Ever since I caught a glimpse of my favorite babysitter’s blue-lacquered lashes twenty-ish years ago, I knew that someday I, too, would wear blue mascara (preferably with a tattoo choker and Doc Martens). Colorful lashes are still very much a thing now (as are tattoo chokers and Doc Martens, you may have noticed), though slightly more evolved: These days, the best blue mascaras appear in a range of shades, from subtle navy to rich lapis. And like their classic black counterparts, they’re capable of delivering all the thickness, separation, curl, and longevity you’d expect from a high-performing mascara.
You certainly don’t have to choose a mascara shade based on your eye color — rather, you may want to pick the shade you feel comfortable wearing, the formula you like, or the effect you’re going for, like volumizing versus lengthening. But a little bit of color theory never hurt anyone. So, generally speaking: Rich blues, like cobalt, complement brown eyes beautifully; purple-toned blues offset green and hazel eyes; and navy enhances blue eyes.
Whatever your preferred shade, scroll on to shop four of the best blue mascaras out there right now.
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