The Most Flattering Makeup for Every Eye Color

Updated 09/08/17

From bright baby blues to gorgeous brown eyes and every shade in between, picking the right eye makeup can give your eyes a little extra pop. Think of eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara as a color wheel for your irises—certain shades will draw out your natural color and make 'em sparkle. To help your peepers reach their potential, we put together this shopping guide of the best colors, palettes, and products for every eye color. Keep scrolling to see what picks will complement your shade! 

Brown Eyes

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Because brown is a neutral color, most product shades will complement your eyes. That said, bronzy-gold metallics in particular will accentuate chocolate-brown eyes, while dark blue liner creates a softer color juxtaposition than the more severe black. To really emphasize brown eyes, reach for cool, contrasting shades such as silver, gray, and charcoal. A smoky style is perfect for a night out and will definitely make a statement. Shadows with green tones will also make brown eyes appear softer, if that's the look you're trying to achieve. Keep scrolling to shop our top product picks for brown eyes! 

eyeliner color for brown eyes
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Midnight Deep Blue $22
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Make Up For Ever Artist Color Eye Shadow in Bottle Green (D-306) $17
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best mascara for brown eyes
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Vinyl Couture in Blue $29
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gold eyeshadow for brown eyes
Lancome 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Frenzy $50
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grey silver eyeshadow for brown eyes
Urban Decay Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Mushroom $20
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eye pencil for brown eyes
Sephora 12hr Colorful Contour Eye Pencil in Stone $10
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Blue Eyes

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Because of their light nature, neutral tones work beautifully for blue eyes. To bring out the shimmer in your baby blues, reach for soft shades with orange undertones such as coral, champagne, terracotta, gold, and burnt sienna. Intensity is gradual, so you can do a light sweep for a little extra pop or use more product for a buildable impact. Keep scrolling to shop our top product picks for blue eyes! 

NARS highlighter for blue eye color
NARS Highlighting Powder in Fort de France $38
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eyeshadow for blue eyes
Laura Mercier Intense Clays Editorial Eye Palette $48
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Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Champagne Diamonds $27
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Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eye Shadow in Lueurs Ambrees $62
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eye pencil for blue eyes
BY TERRY Crayon Khol Terrybly Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Festival Gold $30
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Gray Eyes

best eyeshadow color for grey eyes
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Although gray eyes aren't as common as the other colors, their frosted effect is highlighted with steely hues. If you're glamming up, reach for a misty shade like silver, mink gray, or icy blue. These tones will add an understated flare to your eyes. Top off the look with a red lip and you're good to go. Keep scrolling to shop our top product picks for gray eyes! 

eyeshadow color for grey eyes
Smashbox Photo Edit Eyeshadow Trio in #Repost $23
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eyeshadow for grey eyes
Clé de Peau Creme Eye Color Solo in Pure and Vivacious Aqua Blue $45
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eye pencil for grey eyes
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil in Onyx $27
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eye shadow palette for gray eyes
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette $54
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eyeshadow for grey eyes color
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Underworld $35
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Green Eyes

best eyeshadow for green colored eyes
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Green eyes were made to match with purple liners and shadows. Shades of plum, amethyst, aubergine, and violet bring out their natural brightness for a vivid and piercing look. Green is also complemented by red on the color wheel, so pick shades with reddish and ruddy undertones, such as bronze, rust, and mahogany. The polarity of the colors will make your green eyes stand out. Keep scrolling to shop our top product picks for green eyes! 

eye pencil for green eyes
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil in Burgundy $27
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eye shadow for green eyes
Urban Decay XX Vintage Eyeshadow in Gash $20
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eye shadow for gray eyes
Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Steel(etto) $50
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eye shadow for green eyes
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum $30
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Hazel Eyes

best eyeshadow color for hazel eyes
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A delightful mix of brown and green, hazel eyes look their best with metallic golds and olive greens with yellow undertones. Opting for these shades will bring out the lighter flecks in the eyes. Hazel eyes are also complemented with purple hues such as lilac and lavender. Keep scrolling to shop our top product picks for hazel eyes! 

eye shadow for hazel eyes
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge $20
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eyeshadow for hazel eyes
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Golden Goddess $53
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eye shadow for hazel eyes
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Blurry Green $62
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Eye pencil for hazel eyes
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Lilac $25
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eyeshadow for hazel eyes
Flesh Fleshcolor Starshine Eyeshadow Palette $38
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