25 Silver Eyeshadow Looks That Make Eyes Sparkle

July 27, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Picture of a blonde model with silver eyeshadow on a graphic multicolored background

ICYMI, our obsession with all things chrome has extended well past our shiny, glazed-donut manicures. Now, we’re spotting metallic silver eyeshadow on the lids of all of our favorite beauty influencers, from grunge-glam smoky eyes to futuristic-looking graphic eyeliner. Below, we’ve rounded up 25 of the best silver eyeshadow looks we found on Instagram that are sure to spark inspiration.

The Best Silver Eyeshadow Looks

Wash of Silver

Serve minimalist-cool by pairing your molten silver lids with fluffy lashes and a clean nude lip. The NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Glow Shots Liquid Eyeshadow in Come Thru Coconut is the perfect shade for recreating this look.

Silver + Graphic Eyeliner

Silver eyeshadow wedged between a slice of white graphic liner lets your eyes take center stage. For extra drama, try tightlining your eyes with a jet-black pencil, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil

Hot Pink and Silver

Don’t forget to save this hot pink and holographic silver eye look as inspo for when you go to see summer’s hottest movie. 

Silver and Pastels

Water-like pastel shadows look fairy-like and ethereal next to metallic silver shadow. Let your gorgeous eyeshadow be the focal point by skipping falsies and applying a lengthening mascara, like the L'Oréal Telescopic Lift Washable Mascara, to the top and bottom lashes. 

Mermaidcore Eye

Dive into mermaidcore makeup with this look, which includes a mix of silver, lavender and turquoise duochrome shades all over the lid and lower lash lines. 

Shining Star

We’re quite literally starry-eyed over this graphic look. It’s the perfect choice for your next rave or music festival.

Gunmetal Liner

Prefer a deep, smoky gunmetal over icy silver? Try creating a graphic liner shape with the Urban Decay 24/7 Inks Easy Ergonomic Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Oilslick as creator Mykaila Michelle does here.

Silver Douyin Makeup

Give douyin makeup an edge with a cool-toned color palette and a flash of silver. Tiny pearl embellishments and spiky false eyelashes take this look up several notches.

Subtle Silver

A light wash of sparkly silver eyeshadow adds whimsy to a classic smoked-out eyeliner. You can achieve a similar effect by brushing a thin layer of the Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Glitter Eyeshadow Singles in Cosmic across the center of lids.

Silver Cat-Eye

Make your classic black cat-eye stand out with a streak of silver liquid liner on top. For this look, we recommend pairing the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Metallic Liquid Liner in Silver Metal with the Vivid Matte Liquid Liner in Black.

Silver Inner Corners

Switch up your traditional shimmery inner corner highlight with a silver chrome shadow. The contrast of the metallic shade against bare skin and otherwise minimal makeup makes the silver really pop.

Grunge Silver Eye

Heavy black liner and a messily applied silver eyeshadow bring grunge makeup into 2023. The Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow in Liquid Silver is the perfect choice for recreating this look. 

Silver Glitter Eye

A wash of silver glitter looks feminine and glamorous paired with glowing skin, full lashes and a high-shine pink lip.

1930s-Inspired Eye

This smoky eye gives any eye shape a wide-eyed, doll-like effect. A nude or white waterline is a must when replicating — try the ColourPop BFF Créme Gel Liner in Honeydude.  

Green and Silver Shadow

If a very chic alien landed on earth and conducted a makeup tutorial, we can safely assume this would be the look. A pale green shadow with a silver reflect and skinny white liner are an intergalactic pairing we’re dying to copy.

Silver Accent

A hint of silver glitter will quickly glam up your everyday taupe eyeshadow and black liquid liner. Pink blush and glossy lips finish off the subtle, cold-girl-makeup look.

Glossy Silver Eye

Give lavender graphic liner an otherworldly, celestial twist with silver glitter and eye gloss. The About Face Vinyl Effect Eye Gloss will give your lids a lacquer-like shine.  

Disco Glam

This tutorial will help you learn how to apply rhinestones and make them stay on, no matter where the night takes you. 

Silver Halo Eye

A soft and hazy halo eye earns a touch of glam with silver shadow in the middle. A sharp cat-eye and ultra-long false lashes amp up the drama.

Mixed Metals

Contrast blinding silver liner with a warm copper shade for a graphic, mixed-metals eye look.

Blue and Silver

Shades of ocean blue on the lids look playful and summer-ready alongside a pop of silver on the center of the lids and lower lash lines. Add a subtle edge with spiky bottom lashes.

Subtle Smoke

Glazed silver lids and a smoked-out kitten liner are the perfect understated combo for a date night or a fun night out. A peachy-nude lip brings some warmth to the cool-toned color palette.

Barely-There Silver

For a barely-there hint of silver, apply a sheer, iridescent shadow all over the lid with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, concentrating most of the color on the center of the lid to help it catch the light.

Metallic vs. Matte

High-shine, metallic eye makeup makes an even bolder statement when paired with matte, cloud-like skin. The Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation is our go-to for a shine-free complexion. 

Photo: @ru_makeup, Model: @d.10zin, Visual Designer: Juliana Campisi

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