The 10 Best Eyeshadows for Blue Eyes in 2024

Let those baby blues sparkle.

Alexis Bledel
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If you're lucky enough to sport blue eyes, can I just say I'm a tad jealous? There's nothing wrong with my green eyes, of course, but with celebrities like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Megan Fox running around with their gorgeous blue peepers, a small part of me can't help but wish I had gotten different genes. From pale blue and icy gray to turquoise and indigo, blue eyes are the kind to put a stop in your tracks, especially if they are accentuated with eyeshadow.  

Whether you opt for cream eyeshadows or powders, the right shades can make your blue eyes pop like never before. Just ask pro makeup artist Tonya Riner, who's worked with blue-eyed babes like Kate Upton and Alexis Bledel. "Whether you prefer warm or cool tones, matte or shimmer finishes, the right eyeshadow will enhance your natural beauty and make your eyes stand out," she says. 

Of course, there are no definitive rules when it comes to makeup, so we aren't saying you should only stick to a certain slate of eyeshadow colors if you have blue eyes. If, however, you are wanting to enhance your natural eye color, there are certainly specific shades that will do so over others. Ahead, we've rounded up the best eyeshadow shades, courtesy of Riner, to emphasize blue eyes. From drugstore eyeshadows to luxury picks, these shadows are long-wearing, highly pigmented, and come in a variety of formulas to suit any skill level. 

What to Look For in Eyeshadow for Blue Eyes

  • Color

To make your baby blues really pop, you’re going to want to reach for warm hues, says Riner. “Warm hues like bronze, copper, and gold are best as they create a striking contrast and give blue eyes a captivating allure,” she explains. Also, think back to your grade school art class and the color wheel theory to find eyeshadow colors that enhance blue eyes. Riner adds, “Yellow is directly opposite blue on the color wheel, so this warm tone, in particular, contrasts beautifully against blue eyes, intensifying their color.” 

If warm tones aren’t your thing, cool tones can also work wonders on blue eyes. “Another way to enhance blue eyes is by using tone-on-tone shades,” explains Riner. “Icy, cool shades play beautifully with the reflective quality of blue eyes and can create a soft, ethereal look.” Think soft pinks, purples, blues, and greys to achieve Riner’s tone-on-tone look.

  • Formula

In case you didn’t know, eyeshadows come in so many other formulas besides powder and palettes. While pressed powder palettes definitely allow for more room to play with thanks to their multiple shades, there's also eyeshadow sticks, creams, and liquids, with a different application method and end result for each. Consider an eyeshadow stick in the above colors if you're new to eyeshadow as they are incredibly easy to apply. Creams and liquids, on the other hand, are a little less user-friendly, but they can produce vibrant looks with a little practice. All in all, consider which formula is suitable for your skill level before setting out on your eyeshadow shopping trip. 

Best Eyeshadows for Blue Eyes

Meet the Expert

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Tonya Riner

Tonya Riner is a beauty expert and makeup artist with thirty years of experience in the industry.

Tonya’s work has been featured prominently in the media, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Paper City among other publications and destinations and Allure Magazine has named her one of the best makeup artists in the United States.  Her backstage work has included being a member of the renowned styling teams of Frederic Fekkai and Ted Gibson. Her bona fides in the entertainment industry include work on Beyonce’s chart-topping video for "Blow".  And her long list of celebrity and bold print clients includes Kate Upton, Simone Biles, Heidi Klum, Elle Macpherson and Annie Leibovitz among others. 

Brooke Knappenberger
Associate Commerce Editor

Brooke Knappenberger is the Associate Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she specializes in crafting shopping stories—from sales content to buying guides that span every vertical on the site. She also oversees holiday coverage with an emphasis on gifting guides as well as Power Pick, our monthly column on the items that power the lives of MC’s editors. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.