If you have blue eyes, they’ll generally fall into one of three tone categories – light blue, grey blue or deep blue. Getting the right coloured eye makeup ideas for blue eyes isn’t simply a case of saying a selection of colours will work for all, but rather working out which ones work better for the exact shade of your eye colour. Just because you have blue eyes doesn’t mean it’ll be the same kind of blue as everyone else’s blue.
Light blue, also known as icy blue, are just as the name suggests – icy and cool, often light shades of blue with bright flicks of silver running through them.
Grey blue are more duller than their silvery counterparts but still blue, sometimes with a hint of green. You may even find the slightest hint of a yellow-gold.
Deep blue are just as the name would suggest – a beautiful, bold and deep blue, mixes of light and dark shades twisted together offering depth. You may also find flecks of brown, bringing a new depth and darkness.
To get started with your coloured eye makeup ideas for blue eyes, ask your friends to work out with you what tone of blue yours are and then check out these simple guides from makeup artists:
A great place to start, and perhaps one of the easiest colours to play around, are coral tones, brown, orange and peachy combinations of colour, which are perfect for those with grey blue or light blue shades. If you are in the possession of more of a deeper blue eye colour, you’ll be looking at peachy tones still but this time moving towards pinkie hues – salmon shades – incorporating natural tones of brown, gold and beige too.
To create the perfect smokey eye look when you have light blue eyes, you’ll need to look for more neutral and rich browns in your palette, layering light to heavier hues, adding more as necessary and as you get bolder and braver. The Urban Decay Naked Palette is an especially good one to go for.
If you have more grey blue eyes than light blue, brown tones that lean more towards the orange end of the spectrum are better suited, layering up more coral and peach tones into the darker browns you have on your palette. These coral shades will bring out the blue shades in your eyes making them appear bluer. Just in case that was the look you were going for.
For a beginner’s way into this look, try the brighter and more orange shades on the top lid and keep the more neutral and darker shades to line the bottom. It’s a much subtler way of incorporating the two to work for you. Alternatively, sweep some peachy-gold and dusky pink shades into the mix and keep things simple with a nice lick of black liner just like this classic and elegant makeup look:
If you’re a deep blue eyes kind of girl, darker browns are your best friends, as dark as you dare to go. You can also add darker and navy shades of blue to the mix, adding a brand new depth to your smokey eye look. If you want to make your eyes appear more blue, avoid liners and powders in shades of black, instead opting for dark browns, greys and plum shades instead. Black will make your eyes appear more grey / dark than blue.
In general, browns, neutrals and peachy shades are great for blue eyes but you may need to play around with the different tones to find the right combination for you. Bronze, gold, rust and copper shades are also great ones to play around with if pretty and pink isn’t quite your thing.
If you have cool and icy blue eyes, you can also play around with a few more colours and to be more specific, pastel shades such as baby blues, pinks and even greens along with those peachy hues.
Pale to medium blues, violet, purple, lilac, baby / pale pinks, and even darker and bolder blues can all be easily worn by those with blue eyes. Perhaps it’s time to grab that mirror and start playing around? You won’t even know whether or not it suits you unless you actually give it a try. If it doesn’t work, just wipe it off with your makeup remover wipe and start again, experimenting with a different combination of colours next time around.
If you want to bring out the more brighter and beautiful blues in your eye colour, try looking at blue liners, eyeshadows and even mascaras. The blues in your makeup will encourage the blues in your eyes making them stand out more.
If you have tinges of green in your blue eyes, you can even opt for green shades in your makeup palette too, giving you a whole new range of options to experiment with. Greens and browns work really well together… Just saying.
If you want to play around with purples, lilacs and violets, make sure you get the right shades for your skin tone. Lighter and more pastel shades are better for those who have blue eyes with pale skin and blonde hair. The darker, plum and deeper shades work very well for those with darker hair and a darker complexion also, although can still work for their lighter-skinned counterparts.
For a really easy way to achieve that smokey eye look, try just adding a darker shade of colour in the shadow of your eyelid, smudging a little out from the eyeliner too. Throw some along the bottom lid and add lashings of mascara and what do you have? A look that takes just a few minutes and looks like you spent a lot longer doing it, that’s what.
Sometimes it pays to think outside the box when it comes to getting the right coloured eye makeup ideas for blue eyes and like we said previously, playing around is the best way to find out what works for you… And what doesn’t.
Who would ever have thought of matching your eyes to your lips but this amazing makeup artist @lindahallbergs (who we’re totally obsessed with right now) has mastered that art perfectly, giving you a way to red eye makeup when you have blue eyes. This would work really well for a costume / fancy dress party but bizarrely enough could even work for a great evening look for the bold and brave. It’s well blended and that’s the trick to getting a bright colour like this right – the right tools and the right amount of blending. Otherwise it’ll just look like a five year old did your makeup.
