Monday, May 21, 2012

How to Enhance Blue Eyes With Makeup

Hello, ladies!  It's Caroline again.  Today I'm going to talk about how to make blue eyes stand out with your makeup.  The other girls might be putting up posts on how to enhance their eye colors as well, with either clothes or makeup, so stay tuned for those!

Let's get right down to it.  I'll just say, though, that as a general rule, you should use the color that makes you feel prettiest.  If you wear green eyeshadow every day and it makes you feel confident, keep wearing that green eyeshadow, and don't worry about makeup "rules."  But if you're not sure what colors to buy and you want to make your eyes brighter and more vivid, these tips might help you out.

Myth:  Blue eyeshadow makes blue eyes pop.

Fact:  Warm eyeshadows (brown, gold, pink, etc.) make blue eyes brighter and altogether more... Boom.

The issue with blue eyeshadow is that it can overwhelm your eye color.  A stark, bright blue might make your blue eyes look a bit dull because it might be more vivid than the color of your eyes, and a dark blue might wash out your eyes a bit.  You can always use dashes of blue, whether in your eyeliner or a bit in your crease, if you feel you've found the perfect blue for your coloring, but warm colors are generally the best for noticeable enhancement.

Blue Eye Color Enchancement

Blue Eye Color Enchancement by jabberbabywokky featuring a shimmer eyeshadow

Your best bet is to buy eyeshadow palettes that feature browns, golds, yellows, pinks, and flesh toned colors.  Here's why:

If you look on the color wheel, oranges and yellow toned colors are directly across from blue toned colors.  Generally, colors opposite each other on the color wheel serve to bring each other out beautifully because of the stark contrast.  Blue is a very cool color, and so warm colors make it pop.

Here is a quick picture tutorial on how I enhance my eyes.  Mine are a grey-ish blue, and I like to use dark browns and golds.  I rarely use pinks because I'm very fair-skinned and they tend to make me look tired.

{Step One} Prime the eyes.  I used MAC's Paint Pot in the shade Painterly.

{Step Two}  Put a pearly color on the brow bone to lift and highlight your brows.

{Step Three}  Apply a wash of gold all over the lid up to the crease.  I'm using a deep, true gold from a Sephora palette.

{Step Four}  Using a small blending brush, apply a light, or medium, brown shadow in the crease.  I am using a brown color from a Tarte palette.

{Step Five} Using a pencil brush, or any brush with a point, apply a slightly darker brown shadow to your crease at the outer edge, blending it inwards from that outer edge.  The brown I'm using is from the same Tarte holiday palette as the one before.  This just gives your crease a bit more definition.

 {Step Six}  Blend everything out with a taupe color or something close to your skin tone. Again, I'm using a taupe from the Tarte palette.

 {Step Seven}  Apply a brown eyeliner to your lower lash line, as close to the waterline as possible without actually putting it on your waterline.  

{Step Eight}  Using the dark brown that you put in your crease, or the lighter brown for a more natural effect, smudge out the liner a little bit.

 {Step Nine} Using your finger, apply a very bright, shimmery white or pearl shade to the very center of your lid, and a little in your tear duct area.  This will make the look more fresh and perfect for day time wear.  If you're going out at night, skip putting this color on the middle of your lid and stick to just putting it in your tear duct area.

{Step Ten}  Curl your top lashes and apply your favorite mascara to the top and bottom eyelashes.

And now you're done!  Finish off with a bit of pink lip gloss (I find pink lip gloss helps make my eyes stand out, too) and you're good to go!

Products Used:
1. Painterly Paint Pot - MAC
2.  Cream shimmer shadow from a Holiday Palette - Tarte
3.  Mix of the two gold shades from this Palette - Sephora
4.  Both dark brown colors from the Holiday Palette - Tarte
5.  Long-Lasting Natural Eyeliner - Tarte
6.  (From the bottom up) Sigma E35 Travel Brush, MyGlam blending brush, Sigma Pencil Brush, Sephora Eyeshadow Brush, Sephora Eyeliner Brush
7.  Coup de Theatre 2 in 1 Mascara - Bourjois
8.  Nail Polish in Beauty Bandit - H&M
9.  Nail Polish in Bella's Choice - H&M
10.  Maybelline Lipstick in the shade Pink & Proper, and Stila lip gloss in the shade Blush

I hope this tutorial helped out you blue-eyed girls!  Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions, I'm happy to help you out in the comments section below.  



  1. Stop being so pretty, it's not fair. <3

  2. Love this look on your eyes. So pretty!