Eye Lip Combo Makeup
If pairing your eyeshadow and lipstick is causing you so much confusion, the very basic things you should consider are:
- The color wheel
- The science of cool and warm colors.
So how do you know if your eye and lip colors work together or not?
Rule #1: Neutrals go with everything
First off, a rule of thumb, neutrals go with everything. So a neutral eyeshadow goes with any color of lipstick and a neutral lipstick goes with any color of eyeshadow. Pretty simple if you want to stay safe.
When I say neutrals I mean black, brown with all its hues, gold, champagne, copper, white, ivory. A neutral lipstick would be nude and brown.
They are the most used colors, and they tend to create the most wearable make-up that suits all skin colors. You can never go wrong with neutrals.
Let’s talk about the COLOR WHEEL:
A color wheel is a visual representation of colors arranged in a certain way to help us understand the principles of color and color theory. For your makeup looks you need to understand two main things, analogous colors and complementary colors.
Analogous Colors (Adjacent colors): Those colors that are located next to each other on the color wheel. When combined in a look, they help create a soft romantic look.
Complementary Colors: Those colors that are located opposite to each other on the color wheel. When combined in a look, they bring out each other and make a visual contrast and thus the look stands out.
Complementary colors bring out the best in each other. When fully saturated complements are brought together, interesting effects are noticeable. In other words, if your eyeshadow color complements your lipstick color, your makeup look will be attractive. First learn how to pair one eyeshadow color with your lipstick color, and from there you can add more eyeshadow colors that complement your lipstick color in an interesting manner.
I’ll give you examples of Eye and Lip combos that go well together, to ease your life:
- Mossy green eyeshadow with bright red lipstick.
- Electric blue eyeshadow with peach lipstick.
You can use tints of complementary colors. For example, a lighter tint of blue eyeshadow contrasted against a mid tone peach lipstick, a gold eyeshadow with a dark purple lipstick. See images below.
Rule#2: Use warm colors and cool colors in the same look to stand out
THE CONTRAST OF WARM AND COOL
The color wheel can be divided into warm and cool colors. By understanding the differences between them, you will have a better understanding of the best results to achieve in a makeup look.
Warm colors include red, orange and yellow and variations of those three colors, coral pink is also considered as warm.
Reds can be both cool and warm. If the red is blue based, meaning it has a more purple or blue undertone, it is cool. If the red is orange based, it is warm.
Cool colors include: violet, blue and green and blue pink.
If a green has more of a yellow undertone, like olive, then it is warm. If a green has more of a blue undertone, then it is cool.
A general guideline with warm and cool colors is to combine your cool and warm colors in your makeup look so that they balance each other out.
So if you’re wearing a bright purple eyeshadow (cool) it will stand out with a peach lip color (warm).
If you’re wearing gold eyeshadow (warm) pair it with pink lipstick (you guessed it, cool) to stand out.
Pro Tip: Whenever a color has a blue undertone, it will always be a cool color even if it is from the warm family (Example, Red).
Pro Tip: If you want to add more colors to your eyeshadow look, add neutral colors.
Example: If you choose to make a blue eyeshadow look, add any neutral color like black, gold, champagne, off white and earthy colors.
Check out some inspirational EYESHADOW, LIP AND CHEEK Color Combos that go well together:
- Purple Eyeshadow, Peachy Blush, Peachy or nude lips
- Flashy Blue Eyeshadow, Peachy Blush, Peachy or nude lips
- Dark green eyeshadow, Earthy Blush, Earthy nude lips
- Mossy green eyeshadow, Pinkish red blush, bright red lips
- Black liner, Red lips, Pinkish red blush
- Black eyeshadow and peach blush, nude lips
- Bright pink lipstick (all dolled up Gerard) and mid-tone metallic grey shadow, cool pink blush
- Warm nude pink lip (please me MAC) and cool royal blue eyeshadow, warm pink blush
- Warm nude pink lip and cool plum lilac shadow, warm pink blush
- Bright orange lip dangerous mac and cool champagne eyeshadow, peach blush
- Coral orange lip (tekilla sunrise Gerard) and cool sea green eyeshadow, coral peach blush
- Subtle Purple lip (Up the amp MAC) with silver eyeshadow, violet blush
- Burgundy lip and silver eyeshadow, raspberry blush
- Red lipstick with gold eyeshadow, rose blush
- Nude Lip (blankety mac) with plum eyeshadow, peach blush
Rule#3: Match your blush color to your lipstick color
Match the color of your blush with the color of your lipstick but make it the opposite between your lipstick and your eyeshadow.
The formula is:
Cheek color = Lip color
Lip color ≠ Shadow color
Cheek color ≠ Shadow color
Now use this formula only if a stand out look is what you’re after. Of course you can apply neutral and earthy colors anytime but to really stand out and create an interesting look, refer to that formula.
In your makeup look, Blush and Lipstick should be in harmony. Whatever color lipstick you’re wearing, always match it to the color of your blush. It can be a challenge knowing that there are too many color options along with the warmth and coolness of colors. So how would you pick the best choices?
In order to get the best results, the trick is to choose shades that are in the same color family, and under the same undertone, so a nude lipstick goes with a pink nude blush, and both are under warm undertones. I will show you some combinations and you will get the idea using your own products:
So if you wear a red lipstick choose a blush with a color from the red family. If you’re wearing a nude lipstick pair it with a pink nude blush. Coral lipstick will tie in well with coral blush..
A tip to remember, the darker your lip shade, the lighter touch you should use with your blush.
Look 1: Cotton Candy Blush, Cool Pink Lipstick
Look 2: Classic Pink Blush and Lipstick
Look 3: Rose Blush, Red Lipstick
Look 4: Sangria Blush, Deep Wine Lipstick
Look 5: Peach Blush, Neutral Lipstick
Look 6: Plum Blush, Sheer Plum Lipstick