Style & Beauty
Blue Eye Shadow Is Back For Spring 2016
2/4/2016 2:21:40 PM

Lately, make-up colors have been a little bit of a bummer. The vampy purple lips and sultry black kitten eyeliner that seemed super cool in spring 2014 have started to feel a bit…heavy. But lovers of color can rejoice! According to the runways at New York and Paris fashion weeks, bright blue shadows and liners are going to be the next big thing come spring.

However, if you’re worried about going full Helen Roper, don’t be. The blues are anything but 1970s gaudy. Here’s how to update your blue for the 21st century.

Think Cobalt or Aqua

The brighter, the better seemed to be the trend at shows from Missoni to Chanel. But don’t go glittery or frosted with your blue eye shadow or you’re going to look a bit too Studio 54. Stick with hyper pigmented, matte shadows like MAC’s Marine Ultra or NYC East River Romance.

You Don’t Have to Go Full Lid

Some of the most interesting looks relied on bright blue eyeliners instead of using blues for the crease or full eyelid. And the best blues of the 2016 runways didn’t even line the whole eye. For example, Phillip Lim used just a touch of blue/green eye showdown on the outer and inner corners of his model’s otherwise naked eyelid for a look that was striking, yet understated.

Brighten Up Your Blue With White

If your shadow looks bold in the packaging but dull on your eye, apply white eyeliner and then use a shadow brush to cover it with your blue eye shadow. You’ll immediately double the intensity of the pigment.

Go Naked (On Your Face)

Blue eye shadow looks best when it’s left to stand alone. If you’re looking to try out the trend, pair your pop of color with understated foundation, nude lips, and subtle pink cheeks to make your bright eyes a real knockout.

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