5 Makeup Products That Make Your Blue Eyes Pop
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.”
2. BLUE LINER TO BRIGHTEN
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.”
3. BLUE MASCARA FOR AN EXTRA 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.”
4. CREAM shades FOR THE CORNERS
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.”
5. LILAC SHADOW FOR CONTRAST
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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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)