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Stunning Makeup Ideas For Each Eye Color

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

As creatures of habit, we tend to stick to our everyday, go-to makeup look, but it’s time we stop limiting ourselves and mix it up every once and a while.

Nowadays there’s an endless amount of options to choose from, with new brands popping up on the daily, and while it might leave you totally overwhelmed, don’t fret, because we’re here to help you.

We’ve given you 50 popular makeup looks broken down by eye color, to give you a little inspo to change it up. From more natural, everyday ideas, to some more elaborate, smokey, nighttime ideas. Here are our top picks for each eye color, giving you more than a handful of options for any given occasion.*

Brown Eyes: Bright Blue + Blue Liner Combo

Brown Eyes: Bright Blue + Blue Liner Combo

Brown eyes are the most versatile eye color, making almost any look (or color) acceptable. Since brown eyes contain hints of orange and red, bright blues such as this one are one of the many go-to choices to make the eyes really stand out. Pro tip: Add some blue shadow or liner to the bottom lash line for an added effect to make the eyes really pop.

Create this look with L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Blue Haute Couture, available here.

Brown Eyes: Navy Blue-Inspired Look

Brown Eyes: Navy Blue-Inspired Look

Here’s another blue-inspired option in navy for something a little bit more dramatic. This look is especially flattering on brown eyes as the coolness of the blue is a stark contrast against the warmth of the brown. Pro tip: add turquoise glitter or liner on the inner corners as seen here for a little more flair.

Create a neat, bold navy lash line with Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy Shock, available here.

Brown Eyes: Purple & Gold Color Combo

Brown Eyes: Purple & Gold Color Combo

If you really want to bring out the clarity in your beautiful brown eyes try a deep purple and/or bronzy gold color combo such as this one. Purple is another one of the many colors that goes exceptionally well with brown eyes as does gold and when paired together you have one stunning makeup look.

The e.l.f. Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette has what you need for this look; you can get it here.

Brown Eyes: Cranberry Eyes With Bold Eyeliner

Brown Eyes: Cranberry Eyes With Bold Eyeliner

Believe it or not red hues such as burgundy and cranberry look amazing on brown eyes and tend to lighten them. This specific look can be recreated with MAC Cranberry eyeshadow and Sigma Electrify eye liner for an on-the-go, everyday look.

Get the eyeshadow here.

Brown Eyes: Silver Cut Crease Look

Brown Eyes: Silver Cut Crease Look

For some extra oomph, recreate this killer cut crease silver and black combo.

This pigmented eye shadow duo from Maybelline will help you recreate that intense silver look.

Brown Eyes: Seductive Black Smokey Eye

Brown Eyes: Seductive Black Smokey Eye

For a more evening-inspired black smokey eye for our brown eyed-girls, there are so many routes to go. This dramatic black, matte look with a touch of gold in the inner corners is a knockout option that never fails. While seductive black smokey eyes can be a little intimidating, we nabbed this tutorial to help better guide you.

Get the matte smoky look with help from the L.A. Colors 5 Color Matte Eyeshadow in Black Lace, available here.

Brown Eyes: Glittery Gold With Highlighted Brow Bones

Brown Eyes: Glittery Gold With Highlighted Brow Bones

As we’ve previously said, one of the best colors to compliment brown eyes and really make them shine is gold. For a step-by-step guide on how to recreate the look above, click here. Pro tip: add black gel liner and highlight the brow bones to finish it off.

This highly-pigmented, yet affordable gold shadow from NYX will help you get the look.

Brown Eyes: Copper Glitter + Green

Brown Eyes: Copper Glitter + Green

This copper/green combo is another look that goes fabulously with brown eyes. To recreate start by adding a base color to your lid. Then you’ll want to blend a peachy brown eyeshadow into the crease and apply a darker brown shadow to the outer corner of the eye. Next, gently apply a glitter eyeshadow to the center of your lid with your finger or a brush. Lastly, run a teal green eyeshadow under your lower lash line and blend it with a clean brush. For an added look line your waterline with black liner and place some glitter eyeshadow to the middle of the lower lash line.

Use the Maybelline Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Copper Chic, available here, to help achieve this look.

