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Hair and Makeup Colors That Will Make Your Eyes Pop

The key to making your eyes stand out? Contrast. This can be achieved with both your hair color and makeup. Easy, right?

First, it’s helpful to know if you have a warm or cool skin tone. Don’t know? Look at the inside of your wrist. What color do your veins appear to be, blue or green? If they appear to be blue, your skin tone is cool and if they appear green, your skin tone is warm. Another tip for determining your skin tone: If you think silver jewelry looks better on you, you likely have a cool skin tone. If you think gold looks better, you likely have a warm skin tone.

Hair Color Hints

Blue Eyes

If you have a warm skin tone and blue eyes, look for a color with golden hues. Golden browns, blondes, or a chestnut would work well. If you have blue eyes and a cool skin tone, your eyes will look more vibrant with ash shades, like ash blonde. If you are looking for darker shades, blue eyes with a cool skin tone look stunning with dark brown or even black hair.

Green Eyes

Green eyes can easily appear to be a faded blue or hazel color. To make them pop, go for a hair color with stark contrast, like red or brown. Women with green eyes and warm skin tones look amazing with golden hues of red or browns. If you have a cool skin tone and green eyes, you can try ash or even platinum blonde. You can also consider reds that have a purple undertone.

Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes can have flecks of warmer colors, like brown and gold, or cool colors, like blue and gray. Regardless of your skin tone, dark brown or black hair can help hazel eyes really stand out. Blonde hair will make hazel eyes appear more blue, and brown hair may make them look more green.

Brown Eyes

Experiment with ranges of brunette or caramel-colored highlights to draw out the subtle variations in your brown eyes. Women with brown eyes and warm skin tones should consider golden hues, as well reds or dark browns. Cool skin tones with brown eyes can accommodate extremes, like platinum blonde or jet black.

Makeup Tips

Blue Eyes

Copper, gold, and brown shadows can really make blue eyes stand out. You may even want to consider an orange eyeliner—something very on trend for 2015—which will create a strong contrast that is sure to make your blue eyes pop. You’ll want to avoid blues, because they will be noticed before the eye color, and use purples as accent colors only.

Hazel Eyes

Since hazel eyes are a blend of many different colors, you have a range of options. Golden eye shadows will highlight gold or green flecks in hazel eyes. Lavender or caramel colors will bring out any green. Browns can also be a good staple, since hazel eyes can change.

Green Eyes

Lavender, violet, plum—basically any shade of purple is going to make your green eyes pop. If you want something subtler, pinks or chocolate browns are great choices. You’ll probably want to avoid blues and be careful with greens. A contrasting green can look great, but the wrong shade of green is going to wash your eyes out completely.

Brown Eyes

Brown eyes look great with blue eye shadow. (This is because blue is opposite of brown on the color wheel, and therefore a complementary color). Other options include teals or purples. Avoid browns and grays, like you might use for a traditional smoky eye, because they will overpower brown eyes.


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