Everything You Need to Know About Blue Eyeshadow’s Major Comeback

Blue eyeshadow is kinda like that ex that pops up every few years, sends you a few random texts then disappears on your ass.

The experience is short lived and sprinkled with just a hint of nostalgia. And though the status of your relationship is frustratingly inconsistent, it’s an endless love affair.

We’re never totally surprised when blue eyeshadow pops back into our lives. In fact, we’re always totally obsessed with the look. The trend is unique, edgy, and a really simple way to restyle black eye makeup.

We spoke to make-up artist Tatiana Donaldson (follow her on Insta!) for a few tips on how our Galore Girls can slay this trend a la Justine Skye, pictured above.

Here’s what she had to say:

First off, tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I am an angel, warrior, mermaid, princess! It is so funny but that is truly one of my daily affirmations. Three years ago, I moved from Las Vegas to NYC and I declared to myself that I was going to pursue artistry. Currently, I freelance for many top modeling agencies including DNA Models, Women360 and Muse Models. I am assisting for The Wall Group for this seasons Fall/Winter 2016 NYFW.

When did blue eyeshadow really pop off and can you think of any iconic moments for the look? 

When we think “blue eyeshadow,” we instantly refer to the 80s. The trend has definitely made a comeback though and it’s now seen as cool, trendy, and modern. I remember seeing this trend surface backstage during spring 2016 NYFW when Pat McGrath applied blue and green liner to the models at Diane Von Furstenberg’s show.

Who should try this look? 

This look is for the daring, trendy, edgy, it-girl. It’s 2016 and makeup has no rules. We are experimenting with new colors, new techniques, and trends that can work on anyone. Be mindful of the blue you choose to use – are you looking for a more warm, cool or neon blue?

Who should avoid this look? 

Every woman has the potential to slay this look. Experiment, play, find the undertones of your skin and match this to the right products.

What are your favorite products or do you have any awesome recommendations? 

My number one product recommendation goes to OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in “Pool Boy.” This is a wonderful multipurpose pencil that can easily be used on the eyes, lips, and anywhere else a pop of color is wanted.

I also love NARS Eye Paint in “Solomon Islands.” Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear in “Summer Cruise” and Urban Decay Electric Pallete in “Gonzo.”

What is the best technique to use for anyone who wants to try this trend at home? 

Eyes first, skin last. This is the best advice I can give because it makes it 1000 times easier to clean up fallout eyeshadow. More helpful tips include, but are not limited to: use an eye pencil to outline and ensure the shape before filling in with shadow. You should also fill the lid in using an eye pencil because this will act as a base or primer and increase the overall pigmentation of the eyeshadow. Lastly, if using an eye shadow that has a satin finish, use a setting powder like the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in ‘Translucent’ to achieve a matte finish.

When executing this look, should the skin be matte or dewy? 

There is no right or wrong way, instead, focus on creating a healthy, luminous finish to the skin. While working on set skin care prep is a must. I love the NARS Skin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner, Optimal Brightening Concentrate, Luminous Moisture Cream and NARS Light Optimizing Primer.

What do you pair with this look? How do you complete the look? 

With a look as bold as a blue eye, balance is key. When executing this look make sure blue is the focal point. You can do this by achieving luminous skin and a neutral lip. Apply blush to create a slight accent on the cheek but I wouldn’t go overboard.

Photo via BFA

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