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Making the most of your eye color

Make-up and fashion tips to make your eyes sparkle

Author: Charlotte Kuchinsky July 7 2009

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Do you have blue eyes or brown? Are they green, hazel, gray or maybe even a bit violet in color? Whatever color your eyes may be, they can be your best feature if you know how to play up what you have to accent those beautiful “windows to your soul.”

Once upon a time, I hated my blue green eyes; I thought they were common, dull, and uninteresting. They weren’t the baby blue color of my father’s eyes or the Irish green of my mother’s. I had failed to see the possibilities that my eyes offered, and I might have missed those possibilities altogether had it not been for my fiancée. He remarked one day, “you have the most amazing turquoise eyes whenever you cry.” I’d never noticed them myself, but he was right. Happy, sad, grieving, or mad, my blue-green eyes turned the most beautiful shade of turquoise whenever they were wet.

Over the years, I’ve managed to learn how to play up that turquoise color with a few tricks of the trade rather than counting on my tears to do it for me. The results have often been astounding with many people now commenting that my eyes are “unforgettable.”

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The truth is that it really doesn’t matter what color of eyes you have. It is more a matter of how you choose to use that color to your advantage. Movie stars have been doing it for decades with extremely positive results. Now it’s our turn to enjoy the same benefits.

An obvious way to accent the color of your eyes is with colored contact lenses. If you have to wear them anyway, why not also use them to make your eyes pop? Even if you don’t need corrective lenses, they also make a version for women who simply want to change the color of their eyes with their clothing, the season, or for any other reason they choose. It can add mystique to an already mysterious personality or create one where none previously existed.

One of the cheapest ways to make eyes pop is with eye shadow. The trick is finding the right shadow color for the effect you want to achieve. For example, I know that shadows in shades of brown and taupe play up both the blue and green of my eyes to give me that turquoise color I want. Gray shadows, on the other hand, turn my eyes a deeper shade of blue, playing into the mysterious persona I sometimes like to project. Blue eye shadow, on the other hand tends to make my eyes skew more gray in color to give me yet another unusual look.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors of shadows to see what kinds of effects you can achieve. Choose a few colors that you never would have thought of before, like lime greens, bright fuschias, or deep purples. You might be surprised what these unusual colors can do to make sure your eyes always stand out. Try accenting with deeper tones of the same color for eyeliner and mascara. This will help to intensify the overall look and give your eyes the maximum amount of “pop.”

Almost every woman wants her eyes to look big and innocent. That effect is easy to achieve by properly curling the eyelashes before putting on mascara. Lashes should be curled at least once a day, whether you choose to wear makeup or not. That one 30-second technique can give any type of eye the definition and lift it needs to look its very best.

Always play up the lashes. Some women are born with long, luxurious lashes that take very little care at all, but most of us have to work at getting that effect. Just adding any old mascara won’t necessarily do the trick - it is important to use the right color and type of mascara. Short lashes, for example, require lengthening, while thin lashes need to be thickened. In a lot of cases, women need a bit of both. That’s why it is important to buy the right type of mascara for the job to be done.

When mascara won’t do the trick, it might be time to try some of those individual false lashes that can easily be added in wherever they are needed. They come in a variety of lengths, thickness, and colors to suit the needs of almost any woman. Best of all, they are much easier to apply that full false lashes and can remain in place until they fall out naturally, and they can be trimmed to perfectly match the lashes you already have.

White eyeliner is a great tool for making eyes stand out. By using it to line the inside of the lower lash line and on the inside (and outside, if desired) corner of the eye, it opens the eye to make it look bigger, more alert, and oh-so-flirty!

The eyebrows also play an important part in making eyes stand out - the brows are the frame of the eye canvas. If the frame is perfect, the overall effect will be perfect too, but if the frame is poor, all of the color and meticulous makeup application won’t achieve a thing. For that reason, brows should be properly plucked and thinned, by a professional whenever possible. It can make the difference between success and failure when it comes to the eyes.

Choose clothing colors that help to accent your eyes. While it isn’t necessary to wear all the same color, a splash of it anywhere near the face will help to reinforce the look you want. For example, when I wear turquoise jewelry, it always includes a necklace in that perfect shade of blue green. It helps to emphasize the eye color I worked so hard to achieve.

When it comes to makeup, the eyes should always be a primary focus. It is through them that we express our truest emotions and allow our inner being to be seen. Make your eyes the wondrous objects they can be!

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