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Eyeshadow For Blue Eyes
Colour is key when working with blue eyes. What you want to do is make them pop, so a good starting point is to pick its complementary colour: orange! Warm metals and shades similar to orange will help flatter and enhance your blue eyes.
If you don’t know much about colour theory, we’ll explain. All basic colours have a complementary colour, which would be that colour’s opposite on the colour wheel. The effect you get by putting colours next to their complementary is that both colours are emphasised and brightened by having their opposite surround them.
That’s the kind of ‘pop’ we want to achieve with our eyeshadow! By using warm orange and copper tones, you can help bring out the blue. That’s not to say you should use it exclusively, though. Using a matching blue tone can also help strengthen the blue in your eyes. In general, what shade you should go for will depend on what look you want to achieve.
Different Shades Of Blue
Not all blue eyes are alike, and different kinds of blue need different kinds of makeup to bring out their full potential. Before choosing eyeshadow for your blue eyes, go to your mirror and take a good long look. Are you icy blue, grey-blue, or dark blue?
Shades For Icy Blue Eyes
If your eyes are very light, you’ll want a shade that has a bit of depth to it. Look into rich browns and orange-based neutral tones. Learn how to do a nice smokey look if you don’t already know how.
Shades For Grey-Blue Eyes
To help pull the blue out of the grey, we recommend brighter tones such as your peachy or coral shades. These will help create contrast and make the blue in your eyes more apparent. But be sure to keep the colour on your upper lid. Having light tones on the lower lid can often make you look tired, which you’d best avoid.
Shades For Dark Blue Eyes
Dark blue eyes look close to black, so lighten up the mood with some yellow-tinted eye shadow. Something with a little bit of a gold hue will help lighten up your eyes and even bring attention to the small bright spots in your irises.
The next time you reach for your palettes, try on a couple of these looks. Make the most of your makeup and make your blue eyes the centre of attention. Here are some of the best colours and looks to consider for your eyes.
You don’t always need heavy, glittery makeup to make a statement. When going with a natural look, it’s best to stick to soft matte shades of brown and beige eyeshadows. Be sure to pick a shade that suits your skin tone.
The smokey look will never go out of style, so it’s good to know how to use it to your advantage. Avoid heavy blacks and greys since these will drown out the blues in your eyes. Instead, try a brown or bronze-y neutral smokey eye instead, using shades of chocolate brown, beige, and mauve to get that sultry blend.
While not a typical look for blue eyes, you can definitely pull off green if you know how to make it work. Generally, stay away from warm chartreuse and emerald tones and lean on more blue-based green hues like turquoise or teal. The relative blue-ness of these shades can help accentuate your blue eyes, and give you a mystical, magical feel.
Putting on a purple look can really turn some heads, so be sure to add it to your repertoire. A pink-based lavender can accentuate your eyes, and jewel tones like amethyst can bring out your blues and look decidedly modern to boot. Royal purples and lilacs are also excellent choices.
A little bit of gold goes a long way. Putting on some warm metallic tones can give you that sun-kissed look, along with the added effect of highlighting the cool blues in your eyes.
Don’t just throw on any pink eyeshadow and call it a day. Lighter, cooler pastel pinks will bring out any redness and make you look tired. For blue eyes, go with warm-toned pinks, either something pearly pink or something much warmer like coral. The more orange-y hue brings out the best in your eyes!
It’s a little difficult to pull off, but you can make blue on blue work if you do it right. Try not to perfectly match the blue eyeshadow with your eye’s blue. An icy blue colour can intensify natural blue hues and make the most of them. A gemstone shade like sapphire or even electric blue can also do wonders in bringing out the blue in your eyes.
How To Apply Eye Makeup For Blue Eyes
As blue eyes tend to be lighter, it’s best to keep your look light as well. Use the darker tone on the outer half of the eye and along the cut crease, but use a softer hue for the rest of the eye. Finish with some highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes to add brightness and volume as well.
Be sure to use a clean brush when blending and do so liberally, especially when going for a smokey look. With eyeliner, consider going for a navy eyeliner instead of the usual black. It will look less severe against your eyes. Do your thing and you can make the most of your baby blues!