Enhancing your eye color isn’t just a matter of pairing it with a few complementary colors — there’s more to it than that. Opposites attract in this case, so when it comes to shades of azul, it’s all about bringing out brightness without harshness. Case in point: Don’t automatically reach for black colored products to define your eyes. Instead, read on to learn about five makeup products to flatter your baby blues.

1. EYE CREAM to prep

All eye colors are not created equal. Believe it or not, light-eyed beauties experience more sensitivity in the eyes than other colors, so prepping the area is key. “Blue eyes tend to be more sensitive than other colors, so it’s important to use an eye cream to prep,” Laura Mercier global makeup artist Jerry Johnson tells Brit + Co. “RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream ($150) is soothing and de-puffs the eye area while ensuring the skin around it is hydrated and calmed.”


While we usually don’t go all matchy-matchy, blue is the exception because it brightens the whites of the eye. “Blue eyeliner is lighter than brown, but not as harsh as black,” Jerry explains. Using a too-dark shade can actually end up closing off your eyes, making them appear smaller. “Try Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner ($25) in Bleu Marine to make the white of the eyes look brighter and healthier,” Johnson says. “It gives the effect of black without the severity, and the tint of blue makes blue eyes stand out and pop.”


Keeping with the same theory that blue-on-blue is illuminating, apply a swipe of blue mascara. “The added hue of blue on top of the eye makes blue eyes look more open and light,” Johnson explains. “Pairing a mascara like L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara ($8) in Cobalt Blue with a tight-lined eye can really emphasize the drama! You can also add a soft, gray shadow underneath the eye area for a toned-down look.”


If you want a more natural way to help your color pop, turn to cream-colored products. “This is your instant brightening doctor,” he says. “It opens up the eyes and lets the bold blue color of the iris shine, making it perfect for a daytime look.” Placement is key, though. If you overdo it (or go for straight white), it can look distracting and harsh. “Using a subtle swipe of Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil ($8) in Soft Nude is a trick that can really change the entire dimension of the eye look,” Johnson continues. “I like to line the inner corners of the eye with a cream pencil and follow up with a soft navy pencil on the lower lash line to really draw out the blue.”


A muted, dreamy purple contrasts beautifully against blue, so consider lilac. “It complements blue because it has subtle blue undertones, but isn’t drastic,” Johnson says. “I always go for a slightly sheeny shadow like Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Singles ($12) in Buon Fresco, which provides a contrast against the white of the eye.”

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