Blush Tests… SS16 Blue Eyes

Blush writer Annie, makes the case for Blue shadow, a la Chanel.

Blue eyeshadow has a bad rep. There’s nothing natural about primary colour smeared all over your eyes, that much is clear. But Chanel and Missoni said it was ok, so it’s now ok, ok?

At this (interim) stage of my life, Chanel and Missoni are a bit of a pipe dream. While I’m confident that will change (ha), for now I’m making do with something in such a distant league that I can barely count it as the same game. I’m talking a 99 cent blue eyeshadow from Wet ‘n’ Wild. Calm down everyone. It’s going to be fine. Trust me.

The inspiration:

The blue in question is called Suede (as in Blue Suede.) It’s not amazing but, then again, it is 99p. And fashion people are notoriously fickle, so this blue-eyed thing may be so last week next week. No need to fiscally commit to what is certainly a trend.

Missoni placed their blue is graphic shapes all over the lid. Chanel did more of a hazy blue, but connected over the nose a la Batman. Both seemed unlikely to translate onto a non-model wearing it to a BBQ. So I split the difference (is that what that means?) and mixed two impossible ideas into one very achievable ‘look.’ That is to say: somewhat graphic, but also blended. Definitely a cool ‘n’ trendy blue eye, but not likely to be mistaken for fancy dress.

I’m in the USA at the moment and thus without my extensive brush collection. I didn’t have any sort of brush in the general “packing on shadow” variety, so I was forced to trace my general outline using one of these hate sticks. If you can avoid using one of these; do. At all costs.

I wanted to do a blue wing sort of in the style of Edie Sedgwick’s black ones. So I packed on a line of blue, about 3mm above my natural crease. Then I brought it out into a slight wing, pointing to the tip of my eyebrow.  I then connected the end of the wing to the corner of my real eye. 

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What you should be left with is a blue outlined almond shape across your crease, extending out then retreating back towards your eye. Cute! Now the outline is there, blend it a lot, being careful not to bring it down and fill in the skin-coloured hole on your eyelid. This would make the look entirely too blue, and no longer graphic and therefore ‘fashion.’

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You can leave the look here. A bonus of this cheap eyeshadow is that it can essentially be blended away, so for a subtler look, just blend for longer, until you feel like you’re rubbing your skin off. However, I’d come this far and had bid my desire for subtlety farewell. So, I added some of the Maybelline Shine Shot in Prismatic to the mobile lid. This gloss is genius – and not just for lips. It’s a greasy eye look, or alien-esque cheek highlight. It feels a bit sticky, but: no pain no gain. Over the course of the day/night, this will move around, so remember to do a bit of eyelid patting once in a while to inhibit crease build up (the most horrible phrase I’ve ever written).

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I added mascara (Covergirl Clump Crusher in Waterproof) which I actually regret. It turned it into more of a boring blue smoky eye, instead of a haute couture, ugly-pretty, “you don’t understand my art” vibe. Oh well. You live and learn. I also put NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese (seriously, why is it called that) into my waterline and on my inner corner. This aids bigness and brightness, the two top eye commandments.

The rest of the face was as follows. L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation applied with fingers in place of concealer. I love it: really long lasting, really perfecting, and most importantly, really shiny. For more shine I added $1 wunderkind, ELF’s Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight. Dabbed on with fingers, this is an easy shiny white highlight for the cheekbones. MAC Lazy Sunday was my blush and lip colour – if you’re blonde and pale, you should get this: it’s the tits. Brows were primed with the ELF mascara primer (to add bulk) then coloured in with Essence’s Make Me Brow. Shop e.l.f. Cosmetics nowYou really don’t want anything too exciting elsewhere on your face. Let your eyes do the talking, and let’s all marvel at that pretty/creepy image. It’s a thing.


Also, if you were hoping this would be a great excuse for you to buy Chanel, get the look with the Chanel Ombre Essential in Swing.

Annie x


Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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