How To Wear Colored Shadow
THE LOOK Natalie Portman paired a subtle line of green shadow along her top and bottom lashlines with a bold, fuchsia lipstick.
WHY IT WORKS Don’t shy away from the combination of green and pink makeup-when used in the right balance (soft eyes/strong lips or vice versa) it can be a bold and sophisticated pairing.
SIMPLE TRICK “This one’s all about the application. Apply Shu Uemura's Me Green 550 eye shadow ($20, shuuemura-usa.com) right along the lashline. Select a brush with firm bristles to create a delicate and precise wash,” says Brooke.
THE LOOK Alicia Keys looked dynamic with a burst of lime shadow, enhanced with precise black eye liner.
WHY IT WORKS The focus of Keys’s look was entirely on the eye. Paired with neutral blush and sheer gloss, the songstress got maximum pigmentation with a cream, rather than powder, shadow.
SIMPLE TRICK “When using light colors like green on dark skin, I always recommend a cream shadow. Fard Lumiere Aquaresistant in Golden Fern ($28.50, yslbeautyus.com) shows up beautifully,” says Brooke.
THE LOOK Rihanna donned a dramatic fuchsia streak along her lower lashline.
WHY IT WORKS The magenta shadow works with the warm undertones in the star's skin and the subtle fading of the color along the lashline keep things from feeling too harsh.
SIMPLE TRICK “Try using a highly pigmented powder like MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Neon Pink shadow ($19, sephora.com). Begin close to the lashline and create gradation of color by smudging the shadow with a Q-Tip— otherwise your eyes could look bruised,” says Brooke.
THE LOOK Blake Lively paired a soft, metallic pink shadow with an artfully applied stripe of winged liner.
WHY IT WORKS Ballerina pink shadow and vibrant peony lip gloss compliment the Gossip Girl star's blush colored dress.
SIMPLE TRICK “When you're wearing such soft shadow, you need a strong, waterproof liner that won’t break up by the end of the night,” says celebrity makeup artist, Gina Brooke. “Apply a gel liner, like Shu Uemura's Painting Liner in M Black ($24, sephora.com), in an outer sweeping direction, ending the wing at the edge of the brow.”
THE LOOK Jennifer Lopez exuded luxe confidence with golden shadow and mega lashes.
WHY IT WORKS Her hair was sleek, her accessories were bold, so Lopez smartly kept her makeup subtle yet sexy.
SIMPLE TRICK “The pairing of brown and black lashes and a warm metallic shadow blends beautifully with her skin tone," says Brooke. "Add a strip of falsies to up the intensity.”
THE LOOK Diane Kruger channeled old Hollywood by pairing a strong brow with a flash of yellow gold metallic shadow starting at the inner corner of her eyes.
WHY IT WORKS A bold rim of light-reflecting gold lifted and opened Kruger’s eyes-plus, it works perfectly with their light blue color.
SIMPLE TRICK Brooke suggests a rich powder shadow like the Visionaire Duo in Suede by Hourglass ($38, barneys.com). “Smudge the color around your eyes with a finger and clean it up with a Q-Tip. To complete the look, apply a powder shadow to the brow with an angled nylon brush,” she says.
THE LOOK Emily Blunt made a stunning appearance at the Golden Globes. The nominee paired a whisper of aubergine shadow and a hint of pink on her lips.
WHY IT WORKS Blunt’s lavender hue was the ideal compliment to her light green eyes, auburn hair and fair skin.
SIMPLE TRICK “Instead of looking for the single perfect shade, try using three from the same color family: apply the lightest shadow to the inner corners of your eyes, the medium on your lids and the darkest along your lashline to give the other two depth. Yves Saint Laurent’s Ombre 5 Lumieres in Parisian Sky ($56, yslbeautyus.com) does the work of matching a pink, purple and brown for you,” says Brooke.
THE LOOK Emma Stone has tawny skin, which means this plum shadow really popped.
WHY IT WORKS It's a study in contrasts: Stone chose a bold color and applied a soft coat of it all around her emerald eyes.
SIMPLE TRICK “She’s a great example of how the right shadow will instantly enhance your eye color,” says Brooke. “Chanel’s Irreelle Duo in Orient-Express ($40, saksfifthavenue.com) includes a warm eggplant, which is red-based and intensifies blue-green and hazel eyes.”
THE LOOK Kate Hudson looked fresh with glowy skin and light-catching silver shadow on her lids.
WHY IT WORKS It's the perfect ice princess vibe: Blond hair, porcelain skin and sterling shadow.
SIMPLE TRICK “When using shimmering shadows, it’s important to enhance your skin as well. Dab the highpoints of your face with Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer ($58, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com). The combination of the two will give you an instant radiance and your skin will glow as though you've been sleeping for days,” says Brooke.
THE LOOK Jennifer Hudson paired heavy silver shadow with sparkling lips.
WHY IT WORKS Mixed black and silver tend to take on a blueish hue-but that's a good thing since it keeps the look from feeling too stark.
SIMPLE TRICK “Rim the upper and lower lashline with Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony ($24.50, lancome-usa.com),” says Brooke. “If you have larger eyes like Hudson’s, darken the inside of the waterline for extra intensity.”
THE LOOK Glee star Lea Michele looks fittingly fresh and pretty with a hint of blue on her eyes and sweet, rosy gloss.
WHY IT WORKS “She’s wearing color, without making it about the color,” says Brooke. Instead, of competing with statement earrings, Michele compliments her sparkling accessories with a whisper of periwinkle.
SIMPLE TRICK “Your shadow won’t look straight out of the ‘80s if you choose soft hues,” says Brooke. “Replicate this look with Hourglass’s Visonaire Duo in Prism ($38, sephora.com).
THE LOOK Taylor Swift rocked a wash of sea blue shadow all the way up to the browbone.
WHY IT WORKS The shot of white shadow works as a highlighter to keep the star's look from feeling over-the-top.
SIMPLE TRICK “Always use more than one color, especially with blue. Try a compact like Ombre 5 Lumieres in Riviera ($56, yslbeautyus.com) and start with the most intense color on the lashline, applying the lighter colors as you work your way up,” says Brooke.