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For many women, makeup is an important part of their daily routines, and by several accounts, that’s been true for years. The earliest historical record of makeup dates back to the first dynasty of Egypt from 3100 B.C. until 2907 B.C., and it’s only gained importance since then. A 1991 study showed that female politicians were 30% more likely to win elections if they employed Hollywood makeup artists, and a more recent study indicated that 10% of women won’t even allow their significant others to see them bare faced.

Eye makeup is one of the most difficult types of makeup to do well. Here, we’ll look at some important tips from choosing eyeshadow colors and types to applying it well.

Choosing Eyeshadow Colors

Choosing eyeshadow colors that will make your eyes pop is all about opposites. Try these suggestions for your eye color!

  • Blue-eyed ladies are blessed with naturally cool tones, so they wear warm shades well. Try gold, bronze, copper, champagne, yellow-beige, or peach to really set off the icy tones of your irises. Avoid too much color, though. It can distract from the beauty of the eye.
  • Brown eyes give plenty of options for eyeshadow colors. Because brown is a neutral, it doesn’t compete with eyeshadow colors very much. Bronze, peach, purple, navy, teal, and green are most likely to make brown eyes stand out.
  • Green eyes are quite rare, and they tend to look best with purple eyeshadows. Other options include sepia, rust, and pink.
  • Hazel eyes have a range of tones, and they can be easily transformed with different eyeshadow colors. Hazel-eyed women should avoid very pale golds, but gravitate toward grey, dusty pink, burgundy, deep purple, and yellow-browns.

Choosing Eyeshadow Types

There are three major types of eyeshadows with different textures and finishes. Whether you buy standard or baked eyeshadow, these are the three types you’ll contend with:

  1. Frost shades look a little metallic and can be made more dramatic with additional layers. They’re perfect for brow bone highlights.
  2. Matte shadows have true color without shine or reflective shimmer. They’re most popular for full lids and crease definition.
  3. Lustre shadows are slightly glittery, but can be better described as smooth and pearly. They’re also excellent for full lids or creases.

Applying Your Eyeshadow

Regardless of the eye makeup look you opt for, it’s a good idea to start out with eye makeup primer. Eye shadow primer prepares your eyelids to accept color well and helps that color stay in place longer. Allow it to dry for a few minutes before applying your eyeshadow colors. After you’re done applying eyeshadow and eyeliner, follow up with a volumizing mascara. It’s exactly what you need to make your eyes look big, bold, and beautiful.

Eye shadow application allows for plenty of creativity. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun developing a look that’s all your own. Find more on this here.

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