No More Neutrals! Instagram’s Raddest Eye Looks Are Far From Familiar


Veering away from earth tones and neutrals can be scary enough when it comes to your wardrobe, let alone your makeup routine. To encourage a little more beauty experimentation, we’ve rounded up some of the best colorful eye looks on the ‘gram to inspire your approach to eyeshade.

Ever picked up a bright, bold pigment at your favorite beauty counter and almost bought it, only to change your mind at the last minute to the trusty neutral shade you’ve bought countless times? We all have that one cobalt or lavender eyeshadow lingering in the darkest depths of our makeup bag but, truth be told, we’ve never even bothered opening it, let alone trying it out.

Ready to step away from your faithful nude palette and pick up a pot of pink or purple? Continue for a lesson in being bold.

Model Paloma Elsesser proves that wearing red eyeshadow doesn’t have to look like a trip to the doctor is in order. We love inner gold highlight to brighten the eye and very minimal makeup on the rest of the face, like she wears here.

Ditch your nude shadows and try a more vivid crayon along the upper lash line instead. Finish off the look with groomed brows and dewy skin.

Smudge a black or brown eyeliner along the lower lash line and finish off with a dusting of orange across the lids.

Makeup artist Heather Lines is another vivid colors fan, mixing a few different warm shades like red, brown, orange to create this striking terracotta tone.

We couldn’t resist another bold eye courtesy of Paloma. Here, she teams her mid-blue lid with a mauve lip. Perfection.

If you’re not sold on pink eyeshadow yet, nothing will convince you. Not even model Charlie Barker and her flawless candy-colored shadow — or will she?