Eyeshadow Recommendations for Blue and Gray Eyes

Choosing a color that is opposite on the color wheel from your eye color will emphasize the color of your eyes. Since orange is directly opposite from blue on the color wheel, orange-y colors like peach and copper work well with blue and gray eyes. Here’s a longer list of shades for blue and gray eyes, broken down by undertone:

  • Warm: peach, copper, orange, bronze, gold, burgundy, plummy purple, rose gold, taupe, warm brown, rust, pink, champagne/warm beige, taupe
  • Cool: gray/silver (for blue eyes), purple, pink, taupe

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be absolutely prescriptive or to box you in – it’s just a starting point. Every single one of these colors may not work for you; consider your skin undertone and how bright or muted your coloring is. For instance, bright gold may not look right on someone with muted coloring, and warm brown may look muddy on someone with bright coloring. See here for more on this.

And there are many ways to incorporate these eyeshadow colors into your looks. You don’t need to put an orange shadow all over your lid; you can use it on part of the lid and blend it into more neutral colors, as in the image above. See here and here for some ideas on putting together eyeshadow looks. I’ve also put some example images in this post.

Below I’ve listed specific eyeshadow options, with different finishes and from different price points, for each color group. I’ve noted the finish and how light/dark each color is in parentheses. One quick note – if you have darker skin, the shades labeled as light to light-medium may look ashy on you.

Copper:

  • Milani Bella Copper (metallic; medium)
  • Inglot 404 (pearl; light-medium, more gold/less orange than 405)
  • Inglot 405 (pearl; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Goddess (metallic; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Glamorous (shimmer, light-medium, more gold/less orange than Goddess)
  • MAC Amber Lights (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Chopper (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (metallic; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (pearl; medium)

Peach:

Source: Paolla

Source: Paolla

  • Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (matte, light)
  • Inglot 368 (matte; light)
  • MAC Arena (satin, light-medium)
  • MAC Jest (shimmer, light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Sellout (frost, light-medium)
  • Urban Decay ABC Gum (matte, very light)
  • Make Up For Ever S710 Peach (satin; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon (satin; light-medium, pinker than S710)

Orange:

Source: Paolla

Source: Paolla

  • Milani Bella Mandarin (satin; light-medium)
  • Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude (metallic; medium-dark, muted rusty brown undertones)
  • Inglot 383 (matte; medium)
  • Inglot 51 (shimmer; medium)
  • Inglot 407 (pearl; medium coral orange)
  • Makeup Geek Chickadee (matte; medium, yellow undertones)
  • Urban Decay Freelove (shimmer, light-medium coral orange)
  • MAC Rule (matte; medium)
  • MAC Orange (matte; medium-dark) – Pro product
  • Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (pearl; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (matte, light-medium, muted brownish undertones)
  • Make Up For Ever S732 Orange (satin, light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine (metallic, medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I724 Rust (pearl, medium, muted brownish undertones)
  • Make Up For Ever I730 Pumpkin (pearl; medium-dark)
  • NARS Mediteranee (shimmer; medium, muted brownish undertones)

Champagne/warm beige:

  • Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells trio – eyelid color (shimmer; light-medium champagne)
  • Maybelline Barely Branded (frost; light champagne)
  • Milani Bella Champagne (shimmer; light-medium champagne)
  • Milani Shadow Eyez Champagne Toast (shimmer; light-medium pinky champagne)
  • L’Oreal Iced Latte, AKA Hourglass Beige (metallic; light champagne)
  • Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (metallic; light champagne)
  • Inglot 328 (matte; warm beige)
  • Inglot 393 (pearl; light yellowy peach)
  • MAC Orb (satin; soft peachy beige)
  • MAC Blanc Type (matte; creamy beige)
  • MAC Shroom (shimmer; soft beige)
  • MAC Naked Lunch (shimmer; peachy beige)
  • MAC All That Glitters (gold pearl; beige)
  • Urban Decay Sin (frost; light-medium champagne)
  • Stila Kitten (shimmer; light-medium champagne)
  • NARS Abyssinia (soft sheen; light beige)
  • Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (shimmer; light-medium peachy beige)
  • Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (frost; light gold beige)

