yeshadow colors should be chosen on these 3 criteria:

1. Eye Color

2. Skin Tone

3. Hair Color

Eye Color

Contrary to the belief, you should never match your eyeshadow with the color of your eyes. For example, blue eyeshadow on blue eyes will just make it look dull. This does not mean blue-eyed color people should not use blue eyeshadow. They can use it as long as they blend in other complimentary colors to make it more vibrant or neutral. Also make sure not to put the exact same eyeshadow shade as your eyes on the area of the lid right above your iris. Try to apply that color either on your crease or outer corner. The general rules for choosing eyeshadow for different eye colors are-

Brown & Hazel eyes- Brown eyed people are pretty lucky in this regard as they can experiment with the most number of colors. From amber, slate grey, charcoal, copper to lavender, violet all suit brown eyes. Even eyeshadow shades like khaki, olive, dark brown and yellow shades like gold work well with brown eyes.

Blue eyes– Pink, orange, peach, purple, coral, wine, gray, black undertones tend to emphasize blue eyes more. Also silver eyeshadow works really well with blue eyes unlike with brown eyes. Avoid any eyeshadow with blue-green undertones.

Green eyes- Eyeshadow with red undertones like burgundy, maroon and colors like apricot, peach, plum, gray pops out and compliments the green of the eyes more than any other colors.

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This wheel will give you a fair idea of what color you should opt for. Basically find out your eye color in this wheel and just see the color placed on the exact opposite of that color. For example right opposite green is placed different shades of plum and magenta which is what suits green eyes more as mentioned.

Skin Tone

Skin tones are usually categorized into warm skin tone & cool skin tone. Most Asians fall into the warmer skin tone category. Warmer skin tones have yellow or golden undertones whereas cool skin tones have blue or pink undertones.

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If you have warm skin, try colors like bronze, ivory, taupe, light brown, pink, soft green, and coral. If you have cool skin tones you should experiment more with silver, pale blue, lilac, teal, dark green, turquoise, and gray .

Hair Color

Black/Brown– Again brunettes have an advantage as most of the eyeshadow colors suit them. From dark colors like black, browns, purples to neutrals like gold, beige to lighter shades of green, yellow all work well with brunettes.

Blonde– Blondes usually have a fair skin tone so only few shades of pinks, grays, black, gold, blue, and greens suit them

Red – Few shades of pink, black, gold, green (especially olive) suit redheads better than others due to the intensity of their hair color.