How to Pick Your Perfect 5-shade Compact

Complementary colors can enhance your eyes to a whole new level.
Complementary colors can enhance your eyes to a whole new level.

Many would argue that the eyes are the most important feature to focus on when choosing a makeup concept. But not all of us have the makeup expertise to mix and match colors to create the perfect nighttime smoky eye or barely there daytime look. A single layer of eye shadow adds a little color and helps to even out skin tone, but the real impact comes from applying multiple colors that coordinate and knowing where to apply and how to blend. Enter the five-shade compact. There are a couple advantages to buying your eye shadow in a prefab compact. Perhaps, most importantly, the colors are chosen because they coordinate with each other, so it takes the guesswork out of figuring out what colors blend well together to achieve a certain look. And even though a high quality five-shade compact can cost upwards of $50, it's still typically cheaper than buying each color as a single.

Wearing multiple shades of eye shadow adds depth and dimension to your eyes; much like layers of paint do the same for a painting. But this is only achievable if the colors work well with your skin tone and your eye color. As far as skin tone goes, if you're pretty fair, darker and yellow colors may look unnatural, while medium- and dark-toned skin doesn't fare well with too-light colors that contrast too much. For eye colors, warm colors like browns and peaches work best with blue eyes, while earth tones and purples work well with green eyes. If you have brown eyes, you're lucky in the eye shadow department, because you will most likely look good in just about any color. Keep reading for tips about how to apply the different colors in a five-shade compact.

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