Beauty Trend Alert: How to Get the New Blue Eye

Beauty Trend Alert: How to Get the New Blue Eye
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Beauty Trend Alert: How to Get the New Blue Eye

Think soft, not hard:

James Kaliardos (for MAC), who did the makeup for DVF had a few general words of wisdom. “Anything you’re doing [with color], you want to do it in a soft way, so it’s not hard,” he cautioned. “No color blocking, no ‘shape’ on the eye! Use an intense color, but make it soft so you don’t look like a cartoon.” Tom Pecheux (for MAC), who gave the Altuzarra girls a “tattoo blue” eyeliner, thinks navy blue is super chic. “Designers are begging for color that is very washed out,” Pecheux said. “Royal blue is almost like a washed out black.” Key words: Soft and washed out. Got that?

At the Rebecca Minkoff show, Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero used a minty blue along the inner eye corners and drawn up to the middle upper lash line. It’s a “blink and you miss it” flash of blue, subtle enough to add just a pop of color. Catherine Malandrino’s girls had a smudge of blue at the upper corners of the eyelid right below the brow bone.

But, your eye color matters:

By: Fashionista (photo credit: Imaxtree)

Eye color really does matter when it comes to blue:

Brown: If you’re a brown-eyed girl, you’re lucky! You can pretty much rock any shade of blue. Three different makeup artists concurred. So go for anything from pastel to electric and you’ll be fine.

Hazel/Green: “You want something with a tint of purple undertone to it,” Louise Zizzo, a MAC senior artist told us. “Since purple and green are complementary colors, it really helps the green pop.”

Blue: Proceed with caution! Yet still proceed. “You want to keep the depth and show contrast, so use a deep dark blue shadow,” MAC’s Zizzo said. “For the ultimate contrast to make eyes pop (especially with light blue eyes) line on the water line very close to the lashes and smudge.” Sarah Lucero, a Pro Artist for Stila Cosmetics recommended a reddish brown base first. “Use rusty, caramel hues, [as an initial base liner] to make your eye color stand out and then you can do a burst of blue,” she said.

Click through for some product recommendations:

By: Fashionista (photo courtesy CND)

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Clash: Like makeup crayons for adults, this multi-purpose, waterproof pencil is so easy to wield, you can use it as an eyeliner or a shadow, and swipe it boldly across your lids. “Clash” is a turquoise with a slight glitter, matching closely to the blues seen on the Kate Spade runway. {Ulta, $20}
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner in Blue Ribbon or Peacock: Although the specific shade used at Rebecca Minkoff isn’t out yet, Stila has two creamy liners that you can use to replicate the look. Blue Ribbon is a rich, dark navy that’s flattering on both brown and blue eyes. Peacock is a vibrant teal, that will pop against blue and hazel eyes. 
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Electric Eel or Freshwater: “Electric Ee”l (the exact shade used at Monique Lhuillier) is a dense pigmented blue-green, that is heavier on the green and highlights lighter brown and green eyes. “Freshwater” is a brighter, truer blue-black, with a slight metallic glimmer, that works well on any eye color (sort of like what Pecheux did at Altuzarra).
  • Jouer Powder Eye Shadow in Caviar: Try a navy smoky eye. “Blue itself can create more of a pop. Greys can look muddy and black can be too dark, so blues are a nice alternative,” Neil Scibelli, National Makeup Artist for Jouer Cosmetics, told us. “It’s universal and multifunctional.” 

  • Dior Diorshow Mascara in Royal Blue: When in doubt, flick on some dark blue mascara for a pop without all the commitment of a shadow. 

By: Fashionista


There's been a dearth of color on faces and fingers on NYFW runways this season–except for one place: The eyes. Are you ready for the return of blue eye makeup? Because that's happening.

If the thought of blue eye makeup conjures up visions of teased hair and "Frankie Says Relax" t-shirts, you can stop hyperventilating. Altuzarra, Kate Spade, Monique Lhuillier, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som, Catherine Malandrino, Tibi, Ohne Titel, and Alice & Olivia all dipped into blue eyes for spring. But it's not that 80s-defining swipe of shocking baby blue all the way up to the brow bone this time around. It's mint, turquoise, teal, blue green, electric blue, cobalt, navy, and ocean blue. It's also not just being used as a shadow–we've seen it as a winged out eyeliner, layered on top of a jet black eyeliner, and gently dotted as an accent in tearduct corners. The versatility with which we've seen it being used means that this is one runway trend that is actually wearable, making us rethink that "Don't wear blue eyeshadow" rule.

However, like print mixing and using heat styling tools, there are a few guidelines you should follow for best results (and the least amount of ridicule from passersby). Luckily we've been skulking around backstage for the last five days with access to some of the best makeup artists in the world.

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