The Raddest Eyeshadow Shades For Bringing Out Your Baby Blues

Green irises may be the rarest, and Van Morrison sure loved those brown-eyed girls, but there's always been something about baby blues. The genetic mutation has been a source of envy and if you've got blue eyes, you probably already know just how fun it is to play them up.
But what's the best way to bring out the color? To answer that, we asked makeup artist Janessa Paré: "For blue eyes, the key is to focus on contrast. The initial thing to decide when you’re doing makeup for blue eyes, is do you want them to look paler, brighter, or do you just want to show off what is already there?"
Ahead, find her best tips and product recs for using light and contrast to make your gaze as piercing as possible.
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To Make Blue Eyes Look Brighter...
Paré recommends warmer colors for brightening the blue in your eyes. This chocolate brown works perfectly as a deeper color to play up that natural contrast.

Tarte The Eye Architect Liner & Shadow in Bronze/Gold, $24, available at Tarte Cosmetics.
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If you want something a bit lighter, look for peachy and golden tones to brighten up your blue stare.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold, $29, available at Sephora.
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Rich, copper shades like these are perfect for lighter eyes. One side boasts a metallic sheen that works alone and the other holds specks of glitter to turn your day look instantly into post-work drinks.

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash in Burnished Bling, $5.69, available at Target.
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"With a lighter color eye makeup, it’s good to have an iridescent quality with the pigment. This will bring light into the eye, and make the eye color pop without needing to go dramatic on pigment color. That way, you’re drawing attention to the color of your eyes, and less so the color of your makeup," says Paré.

Urban Decay Mooniest Eyeshadow in Cosmic, $21, available at Sephora.
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To Make Blue Eyes Look Lighter...
Emphasizing your eyes with mascara is pretty obvious. But blue eyes are so light that you don't even need to go for a deep black pigment to get the effect.

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Burgundy, $32, available at Yves Saint Laurent.
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Instead, Paré says, "You can look to a chocolate brown or even dark plum red to add the benefit of color as well as depth."

Benefit They're Real! Mascara In Beyond Brown, $24, available at Benefit.
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These bristles pick up a ton of formula, then they deposit it on your lashes with zero clumps, like magic.

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in Brown, $6.99, available at Target.
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Luckily for you, Benefit's cult-favorite mascara comes in chocolate brown.

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara, $24, available at Sephora.
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To Show Off Icy Blue Eyes...
"A taupe colored shadow with soft golden flecks is a natural color option for a girl that has icy blue eyes," says Paré. If your irises don't have any yellow tones, then this is for you.

Her go-to shade at the moment? "I love the Laura Mercier caviar eye sticks right now. They have a skin-like texture, while still having great color pay-off."

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Khaki, $29, available at Sephora.
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NYX offers a similar shade for a fraction of the price.

NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Over the Taupe, $5, available at Ulta.
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But, she says, "If you do want to play with more color, a merlot will be a great fit." This one has golden flecks throughout, which will bring the light into your eyes.

Lancome Hypnôse Dazzling Eye Shadow in Rouge Cabaret 201, $25, available at Net-A-Porter.
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For Going Natural...
If you want to go for a very natural look, Paré named taupe and pewter as two shades that complement blue beautifully. A little smudging around the outside and you'll look like just-woke-up effortless.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Stone)Fox, $25, available at Sephora.
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For Those Who Want Options...
This palette, full of flattering-to-blue hues, is one of Paré's favorites right now.

Maybelline The Rock Nudes Eye Shadow Palette, $8.99, available at Target.
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For a simplified routine, go for a four-shadow palette that gives you everything you need to create a grey, smoky look.

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Smokey Grey, $62, available at Sephora.
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