How to Choose the Best Eyeshadow Shade for Your Skin Tone

best eyeshadow for your skin type
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You wouldn’t use the wrong color foundation or concealer, right? Of course not! Choosing the best eyeshadow shade is just as important. Good thing there are pretty picks for every complexion.

The wrong color shadow can make any makeup look go wrong. You want your beautiful peepers to pop, not blend into the background. Or worse, make you look sick or hay feverish.

Staying with eyeshadow colors that match your skin tone is always flattering and gives a natural look. But sometimes you want your eyes to wow. Knowing which are the best eyeshadow shades for your skin tone will help you create a statement eye that rocks.

Best Eyeshadow Shades for 6 Different Skin Tones

1. Dark Skin

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Chai

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Chai

Rose gold hues look fabulous on dark skin, adding subtle shimmer. For more intensity, create a metallic look by applying with a damp brush.

2. Medium Dark Skin

RMS Beauty Swift Shadows Collection in EM-64 Enchanted Moonlight

RMS Beauty Swift Shadows Collection in EM-64 Enchanted Moonlight

Berries on medium dark skin helps to brighten eyes. Don’t be afraid of deep hues. Pale or ashy shades tend to make this skin tone look dull.

3. Olive Skin

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Smoke

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Smoke

Greens and teal bring out the best in olive skin tones. This almost grey blue-green adds a smoky look that can also be worn as a neutral.

4. Tan Skin

Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow in Instinct

Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow in Instinct

Bronzy golds and copper are perfect on tan skin, and work well with either warm or cool undertones. Try this bronze hue for creamy texture and depth.

5. Fair Skin with Warm Undertones

 

HAN Eyeshadow in Charming

HAN Eyeshadow in Charming

Café au lait shades work well on this skin tone. A silky warm tone keeps the look natural while emphasizing all eye colors.

6. Fair Skin with Cool Undertones

Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Charmed

Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Charmed

Pink shadows on fair skin tend to bring out the redness is eyes and purples can cause a bruised-looking effect. Not the look you are going for. Stick with light and warm hues, like taupe, greige, and champagne, to steer clear of looking tired or ill.

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Liz Thompson

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