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 might come off as a bit distracting, there are ways to combine color on both your lids and your lips for an elegant effect that looks very chic. In fact, pairing an eye and lip look together might just be our new favorite go-to. Why? Because sometimes, it just works.
To prove it, we put together the most complimentary eyeshadow and lipstick looks for your viewing pleasure, and hey if you want to try them out for yourself, be our guest. Intrigued? Keep scrolling to discover our favorite current combinations, including all the perfect eyeshadow and lipstick looks we're loving.
Dark Brown and Metallic Champagne
We are obsessed with this moody dark brown and taupe color pairing for fall. The vampy-ish lipstick shade brings the main focus to your lips, but the metallic taupe pulls the look together for an overall sultry, R-rated feel.
Light Peach and Dark Green
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. Apply this lipstick as a light stain, or layer on more should you fancy a bold twist.
Nude and Amethyst
We don't want to play favorites, but if you ask us, nude lips and amethyst lids are one of the sexiest color duos in the book. A nude lip goes with everything, but a nude lip with black eye makeup is usually what everyone expects to pair together. For a more unexpected and fresh choice, make your eyes pop with a violet-hued smoky eye, instead.
Use a liner before applying your nude lip for extra-long staying power. Or, if you don't have a liner, try pressing translucent powder as a final step. This trick also works with every color of the spectrum, like our next red lipstick pick.
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.
Beige and Soft Blue
A frosty beige-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.
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.
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!