Feeling blue? We have a feeling this eye shadow trend will brighten your day—and your eyes. Yep, blue eyeshadow is making a comeback. There’s no more ‘80s craziness, though—now it’s all about wearing classy hues like royal blue and navy. You may have even seen certain celebrities sporting this eye makeup look. Wondering if you can pull off blue eyeshadow and blue eye makeup in general? You can. Yes, you! Blue hues can work on anyone as long as you know the right way to apply them. Continue reading for a breakdown of all things blue eye makeup, starting with our best blue eyeshadows to stock your makeup bag with.
OUR BEST BLUE EYESHADOWS
Need a blue shadow recommendation? We’ve got you covered!
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Timeless Blue Spark, Endless Sea, and Midnight Blue: These three shades, ranging from teal to navy, pair the ease of a powder with the velvety feel of a cream.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Grand Bleu: This deep blue shadow offers intense color with its high pigment, gel-to-powder formula and shimmery finish.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avant Garde Azure and Bleu Night: All your blues in one place! These quads house different blues in multiple finishes, as well as coordinating colors so that you can blend them together for the perfect statement eye.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Dual Effects in Eternal Blue: Another blue eyeshadow palette, this one contains four shades that you can use to easily create a beautiful smoky eye.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads in Blue Haute Couture and Skinny Jeans: These blue eye shadow quads contain blue hues and complementary shades that make applying blue eye shadow easier than ever.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST BLUE EYESHADOW FOR YOU
When choosing a blue eye shadow, let your eye color be the guide to finding the most flattering hue.
If you have blue eyes…your eye shadow should never perfectly match your eyes. Instead, using a coordinating color can help make eyes stand out more. Look for a blue shadow that’s a few shades darker than your eyes for an eye-catching effect.
If you have brown eyes…you can pull off almost any color, so lucky you! Blend a denim blue shade across your lids for an on-trend interpretation of blue eye shadow.
If you have green eyes…strut your stuff and wear a jewel-toned blue eye shadow that has a hint of teal for a peacock-like effect.
If you have hazel eyes…the brighter the better. Try an eye-popping blue shadow with green undertones to help bring out the different shades that make up your hazel eyes.
4 BLUE EYESHADOW LOOKS
Found your shade of choice? Here are four different ways to wear blue eye shadow.
1. Baby Blue Eyeshadow Look
Let your eye shadow work overtime by using it as an eyeliner, too! Dip an angled eyeliner brush into a baby blue eye shadow and drag it along the upper lash line for distinctive definition.
2. Royal Blue Eyeshadow Look
Blend a creamy cobalt blue eye shadow across your lids, using a brush to help soften any harsh edges.
3. Bright Blue Eyeshadow Look
Define your eyes by creating a cut crease with a bright blue eye shadow. Take a small brush and place the eye shadow directly along your crease, then blend upward for instant drama.
4. Navy Blue Eyeshadow Look
Use a shadow crayon to smudge a navy blue eyeshadow under your lower lashes as a simple way to incorporate a hint of color into your look.
WHERE TO WEAR BLUE EYESHADOW
Blue eye shadow can be worn anywhere and for any occasion—as long as you consider the details. That means vivid indigos might not be suitable for business meetings, while sky hues smeared from lid to brow might be a little too intense during the day.
How to wear blue eye shadow at work: Line your eyes with a navy eye shadow for something different from your typical black. It’ll add just enough color to make your eyes pop while still being appropriate for a professional setting.
How to wear blue eye shadow at the beach: If you don’t want to completely ditch your makeup when hitting the beach, smudge an ocean-inspired cream shadow across your lids. You’ll help define your eyes while bringing style to the sand and surf.
How to wear blue eye shadow at night: Go bold blue for a fun night out. Swipe a royal blue eye shadow along your lash line and blend it out into a dramatic cat eye shape. Your fun look will surely attract attention amidst all the other smoky eyes.
WHAT TO PAIR WITH BLUE EYE SHADOW
The more striking your eye shadow choice, the more the rest of your cosmetics should be toned down. A good rule of thumb: Pick just one part of your face to make pop and let the others complement it. If you’re wearing blue eye shadow, opt for shades of sheer pink and coral on your lips and cheeks.
That being said, blue eye shadow can pair particularly well with other blue eye makeup, including blue eyeliner and mascara. After all, if you’re going to make your eyes the center of your look, you might as well go all out! Consider using a blue eyeliner pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue, to line your waterline or coating your lashes with a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue to top off your look.
Next, in case you’ve had your fill of bold colors, here’s How to Create a Black and White Smoky Eye.