Brown Eyes: Classic Brown Cut Crease

Brown Eyes: Classic Brown Cut Crease

You can never go wrong with a traditional brown cut crease, which has been a classic makeup staple for years. Cut creases can be a little tricky, so be sure to check out this detailed tutorial on how to master it here.

Figure out which brown works best with your skin tone by experimenting with Revlon Eyeshadow Quads, available here.

Brown Eyes: Black & Gold Cut Crease Combo

Brown Eyes: Black & Gold Cut Crease Combo

Gold eyeshadow will maximize the size of any brown-eyed girl while black works to minimize them. As seen in one of the earlier inspos, black and gold make for the perfect makeup combo for brown eyes. To seal this look together, throw on a dark matte lip as seen above to really enhance the combo.

Get the lip look here.

Blue Eyes: Bright-Eyed Burgundy Makeup Look

Blue Eyes: Bright-Eyed Burgundy Makeup Look

A burgundy eye-inspired look will help open any beautiful blue-eyed girls’ eyes and make them pop. This look can be achieved by applying a yellow/orange shadow to the crease and then adding a burgundy shade on top. Be sure to blend the two together.

Get the look with a matte burgundy shadow from Sephora, available here.

Blue Eyes: Smokey Purple Eye

Blue Eyes: Smokey Purple Eye

Another option to help accentuate the beauty of blue eyes is by using purple. Try this rather simple smokey purple eye by combining peachy and purple eyeshadows. See a more detailed step-by-step guide by clicking here.

Experiment with shades of purple by using the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick eyeshadow palette in Ultra, available here.

Blue Eyes: Rose Gold Combo

Blue Eyes: Rose Gold Combo

Colors such as pinks, golds, coppers and rich browns all work exceptionally well with blue eyes, which is why this rose gold-inpsired eye is the perfect choice. This look is rather complicated, using a mix of white, pink, dark brown and black. For a more thorough breakdown, click here.

But if you’re feeling lazy, try a simple liquid rose gold eyeshadow like the one here.

Blue Eyes: Brown Varietal Eyeshadow Combo

Blue Eyes: Brown Varietal Eyeshadow Combo

Browns pair perfectly with blue eyes, and this basic brown varietal combines a light brown, medium brown and creme color for a clean, natural everyday look. This step-by-step tutorial uses all three colors from the Lorac Pro Palette.

Get the same palette here.

Blue Eyes: Grungy Black & Camel Colored Eyeshadow Combo

Blue Eyes: Grungy Black & Camel Colored Eyeshadow Combo

This dramatic grunge combo is perfect for our edgier blue-eyed babes on a night out. Orange and black are not only a killer combo together by themselves, but orange beautifully compliments blue, making the eyes really pop. Makeup looks with black eye shadow can be intimidating, but for a simple guide follow the tutorial here.

Get a similar warm shade for your lids right here.

Blue Eyes: Warm Makeup-Inspired Look

Blue Eyes: Warm Makeup-Inspired Look

This warm makeup look is not only simple, but one of the easiest ways to draw attention to blue-eyed babes using all earthy tones. For a complete step-by-step breakdown, plus recommended eyeshadow colors, click here.

See more from this brand here.

Blue Eyes: Metallic Gold Holiday Party-Inspired Look

Blue Eyes: Metallic Gold Holiday Party-Inspired Look

Since gold is another complementary color to blue, this look really enhances the eyes to make them pop. The metallic adds some extra flair.

Get a similar gold shadow here.

Blue Eyes: Rounded Chocolate Smokey Eye

Blue Eyes: Rounded Chocolate Smokey Eye

Once again browns pair beautifully with blue eyed-gals, really bringing the eyes to life. While a smokey eye can be tricky to perfect since it requires a lot (A LOT) of blending, we’ve found a step-by-step guide for you here.

This makeup artist recommends the Sigma E25 brush for blending, available here.

Blue Eyes: Metallic Silver Holiday Party-Inspired Look

Blue Eyes: Metallic Silver Holiday Party-Inspired Look

Similarly to our metallic gold-inspired party look, we’ve nabbed a silver option since nothing says sexy quite like a metallic eye. This look can be recreated using the Lorac PRO Palette 2. Take a look at the full tutorial here.

Get the palette here.

Blue Eyes: Shimmery Pink Spring-Inspired Look

Blue Eyes: Shimmery Pink Spring-Inspired Look

This pretty in pink-themed makeup look is perfect for spring on any blue eyed-beauty. The shimmery aspect also helps for a more wide-eyed look on those days you’re struggling. Check out this helpful tutorial here.

