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How to Make Your Eyes Pop!

How to Make Your Eyes Pop!

A basic principle of makeup application is Color Theory. Color theory informs the makeup artist of what colors work well together.

Using the color wheel can help create a stunning look to make your eyes pop!  As a makeup artist, learning about color theory made a dramatic difference in my ability to develop color palettes that best suit my clients.

Here are a few quick notes regarding color theory:

Primary colors ~ All colors are created from the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. These colors can not be created by mixing other color together.

Secondary colors ~ Achieved by mixing two primary colors

Warm colors ~ Colors from red to yellow-green.

Cool colors ~ Colors from red-violet to green. (Pink and white are considered a cool colors.)

Complementary colors are those that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. The theory behind using complementary colors is that when these colors are placed next to each other, they actually work to enhance one another. For example, if your eye color is in the blue

When developing a complementary eye palette please consider your skin tone and hair color.

Apply color theory to create a complementary look:

If you have blue or blue-green eyes try applying a coral or peachy eyeshadow. Pictured below Kirsten is wearing a coral eyeshadow by Inglot to bring out her blue-green eyes. The coral shadow also flows with her skin tone and hair color.

For women with brown eyes, if you look closely you may see specks of gold. In this case, applying a blue , blue-violet, or purple shadow or liner will complement your eye color.  For women with dark skin tones do not be afraid to tryout these colors. Hazel or light brown eyes would follow the same pattern as brown eyes. Singer Jennifer Hudson, wears blue eyeshadow against her brown eyes.


Making your eye pop is simple…use colors that are diagonally across from each other on the color wheel.

Color wheels are inexpensive and can be purchased at your local arts and craft store.

Have fun,


“You can never go wrong using color theory” -Rudy Miles of beautybyrudy











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