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The Best Shadows For An Inner Eye Pop of Color

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 7, 2021
The Best Shadows For An Inner Eye Pop of Color

Give your eyes a boost with these shadows

Everybody loves a good minimal makeup trick, especially after a year of mascara-only beauty looks and yoga pants like 2020, and there’s one that’s simply above all the rest: inner eye highlighting. Just like you highlight your cheeks and brow bone, you can strobe the inner corners of your eyes with pops of gold, white, and blue for an exquisite and (literally) eye-catching shimmer. Not only does this trick help you look instantly radiant and refreshed, ideal for the days you didn’t get enough sleep, it’s also a trendy makeup effect for beauty beginners and experts alike. Celebrity makeup artists regularly use this trick on stars like Gigi Hadid and Shay Mitchell, bringing a little color into their beauty routines while helping the eyes look more dreamy and doe-eyed. If you’re ready for an A-list makeup trend that takes only two seconds to do and accentuates your eyes like no other, try these top eyeshadows on MIRA BEAUTY for the most striking inner eye pop of color, ever.

Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Rose Gold by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, $28

Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Rose Gold by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
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Rose gold is a trendy color that looks ravishing on everybody, and has a real talent for bringing out your eyes. Even if you’re not in the mood to do a full-face monochromatic makeup look in rose gold (seriously, try it,) you can still look sweet and sparkly with the Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Rose Gold by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Since this color is on the subtle side, an inner corner highlight will accentuate your eyes and enhance the rest of your makeup look, rather than become the center of it. Does that make sense? Rose gold makeup is ideal for fair skin tones who want a touch of subdued shimmer, or those who simply want to look more awake at work without drawing too much attention to themselves. Rose gold is elegant, timeless, and always beautiful, just like you, and this eyeshadow single by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will provide the inner corner highlight of your dreams.

Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream by NYX Professional Makeup, $5

Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream by NYX Professional Makeup
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NikkieTutorials called, and she wants her icy white inner corner shimmer back. This is perhaps the most popular shade to strobe your inner eyes, with your favorite beauty influencers choosing a shadow that’s so blinding, it could double as a cheek highlighter. The ultimate goal of this simple makeup look is to make your eyes look bigger and brighter, and you can’t get much brighter than the Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream by NYX Professional Makeup. It’s a matte shade that’s icy and just a little extra, yet still works for even the most laid-back days. Dab it on your inner corners for the best everyday makeup looks for Zoom school, or get more glamorous vibes for your New Year’s Eve makeup right from your living room. We can’t wait to see you get icy and exquisite for your 2021 beauty looks!

Single Eyeshadow in Goldfinger by NARS, $19

Single Eyeshadow in Goldfinger by NARS
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Beyonce’s makeup routine is much more simple than you may think - packed with drugstore products and simple makeup tricks. Like you know, the gold inner corner shimmer that she’s worn all throughout her two-decade career. “Sometimes I put a little gold eye shadow in the inner corners of my eyes—it's more subtle than white, but it still really makes you look more awake.” Beyonce said to Elle way back in 2010. And while the superstar is not a huge fan of eyeshadow, she’s been dabbing a gold shade in her inner corners for years to top off her makeup looks and look instantly refreshed. And you can do the same with the Single Eyeshadow in Goldfinger by NARS! Gold is an opulent color that’s regal and radiant, and effortlessly brings attention to your eyes when you need it the most. Even if you’re not doing 10 hour rehearsals for the Super Bowl halftime show like Queen B, a pop of gold can do wonders on the days you’ve been studying too hard or FaceTimed too late with your boyfriend. Give yourself a gold rush with this shimmery shade that brightens your eyes and makes them larger than life - just like Beyonce herself.

Baby Got Peach Eyeshadow Palette by Colourpop, $12

 Baby Got Peach Eyeshadow Palette by Colourpop
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Peach is a universal shade that works for every feature, skin tone, and makeup technique. And that includes an inner eye pop of color. It adds warmth and radiance to your complexion, enhancing your best features while ensuring that you still look natural. Seriously, peach makeup is the definition of “your look, just better.” And you can draw attention away from dark circles and towards your beautiful blue eyes with a sweet peach eyeshadow, like those from the Baby Got Peach Eyeshadow Palette by Colourpop. From peachy terracotta and coral to icy tangerine, you can choose your favorite pop of peach and light up your inner corners with natural radiance. There’s a reason that peach is a favorite hue for celebrity makeup artists, and frequently used as a color corrector… it enhances your beauty and conceals imperfections in a subtle yet striking way. And your makeup looks will never be the same once you incorporate a peach inner corner pop of color.  

Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills, $42

Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills
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Ever since we saw Shay Mitchell wearing a hot pink inner corner shimmer with her sultry brown smokey eye (seriously, Google it)... we knew that we needed this makeup look in our lives. There are no rules in makeup, and you’ll never have to choose between neutrals and bold colors again once you start incorporating your inner eye pop of color. The best eyeshadow palette to get the best of both beauty worlds? Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills. These 14 shades make you feel like a work of art, in metallic and matte finishes that can be mixed and matched to express your artistry. Inspired by the paintings and resins of Renaissance art, you can dip your brush into earthy mattes like Golden Ochre, Buon Fresco, Venetian Red and Warm Taupe and sweep across the lid with ease. Once your lid color is in place, it’s time to top off your neutral eye with a bold pop of pink, like the matte raspberry shade Love Letter. You can also go into vixen territory with an inner corner highlight from the hues Red Ochre or Venetian Red, creating a neutral-meets-bold mashup that any celebrity makeup artist would approve of. It’s not just the inner corner pop of color that Modern Renaissance can do, either - as this eyeshadow palette is a must-have for any makeup look! 98% of MIRA guests say that Modern Renaissance has extreme staying power and blendability, while 99% say each shade is extremely pigmented.

Obsessions Palette - Sapphire by Huda Beauty, $31

Obsessions Palette - Sapphire by Huda Beauty
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Sometimes you’re in the mood to make a bold statement - think Hunter Schafer’s best makeup looks on Euphoria - but also don’t feel like spending an hour on your eye makeup. You don’t need to blend for days or deal with fallout to play with color, as you can easily look beautiful in blue with the Obsessions Palette- Sapphire by Huda Beauty. As the name suggests, this eyeshadow palette features 9 of the best blue hues - from aquamarine and cobalt shimmer to electric and midnight blue matte. When deciding on which shade is going to make your inner corners pop, it depends on your unique style and eye color… but we’ll always recommend cobalt blue. This shade is an influencer-favorite eyeshadow, beloved by everybody from Carli Bybel and Desi Perkins to the Kardashians, that brings out your eyes and lets you play with color without looking too OTT. Don’t get us wrong, a cobalt blue inner corner shimmer is definitely going to earn you a few compliments on your virtual happy hour, but you’ll still look like “you” without distracting your friends with your mad blending skills. The struggle is real. Look colorful and captivating with an inner corner shimmer, the ultimate simple makeup trick, from one of these 9 blue hues!

Eyeshadow in Millennium Green by OFRA Cosmetics, $15

Eyeshadow in Millennium Green by OFRA Cosmetics
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Billie Eilish vibes. Green eyeshadow is another celebrity favorite, from the deep hues in Fenty Beauty’s Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette in Money (gotta love Rihanna) to Selena Gomez’s tendency to wear green eyeshadow on Instagram. And you can get that pop star inner corner shimmer with Eyeshadow in Millennium Green by OFRA Cosmetics. Bold colors are a top makeup trend for 2021, and a pop of green is the perfect way to dip your toes (or should we say, eyes) into this technique. You don’t have to do an electric 80’s style pastel eye look or use every color of the rainbow on your eyes, as you can still look colorful and captivating while staying in your comfort zone with this simple makeup trick. Wear your green inner corner shimmer alone to keep it minimal, yet still magical, or pair with other pretty colors to go bold and stay home with makeup in 2021.

tarteist™ metallic shadow in Whiskey by tarte, $14

tarteist™ metallic shadow in Whiskey by tarte
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You know how we told you earlier about Beyonce’s makeup routine? Bronze is another one of her favorite shades to wear on the eyes, and we definitely see why. The earthy hue brings out her inner Virgo goddess, as well as her baby browns, and it will do the same for you on simple makeup days. Bronze is a subdued color that looks rich on all complexions, and while we love to layer it on the lid for a metallic masterpiece… it also makes a magical pop of color for your inner corners. It doesn’t just look exquisite with all eye colors, a bronze shade is also the ultimate pick-me-up on the days you’re feeling a little tired. Draw the attention away from your eye bags and make your eyes truly stand out with the tarteist™ metallic shadow in Whiskey by tarte. This blendable and ultra-pigmented shade is infused with Amazonian Clay and mineral pigments, and lets you become the ultimate bronzed beauty. 100% of MIRA guests say that this tarte eyeshadow is long-lasting, as nobody likes to reapply throughout the day, and 94% agree that it does not have fallout.

All That Glitters Shadow Palette by Colourpop, $20

All That Glitters Shadow Palette by Colourpop
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When you can’t choose just one color for your inner corner shimmer… you pick them all, right? There are some beauty enthusiasts who simply live for sparkle, and they know who they are. They deck their iPhone out in fake rhinestones, and may or may not have done a shimmery cut crease eyeshadow look every week throughout quarantine, even though they never left the house. More power to you, babe. If you’re one of these people, you need the All That Glitters Shadow Palette by Colourpop for your inner corner pop of sparkle. This palette contains 12 hues that are made with an innovative pressed glitter formula, and may be used alone or blended together for your most dreamy, dazzling inner corner shimmer. A few standout shades? Fab is a copper with highlights of rose gold, Iykyk a warm lavender with multidimensional opal flecks, and Cloudy is a bright gold with fuschia glitter. Each shade infuses glitter with hints of gold, silver, and other glittery favorites… transforming you into a metallic masterpiece with just a dab of your finger. Let the sparkle begin!

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