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Eye do: Meet your match

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Okay, so I accept that a lot of brides like to play it safe with neutral shades of beige and brown eyeshadow. But if you really want to draw attention up to eye level, go for a colour. Wondering which ones will suit you best? Look no further….

Your eyes are BLUE
Bring out their colour by going for champagne gold, glittery gunmetal grey or shimmering peach.
Maybelline Eyeshadow Mono in Lustrous Beige, £4.99
Clarins Ombre Iridescente in Silver Green, £19
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Your eyes are GREEN
Highlight them with either a rose gold, deep purple or a soft wash of pink.
Clinique Lid Pop in Grape Pop, £15.50
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in New Pink Slip, £17.50

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Your eyes are BROWN
Enhance their amber undertones with either a soft mocca, purple or pistachio green hue.
Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy, £15.50
YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in Caftan, £23.50
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Your eyes are HAZEL
Intensify their natural gold flecks with a blanket of emerald green, burnt gold or deep sea blue.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow in Eternal Gold, £4.79
Essence The Metals Eyeshadow in Dead Sea Shimmer, £2
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Test tip: Try colours on your hand before you buy. Some eyeshadows look amazing in the palette but produce such a light wash on the eye that it’ll be hard to build up the intensity.

No pro? No problem. When trialling your eye makeup, it’s best to use no more than two or three shades. A really lovely way to wear colour on your wedding day is to apply a pale shade under the browbone, adding a mid colour on the lid blended to just above the socket then adding a pop of brighter colour along your lashline. If you don’t normally wear mascara, a coating of brown may feel more natural. But in my book, black always looks best. It defines your eyes so that they stand out in your pictures.

So, are you going for colour?

Sarah x

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  • I’m tempted by the purple YSL. But I’m wearing glasses. Will it be too much???

    5 years ago : sherbertpip
  • Thank you for writing this post. It’s really helpful. Stacey x😀

    5 years ago : Sdevine
  • I like to wear silver right across my eyes with just a hint of green around my eyeliner then black mascara. Simple but really pretty – and stands out enough in photos. Annie xoxoxo

    5 years ago : Annie27
  • Stock up on kiko makeup. All the colours you could ever wAnt and really cheap. Good quality too Barb x

    5 years ago : Bjeziora
  • I’ve just bought an awesome palette from MAC. I loved the purple tho didn’t think I’d ever have the guts to wear it. But you’re right, I’ve lightly blended a deep gold shade across my kids, adding a touch of purple in the centre and it really looks good. Tessa x

    5 years ago : Tlee
  • Why not wear them to your hen do? I think you’ll regret not seeing your actual eyes in your photos in years to come. Zoe xx

    5 years ago : Zoe
  • Only if you’re marrying Marilyn Manson

    5 years ago : Anon
  • Coloured contacts??? Only if you’re having a goth wedding! You’ll scare the jiggy out of your nan! Yazz x

    5 years ago : Yasmin
  • Agree! Too Camden market for your wedding day. Soz. Andie x

    5 years ago : Andrea
  • I think you’ll regret it. Great for parties, too un natural for your wedding day. Maybe go with the purple eyeshadow instead. Gaynor x

    5 years ago : Ggill
  • I love coloured contact lenses. My favourites are purple. But for a wedding. Good idea???? X

    5 years ago : AJ
  • Yes, getting the colour right is about choosing the one at the opposite end of the spectrum. So green with red or purple, blue with orange etc. It’s definitely the way to find your most striking big day look – and most flattering too. I agree with black mascara too. That’s non-negotiable as far as I’m concerned. Esme Duncan

    5 years ago : esme
  • Can’t colours date your pix? That’s my concern. Aren’t taupe and caramel shades a more timeless way to go? What about lips? Can certain colours date? Meryl x

    5 years ago : Mredburn
    • It’s all about how you wear them Meryl. A blanket of bright shimmer up to your browbone won’t do you any favours but I’m talking about more subtle looks with pops of colour that make your eyes look incredible xx

      5 years ago : Sarah Green
  • Totes agree! I want to wear purple but have never been brave enough. Now I know it’ll suit me. Xo Pauline

    5 years ago : Pparker
  • Thank you! I’d love to wear coloured eyeshadow but have no idea what would suit my blue eyes. I always feel like the blonde one from Abba. I’m thinking that’s because blue’s not my hue. I need this post. Thanks! Dottie xxx

    5 years ago : Dotty
  • Yay! I’ve got that exact YSL purple. It’s to die for. I only use it lightly for day and boost it with another couple of layers and tons of black maz for nights out. Toni x

    5 years ago : Tkarcher
  • I absolutely agree – colour all the way. Bit some shades, I’m particularly thinking pink, need a darker eyeliner. Cute post – and I love the bride pic. Jemma

    5 years ago : JK54
  • I love how shimmery colours make me look more awake as they give off a twinkly glow. That Clarins silver looks amaze J x

    5 years ago : Josie22
  • Wow! I had no idea that Wilko sold makeup! For £2 I reckon that bluey green is well worth a go. Cate xx

    5 years ago : Chomer
  • Love this post! So many bridal ads show models in browny tones. I love wearing purple eyeshadow (and mascara.) I’d feel really drab if I was muted down on the most photographed day of my life. Urban Decay do the most awesome metallic shades. Gerry xo

    5 years ago : Gerry