Relearning the Color Wheel: How to Pair Bold Pigments

By  March 20, 2013

If you’re keen to create statement eyes using the season’s boldest shadow combinations this spring, then prepare to embrace color! Here’s how to up the edge on those neutral colored palettes by adding some show stopping brights to your eyes.

First you must choose what colors to create your look with. Bold pigments can be found everywhere in nature. Look outside at anything from flowers to trees to get a sense of what shades seem to go together organically. Or, even better, take the easy way out and pick up a shadow set with statement making colors already paired for you. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow, for example, offers 20 different coordinated compacts each with four shades to help you create bold eyes for every occasion. Easy!

Once you have an idea of the color palette you’d like to work with, figure out which you’ll choose in a light, medium and dark shade. For example if your three colors are yellow, green and blue, a buttercup cream could be your light, a mint green your medium, and a cobalt your dark. Or, you may go with a sky blue as your medium and a forest green as your dark. You get the idea.

Now that you have your shadows, you can create an easy polychromatic looks, where the lightest color goes on the inner part of the eye, medium moves over the lid and the darkest shade extends out. Remember to first prep your lid with a neutral though, like a beige or light brown, to make your color stand out. Mix shimmer and matte finishes for depth and pop. And voila! You’ve officially welcomed spring with bright, bold eyes.