Known for vibrancy and pop, orange is a color we often correlate with happy things—like a delicious tangerine, a day at the beach, or a coveted bag of flamin' hot Cheetos. While orange is certainly an uplifting hue, it gets even better when used as an eyeshadow. From pumpkin tones to tangerine and rust, it's possible you might be overlooking the one color that could give your eyes some serious brightening and sparkle. Keep scrolling for the 5 orange eyeshadow looks I tested out on myself, you'll see why orange is one of the happiest and truly flattering colors to tout on your eyes.
It's Golden Hour
For the first orange eyeshadow look, I wanted to do something simple that anyone could re-create in under 3 minutes. I applied Tower 28's eye, cheek and lip tint all over my lids with my finger. That's all. A simple swipe of color on the lids with a glossy finish is the easiest way to way orange and anyone can do it, I promise. Lightly tap the color onto the eyelids until you have the result you want. Want to take it a step further? Apply the product on cheeks and lips for a soft, monochromatic makeup look.
Orange eyeshadow applied on the top and bottom of the eyes is a slightly dressier way to wear the trend, and frames the shape of eyes while enhancing their color. I used Lancôme's eyeshadow palette in "Terre de Sienne" to create this look. Seeing as the palette has five colors, I chose the ones I felt were the most orange. I applied the fourth eyeshadow (more of a pumpkin color) on my lid while creating a nice under smoke with the third, more coppery color on the bottom lashline. This specific palette comes with two applicator sponges, so if you don't have any brushes that's not a problem. If you need to trace this out first before applying eyeshadow, use eyeliner like Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Orange Crush, and apply to the top and bottom lashline. This way, you'll know exactly where to place the shadow next with no mistakes.
Nothing is better than glitter, but sometimes it can be tricky to apply. If you love the look of glitter, then you're in luck—this orange eyeshadow look was created using a glittery, shimmering eyeshadow that I just applied with my finger—dead serious. I took Hourglass' Scattered Light shadow in "Blaze", and pressed it onto my eyelid until I was satisfied with the said level of sparkle. You can also use an eyeshadow brush to apply this, lightly tapping the color onto the lid and building the pigment as you go.
The inner corners of your eyes are great to apply color to when you're not wanting to create a look all-over eyelids or are short on time. For this look, I applied ColourPop's Pressed Pigment shadow in shade "OOO" on the inner corners of my eyes with an eyeshadow brush and applied a softer color to my eyelids. Finish with a few coats of volumizing mascara and eyeliner if you feel like it. Not complicated at all, right?
Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
Smoky eyes come in a myriad of color palettes, and orange fits right in with this trend and the results are pretty spicy. The key to building a smoky eye is picking your colors our beforehand, and knowing which color goes where for best results. For this orange smoky eyeshadow look, I used a few colors from the Lawless Eyeshadow Palette in "The One." First, I applied an eyeshadow base to ensure that nothing would smudge or run. This is ideal when using more than one eyeshadow color. Second, I applied the shadow shade in "Everything" all over my lids as a nice neutralizer. I then tapped my brush into shades "Next Level" and "Feels" and applied to my eyelids. To bring in the smoke, I blended shade "Shady" into my crease until it was deep and dark enough. I then applied a long-lasting black eyeliner pencil to the top and bottom lash line and blended more of the shadow in "Shady" on top of the liner. Finishing with a jet black mascara or false eyelashes is key to tie it all together—I used Grande Cosmetics GrandeDRAMA Intense Thickening Mascara.