Gold:

  • Maybelline Bold Gold (shimmer; medium)
  • L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Milani Bella Sand (metallic; light-medium)
  • Milani Bella Gold (metallic; light-medium, more vibrant than Bella Sand)
  • Fyrinnae Polar Bear (shimmer; light)
  • Inglot 403 (pearl; light)
  • Inglot 430 (pearl; medium)
  • Urban Decay Half Baked (metallic; light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Baked (metallic; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (pearl; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (metallic; medium)

Cool purple, including violet:

Source: choccolate91

Source: choccolate91

  • L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (shimmer; medium violet) – doesn’t wear well and has sheer pigmentation if applied dry
  • L’Oreal Purple Priority (shimmer; dark purple)
  • Milani Bella Violet (shimmer; light-medium violet)
  • Milani Shadow Eyez Royal Purple (matte; medium cool purple)
  • Jordana eyeshadow pencil Perpetual Purple (shimmer; medium cool purple) – sheers out when blended
  • Makeup Geek Wisteria (matte; light violet)
  • Makeup Geek Duchess (matte; medium-dark muted purple)
  • Fyrinnae Because Cats (shimmer; medium-dark purple)
  • Inglot 445 (pearl; light-medium violet)
  • Inglot 441 (pearl; light-medium violet, cooler than 445)
  • Inglot 439 (pearl; medium violet)
  • MAC Beautiful Iris (pearl; light violet)
  • MAC Parfait Amour (frost; light-medium violet)
  • Urban Decay Asphyxia (shimmer; light violet)
  • Urban Decay Flash (shimmer; light-medium violet)
  • Make Up For Ever S920 Violet (satin; light violet)
  • Make Up For Ever S924 Purple (satin; medium violet, vibrant)
  • Ardency Inn Royal (shimmer; medium purple, vibrant)

Bright pinky/plummy purple:

  • L’Oreal Burst Into Bloom (metallic; light) – semi-opaque applied dry; fully opaque and more metallic applied wet
  • Sugarpill Magentric (shimmer; medium)
  • Fyrinnae Meerkat (gold shimmer; light)
  • Urban Decay Fishnet (duochrome shimmer; medium)
  • Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (frost; medium)
  • MAC Plum Dressing (pearl; medium) – sheer pigmentation; requires layering to get good color payoff
  • Laura Mercier Orchid caviar stick (shimmer; light)
  • Ardency Inn Orchid (shimmer; medium)

Mauve/muted pinky/plummy purple:

  • Milani Bella Purple (satin; medium)
  • Makeup Geek Unexpected (matte; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Sensuous (shimmer; medium)
  • Inglot 399 (pearl; light)
  • Inglot 344 (matte; light-medium)
  • Inglot 445 (pearl; light-medium)
  • Inglot 446 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • MAC Haux (semi-matte; light-medium)
  • MAC Trax (shimmer; medium) – sheer pigmentation; requires layering or a base for good color payoff
  • MAC Sketch (matte; medium-dark) – texture is a little dry/hard to blend
  • Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (matte; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (satin; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (satin; medium)
  • Make Up For ever M822 Plum (matte; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (pearl; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (matte; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever M842 Wine (matte; medium)
  • Urban Decay Bordello (gold glitter; light-medium)
  • Urban Decay Last Call (metallic; medium)
  • Laura Mercier African Violet (gold shimmer; light-medium)
  • Laura Mercier Kir Royal (satin; medium-dark)
  • Laura Mercier Amethyst caviar stick (shimmer; light-medium)

Eggplant purple:

  • L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (shimmer; dark)
  • Inglot 325 (matte; dark)
  • Inglot 375 (matte; medium; warmer than 325)
  • Fyrinnae Tapir (satin; medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Drama Queen (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • MAC Fig 1 (matte; medium-dark)
  • Urban Decay Rockstar (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Laura Mercier Plum caviar stick (satin; dark)
  • Make Up For Ever M928 Eggplant (matte; dark)

