Make your eyes look brilliant in blue
Blue eye make-up has long been dismissed as a beauty faux pas from the 1980s. But following on from its recent revival on the catwalk, stars at the Met Gala showed exactly why blue is back.
Beyonce demonstrated how modern the blue eyeshadow trend could look as she sported a dark, teal blue smoky eye, which was a far cry from the bubblegum blue of the ‘80s. The singer’s heavily painted eyes were the focus as she accessorised only with flawless skin and a nude lip. And Jourdan Dunn’s mermaid make-up look at Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring 2016 fashion show was widely praised in fashion editorials.
Here are our tips for how to wear the colour in a modern way, to avoid looking like a reject from an ‘80s music video.
Keep it simple
Using a blue liner/eyeliner instead of a typical black liner is the perfect, low key entrance to the trend. Just prep a normal nude lid with a soft neutral colour, and use a longwearing gel liner like MAC Fluidline in Waveline, a gorgeous intense blue. Or if you’re feeling bold try adding graphic blue eyeliner into the waterline instead of using black or brown. First line the eyes using waterproof blue eyeliner like MAC Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Mountain Air on the waterline and the lash line. Then soften the eyeliner with some blue shadow.
Mix and blend
Don’t just stick to one shade of shimmery blue. Try a mix of hues to give your blue-eyed look depth. Use a trio of blue shades that will give shape to your eye, rather than taking a baby blue shimmer and washing it all over in a dated fashion. Go for a smoky eye with all blue tones. Chanel, Estee Lauder and Christian Dior all have readymade palettes perfect for creating the look. Remember to put something warm in the crease so that it isn’t too harsh!
Find the right blue for you
Navy blues work well on deeper skin tones, warming up rich tones and dark complexions and making brown and hazel eyes pop. A teal or aquamarine colour works on any complexion with blue making the whites of the eyes look really white. NARS Matte Eyeshadow Outremer is a highly pigmented and a velvety-matte shadow perfect for darker skins. While YSL’s Zellig is an azure coloured hue which suits a variety of tones. And blondes shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with the trendy shade, but stay a little lighter on the blue spectrum. A handy rule to keep in mind is the darker your eyes and hair, the more navy and smoky eye you can handle.