The Best Eye Shadow and Lipstick Colors to Wear Together


Over time we've learned that certain things just belong together. The most powerful makeup duo you ask? Enter eyeshadow and lipstick. Seeing as these two products are most commonly worn together every single day, experimenting with eyeshadow and lipstick combos can be endless fun, especially If you're in the mood to be creative. Really digging deep into our makeup bags and figuring out all the things we can pair together helps us discover different ways to use the products we currently own, as well as inspire us to try out new ones. Feel overwhelmed at the thought of figuring out which colors work best together? While it may feel like a daunting task to some, there's no reason to worry—we've got you covered. Ahead, we've compiled a list of some of the best combinations for eyeshadows and lipsticks—from matte finishes to shimmering, sparkly ones, you're going to want to take some very detailed notes.

Lilac and Hot Orange

A soft lilac or even violet eyeshadow paired with hot- orange lipstick creates a beautiful color contrast and is seriously flattering on almost any skin tone. The bold punch of the orange lip color doesn't compete with the eyeshadow, and both colors come together to create something chic and playful.

ColourPop Lilac You A Lot $12
milani lipstick
Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Orange Gina $6

Shimmery Silver and Fuschia

Feel good wearing all the shimmer with icy silver shadow and a bright fuchsia lip. These two colors can be worn all year round no matter the season, which is great news for anyone who doesn't want to change up their look often. Not to mention, Fuschia lipstick looks great in both matte and shiny formulas, so depending on your mood you can try both finishes and see which one you prefer to wear more frequently.

Chanel Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Modern Glamour $62
bare minerals
Bare Minerals Mineralist Lipstick in Wisdom $20

Chocolate Brown and Pinky-Nude

We've deemed this eyeshadow and lip duo essential. Why? From barely-there makeup wearers to people who could film their own beauty tutorials, it truly works for anyone and that's some great news. The chocolate shadow can be as simple as you want, all you need to do is blend a light wash of color over the lids, and if you want to intensify this you can increase the color by applying more. Pinky-nude lipstick is a staple shade found in almost every makeup bag and wears well with other shadow colors should you want to test it out with some other palettes.

code 8
Code 8 Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Lustrous Corduroy $55
Crunchi Luxe Lipstick in Pure $30

Smoky Grey and Deep Berry

A decadent duo, deep smoky grey shadow and berry lipstick is always a win in our book. Whether you want a bold berry lip or more of a stain-like finish, either one will work with the grey color since it has so much depth already. Experiment with both matte and shimmery finishes to decipher which one's your favorite, even throw a little liquid eyeliner on to jazz it up.

jane iredale
Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow in Smoky Grey $22
kevyn aucoin lipstick
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Shine Lipstick in Poisonberry $30

Bronze and True Red

If there's any eyeshadow combo to make eyes appear brighter and teeth whiter, this one's it. Bronze eyeshadow brightens the whites of the eyes and brings out eye color giving them an extra sparkle. A blue-red lipstick is a sure-fire way to brighten up your pout and your smile. What's better than that?

by terry
By Terry Cream Eyeshadow Pen in Ombre Blackstar No. 4 Bronze $18
Giorgio Armani
Armani Beauty Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick in 400 $38 $28

Taupe and Dusty Rose

Pair your neutral eyeshadow look with a touch of dusty rose lipstick for a combo you'll love wearing during the day. The soft taupe on the lids gives just enough color while rose lipstick adds a natural finish to lips and helps brighten the complexion.

Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Matte Eyeshadow in Coffee Ground $25
physicians formula
Physicians Formula Rosé Kiss All Day Glossy Lip Color in Blind Date $9

Peach and Fire Red

A little sweet, a little spicy, a combination of peach eyeshadow and fire red lipstick is a hot combo that certainly brings the heat. Want to take an extra step? Add a little gloss on top of lids and lips if you want a patent leather shine for a dreamy, glossy finish.

NYX Cosmetics
NYX Cosmetics Multi-Finish Shadow Palette in Warm Rust $18
ILIA Beauty Color Block High Impact Lipstick in Flame $28

Emerald and Peachy Nude

From emerald tones to deep, hunter green—this is the dynamite color duo that keeps on giving us all the reasons to wear it. Whether you opt for matte or shimmery shadows, either one will work with the lipstick color. Play around with wearing the green as an eyeliner, a lid color, or even create a smoky eye with it. The options are really endless and you'll have so much fun with all the different results.

Tom Ford
Tom Ford Shadow Extréme in Emerald Green $36
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Hollywood $18

Navy Blue and Mauve

Whether you're using navy blue eyeshadow as a liner, or all-over lid color, the pairing of navy with mauve lipstick is such a win, you'll be reaching for this combo often. A good tip to remember if you're wearing the shadow as a liner is to wet an angled eyeliner brush first before applying the shadow so it lasts longer. You'll notice that applying the shadow wet will also intensify its beautiful color.

Dior DiorShow Mono Eyeshadow in 296 $30
Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick in Streaming Mauve $36

Smoky Black and Beige Nude

For maximum drama on the eyes, blend the smoky black shadow to your heart's content—the more drama, the better! Keep the edge on the eyes and leave just enough to the lips with a soft, beige nude lipstick to seal it all in place.

Victoria Beckham Eyeshadow
Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick in Tuxedo $54
nude lip
Kjaer Weis Nude, Naturally Lipstick in Calm $56

Pastel Blue and Soft Coral

Pastel colors are just as soothing as they are pretty. Pairing a soft pastel blue shadow with a coral lip ( you can opt for sheer or bold coverage) is a happy color combo that is a serious vibe. Feeling creative? Play around with combining various shades of blue to wear with the pastel shadow if wanting to add more depth.

Glossier Skywash Sheer Matte Lid Tint in Pool $18
Lime Crime
Lime Crime Velvetines Lipstick in Desire $20 $15

Rust and Baby Pink

Rust-colored eyeshadow might not be the first hue that comes to mind, but it has the ability to make any eye color stand out, which is one of the reasons why it's so special. When worn with delicate baby pink lipstick it makes it even that more noticeable. This color combo can be worn from day to night and just might become your next favorite look when you discover how easy and well it wears.

NARS Single Eyeshadow in Guayaquil $19
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pretty Social $21

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