Makeup Must-Haves for Your Eyes

Makeup artist Beau Nelson says the trick to turning back the clock is enhancing your natural eye color. Here, his top picks for making the most of blue, green, brown and hazel eyes

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Blue eyes look great in yellow-based browns and golds, as well as cool neutrals, like silver and metallic taupe. The warmth of the yellow tones is opposite to blue so it creates a contrast, and the cool neutrals let blue eyes take on an icy quality, especially when used as a smoky wash.

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NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Goldfinger

This true gold color is beautiful and contrasts perfectly with blue eyes, making them stand out. $24; Click to buy

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Eldorado

A warm gold color, this liner enhances blue (and green) eyes AND lasts all day. $19; click to buy

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Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow in Tough as Taupe

This cool taupe cream dries down to a long-lasting powder and can be worn alone or used as a base for other shades of shadow. $7; Click to buy

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Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in ME Medium Brown 856

This legendary metallic silver brown looks great on everyone but especially blond-haired, blue-eyed women. $15; Click to buy

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Green-eyed gals look best in warm neutrals (meaning colors with pink undertones) and warm purples.

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MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella

This warm burgundy pencil contrasts with green eyes, darkening the lash line beautifully. For extra intensity, try it on the inner rim of the lid. $16; Click to buy

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Laura Geller Baked Eye Dreams

The colors in this quad are perfect for creating both day and night looks. $30; Click to buy

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NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Sophia

This red-based brown is perfect for making green eyes look even greener, and its matte texture is blendable and long lasting. $24; Click to buy

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Women with eyes in between brown and green can choose to emphasize one or the other by selecting shades that enhance either shade. Or, they can go for something like a blue-based violet, which enhances both hues.

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L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Perpetual Purple

This unique formula is almost like pure pigment but pressed. The colors are vivid but buildable so you can do a sheer wash or an intense smoky eye. $8; Click to buy

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Laura Mercier Luster Color in African Violet

This is a pale violet that, as a wash, looks beautiful on hazel eyes. As a bolder statement for evening apply from lashline to brow and pair it with a strong arch. $23; Click to buy

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Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Blue Jean

This dark navy helps to bring out the brown in hazel eyes. $29; Click to buy

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CoverGirl Exact EyeLights Eye-Brightening Mascara in Black Gold

The golden tones in this mascara make hazel eyes sparkle. $8; Click to buy

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On dark brown or black eyes, safari shades are the most flattering: Dark greens, olives, sand and amber golds make brown eyes stand out and sparkle.

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MAC Eyeshadow in Amber Lights

This gold shadow makes brown eyes look warmer and more inviting. $15; Click to buy

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Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow Stick in Jungle

This gorgeous shimmering olive shade creates warmth and depth in dark eyes. $26; Click to buy

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L'Oréal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Duos in Gunmetal

This duo contains a neutral grey shade and an amazing green that look great separately AND together. $8.25; Click to buy

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Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Eye Shadow in Gold Blitz

This stunning shadow can be used wet or dry for a variety of effects and a dazzling finish on brown or black eyes. $32; Click to buy

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First Published Mon, 2012-04-23 21:44

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