The Most Flattering Makeup for Every Eye Color

Updated 09/08/17

From “Brown Eyed Girl” to “Bette Davis Eyes,” the various intoxicating colors of a woman’s eyes have been the subject of much music, poetry, and all-around romanticizing over the years. They’re the window to your soul, after all, so why not make them look as gorgeous, intriguing, and eye-catching as possible? That’s where eye makeup colors come in. The right shades can truly make your gaze-worthy eyes look like the best, biggest, prettiest version of themselves. To help your peepers reach their potential, we put together this shopping guide of the best colors and accompanying products for YOUR specific eye color.

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Brown Eyes

Because they’re a neutral color, brown eyes work well with and can pretty much pull off any color on the wheel. 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 make brown eyes pop, reach for cool, contrasting shades such as silver, gray, and charcoal. Shadows with green tones will also make brown eyes appear lighter. 

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Blue Eyes

Because of their light nature, neutral, light tones work best for blue eyes. Dark, highly pigmented colors such as black, dark brown, and purple simply look too harsh. Instead, reach for soft shades with orange undertones, such as coral, champagne, terra-cotta, gold, and burnt sienna.

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Gray Eyes

Though much rarer than the typical blue/green/brown category, gray eyes look great with steely hues that enhance their misty shade, such as silver, mink gray, or icy blue.

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Green Eyes

Green eyes were made to go 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 undertones, such as bronze, rust, and mahogany.

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Hazel Eyes

A delightful mix of brown and green, hazel eyes look best with metallic golds and olive greens with yellow undertones, which bring out the lighter flecks in the eyes. Hazel eyes also look lovely with lighter shades of purple such as lilac and lavender. 

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