Saturday 17 March 2018

Get the look - turquoise eyes

Sophie Ellis-Bextor manages to succeed with blue eyeshadow despite her pale skin and blue eyes. Photo: Getty Images
Sophie Ellis-Bextor manages to succeed with blue eyeshadow despite her pale skin and blue eyes. Photo: Getty Images
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Aqua Flash liquid eyeshadow

Sinead Van Kampen

How blue barged it's way into every style conscious handbag is anybodies guess, but blue eyes are back this season and with a twist.

Blue eye palettes aren't easy. The colour won't suit most of us but whether you need the doe-eyed innocence of 70's inspired powder blues or the latest reworking of 80's electric kitsch, blue eyes are the big eye trend for summer.

Blue eye make-up is quite fickle. Whether you opt for a slick under the eye or a kaleidoscope of every tone and hue, matching lighter skin is the stumbling block.

Over the eye, under the eye or way above with a softened brow will see you strut in peacock radiance. If you do like the look, but have a lighter tone keep with natural make-up to soften the overall effect.

Giving a nod to the trend for daytime wear is quite simple and as a rule of thumb under the eye works best. Try a soft kohl crayon like the Nars eyeliner pencil in Kitty, which is stark, but works perfectly for making darker eyes pop. If blue eyeshadow seems too harsh, soften eyes by dusting some light gold shadow like Elizabeth Arden's Colour Intrigue eyeshadow in Gold across the lid.

The bravest blues are those which go all the way with a turquoise shadow on the upper eyelid. Taking a not very subtle hint from last years Gucci SS10 runways the look has been adapted by everyone and Aqua Flash liquid eyeshadow by Estee Lauder is the brightest of blue bunch. If you're bold enough to use some, work with a nude base like MAC's Retrospeck or Make Up Forever's Metailic White Beige before you tilt all the way towards doe-eyed aqua.

Working the blue eye make-up trend is tricky but what to wear with it throws up even more hurdles. The palette works well with a blend of soft earthy colours and for highlighting, Mac's Nylon is perfect at cornering the eye and a lighter mascara will give a more sensual tinge. If you need to ramp this up for a night out, Nanatte Lapoor inspired orange lip-gloss and shadowed, softly defined cheeks, will give a spiky edge for an evening look.

Blue eye shadow might be better for an afternoon clubbing in the sunshine of Ibiza, rather than an afternoon at the water-cooler. If you do have the skin for it, blue dazzles, but if you are in the light / mid skin spectrum hold the look for all but the wildest of nights out. Blue eyshadow is not subtle, but it is a lot of fun.

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