4 Eyeshadow Looks to Make Blue Eyes Pop

Calling all blue-eyed beauties: it’s time to give those lids a little glow-up. Your ocean-hued irises are already striking (as are honeyed brown, shimmering hazel and intense green eyes), but if you’re looking to enhance and brighten, we’ve found the ultimate eyeshadow for blue eyes.

We’re not usually ones for ‘makeup rules’; if there’s an eyeshadow shade you love, experiment and wear with confidence, swathed over lids in all its highly-pigmented glory. But, if you’re looking to try a new shade and aren’t sure where to start (there are a lot of colour options out there), read on to discover the most flattering eyeshadow shades for blue eyes. Think of this as your glow-to shadow guide…

Blue-eyed model wearing gold eyeshadow

1. Glowing for Gold

Boost the natural sparkle in blue eyes with a shimmering, golden eyeshadow. The soft, twinkling pigments in Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Sumptuous Golds are your perfect match, with dazzling gold to bold bronze hues giving eyes a natural glow.

To intensify the colour payoff in these metallic hues, apply Miracle Prep Eyeshadow Primer underneath for a smooth base. Then, using a wet eyeshadow brush, dip into the gold shade of your palette and pat onto the lid, into the crease and a little on the brow bone, building up layers of shadow for a bold, velvety texture. Using a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush, lightly blend from the crease to the brow bone for a soft-focus finish, leaving blue eyes instantly brighter. To take gold eyes to the next level, add definition with a solid line or feline flick, using Masterpiece Precision Liquid Eyeliner on the upper lash line.

Blue-eyed model wearing smokey eye

2. Smoke It Out

A classic smokey eye suits everyone, but mink, taupe and neutral tones will instantly make blue eyes pop. Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Lavish Onyx has got blue eyes covered with sumptuous shades, perfect for layering and blending across lids.

Starting with the chocolate brown shade, apply using an angled eyeshadow brush onto the outer corner of the lid, blending into the centre. Using an angled eyeliner brush, line the lower lash line in the same shade, from the outer corner to the centre, smoking out to the crease and the brow bone. Next, apply the taupe shade from the inner corner of the lid to the centre, blending up to meet the darker shade. Then, use the same shade to line the lower lash line from the inner corner of the eye to the centre. This creates a soft, smokey spectrum of colour. Use a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush to buff and blend around the brow bone where needed, leaving a seamless finish.

To light up your gaze, highlight the inner corner of your eye using the champagne shade in the palette, and tap into the middle of the eyelid to diffuse and reflect the light.

Before and after of pencil eyeliner

3. Walk the Tightline

Make blue eyes smoulder with a simple sweep of black kohl in your waterline. Use the pointed tip of Masterpiece Kohl Kajal Pencil to etch the whole way around your eye, emphasising azure irises against intensely-pigmented black eyeliner.

If you’re new to tightlining, start at the outer corner of your upper waterline, looking upwards to avoid blinking and smudging liner underneath. Sweep kohl pencil to the inner corner, checking in the mirror for any gaps before repeating on your other eye for a bold finish. Curl lashes and apply Rise & Shine Mascara to lift lashes from root to tip, framing blue eyes perfectly.

Eyeshadow palettes

4. Make Mine Espresso

Bitter chocolate and coffee tones work well to enhance blue eyes, contrasting against light blue and grey flecks in your irises. If sheer washes of eyeshadow or heavier smokey eye looks aren’t quite your style, try a smudgy, coffee-coloured kohl pencil to brighten your blue eyes on-the-go.

To create wide-awake, defined eyes, etch Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Brown onto upper and lower lash lines, from the very inner to the outer corner of your eyelid. Take a cotton bud and very gently smudge your line to create a smokey effect, lightly blending up a little. If you’re feeling bold, try using Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Aubergine instead: purple is a beautiful alternative shade on blue eyes for a statement-making look.

Want more eye makeup inspiration?

Read our guide on how to apply eyeshadow the makeup artist way, or head to the @MaxFactor Instagram to see endless looks and trends.