Best makeup for your eye color

Amanda Storey Yahoo Shopping

Mila Kunis with hazel eyes, Jessica Biel with green eyes (Getty Images)

Mila Kunis with hazel eyes, Jessica Biel with green eyes (Getty Images)

When I worked as a makeup artist, one of the most frequently asked questions was, "What color eye makeup should I wear to make my eye color stand out?" I would always respond, in true creative style, "wear the colors that make you feel wonderful." However, there is a definite formula behind choosing the best eye makeup to help your eye color take center stage.

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Color chart

Color chart

Most people have seen a color chart at some point in their lives, but never thought about its relevance to beauty. Simply use the above color chart to choose the closest shade to your eye color. The hues across from your eye color, the complete opposites, are the most flattering for you. For example, I have green eyes so shades of purple, bronze, burgundy, and oranges make my green eyes appear greener. I've carefully curated a list of my favorite eye shadows, eyeliners and mascaras that will bring out the best in your one-of-a-kind eyes. 

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Etude House Curl Fix Mascara

Etude House Curl Fix Mascara

Only 1 to 2% of the population have green eyes, and most of them are women! Here's the lowdown, if you're a green-eyed lady and want to make your eye color more prominent you need to avoid wearing most blue or green eye makeup. These colors compete with or match your iris, so they aren't as becoming. For example, see the photo at the top of the article of Jessica Biel who has medium green colored eyes. She's wearing a teal eyeliner on her bottom lash line, and although it looks fabulous, the liner stands out more than her eye color. To make your green eyes brighter, try shades of warm brown, burnt orange, or rich burgundy like the shadows in the beautiful Lime Crime Venus Palette. These shadows are incomparably smooth, pigmented and long-lasting, plus, this is the ideal kit for anyone with green eyes! Another product that every green-eyed gal needs is a burgundy mascara. I have not yet found a replacement for my beloved, and discontinued, Benefit Cosmetic Bad Gal Plum Mascara but I just purchased the Etude House Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara in Plum Burgundy and I am hopeful! 

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Beyonce wearing a dark green matte eyeshadow (Getty Images)

Beyonce wearing a dark green matte eyeshadow (Getty Images)

My favorite eye color to work with is brown eyes because I could go crazy with color. Sadly, I hear too many people with brown eyes call their eye color boring. Newsflash: brown eyes look amazing in pretty much any color eye makeup. Ummm, you’re lucky! Rich greenspurplesbronze shades, and even blues are beautiful on brown-eyed girls. If the idea of bright blue eye shadow is freaking you out a little, don't worry you can infuse your routine with color without looking like a clown. Try lining your eyes with an olive green eye pencil or experiment with navy and purple mascara. 

Beauty Insider Tip: Another interesting way to alter or enhance your eye color is colored individual lashes. You can do these on your own with Duo lash glue, some practice, and pair of sturdy tweezers

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Cameron Diaz wearing a dark copper brown eye shadow (Getty Images)

Cameron Diaz wearing a dark copper brown eye shadow (Getty Images)

I have always been secretly jealous of people with baby blues, but the grass is always greener, right? One of my favorite looks to create on blue eyes is a bronze-golden smoky eye like the one you can create with the NYX Cosmetics Dream Catcher "Golden Horizons" Shadow Palette. These colors create beautiful warmth around blue eyes that really makes them glow. People might be surprised to discover that variations of lavender and purple can be very appealing on blue eyes too, especially when blended with warmer transition shades

Beauty Insider Tip: Did you know that most people with blue eyes look better in brown eyeliner and mascara? I love both the Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara in Beyond Brown and L'Oreal Voluminous in Brown Black. I also highly recommend the MAC Eye Kohl Pencil in Costa Riche, it's magical on both blue and green eyes. 

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Etude House Wine Burgundy Eyeshadow

Etude House Wine Burgundy Eyeshadow

I believe the beauty of hazel eyes is their changeable quality. Made up of various shades of amber, green, and bronze, the color of hazel eyes can be easily manipulated with eye makeup. To make your eyes appear more green try eye makeup in shades of purpleplum, and burgundy. If your eyes have flecks of gray or if the outer ring of your iris is bluish-gray, here's an eye look that I love! 

You'll need a soft gray eye pencil like the Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Shadow Liner in Dove and a bronze eyeshadow. I really like Benefit Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow in "My Two Cents".

Step One: Blend bronze shadow all over eye lid. 
Step Two: Line the upper lash line with the gray pencil/shadow and blend with a small detail brush. Repeat under the lower lash line.
Step Three: Curl lashes and add mascara of choice (for a bold look, try Rimmel's Scandaleyes Mascara).

Final thoughts: knowing how to wear an opposing color of eye makeup to accentuate your eyes is a good skill, but these aren't rules chiseled into a stone tablet. If you have green eyes and love how green eyeshadow looks on them, put on some green mascara too and werk it. I'm just here to present you with the tools, craft with them whatever your heart desires. 

Yahoo Shopping readers, what colors work best for your eyes? Let us know in the comments below!

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