Autumn is the time to pack away your pastel eyeshadow palettes, and put richer earth tones and sultry smoky eye shades into rotation. But as a woman with rich brown skin, I've found that some of the shadows that look vibrant in the packaging fade to blah when I apply.
If you have a deeper skin tone and want to determine which pigments are right for you, NYC-based makeup artist Jonet Williamson suggests paying attention to the formula more than the shade. "Metallic eyeshadows and pigments used wet are my favourite," she tells Refinery29. "If you want a matte finish, go with a bright cream eyeshadow. You can also pack a powder shadow in a similar colour over it to intensify the colour payoff."
The lesson here: If there is a colour you really love, go for it. Don't pass up an interesting shade, like green or blue, just because it seems like it's not for you. NYC-based makeup artist Fatimot Isadare says, “Just to be open, and try new things. You'll be surprised at what works that you initially thought wouldn’t."