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26 easy-to-follow eye makeup looks for blue eyes

If you're looking for some inspiration for eye makeup looks for blue eyes, you're in the right place

Keen to make the most of your peepers? Our ultimate guide to eye makeup looks for blue eyes will come in handy. 

Blue eyes span a whole spectrum of shades, from icy pale blue right through to a very deep, bottom-of-the-ocean kind of blue, and we’re confident that you’ll find plenty of celebrity inspiration on this eyeshadow looks list to suit your specific colour. 

You might want to complement your blue eyes with a matchy-matchy shadow, create a contrast with a hue on the opposite end of the colour spectrum or keep it simple with classics like a smoky eye or a cat eye eyeliner look. You don’t even have to go down the eyeshadow and eyeliner route if you don’t want to – sometimes with blue eyes, a quick slick of your mascara is enough. 

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Shade shift

As we get older, the skin that sits on our brow bone can slacken, creating or amplifying hooded eyes and making our lids less visible in the process. To work around this, follow Helen Mirren’s lead by adding colour to the lower lash line, rather than the top. The pink shade perfectly ties together her outfit and lip colour too.

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Red hot

Forget any negative connotations you have around red eyes making you look like you’ve either barely slept or been crying, the key to pulling off this shade is to make sure that it looks deliberate. Margot Robbie gets it spot-on here, with a shimmering pinky-red shadow to compliment her blue eyes. 

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Graphic liner

Not one for the faint-hearted, granted, but we love seeing people think outside the box when it comes to makeup. Olivia Wilde has well and truly ripped up the eyeliner rulebook here, framing her blue eyes with one sweep of graphic liner spanning her bottom lash line and a second line following the curve above the crease of her lid. 

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Electric blue

Instead of using your eyeliner to contrast with the colour of your eyes, why not match them with a shimmering blue hue like Christina Hendricks? Keeping the rest of her makeup simple allows all the focus to be on her eyes and signature red pout. 

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90s grunge

Sienna Miller gives us a masterclass in how to make blonde hair and blue eyes feel less girly and more grungy with eyes lined in thick black kohl. Taking it right to the inner corners along the waterline adds real definition to the look. 

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Completely light

Looking for low-maintenance eye makeup looks for blue eyes? Tilda Swinton is the perfect example, leaving her lids and lashes entirely bare so the focus is on the shade of her eyes and her impossibly flawless skin instead. 

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Bold liner

Zooey Deschanel’s blue eyes are really round, giving her a doe-eyed appearance. Only wearing eyeliner on her upper lash line (and combining this with lashings of mascara) helps to balance out the shape so they look wider.

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Pretty pink

Sparkly pink eyeshadow frames Holly Willoughby’s blue eyes perfectly, with the contrast between the shades making them appear even brighter. Combining with black eyeliner helps to make her lashes look fuller too. 

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Monochrome magic

An eye makeup look for blue eyes that demands a second take, we love the level of detail on January Jone’s magpie-esque liner. Winged black eyeliner is interrupted by flashes of white for a striking finish. 

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Defined edges

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, so it pays to frame them nicely. Angelina Jolie has kept things relatively simple here, teaming a pinky light shadow with eyeliner along the full length of her top lash line and a third of the bottom one to really define and draw out the outer corners. 

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Silver smoke

Cameron Diaz’s eyes are such a pale shade of blue that it’s almost impossible to believe they’re real, and a slick of silver eyeshadow makes them look even sparklier. A fresh alternative to darker shadow shades of grey and black. 

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Glitter wing

If you want to try something a little different for a night out without stepping too far out of your comfort zone, take a leaf out of Emma Stone’s book and trace a second layer of glitter-packed silver eyeliner above your classic black. It'll add a touch of glamour without feeling too out there. 

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Full Cleopatra

Megan Fox’s blue eyes look especially sultry when they’ve been lined in this much metallic grey shadow and eyeliner. Maybe not one for every day, but one to consider trying for a special occasion. 

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Hot tropics

Orange sits on the opposite side of the colour wheel to blue, making it the perfect choice for creating a bold shade clash. Amanda Seyfried has chosen a lighter, more tropical orange hue for her upper lid, and a deeper, almost red shade for her lower one. 

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Bright eyed

Feel like darker shadow shades can make your eyes look tired? A bright champagne shade is the antidote and looks especially good with Claire Foy’s pale complexion. By not detracting with colourful shadow, blue eyes stand out even more. 

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Barely there

As the poster girl for the quiet luxury and stealth wealth trends, you can always expect Gwyneth Paltrow to look understated rather than too “done”. By shunning eyeshadow in favour of lashes loaded with mascara, her blue eyes and bronzed complexion steal the limelight. 

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Matchy matchy

If you’re in a hurry, you can use the same multi-tasking cream blush on your eyes, lips and cheeks. This girlie pink shade is gorgeous with Claire Dane’s blue eyes, for a synergistic, monochromatic makeup look. 

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Cool blue

Diane Kruger’s eyeshadow is such a spot-on match with her eye colour that we’re not convinced she hasn’t had it made specially. Teamed with pale skin and silver accessories, the metallic blue hue has a real ice queen feel. 

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Glimmering gold

Not everyone will agree, but in our opinion, gold definitely counts as a neutral that won’t steal focus from the rest of your makeup. How deep blue your eyes are will depend on the best gilded hue for you. If they’re pale like Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s, then a soft gold will be the most flattering. 

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Soft coral

Take your eye makeup looks for blue eyes inspiration from a tropical island, teaming your pool-blue peepers with sunset shades of orange and coral. We love how Blake Lively has extended her shadow out way beyond the crease, working upwards and outwards towards her brows. 

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Champagne sparkle

Glitter isn’t just for evening you know, and the lighter you go, the more daytime-appropriate it will feel. Kate Bosworth is flying the flag for low-maintenance eye looks here, and this is a doddle to replicate with a quick scribble of an eyeshadow crayon. 

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Winging it

Winged eyeliner will make round blue eyes like Katherine Jenkins's appear wider and more upturned, giving the entire eye area a lift. Create the look with eyeliner or with eyeshadow on a tapered flat brush. 

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Round about

If you want to go all out with your blue-eyed makeup look, make like Reese Witherspoon with a narrow liner looped around the entire eye and complemented by a little smoky brown shadow. Not going too heavy-handed with the kohl makes for a softer finish that allows the whites of her eyes to shine.

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Peachy tones

At first glance, there’s not much to Cate Blanchett’s eyeshadow look, but when you look a little closer you’ll see that it’s a two-toned peachy affair, with a pinkier shade on top, and an orangier one on the bottom. Gorgeous. 

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Sharp and defined

An eye look that means business, black eyeliner along the waterline creates sharp points at either side of Charlize Theron’s eyes. An easy way to add an edge to an otherwise very feminine makeup look. 

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Neutral smoke

Smoky eyes are traditionally grey and black, but these darker shades aren’t always the most forgiving. We love how Amy Adams has coordinated her eyeshadow with the neutral brown and auburn tones of her hair in order to accentuate her blue eyes. 

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If you're looking for some inspiration for eye makeup looks for blue eyes, you're in the right place