Color Clash! How To Mix Up Your Makeup

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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When it comes to selecting makeup shades, most of us tend to err on the side of conservative: brown eyeshadow, dusty blush, and the like. It seems that we were all significantly traumatized by ’80s-era images of women wearing electric blue eyeliner with fire-engine-red lips — the look was Bozo The Clown meets lady-of-the-night, which is a look that we generally try to avoid. As a result, however, our daily makeup routines can get a little…safe. 

Thankfully, there is a middle ground between all-taupe-all-the-time and Rainbow Brite. Inspired by the launch of Sephora Collection’s new Colorful Eyeshadows — an 80-shade rainbow of eye-accenting hues — we invited Sephora PRO artistGilbert Soliz to pair tones and hues in a way that’s unconventional yet chic. (Hey, if this doesn’t brighten these drab days of winter, nothing will). The result: six fresh, eye-centric looks that mix color, texture, and finishes in innovative ways. 

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Pink and navy aren’t the most obvious eyeshadow match, but look closer. “Pairing pink and blue up can be a good thing when you’re using one as a feature and the other as an accent,” Soliz says. “It’s about an equal balance of warm and cool tones, using the navy shadow to anchor the color.” 

J. Crew sweater, Acne collared blouse.

A closer look

Get The Look: 

Using an angled brush, Soliz swept Prom Queen (a matte pink) along the lid, tapering out slightly past the outer corner. Then, he used Sephora’s #24 liner brush to draw Sailor Kiss — a dark blue — along the lower and upper lash lines, extending beyond the outer corners. “Use small feathered strokes to create a winged shape,” Soliz says. In the crease, a hint of gold (French Riviera eyeshadow) adds shimmer. A slick magenta lip (OCC Lip Tar in Pretty Boy) makes a statement, while NARS blush in Deep Throat adds an innocent flush of color to this otherwise daring look.


Pink glitter. Even the words are enough to normally give us pause. Add green in the mix, and it shouldn’t work — oh, but it does. Meet the newest so-wrong-it’s-right duo. 

H&M cardigan, stylist’s own blouse.

A closer look

Get The Look: 

“The two colors naturally neutralize one another,” Soliz says of pink and green. “So, when they’re together, it makes for a great pairing.” To create the look, he used a shadow brush to cover the lid in Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Love