the encyclopedia of eye enhancers

Blue. Brown. Gray. Green. Hazel. For every eye color, there is a mascara, shadow, or liner shade that intensifies the hue of your gorgeous gaze. The key is knowing what works best for you. And so, the encyclopedia of eye enhancers was born. Some of you may have read this as it was posted in weekly installments; for everyone else...let the lesson begin.


beauty board: blue eyes
From left-to-right.

Megan Fox is living proof that blue eyes can seductively smolder when accented accordingly. The warmth of terracotta shadows draw out the iciness of the blue, creating a contrast that will virtually stop people in their tracks; while turquoise and navies accentuate the blue of the eye, making the color more piercing. Bronze liners and shadows are a cool way for blue-eyed bombshells to play with metallics; and if you’re seeking vibrant color, you can’t go wrong with a purple palette that serves as a means of enhancing your hue. Subtly highlight with liners or mascaras for daytime; or go all-out with a bright, bold eye when the night falls.

DIOR 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Earth Reflection 609
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes in Turquoise 7L
stila Eye Shadow in Terracotta
tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Bronze
Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue
Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Amethyst Glam
smashbox Limitless 15 Hr Wear Cream Shadow in Icon
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Mediteranee


beauty board: brown eyes
From left-to-right.

Brown eyes have a bad rap. Far too many write them off as boring, blasé, and impossible to accentuate. Truth? All of the above is completely incorrect {as Leighton Meester proves with all of her red carpet beauty looks}. Out of all eye colors, brown possesses the most versatility, as it serves as the perfect canvas to a wide array of makeup hues. Gold-flecked olive shadows and eggplant / plum mascaras draw attention to all splashes of green in your eyes; electrifying cobalt shadows and office-appropriate {yet still ultra-flirty} navy blue liners and shadows create a strong contrast that magnify your eye color; and warm metallic shadow {think golds, coppers, and cinnamons} adds depth and a coquettish twinkle to your gaze. As I said…brown eyes are so not boring.

SMASHBOX Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter
MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash in Plum
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Evidence
NARS Single Eye Shadow in Outremer
Lancome ARTLINER – Precision Point EyeLiner in Navy
Lancome COLOR DESIGN – Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold in Filigree
hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition
stila Eye Shadow in La Douce


{beauty board} gray eyes
From left-to-right.

Gray is one of those in-between eye colors. Sometimes they lean green, while others they appear blue {as the impossibly beautiful Olivia Wilde illustrates perfectly}. The warmth of orange / apricot / tangerine or metallic copper shadows draws out the steeliness of gray eyes; dark chocolate liners and smoky mauve shadows add a mysterious touch to your gaze; and navy liners are perfect for highlighting any hints of blue in your eyes. Go subtle with your look by keeping in line with your natural hue with charcoal liners or pearl gray shadows; or play the sultry card with an eggplant liner and light purple shadow. Fifty Shades of Gray, and fifty ways to play. Have fun gray-eyed goddesses!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Eyeshadow in Peach Apricot 69
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst
Lancome Longwear Calligraphy Gel EyeLiner in Uptown Brun
tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow / Liner in Plum
Kat Von D Shade Shifter Eyeshadow in Devotion
Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Gris Gris 034
Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in Lapis
Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Hyperfocal


beauty board: green eyes
From left-to-right.

Perhaps, as someone with green eyes, I’m slightly bias in my adoration of the shade; but I find it utterly captivating to look at, and incredibly fun to play up. The red undertones in purple shadow palettes and purple liners make green eyes brighter, and more emerald-hued; while taupe shadows with a touch of glitter and sparkle draw out golden flecks, creating a yellow-like cat eye. For smoky eyes, skip the deep blacks and opt for smoky metallic silver shadow palettes and silver-flecked charcoal liners to make your eyes shimmer {a la Kristen Stewart}; and don’t shy away from green shadows - simply experiment with different colors and textures. Try a metallic, smoked sage shade {I favor bronze-leaning hues myself} that will complement and enhance your eyes, rather than conceal their glamorous color. Just beware your choices, you're likely to leave many green with envy.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Rodeo
BECCA Automatic Eye Pencil in Goa
Yves Saint Laurent OMBRES 5 LUMIÈRES - 5 Colour Harmony For Eyes in 4 Lilac Sky
Dolce & Gabbana Glam Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Dahlia 3
Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in Charcoal
NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Mousson
NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Skorpios
Dior 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eyeshadow in Gold Touch 546


365 Beauty Guide: Hazel Eyes

From left-to-right.

Hazel eyes are incredibly fun to play with as you have the option of bringing out the umber/topaz/golden hues with bronze shadows {as Nicole Richie often does with her drop dead gorgeous eyes}, or you can go in a completely different direction, drawing out the green undertones of your peepers with eggplant and moss green shades. Either way, the effect is jaw-dropping; and allows you to change up your look from day-to-night, or simply day-to-day.

DOLCE & GABBANA The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Gold 130
URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar
SMASHBOX Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette – Hazel Eyes
URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow in Mildew
COVERGIRL Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Mascara in Black Gold
DOLCE & GABBANA The Eyeliner Crayon Intense in Coffee 2
CHARLOTTE RONSON All Eye Need Eye Shadow Palette - Nicole {fun fact: this eyeshadow palette was made specifically for Nicole Richie – who happens to be one of Charlotte’s besties!}
NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Savage


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Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous selections!
Especially loving the Smashbox palette in the Hazel section!


Unknown said...

Thanks for the great tips--www.motownsavvy.com

ellie said...

Its great to see this installment all together too. Such amazing products to know about.

ivy's closet said...

Love to know all about Charlotte Ronson's eyeshadows and more!

lucy and sarah said...

Smashbox is now on my list of must have products.

Caitlin and Megan said...

Sweet info on making the most out of your eyes in makeup!

ellie's desk said...

Love the looks! Great Sunday post!

Caitlin and Megan said...

Definitely, some drop dead gorgeous looks. Its great to see all of these installments together.

Unknown said...

Love how you put everything together. I love Megan Fox's eyes! Very pretty :)

Melissa dv said...

love this article! x

www.janetteria.com said...

Mhmmm...such a great post!

Unknown said...

This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing it. :)

Kisses, Lucy :)

Unknown said...

I have blue eyes so I'm definitely going to check out the Stila eyeshadow! xx

Almost Delightful

Why Girls Are Weird said...

I need to make a few purchases from the green list!

Sherin said...

I've really enjoyed reading these eye colour guides over the last few weeks. I have brown eyes and love the Smashbox eye shadow palette.

Unknown said...

Oh My! the selections are brilliant! LOVE the blue!

bridechic said...

I do love smash box--great post!

oxoxoxoxo from San Francisco

Alexa said...

Loving your selections! Gorgeous roundup.

Unknown said...

great post my shopping list has just gotten longer xx

k said...

you did a fab job with these!!

knockingonfashionsdoor said...

Sorry for commentig on this post so late :( But I´ll tell you that you always surprises me... You are the perfect beauty coach!!

Josie said...

I have hazel eyes, and I love playing with golds and purples!
xo Josie

Test said...

Love the grey palette... Perfect for any occasion!

Iris said...

Really cute and useful guide. I'll be sharing this post.

Selene Over the Pond said...

really nice blog...i'm discovering all the posts!




Ana Godinho said...

Those tips are perfect! :D

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