A Little or A Lot – How To Wear Bright Eye Makeup

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One trip to Target + One Covergirl Tropical Fusion palette
= Four variations of bright eye shadow

Nothing signifies the start of spring for me like the uncontrollable desire for bright makeup. From hot pink lips to beached-hued eyes, the second the thermometer rises even a bit – I’m on it. For today’s Target Style post we’re looking at bright eye makeup.

It’s beginning to look a lot like springtime! My recent Target haul.

But how bright are you willing to go? Do you feel perfectly comfortable having eyes that look like a peacock? Or, are you the type who thinks you’re getting wild when your brown shadow has some micro glitter in it? Wherever you are on the scale, there’s a way to rock a bright eye.

I used only one palette for this post. One glorious palette; CoverGirl Eye Enhancers in Tropical Fusion. I have been eying it for a while and I’m so glad I found a justification to purchase it. I’d love it for $20, so the fact that you can get it for under $5 is unreal!

The great thing about a palette is that it takes the guess work out of it. You know you’re getting colors that work together, however many you chose to use. And that’s what I’m going to show you today.

High end pigment at Target prices!

Please note: I didn’t add dark eyeliner until the 4th shade. Add liner at whatever step you stop at.

All looks feature CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara in Very Black. Which I love, love, LOVE. It gives me exactly what I want: clump free length.

Ok, let’s get bright…

One color:
Color shy? Try just a wash of one bright hue. I chose the chartreuse shade in the Tropical Fusion palette and enhanced it with a matching shade of liner; CoverGirl LiquilineBlast in Green Glow.

Two colors:
One color was so fun, how about two? Add a teeny punch of a second color. I used the apricot shimmer in the inner corners of my eyes. Nothing to be scared of here…

Three colors:
Two colors is pretty, but you could use a bit of depth. I added the turquoise in the crease, directly over the chartreuse. (Excuse the “up the eye” shot – but the angle best shows what’s going on.)

Four colors:
You’ve done so well, go on – add the 4th shade! I added the amazing cobalt blue to the outer corners, blended up into the crease and added a dark blue eyeliner.

There you have it, a look that’s as bright as you want it to be!

we heartsters, what is your favorite shade of bright eye shadow?

It’s Time for Springtime. Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target. For more info, or any questions, please see our disclosure policy.


  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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  1. I love this! These look really great on you, @stef! I am a weenie when it comes to straying outside my comfort zone, but WHT has definitely helped me move beyond that. I love this look because it shows it doesn’t take a lot of money to effort to really make it look good.

  2. I’m a sucker for green shadow, and your chartreuse look has me ready to sprint to Target right now, @stef ! I love each look you’ve created, and wow, $5?! You’re right, I’d love this palette for $20!

  3. I had a “total eclipse of the heart” . . . in modeling school a hundred years ago we learned to work with a multitude of unique shadows, but I had forgotten. I would normally bypass this quad, but it IS wearable. Thanks much for showing how to pull it off! You look lovely (so what else is new?)!

    1. For $5, you really don’t have anything to lose if you give it a try! Well, except $5! You can always just use the shaddows smudged as an eyeliner too.

    2. Heh @gigi – now I keep imagining you applying eye shadow in a mysterious castle with billowing fabric, dancing ninjas, and dramatic lighting!

    3. OMG, dancing ninjas make EVERYTHING better!!!

  4. I love the “up the eye” shot! Shows off your gorgeous baby blues and the cool shadow combo. My favorite look is with all four colors. I never would have picked this palette up either on my own, but now I’m curious to get myself to Target for an in person check. Bring on Spring!

  5. oooooh la la! I love what you did here. These colors really look like fun. I just haven’t pulled that look off in years! @stef, once again you have inspired me! I love that bright eye shadows are available for such a great price! Sold me.. Spring is in the air!

  6. Great photos! And you look fab with those bright colors, any way you do it :) I love a pop of bright color… teal, purple, and lime green are always fun for me :)

  7. I think my favorite shade of bright shadow would have to be either a bright blue or purple. I think that those would enhance my dark brown eyes the best. I love the idea of a bright blue eyeliner but I haven’t gone that far yet to try it out :) Maybe on the weekend!

    1. A bright grape/purple is really pretty, isn’t it?

  8. As an almost daily brown/bronze/nude eye color wearer – this post really inspires me! Love each and every look (from 1 bright color to all 4) and it doesn’t seem as ‘scary’ to pull off. I can start with just one bright shade and move on up as I get used to it. Watch out Spring – here I come! Thanks @stef for these tips!

    1. You have me laughing so hard that my dog gave me a strange look and left the room! How did you know? That IS my style! You only missed one detail–the castle is replete with roses in every room, petals strewn down the steps . . .

  9. Wearing bright shadow during the day still makes me nervous (for a night out, no problem), so I tend to stick to the basics. I’m working on expanding my horizions with bright lipstick during the day (with great results!), but this look is so great I think bright eyes is next on my list of boundaries to push! Thanks for the inspiration @Stef!

  10. When I’m wearing a brighter eye, I tend to stick towards teals or vivid greens. Sometimes a pop of purple. My favorite blue is a gorgeous shade called “Peacock Blue” from Besame.
    My usual go-to, however, is this Dior duo that is from ages ago–it’s a chartreuse/lime shade and an olive green shade–it makes my yellowish, brownish, green eyes look super yellow and super green at the same time.

  11. I am so afraid of color, but I love how soft and subtle this look is! That blue looks amazing against your eyes by the way! I think a trip to Target might be in store for me to run and grab this for summer!

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