It may require a little courage, but experimenting with eyeshadow is one of the best ways to get creative with your cosmetics. Bring out your artistic side and play with color, shading and technique to create new and innovative designs that will bring out all of the beauty in your eyes.
Here are 21 eyeshadow ideas to help you take your makeup from the everyday to the extraordinary.
21. Rainbow Eyes
Brighten up a rainy day with your own personal rainbow. This eyeshadow design is all about bright colors. Offset the layering shades with thick black lashes and you’re on to a winner.
20. Polka Dot Eyes
Instead of opting for your usual streak of eyeliner on the top lid, add an interesting edge with a polka dot pattern along your eyelid. Use a bold eyeshadow color to create the most impact.
19. Beady Eye
Think outside the box when it comes to your eye makeup. Use tiny cosmetic beads in interesting decorative patterns to enhance the colors in your eyeshadow, and to create an exciting effect that’s truly unique.
18. Aquatic Eyes
Channel the aquatic vibe through your eye makeup with beautiful shades of blue and green. Using shadows with a metallic, glittering undertone will help bring out the oceanic feel of this design.
17. Golden Sunrise
Use colors, shading and layering to create your very own sunrise on your eyes. Golds, reds and shimmering orange blend perfectly together, and pair with black eyeliner to really make those colors pop.
16. Purple Haze
The smokey eye never, ever goes out style. Use purple shades blended together in the classic smoky effect with black eyeliner and deep navy, purple, pink and white shadows for a makeup look that flatters every eye color.
15. Magenta Magic
Being pretty in pink can look edgier and more modern than you might have thought. This hot pink shade fades out beautifully to a softer tone, and creates a serious impression when contrasted with thick jet-black lashes with tons of volume.
14. Bright Eyes
Brighten up a classic smoky blue eye with a metallic gold ages and a sparkling white base that extends all the way out to the edges of your eyebrows for a dazzling style that will make your eyes pop.
13. Blue Skies
For an amazing sky blue effect, use your shadow in gradients getting lighter as you move away from your eye.
12. Golden Glitz
Channel your inner movie star with a sparkling gold shadow.
Green shadows can bring out brown eyes perfectly, so blend metallic greens over a light base and you’ll feel like the perfect forest fairy in no time. This eyeshadow style looks especially striking on redheads.
10. Smoky Brown
Don’t get caught in a rut with blue and grey when it comes to smoky styles for your eye makeup. Brown shades capture the grunge look while metallics add a stardust finish.
9. Sunshine Shadow
Bring the sun out on a rainy day with yellow and orange blends.
Interesting eye makeup shouldn’t be limited to your eyelids. Experiment with designs and patterns around your eyes using shadows and your liquid eyeliner pen.
Want to really bring the edge up a notch? Bring the bright colors of your eyeshadow up to your eyebrows and wear with unlimited confidence.
6. Go Graphic
Give your makeup a bold, artistic look with geometric shapes, blocks of color and unexpected combinations.
5. A Surprising Streak
This unique eye makeup look uses a splash of color streaking out in a cat eye design to add a bold, bright edge to a classic style.
4. Starry Night
Recreate the evening sky with glittering blue and purple blends for a stunning evening eye makeup look.
3. Blue Jeans
Match your eyes with your denim with blends of navy blue. Keep it striking and bold with plenty of black mascara.
2. Tiger Eyes
Blend orange and yellow with black liner stripes to channel your inner big cat. Roaring is optional.
1. A Splash Of Color
Mix things up and combine colors you wouldn’t normally put together for a surprising twist on your usual eyeshadow. Play with lines and layers for a unique effect.