Over the years, we've collected a lot of data on which shades of eye shadow will best flatter those of us with blue eyes. For instance, according to Tiila Abbitt, founder of Aether Beauty, to truly make cerulean-hued eyes pop, opt for gold, pink, and red tones, or at least palettes featuring the like in their overarching undertones. What's more, there's a little bit of strategy involved that's actually a tad reminiscent of art class circa the third grade.
Remember the color wheel? As celebrity makeup artists Sir John and Lijah Stewart told us, utilizing complementary colors (if you need a refresher, these sit opposite of each other on the wheel while analogous shades sit adjacent) is a guiding force when searching for the perfect shades of eye shadow for your eye color. And, mind you, this goes for every eye color—not just our blue-eyed beauties out there!
All this aside, we also just like having the freedom to kind of do whatever the heck we feel like when it comes to our preferred shades of lid pigments. After all, makeup is all about self-expression, yeah? Ahead, nine of the best eye shadow palettes for blue eyes according to the blue-eyed Byrdie editors who have them within arm's reach at all times.
Hallie Gould, Senior Editor
Just as complementary colors can heighten the mesmerizing effect of a blue-eyed gaze, so too can eye shadows that are part of the same color family. Hallie loves this gemstone-inspired duo from Stila, which naturally intensified the light blue tone off her eyes.
And if the saturation of this particular blue feels a bit too intimidating, try reaching for an icier shade. "The color of your shadow is crucial for highlighting blue eyes, even more so than the texture," Sir John told us. Applying an icy blue to your entire lid will intensify the natural blue tones in your eyes and make them stand out more than ever."
If you're looking for an eye shadow palette falling on the more neutral side of the color spectrum, Hallie told me she swears by this pretty quad from Tom Ford. I features a scintillating array of blush pink, peach, beige, and chocolate. Plus, each hue comes in a different finish—sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer, and matte—for maximum customizability and versatility.
Deven Hopp, Beauty Director
Our resident (and, ahem, fabulously stunning) beauty director Deven Hopp also has piercing blue eyes. So naturally I asked her which palette she keeps in her repertoire when she's looking to maximizer her gaze. Her covetable pick of choice? This gorgeous display from Huda Beauty. "The mix of reds, oranges, and coppers in there look so good on blue eyes," she gushed to me.
Erin Jahns, Assistant Editor
I'm actually not a huge eye shadow wearer in the first place (I kind of suck at applying it and do better with my signature liner and mascara game), so when I discover a palette I love or which earns me compliments, I commit. And this one from Stila delivers on both fronts. Makeup artist Aliana Moss used this handy eye and cheek palette on me a few months ago, and I quickly became addicted to flattering effect the spectrum of sunset-inspired shadows had on my eyes.
Truth be told, in the right kind of environment, I'm a bit of a sparkle fiend. Thus, this epic mix of matte and sparkle in all of my favorite shades quenches my craving for whatever type of eye moment I'm trying to have. The light pinks and beiges are great for the daytime, and the glittering midnight number (obsessed) is striking come nighttime.
Choosing a favorite Urban Decay palette is like choosing a favorite child (aka pretty much impossible). However, if pressed, blackmailed, or bribed, I'd have to give first place to this relatively new addition from the beloved brand. I'm addicted to the complementary variety of aquamarines and teals (that bottom-right corner is just so pretty when paired with blue eyes—especially the greenish tint of mine), yet I also love having the choice to do a 180 and go for something like kind of crazy like magenta.
Ah, a much-deserved ode to the very first eye shadow palette I ever owned. And yes, I still use it, love it, and prioritize above most others to this day. If you're into an eye shadow vibe that subtly enhances with neutrals—think your naked eyes but just a bit, well better—please consider this best seller from Lorac. It's aptly named: You'll still feel natural after application but just with a sneaky touch of radiance and dimension thanks to the pretty variety of shadows. Plus they work beautifully on blue eyes.
Kaitlyn McLintock, Contributing Editor
Whenever I see Kaitlyn, I almost always compliment her eye shadow. For one, she's just a heck of a lot more talented than I am in terms of application, and she truly knows how to choose the most stunning shades for her eye color. Therefore I was excited to find out which palettes she plays favorites for. First up, this rich, warm situation from Anastasia Beverly Hills featuring a warm and lovely melding backed by our experts. Stewart explains, "For a more natural look that still makes your eyes pop, try warm brown. The undertones are enough to make your eyes stand out without looking too bold or out-there."
Another Kaitlyn and makeup artist–approved palette destined for blue eyes? This glamorous number from Sigma Beauty rife with chocolates, pinks, and a delicious dip of burgundy. "If you're after that crystal-clear blue, the red undertone in burgundy shades makes eyes appear even brighter," says Stewart. "Plus, it's perfect for any holiday fête you may be attending." Sold.