If you are shy about shimmer, get this super affordable pink shade to try it out without breaking the bank.

Green Eyes: Shimmery Black & Gold Combo

Green Eyes: Shimmery Black & Gold Combo

Black and gold is a perfect combo for just about any look, but it especially looks pretty with green eyes. Pro tip: add gold eyeshadow to the water line along with a white cream to the corner of your eyes for extra shimmer.

The Rimmel eyeshadow stick available here will make getting that bright corner look easy.

Green Smokey Eye Tutorial

Green Smokey Eye Tutorial

Now, I know what you’re thinking green on green!? But when combined with a deep purple, dark red and white it gives a dramatic smokey eye look that is fiercely sexy for a fun night out. This particular look was created with MAC eyeshadows such as “Shroom,” “Embark,” “Brown Script,” “Soft Brown” and ABH eyeshadow in “Emerald.”

Get an affordable shade of emerald right here.

Green Eyes: Copper Eyeshadow + Brown Mascara/Liner Combo

Green Eyes: Copper Eyeshadow + Brown Mascara/Liner Combo

Since copper contains red undertones this look contrasts beautifully with green, highlighting the eyes and making them appear more awake (which we can almost always use). For a more everyday look, opt for a brown mascara/liner combo as opposed to black.

Get an affordable and dependable brown mascara here.

Green Eyes: Black Smokey Eye With A Pop Of Glitter

Green Eyes: Black Smokey Eye With A Pop Of Glitter

A black, smokey eye is a classic makeup staple that looks great with almost every eye color. This specific look adds a touch of silver or white glitter near the tear duct to give it a little more oomph, really making those green eyes pop.

If you’re feeling sparkly, experiment with NYX’s Face and Body Glitter in Silver, available here.

Green Eyes: Shimmery Light Purple Eye

Green Eyes: Shimmery Light Purple Eye

For our green eyed-beauties looking for a more glammed up look for a special occasion or event, try this shimmery purple option. It can be recreated by taking a light purple shade to the eyelid, along with a deeper purple above. Add some shimmery white to the inner most corner of the eye. Pro tip: Dabble some sparkles to the light purple base for some extra shimmer.

Or, skip the mess and get some rollable purple shimmer here.

Green Eyes: Green & Gold Makeup Combo

Green Eyes: Green & Gold Makeup Combo

It’s no coincidence that green on green appears on our list twice here. As seen above, green eye shadow works well with green eyes, and the gold is an added bonus for a fun night out. Best part is this looks is pretty simple to recreate. Start by applying the green shade to your eyelid, then line your lid with a sparkly gold eyeliner (wing optional, but strongly encouraged). Pro tip: add a darker brown above the lid on the brow bone as seen above.

Opt for a vibrant shade of green to get this look, like Covergirl’s Lime Green Flame, available here.

Green Eyes: Matte Pink + Winged Liner

Green Eyes: Matte Pink + Winged Liner

This girly-girl inspired look is a fun twist for our green-eyed mavens. The winged liner puts it on the verge of a nighttime look while the pink works to keep it more fun and feminine for everyday wear. Pro tip: add a nude lip to really seal the deal.

The L.A. Colors eyeshadow palette in Pink Chiffon, available here, will help you get this look.

Green Eyes: Soft Gold & Purple Combo

Green Eyes: Soft Gold & Purple Combo

Since green is a complementary color of purple we’ve included this purple and gold look for our green-eyed queens. This uses purple on the lid and adds the gold to the inner corner of the eye. Pro tip: add a purple liner below the waterline.

Get a stunning purple eyeliner right here.

Green Eyes: Shimmery Gold Cut Crease

Green Eyes: Shimmery Gold Cut Crease

We’ve already mentioned how well gold pairs with green (and just about any eye color) but with the cut crease being one of the most popular trending techniques we figured what better pairing for our green-eyed goddesses than this one?

Get the shimmery, pigmented golds and the matte browns you need, together in this convenient and gorgeous palette.

