Bright Insight: Eye Shadows for Any Eye Color

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Bright Insight: Eye Shadows for Any Eye Color
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As the weather gets warmer, the trends get brighter, and eye makeup is no exception. Bright shades rule the red carpet, from playful tangerine to electric blue, but not every color works for every eye color. You need to take your individual physical traits into account when picking an eyeshadow hue. This list highlights vibrant eye shadows that work for different eye colors, hair colors and skin tones. Dare to try out a new look!

For Green Eyes: Coral
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For Green Eyes: Coral

When picking an eyeshadow based on your eye color, remember the adage “opposites attract.” The opposite of green is red; an eyeshadow with a red base will make green eyes pop dramatically. For a look like Scarlett Johansson’s, play with a combination of gold, coral and yellow eyeshadows. Avoid being too orange or washed-out by tailoring the colors to your skin tone, blending more or less of one shadow to achieve the perfect coral.

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For Brown Eyes: Electric Blue
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For Brown Eyes: Electric Blue

Electric blue eyeshadow is not for the faint of heart. It needs to be matched with an equally powerful color to create a cohesive look; in Brandy Norwood’s case, this vibrant shade makes her dark brown eyes look even more piercing. To get Brandy’s eye makeup, follow PRIMPED’s instructions: start with “a highly pigmented navy shade applied across [the] lid, then blended out to a lighter, almost pale cobalt blue shade up to the brow bone.” Finish with bold black lashes and eyeliner.

Related: Read more eyeshadow picks from PRIMPED

For Hazel Eyes: Magenta
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For Hazel Eyes: Magenta

Hazel eyes are really a mix of different colors, making them a fun match for many shades of eyeshadow. A pink hue, like Rihanna’s magenta shadow, picks up the warm color specks in hazel eyes. Since the color is so pigmented, a simple smudge line on the upper or lower eyelid will do the job of eyeliner while still delivering that packed punch of color you so desire. Accentuate your magenta style with face-framing bangs.

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For Blue Eyes: Purple
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For Blue Eyes: Purple

If you’ve got blue eyes, avoid using a blue eye shadow, as the color will dull down your peepers rather than make them stand out. Purple eye shadow, however, is a great choice because its undertones will accent those baby blues — just look at how Jenna Morasca’s pop! For the daytime, try a palette with lavender or lilac. For the evening, opt for a dark plum shadow with a shimmer and finish by lining your bottom lids with a soft purple shadow.

For Red Hair: Emerald
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For Red Hair: Emerald

Once again, we see that opposites attract: Jayma Mays’ emerald eye shadow provides a perfect contrast to her fiery locks, making her eyes stand out. For a look like Jayma’s, line your top and bottom lashes with a rich emerald eye shadow. Swipe on some lengthening black mascara for dramatic lashes that will draw even more attention to your peepers.

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For Blonde Hair: Khaki Green
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For Blonde Hair: Khaki Green

If you’ve got blonde hair and want daring eyes, try breaking away from the comfort of copper and gold shadows with a green palette like Georgia May Jagger’s. The khaki green shadow is colorful without being overwhelming, while the shimmery yellow highlight adds a splash of brightness. Swipes of black mascara and black eyeliner complete the look.

For Brown Hair: Purple
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For Brown Hair: Purple

Brown hair is beautiful and allows for versatile makeup options, especially in the realm of color. Jewel tones, like the purple eye shadow worn by Khloe Kardashian, look brilliant on brunettes; their rich hues enhance the whites of the eye. For a look like Khloe’s, use a pigmented purple shadow all over and a shimmer shadow on the bottom lashes and inner corner of the eyes for a glittery touch. Let your eyes take center stage by keeping the rest of your makeup more muted.

Related: Get tips from Khloe Kardashian's makeup artist

For Black Hair: Magenta
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For Black Hair: Magenta

Black hair is a makeup blessing because many eye shadow colors look fantastic against it. Mavis Fan accented her bright magenta shadow with a touch of a gold shimmer shadow to create a striking combination. Since magenta is such an intense color, it’s best to keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum: opt for matte foundation, black mascara and a glossy lip to finish the look.

For Dark Skin: Tangerine
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For Dark Skin: Tangerine

Ladies with dark skin are able to pull off an array of hues without looking washed out by light colors or overdone by dark shades. A tangerine eye shadow like Solange Knowles’ adds an exciting pop of brightness to any outfit. For a gutsy evening look, make like Solange and match the shadow with a tangerine lip. Or let your eyes steal the spotlight by keeping the rest of your makeup to a minimum.

For Olive Skin: Green
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For Olive Skin: Green

Kat Graham spruced up her little black dress with a pop of color in the form of bright green eye makeup. A rich green eye shadow is the perfect match for olive skin. Make sure your shadow is not too light—avoid pastel shades and use whites and silvers as highlights only. A clear, glossy lip finishes off the look without distracting from the colorful eyes.

For Fair Skin: Orange
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For Fair Skin: Orange

Orange is one of Fergie’s favorite colors of eye shadow; she’s been spotted in the bright shade at least three times. According to "InStyle," Fergie’s makeup artist softened the orange by adding a gold shadow to the center of the eyelid. The gold reflects light, complementing the eyes rather than muting them. If you’re rocking the orange, keep the rest of your makeup simple with black mascara and matte foundation.

Related: Read a review of Fergie's orange combination

For Porcelain Skin: Turquoise
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For Porcelain Skin: Turquoise

Bright eye shadows really stand out against porcelain skin—just look at the way this turquoise shade draws attention to Taylor Swift’s eyes. If you’re ready for a touch of turquoise, liberally apply an eyeshadow over your lids and close to your brow bone. For an evening look, line your eyelids with sapphire eyeliner and apply black mascara to your top and bottom lashes. If you’re really craving color, pair your shadow with a bright lipstick, like Taylor’s peach hue.

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