How to: Make your natural eye color stand out!

by Sarah

Lets talk color!  When it comes to makeup, there are no rules.  It’s personal and should be what each individual feels comfortable with.  There are however tips and tricks which can help “enhance” your natural features or coloring.

One of these tips is: eye makeup colors to help enhance your natural eye color.  And this is where the traditional Color Wheel comes into play.  The color wheel has been used for many years, in many different areas such as makeup, fashion, interior design and even landscaping!


I studied the color wheel extensively both when I was an interior design consultant and at the makeup academy I graduated from. The idea of the color wheel is: opposites attract; meaning when you pick a color on the color wheel, whatever color (or colors) directly opposite are the complimentary shade(s).  However, with so many different shades and tones of colors, one should not take the featured color wheel quite so literally; especially for makeup.

As an example:  I have hazel eyes.  In the dark (or night time), they turn more brown; in daylight, especially on sunny days, they turn green.  I also have hints of honey shades in there.  Your eye colour may be the same, you could have blue eyes with bits of green; or green eyes with hints of teal or mustard etc.  It all depends on which shades you’d like to play up or simply what you feel comfortable with ;)

Lets have a closer look with the pictures below…

Blue Eyes

BLUE EYES: As well as being pure blue, blue eyes can also have hints of green, teal and even violets – which is why I marked a wider range of these shades on the wheel. Looking opposite these blue tones, the best colour to use for eye makeup to make the blue “pop” would be warm shades of brown, apricots, salmons and golds.

Green Eyes

GREEN EYES: As well as being pure green, green eyes can have hints of teal, honey and gold undertones. Looking opposite these green tones, the most complimentary eye makeup shades would be coppers, browns, reds and plums.

Hazel Eyes

HAZEL EYES: Hazel eyes are the most complex as there is no such thing as pure hazel.  Hazel eyes always have varying tones ranging anywhere from brown to green to honey and gold tones.  You can vary the shade of the eye makeup depending on which of these colours in your eyes you’d like to stand out.  When I want to bring out the gold/brown tones in my eyes, I lean more towards purple and plum shades.  If I want more of the brown, I concentrate on blue toned eyeshadows…or both as the picture above ;)

Brown Eyes

BROWN EYES: Brown eyed beauties, don’t be disheartened seeing just a couple of rows of shades marked for you. You are indeed the luckiest eye color as any eye makeup color will suit you.  Blues and purples however, are your most complimentary shades but you can wear any other color just as beautifully ;)


***Please remember, the above pointers are just a guide to make your natural eye colour look more “intense”.  This does not mean you can’t wear anything else other than your complimentary shades.  There are no rules, and you can most certainly wear any color you like ;)


What’s your eye color and do you use color theory in your makeup application?

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Pierre Ooxylo August 12, 2019 - 7:58 am

Very interesting subject , thanks for posting.

Olive du 13 June 26, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Very interesting subject , thanks for posting.

Sandra J. June 14, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Hi Sarah I really like your blog. The content and the pictures are amazing I really enjoyed this post too

Sarah June 14, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Thank you so much Sandra, your feedback means a lot to me! :) xx

Emily Wills June 14, 2013 - 4:15 pm

This is so cool!!! You made it so simple and I pinned the one for blue eyes cos I have blue eyes :)

Sarah June 14, 2013 - 6:35 pm

Thanks Emily :) I try to make all my pictures Pinterest friendly so I’m happy it was useful ;) xx

Sienna June 14, 2013 - 9:37 am

Wow!!! What an amazing post! Great tips

Sarah June 14, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Thank you; I’m glad you like it :) xx


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