Yes, You Can Wear Blue Eye Makeup Without Looking Dated
Blue eye makeup is having a moment, and not in the sense that you haven't had a chance to put your Working Girl costume away just yet after Halloween last weekend. Not only did we see countless iterations of the trend on the spring 2016 runways, but plenty of our favourite A-listers have also made the case for a modern take on shades of aqua, teal, sapphire, and even powder blue. And for good reason—blue has been subjected to its '80s stereotype for so long that it's often overlooked. It's an ultra-flattering colour, particularly for brown eyes. (Though, make no mistake, it'll make all irises pop.)
That being said, the best way to ensure that the look belongs in this decade is to give it a fresh spin, and to get creative with different shades and formulas—think jewel-toned, creamy shadows and graphic liner. Need some inspiration to get you started? Look no further than the red carpet looks below.
Seen on: Emma Stone
There's nothing we love more than a make-them-look-twice makeup look, and Stone has that subtle impact down pat. Try tracing the outer corners of your eyes with Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes Waterproof Pencil ($27) in Turquoise for a funky-fresh take on the trend.
Seen on: Drew Barrymore
Who said "Go big or go home?" Often, the best way to go about blue makeup is to keep it muted, à la Barrymore. Simply trace your waterline with a blue pencil, like Rimmel's Scandal'Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner ($10) in Deep Blue. Our tip is to opt for a lighter hue (like cobalt or royal blue), as going too dark can make your eyes look smaller.
Seen on: Joan Smalls
Want to amp up your smoky eye even more? Try it in sapphire. Follow Smalls's lead and smudge a creamy blue shadow around your lids (we like Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Sparkle, $42, in Night Sky), extending it out into a cat-eye.
Seen on: Kerry Washington
Saturated tones aren't the only way to go—blue also blends gorgeously with grey or silver. Try Washington's shimmery take by mixing a blue shadow with your favourite metallic, or just use Dior's 5 Couleurs Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette ($103) in Carre Bleu.
Seen on: Olivia Palermo
Or you can give the nod to yesteryear with an unabashedly retro look—like this mod take from Olivia Palermo. Pick a matte, powder-blue shadow (like Ellis Faas' Creamy Eyes, $48, in E118) and mix it with Too Faced's Shadow Insurance Primer ($29) to ensure that you get a hard line that won't budge.
Do you ever wear blue eye makeup? Which look is your favourite? Sound off below!
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