The Best Eyeshadow Shade for You, Based on Your Eye Color

November 29, 2021
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | by L'Oréal

No matter the color of your eyes — blue, green, brown, amber or hazel — they can twinkle with the right color of eyeshadow. To help you accentuate your irises, we’ve rounded up the best eyeshadow shades to complement each eye color, plus all the inspo you’ll ever need from Instagram.

Brown Eyes

Play up your brown eyes with a sultry green shade, like the Valentino Beauty Dreamdust Glitter Eyeshadow in Emerald Green, as seen in this photo by @sofyabenzakour. Not only will the green lighten the appearance of dark brown eyes, but the glittery finish will add dimension and a bit of glam. Green not your thing? Swipe a mauve eyeshadow, like the ILIA Liquid Powder Chromatic Eye Tint in Dim, across your lids. 

person with brown eyes wearing green eyeshadow

Blue Eyes

Depending on your hue of blue, your eyes might already be pretty saturated. Help those baby blues pop even more by opting for a pink or reddish eyeshadow, like the EM Cosmetics Cosmic Pearl Dewy Eyeshadow in Starchild. We love the look of a champagne color on blue eyes, too, so if you’d prefer to keep things more neutral, try out the shade Dreamer in the Maybelline New York Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette.

Hazel Eyes

Show off your hazel eyes with a pigmented purple eyeshadow that complements your ultra unique eye color. For a deep purple, try the NYX Professional Makeup JUMBO Eye Pencil in Eggplant, but for a more lavender look, we recommend the NYX Professional Makeup JUMBO Eye Pencil in Donut. Or, better yet, combine the two for a dual-toned look that rivals the beauty of your eyes of many colors.

Green Eyes

Let your green eyes shine by pairing them with a deep brown eyeshadow. There are so many gorgeous shades to choose from, but our favorite is the chestnut brown shade Whiskey from the Urban Decay Naked Wild West Palette

person with green eyes wearing brown eyeshadow

Light Brown Eyes

Lean into the amber undertones of your light brown eyes and apply an orange eyeshadow to your eyelids. The shade Byte from the Urban Decay Naked Cyber Palette is the perfect orange-meets-terracotta-brown that will surely spice up your next look. For a glittery finish, dust some of the shade Electrode overtop. 

Photo: @sofyabenzakour

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