Matching Your Eyeshadow to Your Outfit

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With so many color choices out there, it baffles me when I see someone matching their eyeshadow to their outfit! I’ve been noticing this “trend” a lot more lately. After I come home from my day job, first thing I do is get out of my suit, throw on some sweats, grab a bowl of Cheerios, and watch The Wendy Williams TV Show on my DVR. After the first 4 or 5 How U Doin’?s, I start spotting at least four women in the audience that are wearing a nice pop of color (like pink, purple, or green) but then also have a matching eyeshadow color. Grrrrrr

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So what’s so bad about this?

Well, to be frank, it’s overkill. The eye loves balance so having to jump back and forth between your outfit and your eyeshadow is hard on the eye. Also, being too matchy-matchy can read very young–like teenager young.

So what do you wear?

I’ve created a quick guide on some eyeshadow color suggestions for different wardrobe colors:

If you’re wearing blue, then try greys, silvers, purples, greens, browns, and golds
If you’re wearing green, then try blues, golds, silvers, and browns
If you’re wearing purple, then try blues, greys, silvers, greens, browns, and golds
If you’re wearing red, then try silvers, golds, and browns
If you’re wearing yellow, then try blues, purples, golds, and browns
If you’re wearing pink, then try purples, golds, silvers, and browns
If you’re wearing gold, then try purples, browns, and greens
If you’re wearing silver, then try greens, purples, and browns

You can also never go wrong with a neutral eye (using colors close to your skin tone with a darker color in the crease) or a smoky eye.

What are some of your favorite colors to wear?

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

15 Responses to Matching Your Eyeshadow to Your Outfit

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  2. THANK YOU!!! I cant stand when ladies match like that. I mean if you ever watch America’s Top Model Jay Manuel has said time and time again DONT match your outfit with your shadow. I think people just get scared their gonna look crazy.

    You should always match, without matching.

    • Danielle says:

      You should always match, without matching.


    • abella says:

      OMGoodness, I AGREE. to stay on the safe side go with neutral bronze’s or nude tones, and smoky eye during the night.. but it makes me sick when i see these women wearing a red dress with PINK eyeshadow!!! Pink! omg. cant they see they are wearing the color on their neck down, it shouldn’t follow them up north! gROSE! and no sense of taste! even the prettiest women shouldnt do this.

  3. Thank you for this! I admit I did this recently, but it was more a mix of colors found in my outfit. I usually try to wear the complementary color– i.e., when I wear blue, I usually wear brown shadow; when I wear green, I wear purple shadow, etc.

  4. Thanks, Danielle, I’m adding your blog to my roll right now!

  5. Candice says:

    I love love love this! I’m sending this out to my friends!

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  7. mesmiling says:

    thank you!! just what I need to know ^^

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  9. Mary says:

    Danielle, I’m pretty sure this is the post that first brought me to your site. I’m soo glad it did! I used to be the girl that did this. I had no idea what I was doing looked so wrong. Thank you for enlightening me. I’ve been following your advice ever since.

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