Choose a handful of metallic eye colors to start. Generally, olive-skinned ladies need to stay away from pink eye color shades, which wash out the complexion. However, dark blue, green and purple shades usually look fabulous next to darker olive skin tones. Olive skin also looks great with metallic gold and silver shades, which add high shine and sparkle.
Prime your eyelids with a light layer of satin-finish concealer or powder. Just a thin layer of primer helps smooth the skin and provides a better canvas for your eye shadow. Avoid using a matte powder or concealer -- it will only eliminate some of the shine from your metallic shadow.
Tilt your head backwards just slightly to apply your eye color. You want to keep your eye mostly closed while applying eye shadow -- it helps keep the skin taut and smooth. Tilting your head back allows you to achieve this technique relatively easily.
Pat the metallic eye color onto one of your eyelids using gentle, repetitive taps with the brush. Cover the lid from the lash line to your natural crease with a solid block of metallic color.
Blend the shadow with a fluffy brush using short back-and-forth swipes or a circular motion, depending on your personal preference. The overall goal is to soften the edges and smooth the color.
Apply a different metallic color to the other eye using the same technique. Again, blend the shadow to soften and smooth the look.
Open your eyes and check yourself out in the mirror. Focus on whether the metallic eye color complements your skin tone and eye color. In most cases, you’ll know right away whether the color works for you or whether it’s a total disaster. For different perspectives, quickly change your hair into different styles -- leave it down, pull it up into a ponytail, fluff it on top for a fancier updo. You might also use a smaller hand-held mirror to view your make-up from the side. Although you might think it looks perfectly normal from the front, you might find that you look like an '80’s hipster or space-age soldier from the side.
Remove the eye make-up from both eyelids using makeup remover and a cotton swab. Repeat the sequence with two additional metallic colors. As you try each color, decide whether it’s a hit or a miss. Once you’ve gathered a few different metallic colors that complement your lovely olive skin, feel free to blend away and create your own personalized look.
1.Metallic eye shadows (dark blue, green, purple, gold, silver)
3.Fluffy eyeshadow brushes
2.Satin-finish concealer or powder
Before buying a handful of metallic eye colors your unsure about, head to your local beauty or make-up supply store. Typically, these stores allow you to test the products and colors before you buy them. As an added advantage, store associates can help you determine whether the colors complement your skin tone. Once you've found the metallic colors you most prefer, you can buy them without worrying about the store's return policy.