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It's pretty easy to choose an eye shadow to wear with a neutral-colored dress, since basically anything goes. Once you start branching out into more colorful frocks, however, your eye shadow choices can get more limited. That doesn't mean you don't have options. Even when you're wearing a dress in a signature shade such as teal, you have plenty of eye color options.
If your teal dress is more green than blue, highlight your eyes with a green shade. Yes, it's possible matching your eye shadow to your dress can seem a little cheesy and out of style, but if you do it the right way it can look totally glam. The trick is not to get too literal. Stick with jewel tones, and don't pick the exact shade as your dress -- instead, go darker or lighter, while still staying in the same color family. If your dress is light teal, for example, wear a darker emerald eye shadow. For an elegant look, use a jewel-tone shimmer shadow or layer a metallic silver shadow over the green.
Who says blue eye shadow is a no-no? If your teal dress is more blue-green, brighten up your eyes with some blue shadow. Since this stuff can be pretty intense, go easy so you don't end up looking like a 1970s castoff. For an updated take on blue eye shadow, use a rich hue as eyeliner only, instead of sweeping it over your entire eyelid. Top it off with black mascara -- and see how your eyes sparkle.
A teal dress is already kind of a showstopper, so why not keep your eyes neutral? That way, you won't have to stress over whether your dress and eye shadow are playing nice. A gray or brown shadow will give your eyes some color without competing too fiercely with your bright dress, and neutrals look fab on everyone. If you need a little more excitement in your eye color, try a neutral shimmer shadow.
Instead of harmony or neutrality, try contrast. Dark, smoky shadow with lush black lashes will totally pop against a bright and colorful teal dress. If your dress is a lighter shade, paint your smoky eyes in a soft, light charcoal so they don't stand out too much against the light dress. On the other hand, if you're wearing a darker teal frock, go ultra glam with dark-as-night smoky eyes.
As a rule, try to focus on only one feature at a time. Made-up eyes with bold lip color and blushed cheeks is way too much for one face, so if you're choosing to play up your eyes, go easy on makeup everywhere else. Wear a soft, neutral color on your lips and give yourself just enough blush to not look washed out.