What Colour Eyeshadow Should You Be Wearing To Suit Your Eye Colour?

From electric blue to hazy yellow, choosing the right shade for your eye colour is the key to perfecting your look

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Eyeshadow is back in a big way. We've seen some bright colours on display so far in 2017, from Sophia Bush's electric pink lids at the SAG Awards, to Olivia Culpo's peach and gold smoky eye at the Golden Globes, everyone seems to be embracing bold hues this season.

It might be hard to accept but not every colour will work for you. "With make-up there are no set rules, although there are certain rules of thumb that come from colour theory" says Lynsey Alexander, Estée Lauder UK's Makeup Ambassador. With so many colours out there, how do we know which shades suit which eyes?

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To help you tap into this major beauty trend, we've asked some expert make-up artists to break down the shades that enhance every eye colour…

For green eyes…

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If you want to experiment and add some colour to your make-up look, "purple jewel shadows can make green eyes pop" says Alexander. For this try Mac's Eyeshadow in Stars N' Rockets, £13, and Make up Forever's Aqua Cream in Purple, £17. "Another great makeup artist trick for green eyes is to sweep bronzer over the lids" she adds. "The reason this works so well is because bronzers generally have a red undertone to them which is the opposite to green on the colour wheel. It stands out, but in a harmonious way." Add a touch of Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer in Medium, £33 for a natural, everyday look.

For blue eyes…

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"Blue eyed girls should always go for oranges, browns, golds, peaches and pinks. These colours are great for complementing the blue of the eyes and allowing it to really stand out" says Terry Barber, Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC. To brighten your eyes try Chanel's Les 4 Ombres palette in Codes Élégants, £42, using the darker shades on the outer corner to really accentuate your pupils. For something more subtle, Nars' Shimmer Eyeshadow in Valhalla, £18, is the perfect shade of peach.

For hazel eyes…

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If you have hazel coloured eyes then you are in luck. You ladies can basically wear whatever colour eye make-up you want! From golden browns to whites, all shades will bring out your pupils. Too Faced offer a particularly good array in their palettes; for example their Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection, £39, offers a variety of hues to suit hazel eyes. To add some drama to your look, apply gold or black liner to your eyes. Bobbi Brown's Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Golden Bronze Sparkle, £23.50, has a strong metallic pigment which looks incredible when applied along your lower lash line.

For dark brown eyes…

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"Brown eyes can be accentuated by green or blue shades, but to compliment them with gold tones also works well" says Alexander. Designers such as Victoria Beckham and Giorgio Armani embraced the hue this season and sent models down the catwalk wearing varying bright shades. If you like a look like this, pick a bold shade such as Mac's Pigment in Hi-Def Cyan, £16, or Burberry's Eye Colour Silk in Stone Blue, £23. If you prefer an Armani-style smoky blue eye then apply a cream such as Clinique's Chubby Eye Stick in Massive Midnight, £17 and blend with a darker powder.

However, if you do like to experiment with shades then don't let these guides stop you. "You don't need to always paint by numbers" adds Alexander. "Essentially, if you like something and it looks good - wear it." For the ultimate colour fan, Urban Decay's Full Colour Spectrum Palette, £43 is a must.

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