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If you’re a blue-eyed babe, this one’s for you. In a perfect world, unicorns would be real, calories wouldn’t count, and all makeup hues would look gorgeous on everyone, regardless of skin tone or eye color. Alas, the world isn’t perfect and makeup isn’t one-size-fits-all, so it’s time to come to terms with finding the eye makeup that works best for your baby blue eyes. Here are the best eye makeup combinations—aka eye shadow and eyeliners—to make blue eyes stand out like the crown jewels that they are. Go grab your makeup bag and follow along!
Blue eyes are commonly separated into three categories: light blue, gray blue, and dark blue. Light blue has hints of sky blue and silver, gray blue veers more towards, you guessed it, gray with hints of light green, and dark blue is all about being dark as night with the faintest speckles of a lighter ocean-inspired hue. To find your best statement eye makeup look for your shade of blue eyes, it’s time to break out the color wheel and consider these recommendations.
When looking at the color wheel, you’ll notice that directly across from light blue shades are orange hues. This doesn’t mean you have to wear bright orange eyeshadow—instead, stock your makeup bag with orange-based neutrals. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude to create a stunning smoky eye, or turn up the heat with an deeper orange like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Amber Rush.
Pair with: Gold eyeliner
To really bring out the blue in your eyes, you’ll want to pump up the natural peach pigment with a palette like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in French Biscuit. When applying your look, be sure to keep the color only on your upper lid, as a light peach hue underneath your eye may cause your appearance to look tired. The deep brown in the palette is the perfect shade to use as eyeliner to emphasize the gray blue shade of your peepers.
Pair with: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Forest Green
Since dark blue eyes can look almost black, a good way to brighten them up is with a touch of yellow-tinted eye shadow, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine. The gold hue will help enhance dark blue eyes to make them appear slightly lighter while bringing attention to the baby blue flecks.
Pair with: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party
Just because warm shades of orange are most commonly identified as what flatters blue eyes, it doesn't mean that blue-eyed beauties can’t play around with other shades. If natural peachy tints just aren’t doing it for you, try embracing the rainbow a bit more with one of the following colors. They may not be perfect complements according to the laws of art, but we bet they’ll turn just as many heads.
1. Terra cotta: Counteract the cool color of your eyes with this super-warm hue that’s perfect year-round, but especially during summer and fall.
2. Light purple: Pairing blue with blue can drown out your eye color a bit, but when you pair it with a pink-based lavender, this can actually accentuate your eyes. To get the look, use the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Violet Luster.
3. Champagne: Using a shimmering champagne shade as highlighter on your lower lash line and the inner corner of your eye is one of the quickest tricks to making your eyes look bigger and brighter, making your baby blues stand out even more. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow in Diamond Dust.
Don’t forget to take your eye shape into consideration when applying your makeup too! Here’s The Best Eye Makeup for Your Eye Shape.