Blue-Eyed Makeup: All eyes on the bride! As you make your way down the aisle, let your eyes do the talking. Depending on your personal style, your wedding eye makeup look can be minimalist and simple or bold and glamorous—whichever you choose, you’ll just want to ensure it complements and enhances your eye color.
When you’re looking at bridal beauty looks to inspire your own, the first thing you should consider is your eye color. Brides with blue eyes look best in neutral tones, like champagne and taupe, as well as coppers, corals, and bronze. Blue eyes stand out on their own, so you want to avoid overwhelming light eyes with dark eye shadow.
Instead, enhance blue eyes with shimmery gold’s and cool-toned browns. Looking for inspiration you can share with your makeup artist? Be specific with your search. “When looking for bridal makeup inspiration, avoid using ‘bridal’ or ‘blue’ in the search, which can bring up outdated and overly made-up looks that aren’t fresh or modern,” advises makeup artist Tanya Bures. “Stick with words like ‘event makeup for light eyes,’ ‘red carpet makeup for light eyes,’ or ‘natural eye shadow for light eyes.'”
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Ahead, we’ll take a look at wedding eye makeup ideas for blue eyes, ranging from the traditional Smokey eye to soft and romantic natural glam looks.
1. Clean and Classic
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Blue eyes are striking enough on their own. Take a cue from this Chicago bride and keep it simple on the eyes: A thin line of black eyeliner makes your lashes appear thicker and darker, helping blue eyes stand out even more. Natural, shimmery eye shadow and wispy lashes complete the look.
2. Liner and Lashes
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Your partner may only have eyes for you, but on your wedding day, you may be wanting to play up yours a little more than usual. Black liquid liner accentuates blue eyes beautifully, while false lashes emphasize your natural eye shape. Bride Lauren paired the look with a soft smoke and gold shimmer to really make her baby blues pop for the Atlanta nuptials.
3. Sunset Hues
Blue-Eyed Makeup, “Sunset tones and rose gold shadows are still having their moment,” says Bures. “For blue eyes, this is the perfect backdrop as orange is the complementary color to blue in the color wheel.” We love this bride’s warm, dusky vibe for her tropical Palm Springs wedding.
4. Copper Monochrome
Blue-Eyed Makeup, “Darker hair color will always create a more vibrant blue in the eyes, and adding complementary warm tones on the eyes will amplify that contrast,” notes Bures. We love this bride’s allover wash of copper hues from the metallic eye to the matching lip. The look sets her vivid eyes ablaze for the Miami nuptials.
5. Eye-Catching Eyeliner
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Full brows and dark liner give a powerful presence to blue eyes. While winged eyeliner is always a classic, not all liner needs to extend up towards the brow. Stop extending just before you get to the outer corner of the eyes for a more natural, lifted look.
6. Natural Smokey Eye
Blue-Eyed Makeup, This bride’s blue eyes are absolutely piercing, thanks to the dark shadow laid down closest to her upper lash line. Skip the shadow on the lower lash line and leave the brows looking natural and full to keep all the attention on those bright baby blues. A pink lippy keeps the face looking fresh without competing with the eyes.
7. Barely There
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Forgo the eye shadow altogether and let your blue eyes shine all on their own. A light coat of black mascara emphasizes the color, while bushy brows perfectly frame the face. We especially love the natural flush on the lips, giving a just-bitten vibe that matches the rest of the barely there makeup.
8. Classic Winged Liner
Blue-Eyed Makeup, There’s just something about the way winged eyeliner and blue eyes go together. This elegant look is ideal for a retro-inspired wedding, as this timeless eyeliner trend harkens back to old Hollywood glamour while still remaining current. We love the powerful red lip to complete the bride’s Bond-girl vibe.
9. Warm-Toned Earthy Natural
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Warm orange tones are a natural fit for blue eyes. These complementary colors look especially stunning in makeup, like when blue eyes are paired with a wash of orangey-brown eyeshadow across the lids and a peachy blush. We can’t think of a more appropriate way to highlight blue eyes for a golden-hour ceremony in Puglia.
10. Light and Fresh
Blue-Eyed Makeup, A sweeping wash of a light-colored shadow is enough to make blue eyes pop. Finish with a tiny upward flick of liner at the outer corners to open up downturned eyes. Apply a few coats of mascara, and the look is complete.
11. Wash of Pink
Blue-Eyed Makeup, If you’re yearning for a pop of color in your wedding-day makeup look, might we suggest pink? This beaming bride makes a serious case for the bold wash of pastel and her bright blue eyes are loving the extra attention. The watercolor vibe is picture-perfect for a Monet-inspired wedding.
12. Dazzling Bronze
Blue-Eyed Makeup, The “opposites attract” rule is especially true when it comes to eye makeup colors. Hues like bronze, tan, and brown are some of the best eye shadow colors for blue eyes. The bronze eyeliner on the lower lash line makes this bride’s blue eyes look especially vibrant.
13. Soft Matte Coral
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Here is another example of how orange eye shadow pairs perfectly with blue eyes. Warm up cool blue eyes with an orangey coral shade in the crease, followed by a thick swipe of black liner. Blue eyes have never looked brighter.
14. California Cool
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Varying shades of warm brown eye shadow bring out the beauty of blue eyes. With the subtle Smokey eye and bronzy, glowy complexion, this look has a boho California-inspired feel to it. We love how this bride’s eyes effortlessly come alive without demanding too much attention from strong liner or dark shadows.
15. Just Peachy
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Add some warmth to your look with a light dusting of a peach eyeshadow across the lids. To define the lash line, take a slanted eyebrow brush and dip it in a deep brown eyeshadow to create a soft and romantic winged liner. “We’ve been seeing rich brown eyeliner instead of black as a softer, more smoldering alternative,” adds Bures.
16. Shades of Gray
Blue-Eyed Makeup, A Smokey eye look literally never goes out of style, but dark black shadow can overwhelm blue eyes. Classic cool tones, such as gray and silver, add depth without overdosing on drama. Use a silver or gray pencil in the lower waterline for allover definition.
17. Modern Minimalist
Blue-Eyed Makeup, For a minimalist eye makeup look, skip the shadow altogether and add a very thin line of eyeliner starting at the middle of your pupil. Load up on the mascara and leave the under eyes completely blank. This French-girl beauty look is super-trendy right now.
18. Soft and Romantic
Blue-Eyed Makeup, “Too much black around the entire eye is distracting and unnecessary,” says Bures. “With blue eyes, the beauty is less is more.” Let your light eyes shine brightly by paring down your eye look to just the essentials: a single nude-toned eye shadow for subtle definition and a bit of mascara. This simple yet stunning eye look is a subtle upgrade from the traditional “no makeup” makeup look.
19. Sweet and Smokey
Blue-Eyed Makeup, This super-wearable eye look proves that Smokey eyes don’t have to be edgy and dramatic. They can also be soft and natural. The key to a perfect Smokey eye is blending the eye shadow along the upper lash line with a pencil-shaped brush to get that smoke-like effect. Then, smudge the shadow along the lower lash line.
20. Classic Black Smokey Eye
Blue-Eyed Makeup, Dramatic Smokey eyes are a go-to eye look for a glamorous wedding. Crucial elements include midnight black eye shadow and kohl pencil, liquid liner, and a pair of knockout false lashes. Take it up a notch by adding shimmer or glitter to the center of the lid. Baby blues will smolder underneath that haze of smoke.