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If you’re a blue-eyed babe, this one’s for you. In a perfect world, mermaid and 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 what works best for your baby blues. Ahead, we share the best eye shadow colors to make your 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. Where 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. While you may think that if one eye shadow works for one shade of blue, then it must work for another, we’re here to let you in on a little secret: Sure, it may look fine, but it won’t pop as much as it could. To find your best statement eye look for your blues, it’s time to break out the color wheel and consider our recommendations below.
If you have light blue eyes…
When looking at the color wheel, you’ll notice that directly across from light blue shades are orange hues. Which means that to best complement your eye color, 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 orange-based red, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Sunset Fire, to embrace 2017’s two-toned eye look.
Pair with: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Gold
If you have gray blue eyes…
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.
Pair with: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Wild Green
If you have dark blue eyes…
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 yellowy 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 orange is the most prevalent color across from blue on the color wheel doesn’t mean that blue-eyed beauties can’t play around with other shades. If natural peachy tints just aren’t cutting it, try embracing the rainbow a bit more with one of the following three colors. They may not be perfect complements according to the laws of art, but we’d bet they’ll turn just as many heads when you rock them.
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. To embrace the warmth, pick up the L'Oréal Paris HIP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Duos in Charged.
2. Light purple. Pairing blue with blue can drown out your eye color a bit, but when you pair it with a pink-based purple, this can accentuate your peepers like no other. To get the look, use the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Shady Violet.
3. Almost-white eye highlighter. Using a brightening highlighter on the lower lash line and inner corner of your eye is one of the quickest tricks to making your eyes look bigger and brighter. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Highlighter.