What Eye Makeup Is Best for a Black & Silver Dress?

Actress Kat Graham attends a Beverly Hills, Calif., benefit in a black and silver-studded dress.

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Pairing basic black with sultry silver in one dress gives you a show-stopping evening look for any occasion. So, of course, you'll want your eye makeup to complement this stunning look without overwhelming it. Whether you go neutral or bold, there's a plethora of possibilities -- choose the one that suits your style and take that dress to a whole new level.

The Classic Smoky Eye

The natural match for a silver and black dress is the classic smoky eye, done in shades of charcoal, black and a bit of silver. The key to this look is that it doesn't have to be perfect, in fact, a true smoky eye should look smudged and a little gritty, as if you'd just gotten in from a night of clubbing. Lining the inner rim of the upper and lower lash line with black or silver eyeliner gives you eyes to rival Cleopatra's.

Platinum Peepers

If you're not skilled at makeup, nothing could be easier than a wash of silver. For easiest application, use a sheer cream shadow and sweep it across lids with a fingertip. You can also swipe a bit under your lower lash line for an ethereal, goddesslike effect. Finish with black mascara so you don't end up looking washed out.

Cat-Eye Liner

As a black and silver dress can give you enough oomph on its own, you may want to opt for a neutral lid and just a wink of black liner. Use a taupe, champagne or beige powdered eyeshadow on lids all the way up to the browbone. Sweep a felt-tip, liquid or gel liner in black from the inner corner of the upper lid all the way out past the end of your lash line. Finishing the line with an upward flick gives you that flirty cat-eye.

Color Play

When you're in the mood to be the center of attention, don't be afraid to experiment with colored shadow. The only rule -- keep your colors on the cool side of the spectrum. Using warm colors will clash with your frosty silver. Try teal, lavender, purple with silver shimmer or emerald green with a bit of silver. If you're timid about trying bright color, choose an eyeliner in the color you like and line both the upper and lower lash line, this is a sure-fire way to make eye color pop without piling on the makeup.

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