Trend: Blue Is The New Black
Every season I feel like I write a variation of this post, but this season more than any, blue really did take over the runways and I’m predicting it’s going to hit the streets in a big way. From Paul Costelloe’s vibrant teal lids to a more moody navy smoky eye at Rodarte to a pop of pastel on the creases at Creatures of the Wind, there are many ways to wear a blue eye and a myriad of variations on the shade to choose from.
Granted, blue is a hard color to pull off and the task can seem quite daunting but rest assured, there is a shade of blue for everyone (it’s how you wear you’re blue that counts). But the nice thing about blue is that it isn’t black. So even if you’re a bit too fearful of a bright pop of blue, a navy hue will do the trick (as seen at Rodarte), while still giving you the slightest hint of a midnight hue.
Pattie Boyd and Twiggy wearing a blue lid circa 1970s.
For those of you are who are still apprehensive about the trend, I asked celebrity makeup artist Robin Black for her advice on integrating blue into a wearable eye look. Here are Robin’s tips on the blue eye trend:
“There are a million shades of blue, from shocking neon to subtle navy and delicate eggshell. It’s a surprisingly easy color to wear but make sure you choose a shade that you feel comfortable experimenting with. If you typically avoid all bright colors and flinch at the sight of this spring’s extremely bright trends, ease yourself into it by trying out a deep navy.
Matte blue is more sophisticated than those with lots of sparkle – too much shimmer can read “little girl’ instead of spring fashion.
For a chic interpretation of Spring’s blue eye makeup, keep the rest of the face subtle. Natural looking skin with a subtle flush or sun kiss to the cheeks and nude lips are the perfect compliment to a bright eye palette.
Avoid being too matchy by wearing blue on both your clothes and eyes! Let your eyes be the statement and pair the look with neutrals or contrast it with opposing colors.
Add a warm colored concealer under your eye to cover up any darkness and to prevent the cool tone of the blue from emphasizing it.”