[Makeup Trend Focus] – Daytime Blue Eye Makeup Look
Last week, I decided that I was going to create a daytime look that incorporated blue eye makeup. In all honesty, I don’t like to wear a lot of color on the eyes and probably wear blue about once a year. So it was time to change that! For many, I think blue is one of the hardest colors to play with on the eyes because it’s just tricky finding the right shades of blue that will accentuate the eyes.
My absolute favorite shade of blue to use on the eyes is indigo because it’s a blue with a hint of violet. I also like cobalt blue which is a much brighter variation of blue and sometimes play with a light shimmery powder blue if I’m going for a wintery snow princess sort of look (which is not often or ever for that matter)! Personally, I stay far away from navy. For whatever reason, I just don’t feel it compliments my coloring.
[Beauty Confession] - Back when I was in college (prior to pursuing makeup artistry), one of my first MAC eye shadows was, “Flashtrack,” which was a dark navy blue with slight shimmer. I would wear it randomly and never understood why I felt like I looked sick when I wore it. (Really, I remember having those thoughts but never pinpointed it to the eye shadow initially). I grew to realize that it’s not the most flattering color in the world on me and if I was going to make it work, it required a lot of work in terms of what other colors I would have to blend it with. So it’s definitely not a color I could just throw on effortlessly! I ended up giving the eye shadow to my mother years later and it ironically turned out to be one of her makeup staples! (Who would have thought?)
How to wear this trend:
- As I have mentioned in previous blogs or that you will quickly grow to learn, I am all about a strong bottom eye liner. I actually really love using colored liners on the bottom because they truly bring out the eyes more than a colored eye shadow (since the liner is CLOSEST to the actual eye). I chose an indigo blue and heavily lined the bottom and then still rimmed a touch of black pencil liner to add more depth. The top liner remained a shark liquid black. (FYI, I wear liquid black liner on top every day!)
- Being that blue is such a cool color, I really wanted to keep the rest of the makeup in the warm color family. Naturally, the warm colors just compliment my skin tone best, so I warmed up the cheeks with a coral blush. In terms of lip color, I really pondered on my options, but ultimately ended up with a mid-tone pink with a little brightness so it would pop. I was also thinking about coral (to contrast the blue) but since I already had coral on the cheeks, I didn’t want the lips to match. I also initially played with nudes and even tried pairing with a taupe lip, but the pink still looked the best in my personal opinion.
- I chose to keep the lid color fairly neutral, specifically a champagne color with a light shimmer. I added an indigo matte color in the outer corners of the eyes and blended it very softly since this was a daytime look. If I was going for an evening look, I would have probably tried wearing the blue as the lid color, to prep for a smokey eye effect.