Enhancing your eye color isn鈥檛 just a matter of pairing it with a few complementary colors 鈥 there鈥檚 more to it than that. Opposites attract in this case, so when it comes to shades of azul, it鈥檚 all about bringing out brightness without harshness. Case in point: Don鈥檛 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. 鈥淏lue eyes tend to be more sensitive than other colors, so it鈥檚 important to use an eye cream to prep,鈥 Laura Mercier global makeup artist Jerry Johnson tells Brit + Co. 鈥R茅Vive Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream ($150) is soothing and de-puffs the eye area while ensuring the skin around it is hydrated and calmed.鈥


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


Keeping with the same theory that blue-on-blue is illuminating, apply a swipe of blue mascara. 鈥淭he added hue of blue on top of the eye makes blue eyes look more open and light,鈥 Johnson explains. 鈥淧airing a mascara like L鈥橭real 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.鈥


If you want a more natural way to help your color pop, turn to cream-colored products. 鈥淭his is your instant brightening doctor,鈥 he says. 鈥淚t opens up the eyes and lets the bold blue color of the iris shine, making it perfect for a daytime look.鈥 Placement is key, though. If you overdo it (or go for straight white), it can look distracting and harsh. 鈥淯sing 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,鈥 Johnson continues. 鈥淚 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.鈥


A muted, dreamy purple contrasts beautifully against blue, so consider lilac. 鈥淚t complements blue because it has subtle blue undertones, but isn鈥檛 drastic,鈥 Johnson says. 鈥淚 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.鈥

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