Eyeshadow palettes have been one of my all time favorite makeup products since I can remember. I love all the different ones brands come out with and the inspiration and creativity they inspire. I still very much love eyeshadow palettes and have a ton that I regularly rotate in my collection. However, I’ve noticed over the years that there are just some colors or looks that I can’t get through palettes. It’s unlikely that a brand would come out with a perfect palette just for me and my complexion or preferences. That has led me to be more interested in single eyeshadows lately to customize my own looks. I thought it would be fun to round up the best single eyeshadows for blue eyes.
**I have blue eyes (probably obvious) but I don’t want to discriminate. I started with blue since that’s my eye color and what I know the most about. If you have brown, green or hazel eyes and want me to do a similar post like this, just leave me a comment! Let me know what you want to see and I would be happy to 🙂
Playing around with single eyeshadows has helped me to create all sorts of custom looks that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get with a palette. I feel like the more you learn about your complexion, skin tone, and eye color, the better you will be able to come up with unique looks that suit your unique features. Along with my blue eyes, I have light skin and light blonde hair so I like to take all 3 of those factors into consideration when I do my eye makeup.
When it comes to picking eyeshadow colors that flatter your eye color, you have to start with a basic color wheel. For the most part, the most complimentary colors for your eye color will be whatever is on the opposite side of the color wheel.
The colors that are opposite of blue are in the orange family. That’s the section I started with first. It also includes a family of colors so don’t just think straight up orange but a range of shades so oranges, corals, cranberries, golds, etc.
It also varies in saturation which brings me to another section for bronzes, coppers, and rust colors which are darker versions of the orange family.
Purples and pinks are also very complimentary to blue eyes. I love wearing pink eyeshadows and am currently trying to create my own custom Z palette filled with pink, rose, rose gold, and peach shades. These colors compliment my complexion really well but I can’t really find a palette that I like with these shades. I’ve thought about buying Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette which is the closest any palette has come but it’s still just not quite what I want.
Anyway, if you are interested in creating your own palette, buy a Z palette like this one and any single eyeshadow will magnetically fit into it so you can have them all in one place!
Lastly, no matter what your eye color, typically eyeshadows in that same color family often amp up your own eye color that much more. So for me, blue eyeshadows actually bring out the blue intensity in my eyes. I don’t love wearing blue all over my eyes but I do like to incorporate it in small ways like under my lower lash line or as eyeliner.
The best thing about single eyeshadows is that most of them are so affordable! When I was putting this post together, most of the NYX ones ranged from $3-$4, ColourPop ranged from$4-$5, and Morphe from $2.29-$5.99. These 3 brands have the most selection when it comes to single eyeshadows and also have the best quality compared to other brands.
If you are bored with your palettes lately or are just looking for something special that no brand has really come out with, then try creating your own palette and hand-picking the colors you want. Single eyeshadows will help supplement your collection and bring new inspiration as you combine them with what you already have too!
ColourPop supershock eyeshadows
ColourPop pressed powder eyeshadows
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Hi there, just found your blog and I love it! It’s refreshing to see how many affordable products you’re recommending. I noticed this particular post and I think the idea of making your own palette is so great! Would you ever considered writing a similar post for brown eyes?
Hi Andrea! Thanks so much for the feedback 🙂 My passion for affordable products runs deep. I would love to create a post for brown eyes! I will make sure to do one soon.