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 What makeup will make my blue eyes pop?

Answer: There are two very different approaches to making blue eyes pop: we can either work with or against the blue.

To take the latter approach, let’s get technical for a minute: color theory says that opposites on the color wheel will complement and reinforce each other. In a nutshell, this means that using a contrasting color will help your baby blues stand out. Orange and rust tones are complementary colors to blue, but lest we walk around looking like we smeared Georgia clay on our eyelids—instead, try out this neutral daytime look that packs a punch: bronze. The shimmer in bronze shadows catches the light and brightens the entire eye area, and the contrast between this color and your blue eyes will be stunning. My favorite bronze color is Maybelline’s EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Bad To The Bronze, as it’s an easy-to-blend cream consistency and boasts some serious staying power. Try smudging a soft brown liner onto your lids and into your waterline to intensify the look, and don’t forget to highlight the inner corners to brighten things up.

For nighttime looks, more is more. To up the ante with your blue eyes, add just a little extra blue. Now, we’re not suggesting you take a Barbie doll approach and sport electric blue eyeliner—instead, try out a subdued and sophisticated shade of navy like MAC eyeshadow in Contrast. Blend this color into your crease after you’ve evened the rest of the lid out with a neutral light brown or taupe, and then add some drama with precise jet-black gel or liquid liner. Don’t forget to highlight the inner corners for this look as well, and add a nude or white liner to the lower waterline to make your eyes appear even bigger and brighter. Clean up any fallout on the under-eye area with your concealer to keep the look crisp and clean, and to prevent the appearance of dark shadows.

What are your favorite techniques for enhancing blue eyes? Let us know in the comments below!