How to wear coloured eyeshadow: 4 Beauty Panel tips for pulling off the bold look

Wearing colour on your eyes can be a daunting task, but that’s never stopped us when it comes to experimenting with new looks. Adding a swipe of colour onto your eyes is a great way to transition from summer to fall, while maintaining some brightness to your face. No one said that you have to be restricted to burgundies and browns when the temperature starts to drop! This week, our Beauty Panel got inspired by some A-list celebs and shared their tips on how to incorporate everything from hot pink to subtle rose into an everyday makeup routine.

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Beauty Panel coloured eyeshadow

Ashley Pettigrew
Calgary | Lions Lace Lattes

When it comes to choosing eye makeup looks that complement my blue eyes, I often play it safe and stick to browns, golds, coppers, and pinks. When I’m feeling a little more adventurous I might choose to go with shades of orange or purple. For this look I went with periwinkle blue winged eyeliner. This Maybelline eyeliner caught my eye because it has a hint of purple in it, making the shade a bit more unique. When I wear this eyeliner during the day I create a thin line, but to amp up the look for an evening out I’ll add a cat-eye flick and create a thicker line.

For this look I kept the rest of my makeup neutral, wearing my Revlon cream blush in Charmed, and a nude shade of lipstick by Revlon called Just Enough Buff.

Products Used: L’oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation, Revlon cream blush in Charmed, Revlon Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick in Just Enough Buff, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 (Stark and Frisk), Maybelline Colorshow Crayon Khol in Chambray Blue, Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Beauty Panel coloured eyeshadow

Brittany Messner
Calgary | Life, Set Sail

One of my favourite things about makeup is figuring out different ways to enhance what you’ve already got!

To draw extra attention to my baby blues, I love using a deep burgundy shadow. MAC’s Cranberry eyeshadow is my product of choice for this look. With it’s warm tones it perfectly accentuates my otherwise cool complexion. I’ve played it down for an everyday look with a dusting of Urban Decays Burnout all over the lid, MAC’s All That Glitters in the inner corner, and blended a healthy dose of Cranberry on the crease and outer V. Making sure I don’t go over the top, I’ve paired this look with a good “My Lips But Better” colour and a touch of gloss.

Products Used: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Terre Nueve, Origins Plantscription Antiaging Concealer in Light, MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NW15, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Burnout, MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry and All That Glitters, Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in M-60, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, MAC Lipstick in Patisserie, NARS Lipgloss in Orgasm

Gerry Xun
Vancouver | The Bunnie Hole

Colour can be bold, beautiful and spontaneous. While the summery way to wear eyeshadow is all over the lid, you can certainly mix brights with a darker fall palette.
Here I am wearing a classic black smoky eye with a pop of hot pink in the inner corner. Think of it as accessorizing your favourite little black dress. Because of the dark base, just a touch of bright is all you need to jazz up your look and you can play with the intensity of the total look by choosing to pair it with a subtle sheer lip colour or go tone on tone with a lipstick in the same colour family. Don’t own a hot pink eye shadow? Your brightest matte blush will do in a pinch! So don’t go grey this season, bring some colour to your fall makeup.

Products Used: Maybelline Dream Touch Foundation, Make Up For Ever Aquamatic Eye Shadow D12, Make Up For Ever Artist Eye Shadow M106, NARS Blush in “Desire”, Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Bombshell”

Sarah Muncaster
Toronto | Beauty Funk

Wearing colour on my eyes is something I tend to avoid. I feel like it never looks quite right and never lasts well over time. I also think that rocking colour on the eyes is usually best left to people with brown eyes. In my opinion, blue eyes and green eyes work best with smokey neutrals, coppers, and golds, while brown eyes can rock every colour without being too OTT. However, sometimes my staple neutral eye gets hella boring, and I have to mix it up! For this look, I’ve chosen a rich cranberry colour for the bulk of my eye, paired with a chocolate suede colour in the crease to give a smokey effect, and then I added a pop of turquoise on the waterline. That’s my trick! You can stick any colour on the waterline and it will look awesome, unexpected, and edgy, but still be subtle enough to rock wherever and whenever! I also think the proximity of the turquoise to my iris really brings out the blue in my eyes and contrasts it against the cranberry-brown, whereas when I wear colour on my lids, my eye colour seems to get lost.

Products used: Urban Decay eyeshadows in Liar, Smog, and Chopper, and Quo eyeliner in turquoise blue.

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