Is Blue Eyeliner The New Red Lip?

12/09/2014 12:10 | Updated 20 May 2015

It's official. Blue eyeliner isn't going anywhere. When it was spotted on the catwalks last Spring/Summer it's resurgence was put down to another passing trend – a nod to the 1980s influence felt elsewhere on the runways. Little did we know that three seasons later those blue hues would keep on coming.

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A cult classic in the making, maybe it's because just like red lipstick, there's a shade to suit everyone. As a general guide, if you have blue eyes, stick to navies and sapphires, grey eyed girls can go for soft sky and cool sea blues, green eyes can pull off electric blues while turquoise tones will flatter brown and hazel irises. But don't be afraid to experiment, what suits one person won't necessarily suit another, regardless of eye colour – your hair, skintone, style all has an impact too.

Also a good shade choice if you're feeling fatigued, the cool blue pigments make the whites of your eyes look brighter, and if you take the shade all over your lids you'll be able to balance out any redness – that sneaky giveaway you're lacking sleep. How? Because blue and red are opposites in the colour spectrum so they work in that clever colour-correcting way to neutralise blotchiness.

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Lazy girls should go in for a bit of blue too because when you're rocking an aqua eye you barely need to do anything else. Just a coating of mascara and a sweep of highlighter and bronzer will give you a striking but simple-to-master look. Forgo the blush and bright lip though, otherwise you risk nudging into that 80s territory.

Lastly, think about the shape. At the A/W 14 shows, Kenzo's graphic flick gave eyes a futuristic edge, Temperley outlined the upper and lower lashes in blue but kept the colour solely to the outer corners while at Giles a smudge of teal run under the lower lashes and a naked lid looked grungy in a good way.

However you decide to wear it, the products above are going to get you hooked, and you might as well succumb to them because blue is going to be back next season too.


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