look best on me.

I tend to avoid anything yellow, coral or in a kind of limey green shade just because I don’t like the colors even if they would look nice on me. Matte grey…that looks awful on me!

Yellows and greens!
Yellows make my skin look weird, and green because I have green eyes, and it doesn’t look as nice as say, a purple!

I really only like neutrals and subtle blues, and greens, and avoid everything else, especially pinks, reds, and yellows.

I don’t think I’ve tried too many yellows but just haven’t been interested other than yellows like Bright Sunshine. I don’t think I look to great in orange but again haven’t played with it much. Also I don’t really do red.

I cant do neutrals I feel like they wash me out and make me look blah. I love red eyeshadow but I wore the hell out of Gash from Urban Decay throughout my “goth/emo stage” I tend to avoid buying red. I also stay away from anything warm toned like oranges and yellows I wear them still but I gravitate towards cooler colors like blues and greens.

I can’t do orange in any way shape or form. The closest I can do is coral and its need to be a pinky coral at that.

I try to avoid blues because it seems to look bad on hazel eyes, I also avoid colors that make me look like I got punched lol once I thought one eyeshadow color was fine on me and my professor looked at my eyes really hard & asked if I had a boyfriend hitting me lol I was so embarrassed

i think i can pull out any color (greens, yellows, blues etc)
i think we all have a color that does not suit us, mine is Red, anything red on my eyes makes all my eye look wierd!

Oranges. With fair olive skin and a lot of redness around the eyes, I have to avoid anything to orange or red, or use a really good, light base to make it work.

Definitely true blues and dark, navy blues. They make my dark circles look terrible! One color, for example, is Freshwater from MAC.
I laso try to avoid pinks. Peachy-pinks are okay, but pinks make me look high or sick. Reds are the same for me.

I avoid dark colors, purples, and mattes (unless it’s turquoise). I can never get mattes to blend well, and purple just looks bad on me. I use dark colors in the crease but don’t wear a lot of smoky eyes. I also avoid neutrals and browns. I figure there’s no need to have a whole lot of them.

All different kind of Green and pink tone brown. Green color make me looks sick. Pink tone brown just looks like my black eye extended all over my eye…

I can wear anything. All colors when blended well. I am in the MUFE mat velvet 80 range and everything works except MAC’s showstopper since it’s a brown and I an brown it just looks like throwing a darker foundation up there and that doesn’t look good at all. Other than that, I choose almost any color that I like to look at.

I avoid bright pigmented eyeshadow colors in general. I only wear neutrals and smokey eye looks, unless it is a bright, sheer wash of color, such as Dior Tropical Lights quint or the Sky Blue quint. The only brighter shade that I dare to wear on my eyes is teal, such as Delft paint pot, or like Birds and Berries eyeshadow. I also avoid brassy, red/orange based colors, such as Amber Lights. They tend to look harsh/sickly on me and if I do use them occasionally, I use in moderation and blend next to cooler coolers to make them work on me.

I would say certain pinks only because it looks like i have an allergic reaction. Maybe yellows i truly don’t have any in my pallette but i like golden colors…

Red on me looks weird , I know they say anyone can wear a red lippie but I cant . I hate frosty colors on me ( actually I hate frosted colors period) and I dont do pastels/ white well . But give me brights- yellow , orange, pink , and my favorite blues/turquoises – or a nice neutral shade and I am good. My next purchase will be the orange MUFE aqua cream cant wait

I try to avoid extremely warm colors…….On my fair skin, cool tones like taupe, plums, browns, silvers and pinkish champagnes look great.

All Blacks and Greys. I just can’t. I look like a dead raccoon. I can pull off any color except them.

I’m with you Christine, I can’t do a look with yellows, the only yellow I have at the moment is crest the wave, every time I buy a yellowish color I usually give It away because I don’t know what to do with.

I loveee Purple eyeshawdows…unfortanetly, I have a “cyst” in back of my eyeball on my right eye…so If I try to use purple it makes it seem like I was in fight πŸ™ sucks

blues, greys, silvers, and taupes. they usually are too cool for my skin tone and i end up looking dead/tired looking. although i’m a firm believer in “you can wear any color you want, you just have to make it work for you”. the greys, silvers, and taupes i can do without, but i really do wanna find a blue that’s flattering to my skin tone.

Still haven’t mastered the light pinks/purples without looking like I was punched in the eyes.

greens in general. i really don’t like green makeup looks. i have green eyes and green eyeshadow makes my eyes look gray. but i hate green looks on whatever the color of someone’s eyes are :))

golds – they just don’t look good on my skin tone. it makes me look like my eyelids are dirty

Blues….. I think they make me look old and like my mother haha
Ive gone off girl pinks…. not sure why… esp since i dont mind red.

the entire blue family…i cant wear any blue shade….ive also been trying gray’s lately…they dont seem to be working either. I am NW20 both colors make me look sick.

Anything with too much pink, red or orange makes me look like a sick rabbit… Not a good look for me πŸ˜‰

Every time i try to use dark blues or bright turquoise type blues, i feel like a look like a whore! LOL … i try to blend it with other colors, I can’t use blues alone πŸ™

Blues. I just don’t think they go well with my blue-green eyes and extremely cool, sallow skin. Still wear ’em (as well as greens [which I actually love!] and yellows), though, ha ha.

Anything purple,lavander,violet,I do have some of them but I don’t have the guts to try them on, I heard, it suitable for most any eye color, maybe I should try it Tommorrow

If you don't see your comment yet, it's still in our moderation queue. We try our best to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind. Thank you for your patience!

On Instagram