Think you can't wear bold, blue eye shadow? Think again! It's easier than you'd imagine. Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff — she's worked with stars like Keri Hilson and Alicia Keys — shows you just how cool blue can be. As you'll see, it's a hot Summer look that's perfect for a fun night out. Check out Ashunta's step-by-step video tutorial to see how to get the look at home.
After years of loving neutral eye makeup, I think I may be ready to move on to something more daring. Enter the Estée Lauder Blue Dahlia palette ($42). The first color collection from creative makeup director Tom Pecheux is full of rich turquoise, navy, and blue shades — all of which are bolder than what I usually wear.
In an attempt to break out of the neutrals rut, I'm wearing blue eye shadow in a bevy of ways — all in an attempt to do so without being called Smurfette. Day one was a relatively tame flash of blue along the lash line. Today, however, I'm turning it up to 11, with a much more intense look. To check it out, keep reading.
Blue eye shadow often conjures memories of junior high or the '80s — or even worse, junior high during the '80s. These days, though, blue can be fashionable and fun, says Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director of Estee Lauder. Blue Dahlia, his first Pure Color collection for the venerable brand, is filled with bright, rich blues and soft pinks. "Blue is not something we see all the time in fashion, but I find it very playful," he says of the collection. "It's a very optimistic color as well, and it's better to be happy than to be sad."
But can this neutrals-loving girl learn to stop worrying and love the blue? To find out, I'm going to use shades from the Blue Dahlia palette ($42) over the next week. Today, we start out with baby steps. To see what I did, keep reading.
Yesterday I tried out Cover Girl LiquiLine Blast ($8) in Blue Boom, a metallic royal blue dreamed up by makeup guru Pat McGrath. I applied it close to the lash line, then gently smudged it upward to create the illusion of a smoky eye. Many compliments were had. So the idea that blue eyeliner has to look totally '80s? We're not gonna take it anymore.
Ciara placed this light-reflecting shade in the inner corners of her eyes, complementing it with a contrasting matte brown shadow, bronzed cheeks, and glossy lips. Pale blues can be worn on all skin tones and eye colors, it's just about what you pair them with that makes a difference. For tips on how you can make this look your own, just keep reading.
Ever wonder how you can wear blue eye shadow without looking totally '80s? It's easy. Go for a blue in a steely-gray version like Mariska Hargitay's to give your look an interesting feel. Or simply mix two gray-toned shadows, such as a silver and a deep charcoal, to create lots of depth à la Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Richie. Pair it with pink cheeks and lips for a flattering, complementary finish.
Tomorrow morning, the world will watch the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama, our 44th president. I'm all about showing my American pride, but when it comes to patriotism and beauty, I like to take a more subtle approach. So, perhaps I'll put an extra zip in my step with a sweep of shimmery blue liner on my eyelids or a cute star-patterned clip in my hair. Check out my widget below for some red, white, and blue-themed makeup, along with some stars and stripes hair accessories, too. Whether it's clothing, hair, or makeup products, will you be sporting any symbols of American pride tomorrow?