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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 seek out the best eye makeup for blue eyes. Don’t stress, though—we’re here to help! Below, find our guide to the best eyeshadow for blue eyes, including a round-up of makeup looks for blue eyes. Once you put the following eyeshadow colors for blue eyes to use, 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 options when it comes to eyeshadow 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 eyeshadow color for blue eyes, it’s time to break out the color wheel and consider these recommendations.
As we said, the color wheel will be your best friend when determining the best eyeshadow colors for your shade of blue. Find your eyeshadow match below.
If you have light blue eyes…give orange a try. 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.
If you have gray-blue eyes…opt for shades of peach. To really bring out the blue in your eyes, peachy hues will be your new best friend. Consider the soft shade your new nude.
If you have dark blue eyes…try hues of yellow. 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. Golden hues will help enhance dark blue eyes to make them appear slightly lighter while bringing attention to the baby blue flecks in your irises.
Just because warm shades of orange are most commonly identified as the color that flatters blue eyes, that doesn't mean 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 light purple, champagne, or pearly pink eyeshadow. 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.
Want to put our recs to the test? Here are six eyeshadow looks for blue eyes that we think you should try ASAP.
Since there’s no way around orange eyeshadow being bold, we recommend embracing an all-over orange lid for a statement look. Use a deeper nude-toned orange, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Amber Rush, to paint your lids, making sure to blend the hue into your crease with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Then, line your lower lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Bronze. Finish with a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume, and get ready to rake in the compliments!
Who says you have to stick to a traditional black or brown smoky eye? If you have blue eyes, give this classic eyeshadow look a twist by using peach tones to smoke out your lids. Searching for the perfect peach eyeshadow for blue eyes? One of our best palettes for blue irises is the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette. Here’s how to use it.
Apply a true peach shade to your lids. When applying the color, be sure to keep the shadow only on your upper lid, as a light peach hue underneath your eye may leave you looking tired. No thanks!
The deep brown in the palette is the perfect shade to use as your crease color. Use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to smoke it out.
Using the lightest ivory shade in the palette, highlight your inner corners as the finishing touch for your eyeshadow.
For a beautiful contrast, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Forest Green to line your lower lash line.
You know what to do! Layer on a few coats of mascara, and your eyeshadow look for blue eyes is complete.
If orange isn’t your thing, consider giving sunny, yellow lids a try. Rather than opting for a bold, bright yellow shadow, use a golden yellow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine, and you’ll quickly understand why yellow is among the best eyeshadow for blue eyes.
To emphasize the warm, golden tones of your look, line your upper lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Gold, then coat your lashes with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara.
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.
Using a shimmering champagne shade as a highlighter on your lower lash line and the inner corner of your eye is one of the quickest tricks to make your eyes look bigger and brighter, which in turn makes your baby blues stand out even more. Dust on the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Crystal Shine for a pop of champagne.
Last but not least on our list of makeup looks for blue eyes, pearly pink is another gorgeous warm-toned hue that will always make blue eyes pop. Think: ethereal, shimmery pink with pearly-white undertones. Gorgeous, right? Here’s what to do.
Start by painting your lids in a pretty pink shade. Try the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Blush Jewel. Gently blend the color into your crease for a seamless look.
Rather than using a traditional black eyeliner to create a wing, opt for a complementary gray, like the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof in Greige.
To finish your look, apply a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara.
One more tip to elevate your eye makeup for blue eyes: Don’t forget to take your eye shape into consideration when applying your makeup! Here’s Where to Put Eye Makeup, Depending on Your Eye Shape.
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