Pink:

Source: Farizah

Source: Farizah

  • Maybelline Inked in Pink (frost; light-medium mauve-y pink)
  • L’Oreal Forever Pink (metallic; light-medium pink with gold shimmer)
  • Milani Bella Fuchsia (satin, light-medium cool pink)
  • Milani Bella Rouge (metallic, medium raspberry pink)
  • Inglot 431 (metallic; light cool pink)
  • Inglot 399 (pearl; medium muted mauve-y pink)
  • Makeup Geek Cupcake (matte, muted medium warm pink)
  • Makeup Geek Mango Tango (satin, medium peachy pink)
  • Urban Decay SWF or Heartless (frost, light-medium cool pink)
  • Make Up For Ever S814 Light Rosewood (satin, medium muted warm pink)
  • Make Up For Ever M816 Rosewood (matte, medium muted warm pink, darker and peachier than S814)
  • Make Up For Ever S818 Pinky Tile (satin, medium-dark muted warm pink)
  • Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink (pearl; medium muted plummy/mauve-y pink)
  • Make Up For Ever M704 Canyon (matte, medium muted warm pink)
  • Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (satin, medium muted brownish pink)

Gray/silver (for blue eyes):

  • L’Oreal Liquid Diamond, AKA Flashback Silver (shimmer; light-medium silver)
  • L’Oreal Sultry Smoke (satin; medium gray)
  • Maybelline Audacious Asphalt (shimmer; medium charcoal)
  • Milani Bella Silver (metallic; light-medium silver)
  • Milani Bella Gray (satin; medium gray)
  • Milani Bella Charcoal (shimmer; medium-dark charcoal)
  • Inglot 454 (pearl, light silver)
  • Inglot 444 (pearl, medium-dark charcoal)
  • Makeup Geek Rockstar (shimmer, light silver)
  • Makeup Geek Mercury (metallic, light-medium silver)
  • Makeup Geek Graphite (shimmer, medium gray)
  • Makeup Geek Stealth (matte, medium gray)
  • Makeup Geek Galaxy (metallic, medium-dark gunmetal)
  • MAC Club (green/red/brown duochrome, medium-dark gray)
  • MAC Scene (satin, medium, gray leaning blue)
  • MAC Copperplate (matte, medium, gray leaning brown)
  • MAC Knight Divine (pearl; medium-dark charcoal)
  • Urban Decay Verve (shimmer; light beige-gray)
  • Urban Decay S&M (shimmer, light-medium silver)
  • Urban Decay Desperation (satin, medium charcoal)
  • Urban Decay Gunmetal (glitter, medium-dark gunmetal)
  • Urban Decay Oil Slick (glitter, dark charcoal)
  • Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (shimmer, light silver)
  • Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (metallic, light-medium silver)
  • Make Up For Ever S114 Pearl Gray (satin, light-medium gray)
  • Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (matte, medium-dark charcoal)
  • Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (metallic, medium-dark gunmetal)
  • Guerlain Les Fumes

Plummy brown:

Source: kitulec

Source: kitulec

  • Makeup Geek Last Dance (satin; medium-dark)
  • Inglot 423 (pearl; dark)
  • MAC Sable (shimmer; medium)
  • Urban Decay Roach (metallic; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (pearl; medium)

Rust:

  • Inglot 605 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red (pearl; medium-dark)
  • NARS Persia (matte; medium-dark)

Warm brown:

