Is blue eyeshadow or liner too ’80 for you? Think again. The runways and red carpets showcased a lot of blue looks this season even the new Dior Show mascara campaign featured Bella Hadid with beautiful blue smokey eyes. I am really not surprised because you can have so much fun with this colour.
Blue is the colour of the sea and the sky and is often associated with trust, loyalty, intelligence, truth, wisdom. It also stands for tranquillity and calmness. Blue is one of my favourite colours but when it comes to makeup it can be tricky to wear.
How can you make it on trend? Pick only one feature where you use it and let the colour be the dominating feature in the makeup look. Tone down the eyebrows, cheeks and lips, unless you are going for a high fashion, crazy editorial look or maybe are going to a 1980s retro party. You can use an eyeshadow, an eyeliner, maybe only a blue mascara or if you are going for a real impact a blue lipstick.
Let’s move on to have a look at a few recent red carpet looks.
I am starting out with the beautiful Emily Ratajkowski at the Met Ball. I love the long blue flick paired with warm gold under the lower lash line. Everything else it toned down and the bronze-nude colours make the blue pop. This look is my absolute favourite.
The runner-up is Elle Fanning at Cannes with a beautiful navy flick and not much else but naturally glowing cheeks and soft pink lip. I love this look, it is simple but dramatic on the red carpet.
Madison Beer went for a soft navy smoky look at the Billboard Awards. The blue is just enough, peeking out through her lashes to match her dress, but it’s not overpowering the look since the lips, cheeks are neutral.
Who says you can’t wear blue eyeshadow when you have blue eyes? When it comes to makeup I’m in no favour of such rules, it seems neither is Reese Witherspoon. Her bright blue smokey eyes are enough to get attention but this look is far from being loud or heavy since the rest of the look is so fresh an airy.
I applaud Elizabeth Banks for sporting a very bright pale blue eyeliner traced around the eyes, but it was for the Met Gala, so anything goes and she definitely stood out from the rest that night.
Rita Ora was all vamped up for Cannes with dark, strong blue eyes with hard edges paired with a pale lip. This is my least favourite look, but it’s done right and the dramatic effect stands out on the red carpet. It screams ‘Look at me! I’m a star!’
Thandie Newton went for a beautiful silver-blue at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party this year. It looks stunning with the glitter catching the light. All the other features are beautifully toned down, so the whole look is incredibly stylish and chic.
Kate Beckinsale made a statement at the Billboard awards with an electric blue eyeliner paired with a pale gold eyeshadow on the lid, a chocolate brown in the crease and under the lower lash line. All the action is around the eyes and there is a lot to catch the attention. All the rest of the look is toned down and fresh.
Bonus picture (I know, this is not from this year) Lupita Nyong’o, one of my major beauty crushes, at the Star Wars Force Awakens premiere in December 2015 was going for a real impact with blue lipstick.
I absolutely adore this look, it is cool, modern, stylish and very eye-catching. Just what you need on the red carpet. I think we all should just wear more blue lipstick!
While I can’t compete with the beauty of any of the ladies above, here are four looks that I’ve done inspired by the colour blue.
See you all next week!
(apart from the last collage all pictures were taken from https://beautyeditor.ca )