The Best Eye Shadow and Lipstick Colours to Wear Together

Updated 11/23/15

The beauty world has long ascribed to the "either eye or lip" school of thought. And while it's true that too much pigment on both areas at once can look scary and overpowering, there are ways to combine colour on both your lids and your lips for an elegant effect. Keep scrolling to discover our favourite current combinations for dazzling the world with both your eyes and your mouth. 

Nars Lipstick ($27) in Fast Ride and Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow ($12) in Style Icon

Dark Violet and Taupe

We are obsessed with this moody color pairing for fall. The vampy shade brings the main focus to your lips, but the metallic taupe pulls the look together for an overall sultry, R-rated feel.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté - Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 ($36) in Peach Passion and Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($19) in Loaded

Peach and Emerald

Light peach and high-impact emerald form a more grown-up and subversive take on the age-old pink-and-green pairing. Peachy-pink lips will make your mouth look plump and luscious while allowing a deep green smoky shadow to take center stage. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheep Lip Gel ($30) in Strange Magic and Nars Duo Eyeshadow ($35) in Jolie Poupee

Nude and Violet

We don't want to play favorites, but nude lips and violet lids are one of the sexiest color duos in the book, if you ask us. A nude lip goes with everything, but a nude lip with black eye makeup is more suspected. For a more unexpected and fresh choice, make your eyes pop with a violet-hued smoky eye. 

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21) in Underage Red and Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($31) in Mirror

Red and Gold

Red lipstick always steals the show, but that doesn't mean you have to go with a completely bare lid. To balance the lips but match the glamour, opt for a subtle gold shimmer shadow on the lids. 

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain ($36) in Beige Aquarelle and Ciaté London Skinny Shadow Stick Shimmer Eyeshadow ($15) in Charmed

Pink and Light Blue

A frosty pink lip with light shadow has a retro sex-kitten vibe that's fun and coquettish. For the look to feel current, opt for a glossy pink lip with an iridescent blue that will reflect light instead of looking heavy and opaque. 

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick ($24) in Cin Cin and Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil ($27) in Champagne Diamonds

Coral and Champagne

Coral lips with champagne lids look sophisticated, and the colors are light enough to be worn during the day. Coral lipstick will brighten up your face while a light champagne shadow will lend a soft focus to the eyes. 

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint ($24) in Lucky and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow ($34) in White Punch

Pink and White

A matte pink lip with white eye makeup looks flirty and innocent. White eye makeup instantly opens up the eyes, and while it can really go with any lip color in the book, we love a matte pink pout for an angelic effect. 

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick ($22) in Temper and Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21) in Mandarin

Red-Orange and Mandarin

This one is a bit more daring, but for color risk-takers, it has a big payoff. Keeping everything in the orange family looks surprisingly cool, and the subtle tangerine eye shadow will balance out the punchy lip. The '70s-inspired pairing is perfect for fall, as the burnt-orange hues call to mind the distinct colors of changing leaves. 

Which one of these color combos will you try? Do you have a favorite lip-and-lid pairing? Share it below! 

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