Blue eyes are somewhat of a rarity in the world. If you have them, you might as well flaunt them! Once you learn how to complement them with the right colors, you will wonder why you ever wasted your time with black eyeliner.
Warm colors are amazing with light eyes. Try out terracotta and gold shades. If you know a bit about art, you know that orange falls exactly opposite of blue. Shades of orange will create a dramatic look and stand in stark contrast to the blue of your eyes.
If you want something vibrant, try purple. Blue and greens can make your eyes look a bit dull. It is often said that women with blue eyes should avoid blue makeup but that isn’t entirely true. If you love the look of bold blue shade, use it!
The most important thing is to find a contrasting color. You don’t want your makeup to be the same exact color as your eyes. If you have dark blue eyes, try sky blue or periwinkle. If you have very light eyes, try navy or royal blue hues.
If you like the smoky eye look, try it with brown rather than black. Black can look a bit harsh next to blue and it might take the attention away from your actual eyes. Work with chocolate and gold to create a truly striking look.
For a daytime version of the smoky eye, just sweep on some metallic bronze shadow. Follow it with a slightly darker shade of eyeliner. For a more neutral day look, try rose and lavender. They accentuate the blue and also work great when combined with a tan or coffee shade.
One of the best things you can do is get an eye shadow palette with multiple colors. Here are a few that you will want to look for: taupe, chocolate brown, lilac, violet, gold, silver, copper, gray, and rose. They will all look great next to your eyes so play around with different looks.
To make your eyes look bigger, try a brightening pencil if you aren’t using one yet. White is usually the go-to color for the inner lower lash line but it isn’t the best choice for blue-eyed beauties. Experiment with some beige liner to get a more natural wide eyed look.
While a true blue eye liner will overwhelm your eyes, turquoise and sapphire shades of liner can create a great look.
For a more glam look, try a metallic liner. Gold and silver are both great next to blue and can play up the icy shade.
Here are a few colors that you will want to look for next time you go shopping for eyeliner: coffee, taupe, lavender, silver, gray, navy, and violet.
If you don’t want to invest in a lot of new eyeliner before you decide what you like, turn your eye shadow into eyeliner. It’s simple and there are a lot of ways to do it. You can buy an eyeliner sealer at most cosmetics stores or online. Take an eyeliner brush and dab it in your eye shadow. Put some eyeliner sealer on your hand or a small plate then gently swirl your brush into it. It is easy way to make your eye makeup do double duty.
If you don’t have eyeliner sealer, you can also try water or petroleum jelly. If you are using water, simply wet your eyeliner brush they run it over your eye shadow. For more staying power, take your dry eyeliner brush and dab just a little bit of petroleum jelly on it. Once you have the brush lightly coated, run it through your eye shadow.
Navy mascara can be a great choice for women with blue eyes. Black can look a bit harsh but you can still pull it off with a smoky eyed night look.
If your skin and hair are also light, you should use stick with medium or dark brown for a simple daytime look. Plum, burgundy, and navy are also great if you want to mix it up a bit.
The rest of your face
Typically you will want to just play up one feature. If you have blue eyes and light hair, you might want to focus on your eyes. Women with blonde or light brown hair typically have to contend with thin lashes and somewhat sparse brows. If you like to layer on the mascara and amp up your brows, focus on these areas.
If you are trying to draw attention to your eyes, just keep your lips and cheeks simple. Go completely bare or work with subtle colors. Peach or light pink shades are great choices for lipstick and blush. You don’t want your eyes competing with your lips so bring all of the attention to eyes with shadow, liner, and mascara.
If you want a minimal look for the hot summer days, work with different shades of brown. A bronzer on your face will really make your eyes pop. If you are naturally pale, keep it simple. Choose a color two shades darker than your natural skin tone.
Before you start bronzing, you need a good base. Choose a foundation that is one shade darker than what you normally wear. Be sure to blend it well at your necks and temples so it looks natural.
To apply bronzer, use a good brush. You can use a big blush brush but keep a dedicated bronzer brush. You don’t want to have any leftover blush mixing in with your bronzer.
Once you have primed your face with a foundation, use your brush to basically sweep on the shape of the number three on both sides of your face. Start at your forehead to create the top of the three. Lightly dust your temples and the sides of your cheeks then move in again to sweep along your cheekbone.
Lightly dust the sides of your face again, moving downward, then sweep the bronzer along your neckline. The idea is to put bronzer where the sun would naturally hit, like your forehead and cheekbones.
Making your wardrobe work for you
If you want your eyes to really stand out, keep your outfit simple. No matter what color your eyes are, they will have to compete for attention if you wear dramatic patterns or bold colors.
Classic colors like black, white, and navy are great for blue eyes. A pop of color like deep purple or gold will work as the perfect complement to your eyes. The same rules for eye makeup apply for clothing. Shades of brown will look amazing with your eye as will orange hues.
Creating a frame
If you want your eyes to look amazing, don’t neglect your brows! If your eyebrows are overwhelming your face or just look really unkempt, it is going to be a distraction. There is no special technique that suits blue eyes more than brown or green when it comes to brows so just work with your face shape and hair color.
If your hair is light, use a brow pencil that is one shade darker than your natural hair color. If your hair is dark, go for one shade lighter than your locks.
You don’t want all of the focus going on your brows, you are just trying to create a great frame for your eyes. Be sure you don’t neglect any stray hairs that can make your eye makeup look drab.
The natural way
One of the simplest things that you can do is wear your hair up. When your hair is up, all of the attention is on your face. If you spent a long time on your makeup, why not show it off? Don’t make your hair compete with your face.
No amount of makeup is going to make your eyes look good if they are bloodshot or puffy. Of course you know that you should get a good amount of sleep every night but sometimes that just not possible. You can reduce puffiness with some good old-fashion tricks at home.
Put cucumber slices or tea bags into a bowl of ice for a few minutes to cool them. Afterward, place them on your eyes for about ten minutes. They both work well so just use whatever you have in the kitchen.
If your kitchen is a bit empty, you can also use a frozen bag of peas on your eyes for a few minutes. Ice works well in general but peas are perfect because they are small enough to settle into cervices around your eyes.
If you are short on time, just use some over-the-counter eye drops. It is a quick step that will make a huge difference.
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