What make-up suits blue eyes? We round up the best shadows to enhance those baby blues
The best eyeshadow for blue eyes is whatever you want to wear, but if you’re looking to bring out the colour in your eyes and make your blue eyes ‘pop’, then this is what the experts recommend…
Let’s preface this by saying we don’t subscribe to that old fashioned ‘doing your colours’ notion of beauty.
The one that suggests blondes can only wear one quarter of the colour spectrum, redheads another and never the twain shall meet. If you love green eyeshadow and red lipstick, wearing them will make you feel confident and look fabulous as a result; no matter what traits you won in the genetic lottery.
What eye shadow colour makes blue eyes ‘pop’?
Everyone loves a creamy sand, molten copper or chocolate brown eye, it’s simple, universally flattering and perfect for day or night.
Pablo Rodriguez, Director of Artistry at beauty brand Illamasqua, says, “I truly believe that it always comes down to personal preference when selecting eyeshadow colour. However, if we want to create a rule based on colour theory, then orange shades are the opposite to blue in the colour spectrum, so a beautiful orange hue will give more contrast and ensure the eye colour will pop.
What is the best eye shadow colour for blue eyes?
What eye shadow colour should you avoid?
Rupert Kingston, co-founder and director of Delilah, advises, “For blue eyes I tend to stay away from all the cold greys or anything that already has blue undertones, as they just don’t make the eye colour pop.”
Reds are probably best avoided regardless of eye colour or skin tone unless you’re feeling really brave.
Otherwise, the main thing to keep in mind when picking an eye shadow colour is just to have fun! Play, experiment and find your perfect shade from our pick of the best eyeshadow for blue eyes below…
This well-reviewed blendable and mess-free gel shadow from Avon is crease- and smudge-proof and lasts for up to 18 hours. There is a lovely selection of strong, pearly shades but we think Savage Bronze beautifies blue eyes best.
There’s a lot to commend this product, which comes in four sets – Snow Leopard, Tiger, Rhino and Pangolin. It’s vegan, at least 20% of the net profits go to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, it’s competitively priced and has rave reviews. Snow Leopard is a mix of blues, greys and complementary highlighters that can be combined to make blue eyes zing.
Whoever said blue and green should never be seen clearly didn’t see how well this iridescent leaf green with gold shimmer works with blue eyes – especially if you’re brunette or have olive skin. Apply lightly for a pearly hue or build up the colour and combine with NARS Peacock Green for a bolder look.
Pinks work especially well on dark blue eyes or those speckled with hazel and this new pretty-in-pink palette from Chanel’s Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow range provides an array of natural yet luminescent colours to create a range of looks from nuanced to dramatic.
Smooth and easy to apply, YSL Smokey Eyes sets (there’s a choice of eight – all inspired by fashion collections from the House of Yves Saint Laurent) provide durable, blendable intense colour. With its mix of slate and silvery greys, this palette is perfect for a sexy and glamorous look.
Ideal for porcelain complexions or those with pink undertones, this easy-to-apply, long-lasting liquid colour has a shimmery lustre that’s proved poplar with fans. The eyeshadow also has the added benefit of being worn alone or over matte shadow so you get two different looks from one product.
With its long-wear and crease-resistant formula, it's perhaps unsurprising that research showed that 93% of women surveyed felt it was easy to build a look from natural to dramatic, while 90% of women felt this eyeshadow applied evenly. Purple is a striking look so if you’re looking for your blue-green eyes to stand out, take the plunge.
If you have blue eyes, a neutral palette like this is a must-have addition to your make-up collection. Available at Superdrug, this budget option gets excellent reviews for its smooth, blendable matte colours, with one reviewer saying the lighter shades can double up as a face powder substitute. Neutral tones such as these are perfect for everyday wear or can be layered for added effect.