15 Copper Eyeshadow Guaranteed to Turn Heads—From Soft to Smoky

The actor Florence Pugh in a smokey copper eyeshadow look


Every once in a while, we stumble across a makeup trend that looks good on everyone. One such trend? Copper eyeshadow looks. With various hues and finishes, copper instantly brightens the eyes and elevates your lids in one swipe. "Copper looks gorgeous, both alone and accompanied by neutrals like rich browns and warm rosy tones," says makeup artist Dahlia Warner. "One of my fave statement combos is a soft copper eye with a turquoise or emerald green accent liner."

To give you fresh inspiration to take on this sultry hue, we've gathered some of our favorite copper eyeshadow looks (along with expert tips from Warner). Keep scrolling for more.

Meet the Expert

Dahlia Warner is a professional makeup artist and groomer working in both New York and Los Angeles.

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Colorful Copper Shadow

Model wears bold copper eyeshadow on eyelids with navy blue winged eyeliner


Copper plays well with others, as seen in this multi-color eyeshadow look that features a bold swipe of copper across the lid. We also love the divine contrast between the copper and the deep blue winged liner. "Copper is a very versatile color, and I love to use [it in] both metallic and non-metallic tones," Warner says. As you can see, metallic finishes are stunning on the lids.

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Intense Copper Lids and Glossy Lips

Model with dark skin wears shimmery copper eyeshadow and deep berry glossy lipstick


One swipe of a sparkling, shimmering copper shade on the lids is all it takes to elevate your makeup look. "Layering copper eyeshadow for dimension and depth of variation of undertone is paramount" when creating a more intense copper shadow look, says Warner. The more you layer, the more intense the color—and the better the shadow stands out.

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Nice and Neutral

Model wears soft copper eyeshadow accompanied by highlighted skin and neutral lip


Since copper comes in many finishes, it's possible to wear a natural version of this color for everyday makeup looks. Blended lightly across the lids, this light copper tone plays well with highlighted skin, shaped brows, and sculpted cheekbones.

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Layered and Sultry

Model wears glamorous makeup with shimmering copper eyes and defined nude lips


Layering copper tones is an excellent way to create a dramatic eye. "Choose a copper with an undertone complimentary to your skin tone and eye color," Warner recommends. "I love layering a deeper tone to create depth and dimension and then finishing with a wash of shimmer, bringing it down to the lower lash line a little to tie it together." Finish with a few coats of volumizing mascara.

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The Bolder, The Better

model with dark skin wears bright copper metallic shadow on the lids


Copper looks even better when worn boldly, and the metallic finish on this bright copper shadow turns heads in the best way.

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Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

model wears a smoky eyeshadow copper look that has black shadow in the crease and copper in the center of the lid, paired with a soft, neutral glossy lip


This dramatic look features metallic copper shadow applied in the center of the lids, blended in the crease with black to create a smoky effect. "Metallics can sometimes be intimidating, but I like to think of how they show up in nature and how they can be layered to add something special," says Warner. Gen See Beauty's Mixed Media Metallic Liquid Eyeshadow in 01 Copper ($24) is an excellent product to place in the center of the lids.

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The Most Glam of All

Kela Walker wears copper eyeshadow with black eyeliner, nude lips and a sparkling champagne color dress


Copper shadow can be wonderfully glamorous, as pictured in this sparkly, smoky look with intense black liner and lashes. To replicate, apply the shadow until you've reached your desired pigmentation, then use a creamy, waterproof liner to line the top and bottom of the lash line and waterline to add more drama. Make Up For Ever's Aqua Resist Color Pencil Eyeliner in Graphite ($24) applies easily and has a long-wear finish. Top off the look with a pair of false lashes to really make your eyes pop.

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Sophisticated Smoke

Florence Pugh with a sophisticated smoky eyeshadow look


Another example of why copper is an excellent choice when creating a smoky eye, this look is pinned on our event inspiration board. To get the look, blend copper shadow on the top and bottom of the eyes. Then, apply black liquid liner at the center of the lid, extending it outward for definition. Roen Beauty's Gold Lust Palette ($49) has a lovely mix of copper shades for creating dimension.

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Lovely Layering

Model wears variations of copper shadow on the lid and crease paired with matte nude lipstick


Light copper tones layered on the lids with deeper hues in the crease bring this multi-dimensional copper eyeshadow look together. A shadow palette with a few copper shades is ideal when recreating this one; Charlotte Tilbury's Copper Charge Luxury Palette ($55) fits the bill.

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Golden Copper Glam

Lucy Hale wears shimmering copper and gold eyeshadow with red lipstick and a red lace dress


Mixing soft gold and copper for a shimmering shadow look is the right move, as seen here. Stila's Glisten & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Oasis ($25) provides a sparkling finish and long-lasting wear for any occasion.

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Soft Focus

model wears a faint copper shadow with dramatic black eyeliner applied around the eye


Soft copper paired with rosy tones is another way to create a natural copper shadow moment. This take is elevated by the black liner applied to the inside and outer lash lines.

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All-Over Copper

model wears soft copper eyeshadow applied to the brows with glossy nude lipstick


The copper in this shadow is softer but appears more dramatic because it's blended up to the brow. Start at the base of the lid and blend in a circular motion for a smooth application.

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Copper Lids, Glowing Skin

model wears copper eyeshadow with a thick black liner and false eyelashes, paired with dewy skin and glossy lip


Copper shadow looks exquisite with glowing, highlighted, and sculpted skin. "Copper has a very unique energy to it that separates it from more basic browns and neutrals as well as its siblings, silver and gold," says Warner.

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Natural Copper Beauty

model wears copper shadow with bold brows and brown eyeliner


Pairing copper shadow shades with brown eyeliner will yield a more natural look than black eyeliner. To enhance your eyes even more, apply a white or nude pencil liner on the inner rim of the bottom lashline, as pictured here.

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Highlighted to Perfection

model wears shimmery copper shadow with bold red matte lipstick


Light copper shadow with just the right amount of highlight applied to the inner corners of the eyes (and again on the cheek) creates an ethereal glow that anyone would want to wear. Make a statement by adding a matte, red lip and bold black liner on the lids for more of a red-carpet glam moment.

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