30 Colorful Eyeshadow Looks to Try This Summer

May 22, 2023
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
A person with dark hair slicked back with a center part, wearing purple, yellow, blue and green eyeshadow and large gold hoop earrings

Why choose between pink, purple, blue, green and yellow eyeshadow shades when you could wear all of them on your lids at once? It may sound over the top, but the bold looks we’ve faved on Instagram below prove that multicolored eye makeup is a must-try. 

The secret to pulling it off is to keep the rest of your makeup look simple, and according to content creator Jasmine Adetunji, to blend, blend, blend. “Blending is so important so that each color transitions into the next seamlessly,” she says. “I like to alternate between the brushes I use for different colors and blend with short windshield wiper motions to make sure there are no harsh lines or lines of demarcation.”

With that tip in your back pocket, keep reading and be inspired to get creative with a colorful graphic eye

Colorful Eyeshadow Looks to Try

Take Up Space

It’s not just your eyelid that’s a canvas. With this look, @emjaybube makes the case for continuing the color party all the way up to the brow bone.

Pastel Dreams

A vortex of pastel shadows, plus white twinkly stars and a glossy finish make for a seriously dreamy result.

Watercolor Masterclass

Bookmark this metallic look for festival season. The best part about the watercolor-inspired finish is that you don’t have to be precise with your application to achieve a cool look.

Finger Paint Chic

Makeup artist @katiejanehughes makes finger painting with eyeshadow look so easy. We’re not sure if we could achieve this level of artistry, but it won’t stop us from trying.

Vacay Vibes

Here, Adetunji used the Wahala 2 eyeshadow palette from Juvia’s Place and the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to achieve this head-turning look.

Neon Bright

Makeup artist @aimeeshaad says that this vibrant neon look makes her want ice cream, and we definitely agree. It also makes us want to buy a neon eyeshadow palette ASAP.

Dewy Pastels

Colorful eyeshadow meets the dewy makeup trend with this pastel look. Washes of light pink and yellow make for such a pretty color combination, but what sets this look apart is the dewy, slightly shimmery finish.

Satin Lids

We love the unexpected satin, almost metallic finish on the lids here, adding a bit of edge to the soft rainbow colors.

Colorful Cut Crease

A magenta and deep purple cut crease creates a striking effect and amps up the boldness of this eyeshadow look. 

Holographic Accents

Unlike a lot of the other inspo on this list, the rainbow shadow is concentrated just below the brow bone rather than on the lids. But our favorite part of this look is the holographic accent.

Colored Mascara

Level up your rainbow eyeshadow look with a swipe of colored mascara on your bottom lash line. We’re also into the inner corner eyeliner detail. Try it yourself with the Urban Decay 24/7 Inks Liquid Eyeliner in Hi-Energy


If you’re an eye makeup expert, try your hand at this incredibly detailed checkerboard contrast eye look. 

Butterfly Mosaic

Calling this work of art an eyeshadow look is a bit of an understatement — it’s a full face masterpiece. If you’re good with a makeup brush, this beautiful butterfly is perfect for festival season.

Shades of Green

Pair complementing shades of blue and green for a monochromatic vibe that’s still totally colorful and eye-catching. 

Colored Brows

For an avant-garde effect, continue your bright shadow all the way up until it covers your eyebrows, too. 

Colorful Mascara With Bare Lids

Not ready to commit to a full rainbow eyelid? Purple, blue and red mascara add just enough color contrasted against a bare lid. The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara is available in all of these shades and more.

Neon Flowers

How cute are these candy-colored pop art flowers? We love how this creator played up the cartoon-like fun of the look with spiky black lashes. For a highly pigmented mascara, try the YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara.

Nose-Bridge Makeup

Extend your colorful shadow across the bridge of your nose for an editorial beauty look that’s totally on-trend.

Rhinestone Embellishment

Add some sparkle and flair to your colorful makeup look with matching rhinestones.

An Unexpected Color Combo

Sometimes the most unexpected colors come together for a stunning effect. We love how these orange, yellow and lime green pigments contrast. 

Paint Outside the Lines

Take a cue from this makeup artist and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines with your shadow and liner. You don’t need to stick to your eyelids — bring your eye makeup up towards your temples, under your lower lash line and in the inner corners of your eyes. For a long-lasting eyeliner with bold pigment payoff, try the Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil Longwear Eyeliner.

Rhinestone Cut Crease

Level up your classic cut crease by tracing it with multi-colored rhinestones. 


We can’t resist a glittery eye makeup look like this ethereal pink and blue one. The light pink glitter highlighting beneath the brow bone is a perfect touch.  

Rainbow Chevron

This intricate rainbow chevron eyeshadow is giving us all of the ’70s vibes. Keep the rest of your makeup simple and finish with a glossy lip using the NYX Professional Makeup Fat Oil Lip Drip.

Black Stars

Black stars add some rock-and-roll edge to this dreamy rainbow eyeshadow look.

Flower Petals

Transform your face into a flower by drawing faded eyeshadow petals blooming from the outer corners of your eyes.

Neon Swirls

Play with negative space by drawing abstract swirls in different neon colors on a neutral base. We love the idea of tying this look together with pink false lashes. 

Realistic Flowers

We have no words for the breathtaking, impossibly detailed garden of flowers @graciem241 created.

Cosmic Colors

Opt for a moodier take on the colorful eye makeup trend with a palette of deep purples and blues. 

A Literal Rainbow

This rainbow eye makeup roundup wouldn’t be complete without a post involving an actual rainbow, puffy white clouds and all. With Pride right around the corner, now is a great time to practice this adorable, whimsical look.

Photo: Jasmine Adetunji

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