Friday, April 13, 2012

Makeup Musings

Feeling like you're not sure what color to select for your eyeshadow? It can be hard to decide! Eye, skin, and hair color all determine what you should wear.

Brown eyes
Brown eyes seem to wear almost any color. What a blessing ;)
If you want to experiment, the best eyeshadow colors for brown eyes are golden browns, blues, greens, grays, purples, and burgundies. Try to avoid a yellowish-brown color.

Blue eyes
Rich warm browns, warm taupes, soft peaches, and grays will enhance your sparkling eyes. Wearing blue eyeshadow can make blue eyes look washed out. Green may not look flattering; it depends on how blue your eyes are, your skin tone, and which green hue you use.

Green/Hazel eyes
Golden browns, warm taupes, deep purples, soft peaches, pinks, golds, and soft violets look beautiful. To discover what brings out hazel eyes, look at the flecks of color near the pupil. This is my eye coloring, and I find that a very small application of red copper is nice on the lash line, as well as a navy blue or green (as long as it is not too vivid).

Gray eyes
Gray eyes are unique and should definitely be highlighted. Try deep grays, deep browns, cool browns, and purples to make your gray eyes sparkle.

Knowing the color wheel will really help when selecting any color makeup! Think about complementary colors. A complementary color is the color that is exactly opposite on the color wheel, e.g., purple and yellow. Complementary colors make each other seem brighter when placed together.

Eyes have been deemed the windows to the soul, and since Christ is in us, we should want people to look in our eyes. As for me, I hope you see Jesus! Eyeshadow, lipstick, or an outfit should not detract people from focusing on our message. When applying any eyeshadow, try not to overindulge. A little goes a long way. Too much can make us seem as a painted jezebel -- and we don't want that!

Please talk with your parents about eyeshadow if you don't usually wear it. Eyeshadow can be fun, but might not be appropriate for your age. So let your parents guide you, and shop with your mom for the best color selections.


  1. Great advices! Thank you! :D

  2. Hi, I was wondering what age you think is appropriate to wear a little eye shadow??? I have brown eyes so I would probably wear a light blue/brown.

    Thanks for the post!!!!

    1. Great question! Eyeshadow is a lot like lipstick and mascara -- it makes you look older if you are younger and younger if you are older. It's important that young ladies consult with their parents before wearing eyeshadow. I can't say a particular age, but personally, my mother started teaching me about eyeshadow around the age of 15. I started with only very light pink tones for special occasions. Some parents might not feel like their daughters should wear eyeshadow until much later, and honoring their request is far more important than my advice. Regardless of when you start, start slow. Use colors that fade into your skin tones that make you glow rather than stand out :)

      Hope this helps!

  3. I am 12, do you think that I am too young to wear any kind of makeup???

    Thanks for the help!!!

    1. 12 is such a wonderful age! You are starting to learn how to make wise decisions and developing godly character. When I was 12, I loved all the pretty things of life :) (makeup included), but my mother was wise in leading me into the transition of womanhood slowly. On very special occasions, my parents allowed me to wear a little blush, under eye cover, and lip gloss.

      Youthful bloom is on your side at your age. Celebrate this season of life and cherish the days when makeup is not necessary. Makeup is fun, but don't be in a rush. This step of womanhood will come sooner than you can imagine! I had friends who were allowed the liberties of using makeup at younger ages than 12, but in a sense, the drive to fast-forward their lives stole away their days of youth. Makeup will make you look older, so I encourage you to look into your heart and see if there's a possibility you are a little discontent with the age you are right now. This is a question I ask myself very often, even at the age of 21. Desiring to become a woman is a worthy goal, but keep sight of growing a heart that is close to the Lord, and your girlhood will transition into the woman whose beauty will never fade.

      P.S. Remember, it's important, no matter your age, to take care of your face. Washing, toning, and moisturizing are good habits to start now so you will keep your youthful glow for years to come.