Making Your Eyes Dominant

1) Complimentary colour contrast 

Once you have found your favourite eye enhancers that reflect your eyes natural colour, the next step is to find the complimentary colour to make the eyes pop. By offering a balanced opposite colour you are finding the highest level of contrast for your eye colour. This will intensify the colour of your eye and be the most striking choice. This is a good choice for lipstick, blusher, jewellery, scarves and clothing.

Find the nearest colour to the dominant colour in your iris on a colour wheel and look at the colour directly opposite: 

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Colour wheels are only 2 dimensional, and only display a small selection of colours you will find in make-up brands and in clothing. This is just an initial guide to start your search for your perfect colours.

If you don’t like the colour that is your complimentary one, then you have options. You always have options. This is about your personality and personal taste, more than it is about your natural colours. A colour analyst can show you a range of colours that will make you look vibrant, healthy and younger, but you bring yourself to the table. Choose from the palette the colours that reflect you and your lifestyle, or challenge the analyst to find them in the best colours for your skin tone. It’s two way. 

2) Triadic colour contrast 

If you found the complimentary colour too contrasting, or unflattering then your next research is based on a triangle on the colour wheel. This offers you two extra colours to test out.

Find the nearest colour to the dominant colour in your iris on a colour wheel and look at the colours at the two other points of the triangle: 

Colour wheels are only 2 dimensional, and only display a small selection of colours you will find in make-up brands and in clothing. This is just an initial guide to start your search for your perfect colours. A personal colour analysis session will find seventy colours to flatter your skin tone and make your eyes shine.

Choose from the palette the colours that reflect you and your lifestyle, or challenge the analyst to find your favourite colours in the best version for your skin tone. Remember - it’s a two-way process. 

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Analyse Your Eyes

I am amazed at how little we look at our own eyes, given how important they are to others. When I take a magnified photograph of a client’s eyes they are surprised at just how beautiful and intricate their eyes are.

Try it for yourself – take a photograph using a magnifying app (I use Magnifier Pro app on my phone, but I am sure there are many others). Take a picture of both eyes – sometimes they will be different. 

 

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On this photograph taken in my studio, you can see the detail of an eye. You can start to choose colours from your own photograph.

The outside ring of the iris (number 1)

This is often the darkest colour in the eye apart from the pupil. It is a good indicator of the darkest colour you should naturally wear near your face. For this eye, I recommended a soft charcoal rather than black.

The dominant colour of the iris (numbers 2 & 3)

Coming in from the outside ring, we see a mid-grey and then a bluey-grey. These would be great colours for clothes and scarves near the face. The eyes will appear more blue and sparkly if a blue shade is chosen that mirrors the bluey-grey (3) – it would be good to choose a shade slightly more vibrant than in the eye to enhance it even more. 

The colour around the pupil (numbers 4 & 5)

Around the pupil, there is often an unexpected circle of golds or greens. In this eye, we have quite cool khaki shades. This eye can appear to change colour according to which of the three colours we use to enhance the eye colour. It could appear to go teal, blue or green. We could intensify this effect by changing eye liner and mascara colours.

The best way to test out your “enhancers” is to go shopping and try them on. Look in the mirror and watch the effect on your eyes. Find the ones that make your eyes sparkle the most and take a photo for memory. 

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The Eyes Have It!

Eye contact is powerful. It is far more impactful than words or a smile.

We look into someone’s eyes to find their real emotions and to find truth. If the lips are smiling, but the eyes aren’t – we believe the eyes. We look for love and understanding by searching the eyes. We believe that eyes can twinkle with mischief or happiness. Equally we feel the sadness carried with tears and sorrowful eyes. We give away our feelings of attraction with enlarged pupils and increased eye contact.

When I am analysing colours, I am watching the face, for both the impact upon the skin tone and the eyes. The aim is to make the eyes stand out and sparkle - to become the focus of the face and the person.

By enhancing the eyes, we are focussing on the most intense and attractive visual expression of ourselves and our emotions.

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Frame Your Eyes

Eye brows direct attention to your eyes. They are like picture frames – they shouldn’t dominate but help draw attention to the work of art they outline. They set the focus point - your eyes.

Eye brows are fashionable at the moment. No more virtually plucked to baldness thin pencil lines, but bold and thick dominant brows. I am lucky enough to have naturally well shaped and thick eye brows, so until I started ‘my colour stylist’ I was unaware that I was lucky – or that for many clients, eye brow pencils are as important as lipstick to define the face.

On one of my first appointments when doing the make-up colours for a client she was still looking expectantly when I had finished. She wanted defined eye brows – I had one choice in my kit – and of course it didn’t work for her colours at all. Nikki from Prism xii recommended this product to me, and now I am passing that on to you all – it’s great. It seems to adjust according to the colour of the client’s own brows and suits most people – I just need a lighter one for very white blondes, and a darker one for deep brown/black. 

IT cosmetics, brow power universal pencil in universal taupe 

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Why I love it:

It is easy to apply in small hair like strokes – the oval tip lets you draw thin or thick brows

It is long wearing and doesn’t smudge

It looks natural and is easy to blend in with natural eye brows

It looks good on blonde, soft browns, mid brown and grey eye brows – a good tip is never to use an eye brow pencil that is darker than the roots of your hair.

It contains anti-aging ingredients and conditioners It costs £18 and can be find on line from £16 

My Favourite Eye Liners

One of the products that my clients buy first is a new eye liner. I like to use eye liner at the base of the upper lashes and choose a colour that will draw attention to the eye, not the eye liner.

My favourite product by far is Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye liner. My favourite two shades are: 

2) Smoke – for blue, grey/blue or grey/green eyes. This is the number one for my clients.

This is a great eye enhancer for every day. 

1) Demolition – for brown or hazel eyes. This is the one I wear every day.

This is a great natural every day shade. 

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Why I love it:

It is easy to apply and blend
It is long lasting and waterproof
It has a velvety soft texture – the creamy texture is due to 50% moisturising ingredients There are 41 shades to choose from
It is forgiving on older skin with crinkles
It is not tested on animals and many shades are vegan
It is £15.50 and available in many UK stores – Boots and all major department stores 

 

Other shades I recommend: 

4) Corrupt – for golden brown or soft brown eyes This is the number one for my clients.
This is a great eye enhancer for every day. 

3) Perversion – for very dark brown eyes. This is a great matt black.

This is a great shade for night time. 

On my shopping list: 

Sabbath – for blue eyes at night time 

Mainline – for blue eyes with little grey 

Invasion – a dark green matte for deep hazel eyes 

Loader – for teal/ green eyes with a sparkle.