The Best Lipstick and Eyeshadow Combinations for Every Occasion
When you’re putting together your makeup look, the choices are endless – and if you’re not careful, you can wind up looking like a clown instead of an everyday beauty queen. Choosing the right color combinations can be tricky if you don’t have an eye for it, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow these lipstick and eyeshadow combos to look gorgeous without breaking a sweat.
Neutral Eyes With Bold Lips
A perfect example of beauty being more than skin deep, this stylish and cool makeup combo is perfect for making a statement. Pairing light eyeshadows with a dark, bold lipstick can help you achieve the look you desire. For daytime, an easy way to wear this look is by using matte shades in browns and golds on your lids. Add some depth to your eyebrows for definition by brushing them up with a pencil or powder. Then top off your whole face with subtle blush. For nighttime, follow the same steps but instead use rich black shadows paired with red lipsticks and dramatic brows-thick and groomed-to match.
The great thing about this combo is that you can use just about any eye color with either lipstick shade. However, blue eyes look best with bold reds, while green eyes are flattered by softer pinks or berry shades. Gold and hazel eyes work well with either lipstick color as well. Overall, neutral shadows will help you create a natural look in daylight hours while bold shadows paired with lipstick will create an alluring nighttime vibe.
Smokey Eye with Neutral Lips
A nude or light colored lipstick is the perfect way to complement a smoky eye. This look is both stylish and practical, as it allows your eyes to take center stage. To achieve this look, start by applying a primer to your lids. Then, use a dark eyeshadow to create a smoky effect. Finish by applying mascara and a nude lipstick.
If you’re having trouble choosing a nude lipstick, try looking at your current collection. A pink-toned shade is perfect if you tend to lean toward pinks, while neutral browns will compliment warm tones in your eyes. If you have blue or grey eyes, look for hues that match your eye color or are slightly darker. For a natural day look, pair a nude lippie with some mascara – don’t forget to curl.
Pink Eyes with Red Lips
A great way to make your eyes pop is to pair pink eyeshadow with red lipstick. This look is perfect for a night out on the town or a special event. To achieve this look, start by applying a pink eyeshadow primer to your eyelids. Then, apply a pink eyeshadow to your lid and blend it into your crease. Next, apply a red lipstick to your lips and finish off the look with some mascara.
Other options you can try include pairing nude eyeshadow with a darker shade of red lipstick. This is a great look if you want to draw attention to your eyes without being too over-the-top. You can also try pairing light pink eyeshadow with bold blue lipstick, which will make your eyes pop but won’t be too noticeable in public. You can wear it on a fun night out or even at work to bring a little bit of color into your wardrobe.
Warm Eyes with Nude Lips
A warm eyeshadow palette with nude lips is the perfect combo for a day or evening look. For a day look, go for a light brown or beige eyeshadow and a peachy nude lipstick. If you’re looking to add some more drama for an evening out, try a deep brown or plum eyeshadow with a pinky nude lipstick. Either way, this combo is sure to make your eyes pop.
Another great combo is black, gray or purple eyeshadow with a matching plum or berry lipstick. This works particularly well with hazel to green eyes. The darker eye makeup will really make your green or brown eyes pop, while the lipstick adds some dimension that enhances your features without being too harsh. No matter what look you’re going for, always make sure your lip color matches—you don’t want a light pink lipstick with a deep blue eye shadow! Likewise, if you have dark hair and dark eyes try to stick to darker colors. A combination of dark hair/eyes/makeup will create too much contrast against your skin tone so it’s best to go neutral here.
Smokey Eyes with Coral Lips
A smoky eye is the perfect way to add a little drama to your look, and coral lips are the perfect way to add a pop of color. For this combo, start with a light eyeshadow on your lid and work your way up to a darker shade in the crease. Then, line your eyes with a black eyeliner and finish with mascara. For your lips, start with a coral lip liner and fill in your lips with a coral lipstick. Add a touch of gloss for extra shine.
A smoky eye is a great way to look like you’re wearing more makeup than you really are. Start with a light eyeshadow on your lid, then use a darker shade in your crease. Blend well before applying black eyeliner. Mascara will finish off your smokey eye look beautifully, and a lip liner can be used to help define lips with coral lipstick. Add gloss to add shine and make it pop.
Purple or Blue Eyes with Pink or Orange Lips
For a fun and daring look, try pairing purple or blue eyeshadow with pink or orange lipstick. This combo is perfect for a night out on the town or a special event. To make your eyes pop, use a bright purple shadow on the lid and a darker shade in the crease. For the lips, start by lining them with a yellow or orange lip pencil, then fill in with your lipstick of choice. Add a touch of gloss for extra shine.
While yellow or orange lips aren’t usually associated with a night out, they can work well if you pair them with a bolder lip color. Purple eyeshadow is a great choice if you want to be dramatic but not too out there, while an orange or red lipstick will add punch to your look. As mentioned above, start by lining your lips with a lip pencil in a similar shade—orange or red will work best—then fill in with your lipstick of choice. Finally, finish off with some gloss overtop to make it pop. For even more drama, try pairing purple eyeshadow with green lips! Green and purple are opposites on the color wheel (as are blue and orange), so when paired together they create contrast that is both dramatic and unexpected.