Orange eye shadow, like red, works best on those with medium skin tones in addition to collegiettes™ with red or brown hair, says Landis. Orange eye shadow was a hot trend among celebrities earlier this year, with stars such as Fergie and Scarlett Johansson trying the look.
How can you rock orange eye shadow without looking like a tangerine?
We think a trend called the sunset eye looks best, which involves mixing yellow, yellow-orange, coral and gold shadows. According to Christine Mielke, the owner and editor of Temptalia, you first apply a peachy melon-colored base on your lid so that it barely goes above the crease line of your eye. Then, take a gold shadow and cover your inner one-third or one-half of your eyelid. Next, take your yellow-orange shadow and spread it over to the middle of your eyelid, starting at the crease of your eye and going down to your lash line. Take your coral shadow and apply it to the outer part of your eyelid, starting once again at the crease and going down toward your lash line. Using your blending brush and coral shadow, place the brush horizontally against your crease to spread the color throughout your crease area. Finally, take a soft yellow shadow and apply it to the crease and up to the brow bone. Also use the soft yellow to help blend the coral. Your final results are a gorgeous eye that really does look like the sunset!
Yellow eye shadow is tricky to pull off, but Landis says that she loves using it on those with darker skin tones. “I think that for those who want to be a little daring with their makeup, wearing a bright yellow on your lids of your eyes with a good coat of mascara can look awesome!” says Alex Hartley, Her Campus beauty blogger. “I wear yellow eye shadow from the inside-middle of my eye and join it with blue, teal, or purple from the mid-outside,” says Jamie Ritter, a junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “If you blend it well, it turns out really pretty with some liquid black liner – very Dollywood. For those that are more color-shy, try using colored eyeliners.” Check out Rachel McAdams rocking yellow eye shadow in January.
If you don’t want to go quite that yellow, then we suggest trying a subtle, light yellow eye. Mielke suggests a soft look that’s great for summer. You start by applying a white-gold eye shadow to the inner half of your eyelid, followed by a sunshine/bright yellow shadow to the outer half of your eyelid that you softly blend in with the inner corner of your eye. Then, take a dirty pink shadow and use it to darken the crease of your eye, gently blending it in with the yellow on your lid. Finally, lightly use a dark taupe brown shadow on your brow bone to highlight your eyes and complete the look! Isn’t this the perfect look for a summer evening out with friends or a date?