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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 the fact that you’ll need to find the best eye makeup for blue eyes. Don’t stress, though—we’re here to help! Below, find our guide to the best makeup for blue eyes, including our best eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes for blue eyes. Take note of the following eye makeup combos—aka eyeshadow colors for blue eyes and the eyeliners to match—and you’ll be able to make your blue eyes stand out like the crown jewels that they are.
What color of eyeshadow is best for blue eyes, you ask? There are plenty of great eyeshadows for blue eyes, but to get specific, the answer really depends on what shade of blue your eyes are. Blue eyes are commonly separated into three categories: light blue, gray-blue, and dark blue. Light blue typically has hints of sky blue and silver, gray-blue veers more toward—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 the best eye makeup look for your shade of blue, including what color of eyeshadow to wear, 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 a deeper nude-toned orange like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Amber Rush.
Pair with: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Bronze
To really bring out the blue in your eyes, peachy hues will be your new best friend. For just this reason, one of our best eyeshadow palettes for blue eyes is L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette. When applying your look, be sure to keep the color only on your upper lid, as a light peach hue underneath your eye may leave you looking tired. No thanks! Also noteworthy, the deep brown in the palette is the perfect shade to use as eyeliner along your lower lash line to emphasize the gray-blue shade of your eyes.
Pair with: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Forest Green
Since dark blue eyes can sometimes appear almost black in color, 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 in your irises.
Pair with: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party
Just because warm shades of orange are most commonly identified as being 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 the perfect complementary colors, at least according to the laws of art, but we bet they’ll turn just as many heads.
Light purple: Pairing blue with blue can drown out your eye color a bit, but when you pair it with a pink-based lavender, it can actually accentuate your eyes and create a gorgeous final look. To see for yourself, smudge the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Violet Luster under your eyes.
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, which in turn makes your baby blues stand out even more. Dust on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow in Diamond Dust for a pop of champagne.
Pearly pink: Another gorgeous warm-toned hue that will make any shade of blue eyes pop is pearly pink. Think: ethereal, shimmery pink with pearly-white undertones. Gorgeous, right? Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Always Pearly Pink on your lids.
One more eye makeup tip: Don’t forget to also take your eye shape into consideration when applying your makeup! Here’s How to Determine Your Eye Shape in 2 Easy Steps.
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