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How Do I Choose the Best Eyeshadow for Hazel Eyes?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 21, 2024
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If you have hazel eyes, you may be able to wear many different shades of eyeshadow well. A good tip for finding the most flattering eyeshadow for your shade of hazel eyes is to examine your eye color close up in a mirror in a bright light. Look for colors in your eyes that you want to bring out and choose eyeshadow shades as close to these undertones as possible. Another way of choosing the best eyeshadow for hazel eyes is to look for quality makeup brands that have cosmetics for that particular eye color.

Many cosmetics companies create palettes of eyeshadow based on eye color. Those combinations considered especially flattering for hazel eyes often include neutrals such as grays or browns. You certainly aren't limited only to neutrals, though. Pinks or plum tones can help brighten some people's hazel eyes. If your type of hazel has undertones of green, you may want to try a shadow as close to this color as possible to help bring it out.

For evening, you may want to consider metallics such as gold, bronze, taupe or silver. Keep in mind that you should take your skin color into consideration, especially if you can determine whether your complexion is cooler, warmer or neutral. Cooler skinned people should look for eyeshadow for hazel eyes in shades with a bluish rather than orange undertone, while those with warmer skin colors should use the opposite approach.

In metallic shades, silver and taupe often looks best on cool skin tones, while gold and bronze are best on warmer ones. If your coloring is neutral and somewhere between warm and cool, you may have to experiment with different eyeshadow for hazel eyes to find the best ones for you. If you're not sure if your skin tone is warm, cool or neutral, there are books to help you determine this. Also consider the lipstick and blusher colors that seem to suit you best. In general, cool skinned people look best in clear shades such as a blue-based pink such as orchid, while warm complexions will often better suit an orange-based color such as peach.

If you're still not sure which eyeshadow for hazel eyes you should choose, go to a quality makeup counter with knowledgeable cosmeticians to guide you. Oftentimes, you will be able to get a trial eye makeup application done at no charge so you can see if the look is flattering on you before spending money to purchase the particular eyeshadow. Once you've found brands and colors that suit you, try blending these shades together or applying them in different ways such as wet rather than dry to get even more flattering new looks.

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