Before you think about shadow, apply a color-correcting primer like Benefit's Stay Don't Stray (this works for all skin tones) to give you an even canvas. Guilis recommends using a shade that won't overpower your complexion—think cool periwinkles or a silvery grey-blue. MAKE Satin Finish Eyeshadow in Blue Toile is a great contender. "To complement the blue, use a bronzer on the cheeks in lieu of a blush—it will give a warm softness to your look," she says. Go for a shimmer-free option like Cargo Bronzer in Light.
A turquoise hue sets off warmer skintones. "Use a blue eyeliner in the waterline and smudge it out to get that Tahitian island look," Guilis says. "One of my favorite tricks is smudging a frosty blue pencil over a cinnamon brown or navy blue shadow—it looks awesome for a sexy evening look." Another date night-worthy touch is adding a shimmery shadow like Chantecaille Papillons Eye Shade to the inner corners of the eyes.
Next time you go for a smoky eye, Guilis suggests swapping the usual black for a bold midnight or cobalt like NARS Outremer, which will radiate on dark skin tones. Too bright? Try Alima Pure™ Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Navy. "Pair your bright eyes with a beautiful rose or warm blush," she says. We love Alima Pure™ Satin Matte Blush in Antique Rose. "A darker complexion can hold a warmer color on the cheeks. It brings out great definition.” You can also try a red or pink lip instead of blush. “There always needs to be a balance," Guilis says.