Hazel Eyes: Shimmery Purple Varietal Combo

Hazel Eyes: Shimmery Purple Varietal Combo

Since purple is complementary to green, if you’re a hazel-eyed girl who wants to lighten the eyes and really make them shine (bright like a diamond) this Rihanna-inspired look is perfect for a more glamorous option. It’s been replicated using the Urban Decay Naked Palette, with shades such as “Buck,” “Sidecar,” “Sin,” and “Virgin.” For a more thorough, step-by-step breakdown you can watch this easy to follow tutorial.

Get the palette here!

Hazel Eyes: Brown Smokey Eye

Hazel Eyes: Brown Smokey Eye

We’ve rounded up a handful of smokey eyes, but this softer brown-inspired option goes great for hazel beauties who aren’t looking for anything too complicated. It can be recreated by using the “Foxy,” “Naked 2,” “Faint,” and “Crave” colors on the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette seen above for a night out when you don’t have a whole lot of time to get ready.

Get the palette for this look here.

Hazel Eyes: Soft Gold-Brown Varietal Eye

Hazel Eyes: Soft Gold-Brown Varietal Eye

This soft gold-brown combo will make hazel eyes appear lighter. Best part is it can be recreated fairly easily as well with the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, using the colors “Foxy,” “Half Baked,” “Bootycall,” “Chopper,” and “Tease.”

Get the palette here.

Hazel Eyes: Purple Varietal + Gold & White Combo

Hazel Eyes: Purple Varietal + Gold & White Combo

I’m not gonna lie, this killer purple, gold and white look is quite bold and not easy, but it had to be included because how amazing does it make these hazel eyes look?! The look can be done using the Lorac Pro Palette’s “White,” “Nude,” “Gold,” “Mauve,” “Sable,” and “Garnet.” To get the really dark purple add Mac’s “Vibrant Grape” and “Creme de Violet.”

If you’re feeling adventurous, get the Lorac shades here.

Hazel Eyes: Metallic Gold Smokey Eye

Hazel Eyes: Metallic Gold Smokey Eye

OK, so we’ve got our metallic gold option and we’ve got our smokey option(s), but why not combine the two for a killer Metallic Gold Smokey eye for a fun night out?! This one is actually a lot simpler than it looks and can be done with our famed Urban Decay Naked Palette using “Half Baked” on the inner half of the lid, followed by “Smog” and “Dark Horse” on the rest of the lid. Finish it off with “Creep” to the outer V and “Buck” for the crease.

Get your own palette here.

Hazel Eyes: Soft Rose Gold Combo

Hazel Eyes: Soft Rose Gold Combo

If you remember earlier, we did mention a more sultry rose gold eye for our blue eyed-babes, but this more subtle version looks perfect for hazel eyes too, especially on Mila Kunis. This simple look can be mirrored taking a rose gold shadow to the eyelids and up to the brow line. Pro tip: add a little shimmer to your lower lash line and pair with a thin black liner and nude lips.

Get a similar lip shade here.

Hazel Eyes: Charcoal Smokey Eye

Hazel Eyes: Charcoal Smokey Eye

Ri Ri is one of our fave hazel eyed-beauties and this sultry and seductive charcoal-hued smokey eye really emphasizes them here. You’ll want to start with a lighter, almost silvery gray on the inner most corner of your eyes and work your way towards the outer corners with your darker shades of gray. For an added effect, line your eyes all the way around to really make them pop.

Get the kohl-lined look with the eyeliner seen here.

Hazel Eyes: Shimmery Cranberry-Colored Eyeshadow

Hazel Eyes: Shimmery Cranberry-Colored Eyeshadow

For a fun and flirty look like Dianna Agron, opt for lighter, girly-girl colors such as this shimmery, cranberry-inspired eye, which is perfect for daytime wear. Since red is complementary of green it pairs well with lighter hazel eyes. Recreate by applying the shimmery shadow on the entire lid up towards the brow bone. Pro tip: add some shadow below the lash line for some extra shimmer.

A gel cream formulation like this one will help your shimmery look stay put.

Hazel Eyes: Golden Apricot Liner Look

Hazel Eyes: Golden Apricot Liner Look

Kristen Kruek has an effortless, carefree look for those with greeny-hazel eyes. Since apricot is a warm hue in between orange and brown it’s bound to bring out the green and make the eyes appear more awake. Opt for a chubby eye shadow pencil for easier application below the lash line.

Get the wide-eyed look here.