How to Wear Blue Eye Makeup

Though it's usually associated with regrettable '80s trends and more eccentric grandmothers, blue eye shadow turned a very stylish corner at Paris Haute Couture week. The keys to making it work are nailing the application and choosing the right shades. Read on for our tips!

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Look No. 1: Deliberate Patchwork

Willow Smith wearing a silvery-blue shadow during the fall 2016 Chanel couture show in Paris. Photograph courtesy of Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images
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Go for an artistic look with shadow that alternates between being translucent and opaque across your eyelids. All this takes is careful blending.

The Technique: Dip an eye shadow brush into a silver-blue tone and apply the color in a thick line against the upper lashline and extend it past the outer-corner of your eye, right before the color reaches your temple. With the same brush, blend the shade up and out—keep the color heavy in some places and light on others, depending on your preference. Add another layer of shadow if the pigment is lacking in certain spots. If it starts looking too heavy, clean up the area with a cotton swab dampened with makeup remover.

Look No. 2: The Full Circle

Olivia Palermo wears a turquoise shade while attending the fall 2016 Alexis Mabille during Paris Couture Week. Photograph courtesy of Dominique Charriau/Getty Images
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When wearing such a striking color blue, go to town! That means fill in the top and bottoms of your eyes with a dreamy hue.

The Technique: Apply the shadow to your top lid from line to crease, then blend. With an eyeliner or the same shadow, dab on a line of color right under your eye. If you want a striking look, leave that part as is, but for a more casual aesthetic, blend that area. Coat your lashes with a mascara (try a brown or slate to really help the blue pop!).

Look No. 3: Graphic Art

Makeup artist Pat McGrath created the custom geometric eye makeup for the fall 2016 Atelier Versace show. Photograph courtesy of Francois G. Durand/Getty Images

Play around with shapes and angles to create a futuristic—but never cheesy—look.

The Technique: Try this with either a damp brush or liquid shadows and liners. First, construct the outline of the shape you want. Then, fill in the rest of the space. Add layers upon layers for a vivid finish. Complement the angles with intricately groomed brows. Leave the rest of your face bare with this one!

Look No. 4: Twinkle, Twinkle Smoky Eye

A glittering smoky eye complemented the equally radiant garments at the Guo Pei fall 2016 show in Paris. Photograph courtesy of Victor Virgile/Getty Images

Glittery shadows add dimension to your eyes. With a base of dark blue, your lids will resemble a beautiful starry sky.

The Technique: Pick two sparkly shades from the blue family—like the greenish-blue and navy shown above. Start with the darker color and draw a halo-like semi-circle on the outer-corners of your top lid. Make sure to keep the perimeter of this shape along the crease. Then apply the lighter tone in the leftover space and blend the two hues to create a smoky-eye effect. Add two thick layers of mascara, concentrating on the lashes closest to the outer-corner of your eye. Clean up any stray powder with a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover.

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