What do you think? Would you be bold and daring enough to give this look a go for yourself?
While we’re on the subject of thinking outside the box, let’s go right back to that coloured liner business we discussed earlier on. We love this look by makeup artist @cosmobyhaley, using dark and black liner on the top lid as normal with those pretty muted and dusky pinks and mixing things up with that beautiful rainbow effect of blue, using different shades of light and dark to really make her own blue eyes stand out.
You might not have thought of just using coloured liner on the bottom lid but for an easy way to liven things up and give you a brand new look, you really can’t do much better than this. It’s bold, brave and stunning all at the same time!
I know green is a bit bold for some but there’s something about this brilliant green and yellow-gold combo, all tied together nicely with some blacker-than-black false lashes and some smudging of that darker eyeliner just like we mentioned before.
If you’ve got blue eyes and you’ve never played around with hues of green in your coloured eye makeup, you might just be missing a trick. Start with something in the darker end of the spectrum if you’re not brave enough to go for a bright and bold green. A really dark forest green can make a great substitution for dark browns, blacks and greys in a smokey eye.
You don’t need to stick with darker colours either, if you have a beautiful blue like this icy blue, you can play around with more pastel shades. We love the pink and coral / orange pops in this look, something you can easily tone down at home by using shaded shadows instead of liner. Think pink smudged liner for the top and the coral for the bottom (as an example), or play around to come up with your own ideas and looks.
When it comes to blue eyes that are considered blue-grey, there is no right and wrong when it comes to picking colours and an open palette is ready for you to play and experiment with. If you want to ‘intensify’ your gaze and make it appear more eye-catching, you should opt for silvers and shimmery tones. This matching liner and eyebrow look might be a little too ‘out there’ for some but you can still rock this by toning it down a little.
Of course, bright and light silvers aren’t to everyone’s taste and for some can be too bold a move to take. If you want to try the silvery / shimmery look but without such a bold step, tone things down by making your silver more darker greys, add black liner, and add some more of that darker shade in the socket just as you can see here:
It’s a great way of wearing a bright silver without the statement, another of the simple and accessible coloured eye makeup ideas for blue eyes.
Here’s another great way of rocking that silver liner look too, a look that almost screams Captain America… Or is that just us?
By teaming the bright silver liner over that darker, rich blue eyeshadow, the look pops but not too much, the darker socket-shading completing the design.
A slightly easier way of wearing a bright pop of colour for blue eyes is by lining your black liner with a coloured liner. Here’s a perfect example of that, using a turquoise shade of blue / green to bring out those luscious ocean tones in her eyes:
By simply lining your black liner with a hint of colour adds a whole new design into the mix, and you can do this with any colour of liner you have in your makeup bag or drawer. If you don’t have coloured liner to hand, you can create the same effect using a slightly wet / damp eye liner brush and a bright eyeshadow. Just dab and line as you would with regular eyeliner but adding it to the outer section of your black liner which should already be in place.
For a slightly easier way of wearing that eyeshadow-liner you’re trying to rock is by applying some to just your lower lid as you can see here:
This is a very simple way of adding a subtle pop of colour to an otherwise daytime look. If you’re heading from the office to the bar, for example, you could use your eyeshadow palette to dust a little colour along the bottom lashes, let your hair down, and dance the night away.
Instant revival, especially with those gold dusting for the inner corner which helps to make the eyes appear wider and brighter.
Alternatively, go all rainbow-like and use the same eyeshadow-as-eye-liner cheat / hack to create this graduated look, using liner on both the upper and lower lash line, flicking out towards the end.
That pink line and shadowing you can see along the socket – using the back-edge of a tea spoon will help you get the super sharp cut crease, and masking tape will help you get that sharp flick too.
Whatever your makeup problem, there’s a hack to sort it!
Here is another similar look but this time, using a bronze to brown graduation along the top lid liner, and just a darker brown colour along the bottom. It’s an almost identical look to the rainbow one above but this time using different shades and tones, showing you how versatile these clever makeup tricks really are. You can tailor them for any event, outfit or occasion all with the simple substitution of colour.
There are plenty of coloured eye makeup ideas for blue eyes you can try and one of the best places we’ve found to start is Instagram. Simply look at the makeup artists and fashion bloggers we have mentioned here, or check out the hashtag #blueeyes. Alternatively, if you’re a makeup blogger with blue eyes and would love for us to feature your latest beautiful creation, get in touch. You can find the links to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts below. We want to hear from you and we also want to show off your amazing work.