Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Into The Blue: A Fresh Eye Look

Blue make-up scares so many people. I think it reminds us all collectively - either through memories, or for 90s kids like me, pop culture references- of 80's styling matched with crimped locks and frosted pink lipstick.

But blue can actutally be such a gorgeous colour to play with, so don't make it the one shade you never touch in the palette!

Worn as just a hint, blue can be a strong look that's modern and fresh. And it suits everyone - whether you have blue eyes or as a popping contrast to darker gazes. In fact, using blue eye make-up has become one of my staples lately.

I was actually inspired by this picture of Taylor Swift (wow. Never thought I'd be saying that, but still...) where she has a shot of gorgeous, shimmering blue under the lashline, paired with black liquid liner and a shimmery white in the inner corners.

It's such a fresh, youthful look and it works for any season -  paired with a bronze glow in summer, or dramatic berry lips in winter.


Here's the kit I used to get my blaze of blue:

MUA Undress Me Too palette
Sleek i-Divine 'Storm' palette
Astor Eye Artist in 'Just a Crush '
Chanel Les 4 Ombres in '77 Influences'
Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner
Avon Glimmerstick Chromes in 'Night Star'
Mac In Extreme Dimension mascara

Now for the step by step :


Step One

Blend a neutral, flesh coloured shade with a hint of shimmer over the lid and up to the browbone using a fluffy shadow brush. I used the shade 'Shy' from the MUA Undress Me Too palette.


Step Two

Next, with a flat shadow brush, pick up some grey-blue metallic shadow. I'm using a shade from the Sleek I-Divine palette in 'Storm '- the shades aren't individually named, but it's one of the two blue-toned shades. Blend this through the outer corner and crease to act as a 'bridging' shade.


Step Three

Using a slanted brush, pick up some of the darker, midnight blue metallic shade from the Sleek I-Divine Storm palette. Push it along the lash line to define your eyes and shade some into the outer corners. Isn't this the most gorgeous colour?


Step Four

Take a dark blue eyeliner and work it under the lower lashline and on the outer corner of the top lashline. I used an Avon Glimmerstick Chromes in Night Sky. I love these eyeliners. They're totally inexpensive, creamy and blendable and come in loads of great shades. Enough to make me want to hunt down a new Avon lady.


Step Five

Using a fine eyeliner brush, take a shot of a bright blue shade and run it under the lower lashline for an extra amp of colour. I used this fabulous peacock blue shade from the Astor Eye Artist Duo in 'Just a Crush'.

To bring out the blue even more, I added a pop of white pearl to the inner corners using my little finger- this was the white shade from the Chanel Les 4 Ombres quad in 'Influences'.

Then a very small amount of black liquid liner- this time I used Eyeko Skinny Mini Eyeliner and lashings of black mascara- Mac In Extreme Dimension.

And the finished look is true blue:


Keep the rest of your face fairly neutral with matte skin, a hint of bronzer and nude lips and let that blue pop!






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