Women from ancient times till now have always looked for ways to beautify themselves and accentuate a specific part of the body to showcase its real beauty. Eyeshadows have been in existence for almost as long as makeup itself and it is a vital component when you want your eyes to stand out of the whole look. And as they say, your eyes are a window to your inner self, so exaggerating their colour will definitely go a long way to enhancing your entire look.
With different types of eye colours and even more types of shades now available in stores, it is paramount to know which category you fall into and the colour shades that best complement them. Your overall style and look can be affected greatly when the wrong eyeshadow is used.
But no need to fret, this article is going to cover everything from the different eye colours to all the possible eye shade that will complement and accentuate your eyes as well as flatter your face.
But first, let’s take a brief lesson on the history and evolution of eyeshadows.
History of Eye Shadow
The use of eyeshadow has been traced to 10,000 B.C in the times of ancient Egyptians who make them from lead, chrysocolla ore, oxidized copper, ochre, malachite, antimony, burnt almonds and ash. They called it kohl and would keep the powder in a small container or pot and use a small stick to apply it to their eyes mostly to give it an almond shape appearance. During that time it was only used among the royal family, but with time it became popular among the ordinary people and from there, the Kohl found its way to Greece.
In Greece, the different colours of eyeshadow were explored and it was used as a means to beautify the face. They used malachite and lapis lazuli to get different colours like green and blue among others and they also exported these eyeshadows to other parts of the world.
The Romans, experimented with other types of materials to get a wide array of colours and shimmers with some having herbs and other plants incorporated into it which is believed to help ward off the evil eye.
The Indians too used the eyeshadow to protect themselves from the sun, diseases and evil eye. In Japan, eyeshadows were made from things like petals from flowers, bird droppings and rice flour.
1909 saw a sharp increase in the sale and use of eye shadows when heavy shades were used in the London Ballet Russes and this time also see the eyeshadow more as a beautifying agent rather than for religious or medical purpose only.
In the 1920’s, dark smoky colours were in vogue and they really did take it a bit far (it was much even though they looked beautiful) and by the 1960’s, people ditched the dark smoky eyes for more bright colours but this time, they applied it up to their eyebrows! And blue and green were the most popular colours then.
By 1980, people moved from just green and blue into other colours and went all out too, there were really bright colours popping up everywhere and in 1990, the eyeshadows come with glitters too! Metallic eyes were popular as well as blue and pink shades.
Today, eyeshadows are way different from their ancestors and it is safe to say, it’s used too has been toned down from the too much to just enough to get the job done.
Now that you have enlightened yourself with the evolution of how the eyeshadow came about, let’s now see the different eye colours and the best eyeshadow for them.
Best Eye Shadow for your Eye Colour
One of the biggest cosmetic mistakes women make is trying to match the colour of their eyeshadow to the colour of their bag, shoe or the cloth they are wearing; this is a big fashion mishap and should be avoided at all cost. The best way is to choose an eyeshadow colour that will bring out your complexion, complement your hair and flatter your eye colour. Below are some recommended shades based on your eye colour.
Blue is a cool colour and to bring out the colour more, using warm colour will definitely work the magic. To make your blue eyes more attractive, try shades like slat grey, taupe and neutral earthy shades. The softer the shades the better and definitely stay away from using blue as it will only dull your eye colour and anything dark or smoky eyes should also be avoided.
They are hard to find but if this is your eye colour then use eyeshadows that will bring out the hidden colours of the eye, which can be blue, green or brown. Smoky eyes also complement this eye colour well and a similar hue can be quite the perfect colour.
Light Brown Eyes
If this is your eye colour, then you are very lucky as almost any shade will complement it well, it’s like giving a blank canvas to paint anything you want. Gold and reddish brown accentuate it more and dark hue gives you a dramatic sexy look but if you want to make your eyes pop, then go for pink or green and if they happen to have a metallic appearance, it will help you bring out any gold colour present in your eyes.
This type of eye colour is naturally bright and muted shades work best for them helping you bring out the eye’s vibrant nature while bright shades will just create a sharp contrast which might not be very good. Violet, lilac and plum are just some of the best shades for this eye colour and try to stay away from cool shade as they just make your eyes look washed.
This eye colour is like a cross between green and brown and to make the golden tone prominent, use golden shades that have a bit of yellow in them (your eyes will sparkle). Light purple and pale pink can also help you make your eyes look mysterious.
Dark Brown or Black Eyes
These eye colours are also very flexible in terms of the different types of shades you can use to complement them. To make your eyes pop and look larger, use bold shades like violet, cobalt blue and silver or green to make the brown more pronounced.
On a final note, knowing your eye colour and what eyeshadow to use that will complement and flatter that colour is the first step to making your eyes the centre of attention. The wrong colour will cause more damage than good to your overall outlook, so before you apply an eyeshadow next time, settle down and read this article. Everything you need is right here.