Of all the eyeshadow colors you've sworn off in your favorite palette, blue is one of the most surprisingly universal and complimentary. With an eclectic array of colors from ranging from teal, to navy, to baby blue and cerulean, it's possible we're not giving credit to this color where credit is due. Whether you're in the mood for a bright blue eyelid or soft and smoky cyan, the options are endless when experimenting with all that blue has to offer. We've rounded up some of our favorite blue eyeshadow looks for you to get really inspired on what eye makeup look you'll create next, everything's just one scroll away. Ahead, our top 20 ways to wear the blue eyeshadow look trend, from cut crease navy to blurred-out royal blues.
Makeup artist Patrick Ta used complementing shades of blue on Taylor Hill's lids and sealed it all with a bright, electric colored eyeliner. If you're wanting to use more than one shade of blue on your eyes, the easiest way to do this is to have a palette handy with multiple shades. Play with the colors until you find color combinations that suit you the best.
Minimal application of blue on the lash-line, extended to the outer corner of the eyes creates a simple eyeshadow look worth trying. When wearing this look, apply a blue eyeliner on the top lash line first, and follow up by blending a blue eyeshadow on top and outward in a wing shape towards the outer corners of the eyes. This will help intensify the color, and the more you practice the more you'll know how to get it right each time.
Shades of contrasting azure blue and teal work together to complement each other for the most glam eyeshadow look ever. Start by blending the darker blue tones in the crease with a blending brush, and seal the look with strong blue-green eyeliner. Applying one last bit of blue shadow on top of the liner will give the teal a nice pop.
Rihanna's makeup artist, Priscilla Ono, created a one of a kind blue cobalt eyeshadow look incorporating sister shades of grey and navy—and it's perfect. To try this look yourself, apply the cobalt color all over the lid, blend the navy shadow in the crease for the smoky effect, and pat the grey shadow in the center of the lid until it's visibly noticeable.
Cerulean Lapis Swirl
What's better than one shade of blue you might ask? Two. Cerulean and lapis blue paired together make for a memorable makeup moment. When wanting to wear this look, choose the shades you want to wear on the top and bottom lash line. You can apply eyeshadow wet for longer staying power by misting your makeup brush with water or use an eyeshadow cream base first to ensure the powder stays throughout the day.
Iced Blue Baby
Ice, ice, baby—this icy, shimmering baby blue eyeshadow adds just the right amount of sparkle and color. For this look, finding a light blue cream or powder shadow that has a shimmer to it is all you need; just apply to lids until satisfied; it's that easy and effortless.
Arctic Blue Chill
One of the best ways to attract attention to your eyes is by placing color right in the center of your lid. This look illuminates the entire eye by simply adding color to the lid's center. Apply your chosen eyeshadow colors (you can opt for more neutral hues) on the eyelids and crease, and bring the magic of the blue by placing it in the center of each eye and underneath to compliment.
Sky High Blue
Only have one shade of blue shadow? Make it monochromatic. For a colorful eye look, one shadow shade is all you need. Applying shadow with a blending brush to the lid and using the same color underneath the eyes brings a nice balance. Minimal eye makeup doesn't need to be boring.
Powder Blue Beauty
We can always rely on Katie Jane Hughes to give us endless makeup inspiration, which is why this powdery blue shadow look is right up our alley when investigating shadow looks we love. The key? Keeping the shadow color consistent from the eyelid to the eyebrow. Apply a stronger base of color on the lids and when blending upwards, sheer the color out so it appears gradient.
Kaleidoscope Cool Blue
Mixing blue with other colors can create a soft kaleidoscope effect that just works. Not to mention, you'll feel like a true artist. This sheer blue paired with soft lilac is the perfect example of how different colors can work together when creating eyeshadow looks. Applying the blue as the dominant color in the crease and adding a touch of the second color under the brow bone is all you need to do. Pretty easy, right?
It's All Navy
Navy rims the top and bottom of the eyes here with sparkling eyes as a result. From eyeliners to eyeshadows, navy compliments all eye colors and is perfect to wear day or night. Line eyes with a navy pencil and finish by blending navy shadow on top—the smokier, the better.
Unicorn Hue Blue
Dress up your lids with a little metallic shimmer and sparkle; the multi-toned holographic finish of this blue eyeshadow is ideal when you're wanting to wear something with glitter. The best way to achieve this is to use a loose powder eyeshadow pigment that has accompanying colors for a multi-dimensional finish. Apply liberally until everything sparkles just the way you want it.
Indigo Hard or Go Home
Both indigo and denim blue hues were used to create this eyeshadow look for a soft, smoky blue eyeshadow look that has a nice contrast with the slightly varying shades. Applying lighter blue to the eyelids creates a halo effect, and in return, this opens up the shape of the eyes and they can appear larger. After you've applied both shadow colors in their respective places, finish with a bold eyeliner on the top and bottom lashline.
Poised in Turquoise
A guaranteed bonus about blue eyeshadow is it comes in several different jewel tones. This monochromatic turquoise eyeshadow look is modern while giving great color payoff at the same time. Start with applying a cream eyeshadow all over the eyelid, and move onto powder shadow next. Cream and powder work together to keep shadow in its place while also helping to intensify the color.
Royal Blue Smoke
Royal blue paired with a lighter shade of blue are two colors you can use to experiment with when creating this smoky blue look on yourself. Blending the deeper blue shades in the crease and following up with the lighter shade by applying it on the center of the lid adds a delicate balance between the colors. Line the inner eyes with a navy pencil to seal the look, and finish with a volumizing mascara.
Two contrasting blue colors make this eyeshadow look stand out from the rest. Baby blue is applied to the lids, while a deeper blue is used in the crease to give a contouring effect. The tiniest amount of soft blue is applied under the brow bone, along with the bottom lash line as the finishing detail.
Inner Jewel Blue
Jewel-toned blue eyeshadow? Yes please. All you need to do is apply the shadow from the inner corners to the center of your lid and then blend outward for a more sheer, watercolor effect. You can use a cream or powder shadow to re-create this and build the color with your finger or brush until you're satisfied. Need more control when applying? Opt for a chubby cream eyeshadow pencil that will get the job done.
Dreams of Denim
January Jones looks radiant in this denim blue shadow look that's concentrated predominantly on the eyelid. A hearty swatch of the shadow is applied to the lids and not blended past the crease, keeping the color confined and clean. Follow up with a soft highlight shadow color in light blue or champagne underneath the brow.
Glistening Galactic Blue
Jackie Aina demonstrates how sparkly blue eyeshadow can be so chic. With glistening blue applied across the top lid and orange liner on the bottom waterline, her eyes really pop. The key element to re-create this look is using a metallic eyeshadow that shines and sparkles versus a matte eyeshadow.
Abstract Bold Blue
Lizzo is showing us how it's done with an electric shade of blue shadow paired with an abstract winged eyeliner, to beat. You can apply a graphic (or classic) winged eyeliner and incorporate blue by simply adding a swatch of glitter shadow above the liner (or anywhere you want, really) on the lid. A total work of art.