  • L’Oreal Bottomless Java (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Maybelline Creamy Beige (satin; light-medium)
  • Maybelline Chocolate Suede (soft shimmer; medium)
  • Milani Bella Espresso (satin; medium-dark)
  • Milani Shadow Eyez Brown Deluxe (shimmer; medium)
  • Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (matte; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Frappe (matte; medium)
  • Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (matte; medium-dark)
  • Inglot 357 (matte; medium)
  • Inglot 464 or 12 (shimmer; medium)
  • MAC Saddle (matte; light-medium)
  • MAC Cork (satin, medium)
  • MAC Brown Script (matte; medium-dark)
  • MAC Embark (matte; dark) – applies patchily
  • Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (matte; light-medium)
  • Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (matte; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (satin; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever M656 Chestnut (matte; medium-dark)

Taupe:

Source: alieneczka

Source: alieneczka

  • Wet n Wild Nutty (satin, medium, leans brown)
  • Milani Bella Taupe (satin, medium)
  • L’Oreal Bronzed Taupe (shimmer, medium, leans gray)
  • Makeup Geek Prom Night (shimmer, medium, leans gray)
  • Makeup Geek Moondust (metallic, medium, leans gray)
  • Makeup Geek Taupe Notch (satin, medium, leans brown) – very powdery texture
  • Inglot 349 (matte, medium, leans gray)
  • Inglot 402 (pearl, medium, leans brown)
  • MAC Satin Taupe (frost, medium, leans gray/mauve)
  • NARS Ashes to Ashes (shimmer, medium)
  • Urban Decay YDK (frost, medium)
  • Urban Decay Stray Dog (shimmer, medium)
  • Make Up For Ever S560 Taupe (satin, medium, leans brown)
  • Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray (satin, medium, leans gray)
  • Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (shimmer, medium)
  • Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (matte, medium-dark, leans gray)
  • Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (shimmer, medium, leans brown)
  • Chanel Safari (shimmer, medium)

Rose gold:

  • L’Oreal Amber Rush (metallic; light-medium)
  • Inglot 407 (pearl; light-medium)
  • Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (gold shimmer; light-medium)
  • Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions
  • MAC Expensive Pink (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (shimmer; light-medium) – sheer pigmentation
  • Lancome Kitten Heel (shimmer; light) – sheer pigmentation; requires layering for full color payoff
  • Laura Mercier Rose Gold caviar stick (shimmer; light)
  • Ardency Inn Rose Gold (shimmer; light-medium)

Bronze:

Source: Milanka

Source: Milanka

  • Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (shimmer; medium)
  • L’Oreal Bronzed Taupe (shimmer, medium, cooler than Bad to the Bronze)
  • Wet n Wild Comfort Zone – second shade on the left (shimmer; light-medium)
  • Wet n Wild Comfort Zone – third shade on the left (shimmer; medium, browner than the second shade)
  • Milani Bella Bronze (metallic; medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Pretentious (shimmer; medium)
  • Inglot 406 (metallic; medium)
  • Inglot 421 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • MAC Woodwinked (shimmer; medium)
  • MAC Tempting (shimmer; medium-dark, browner than Woodwinked)
  • Stila Golightly (shimmer; medium)
  • Urban Decay Smog (shimmer; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (shimmer, medium-dark)
  • NARS Himalia (shimmer; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe (frost; medium, more gold than Cauldron)
  • Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (metallic; medium)

Reddish burgundy:

Source: alieneczka

Source: alieneczka

  • NYX Rust jumbo pencil (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Bitten (matte; medium-dark)
  • Sugarpill Asylum (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Fyrinnae Peppermint Vodka (copper shimmer; medium-dark)
  • Inglot 450 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • MAC Cranberry (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • MAC Deep Damson (matte; dark)
  • Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (pearl; medium)
  • Make Up For Ever M846 Morello Cherry (matte; medium-dark)

Purple-ish burgundy:

  • Maybelline Pomegranate Punk (shimmer; medium-dark)
  • L’Oreal Glistening Garnet (shimmer; medium-dark) – needs to be applied wet for best color payoff
  • Inglot 452 (pearl; medium-dark)
  • Makeup Geek Burlesque (soft shimmer; dark)
  • Make Up For Ever M844 Burgundy (matte; medium-dark)
  • NARS Desdemona (pearl; medium)
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