“Just wear color!” That’s celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto’s number one rule. “Makeup is such a fun and exciting tool; if you don’t like it, you can just wipe it off,” he says. Though it may be fun, wearing colorful eye makeup can still be intimidating. So we asked Sollitto, the man behind stellar red carpet looks from Amy Adams, Rebecca Hall, and Hailee Steinfeld, how to know which color shadows and liners to play with based on your own eye color. From gray to brown to blue to green, he has answers, above!
“Brown and purple is the best combination ever,” Sollitto says. He also recommends green and burgundy. The former will bring out any green in your brown eyes, while the latter happens to be his favorite color right now.
Kiera Knightley wears Chanel's Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow ($29) in Amethyst.
Sollitto says the best colors for blue eyes are gray, navy, and bronze. Bronze, in fact, is universally flattering. “If you use bronze instead of brown liner, which just sort of sits there, the whole face looks more interesting.”
Sollitto often uses bronze on blue-eyed Amy Adams. Here, at the Golden Globes, he used Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour ($23) in Terracotta.
Blue-blacks and burgundy look best with gray eyes; the former turns most shades of gray quite blue.
Jennifer Lawrence’s gray eyes looked especially blue when lined with shades of navy at a Los Angeles premiere.
“Brown is actually great on green eyes because it makes the green look more green,” Sollitto says. He also recommends playing with different shades of green, as well as burgundy.
Makeup artist Beau Nelson made the case for burgundy at last year’s Met Ball, when he used Chanel’s Precision Lip Definer ($29) in Framboise with the brand's Powder Blush ($29) in Pink Explosion, and the burgundy from its Quadra Eyeshadow ($59) in Eclosion to build Kristen Stewart’s smoky eye.
Though he’d use all shades of green and gold on hazel eyes, Sollitto recommends staying away from blue.
At Teen Vogue’s Young Hollywood party, Hailee Steinfeld wore gold shadow on top of her lid and green on the bottom—a winning combination!
Stila Stay All Day Liner ($20)
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow ($7)
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow ($13)
CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil ($5)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow ($21)
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23)
NYX Glam Liner Aqua Luxe ($5)
Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eye Shadows ($55)