Matching makeup to clothing can be cheesy or cool, but Jennifer Beals pulled it off perfectly at last night's Book of Eli premiere. Her emerald-colored dress and matching eye shadow have me green with envy.

Fortunately, getting this matchy-matchy look right isn't nearly as hard as it looks. You just need a few guidelines and a couple of tips. So to find out how to do it, just read more.

  • Don't match the eye shadow and clothing exactly. Keep your shade in the same color family, but go lighter (as Jennifer did) or darker, if you're wearing a pastel shade for something dramatic.
  • Throw on some subtle glitter or shimmer. When matching with clothes, your eye shadow shouldn't be a solid block of color unless you want to look like you just stepped out of Blade Runner, and a little sheer gold or silver sparkle on top will break things up and soften the look so it doesn't come out harsh.
  • Keep the rest of your makeup simple. The matched color will draw a lot of attention, so in this instance bold blush or bright red lipstick can look clownish.
  • Don't overdo it on the eyeliner. Your eyes already look so bold that a big cat eye will be Cleopatra-style dramatic. If you want that, go on with your bad self, but otherwise stick to waterlining your upper and lower rims.