How do you figure out what eyeshadows to pair together?

I think understanding how colors blend together (and how readily they’ll blend into each other or what they’ll blend and create) is a starting point. The next step is learning about what kind of colors you like to wear. I think just about anything can go together, but it’s often in the eye of the beholder on whether it “works.” There’s a lot of trial and error that goes into that!

I usually think about moving light to dark on the lid with more shimmery shades, using deepest matte shades in the crease or outer corner, and then building the combo up from there based on what else is needed to bring it together. Most of the time, I am starting from a particular palette or set of shades based on what I need to test!

— Christine
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I’ve gotten into the habit and this is very much basic, but swatch the shadows you are thinking of wearing on your inner arm first. I do this a lot when deciding on a shimmer shade.. what brings out the best or what contrasts beautifully with the other shades? Mattes are generally much easier to pair visually in pan than shimmer because shimmers can sometimes appear lighter or darker than expected. Skintone can also alter the look of any shadow, and often I am still surprised at how much small variations in a shade can really make something pop or be a dud.

I don’t have a lot of lid space so I either do monochromatic looks or a “neutral” with any color shimmer on the lid. I don’t think you really can go wrong with either.

If I’m doing something like a blue crease/blue lid then I’d use a color adjacent to it on the color wheel to deepen it.

I think I have a natural talent for putting together colors. It helps my mom was a model before having kids, and both my parents painted. I also took some basic art classes in school and learned about the color wheel and color theory. Other than that, a lot of practice and experimenting. The more you play with makeup and try new combinations, the easier the combinations will come. I agree that most colors will work together. A lot depends on placement.

First of all, I thank God above for bestowing upon me the gift of having an acute eye for color and a strong creative streak. These come into play whenever I decide to go more bold with shade choices. Also helps with even the more everyday mundane looks, too. Then there’s the color wheel that can be useful and come in handy, if one needs it to see which shades emphasize a specific color or enhance it.
Knowing what works with what is also very important. For instance, two very dramatically different shades, ie; deep blue and bright yellow would require a lime green and/or warm teal to blend them together seamlessly.

I have zero artistic eye in me and color theory completely fails me… so it’s all about safe choice for me. I usually pair colors from the same color spectrum (a mauvish transition shade with a purple smudged on the eye line or deepened in the crease) or when I do colors (blue, green) I just stick to one and use very neutral shades with it. I never do two bold colors in one look.

I do flatter myself that I’ve got a good sense of color, but at my age I feel that simple and not too bright works best on me. So not that challenging to do mostly neutrals with one color, or a gradient of similar shades. I’ll pick based on my mood or if there’s a shadow I want to try out that day.

I always look at what I am wearing to get inspiration from the colours and then turn to my eyeshadow palettes to see what shades will co-ordinate with the overall look I am trying to achieve.
I start off with a light shade over the lid, with the darkest shade closest to my lash line and work from dark to light.
Sometimes I just use shades from the same colour family, say neutrals, olive greens or at other times I will wear two or three different colours and blend them well with a transition shade inbetween.

I guess I’m pretty boring in terms of eyeshadow creativity, I tend to stick to the same color families and then maybe add a pop of a brighter complimentary color as an eyeliner or smudged along the lower lid. The most colors I use for an eye design would be 4; base (transition), inner lid, outer lid/ contour, and lower lid. Maybe 5 if I put a pop of shimmer at the inner eye. I don’t put any color under the brow since I have hooded eyes, I don’t want the hood to stick out.

I usually think about what palette I want to use and go from there. Yesterday it was Biba and then I use a sparkle shade to go with the mattes from the biba.
I usually pick three colors flesh color for blending- midtone matte for crease and a darker Color for outer v usually a matte and a sparkle color for the lid. I use the face highlight for inner corner.
Yesterday I used the tarte shimmer rose gold color pot on the lid.

I’ve never searched eye colors prior to using but have done it with eye shades and blush to compare the shades together.

If I use a bright green or bright color I use a mustard shade with it to make it more wearable.

please please please, which eyeshadows did you use for the pic at the beginning of the weekly features? I love that… really…

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