Weekly Q&A: Eyeshadow Coordination

Jane asked:

“I love your eyeshadow picks! How do you coordinate colors? Do you usually stick to palettes or do you mix and match them?”

Answer: Thanks Jane =) Palettes are a great way to start if you do not have a lot of colors but I personally like to mix and match everything.

The most fool-proof way to pair eyeshadows is to use colors that are in the same family. Not sure what that means? Just use a color wheel as a reference.

All you have to do is pick a color you want to wear, place it on the color wheel and pair it with one that is close to it, i.e. pink with purple, yellow with green etc.

Another way to do it is to pair the color with one that is opposite to it on the wheel. i.e. yellow with purple, red with green etc. This will create a stronger contrast which can sometimes make your eyes pop.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. thanks so much for the tips! I tried mixing purple with a yellow-gold recently and it was fantastic! My friend complimented me the moment she saw me :) Thanks again for your awesome advice!

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