Blue eyeshadow - it's back and artier than ever

The artist Henri Matisse once said ‘a certain blue enters your soul’. Unsurprisingly, Artists would set sail and scour the globe to get their hands on the most procured of pigments, and from the looks of the recent shows, not too much has changed. It seems we’re not the only ones infatuated with the blue period, with designers and makeup maestros diving into the blue on the grandest of scales.

 
BEAUTICATE LOVES...RICHARD BURBRIDGE FOR HARPERS BAZAAR

BEAUTICATE LOVES...RICHARD BURBRIDGE FOR HARPERS BAZAAR

 

From washy baby blues to deep shades of azure, these days we’re celebrating the Impressionists, Expressionists and the Surreal, out of the frame and onto our lids. In honour of the hue du jour, we’ve paired the best in blue with their high art counterparts, reaffirming our love affair with the moodiest shade of all is without a doubt, true blue. 


Muse: Composition with Double Line and Blue, Mondrian, 1935

COMPOSITION WITH DOUBLE LINE AND BLUE, MONDRIAN

COMPOSITION WITH DOUBLE LINE AND BLUE, MONDRIAN

VERSACE SPRING/SUMMER 2015

VERSACE SPRING/SUMMER 2015

Harping back to an acidic shade of azure, Versace played with the feline trend and left us longing to recreate this bold yet beautiful cat eye. A powdery pigment will pop over barely-there base colour lids. MAC Deep Truth boasts tiny metallic reflects and is the boldest in blue. 

 

Muse: Three Dancers, Blue Skirts, Red Blouses, Edgar Degas, 1903

THREE DANCERS, BLUE SKIRTS, RED BLOUSES, EDGAR DEGAS

THREE DANCERS, BLUE SKIRTS, RED BLOUSES, EDGAR DEGAS

BADGLEY MISCHKA SPRING/SUMMER 2015

BADGLEY MISCHKA SPRING/SUMMER 2015

Badgley Mischka broke the rules with a powdery blue wash brow that exuded contemporary cool. Unlike the fuller brow of previous seasons, the blotted out blue brow is a playful take on a conventional blue eye. Opt for a pastel brow powder like Anastasia Hypercolour Brow and Hair Powder in Teal Tornado to make a watercolor statement. 

 

Muse: Blue Jackie, Andy Warhol, 1964

BLUE JACKIE, ANDY WARHOL

BLUE JACKIE, ANDY WARHOL

HONOR SPRING/SUMMER 2015

HONOR SPRING/SUMMER 2015

Another homage to the swingin’ sixties, the eye backstage at Honor London boasts pop power in the brightest of shades. To achieve the same dense colour without the stress of a steady hand, try Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Periwinkle. The high-pigment colour effortlessly glides on with no chance of wiggly wings.

 

Muse: Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light, Blue Cathedral, Claude Monet, 1894

MORNING LIGHT, BLUE CATHEDRAL, CLAUDE MONET

MORNING LIGHT, BLUE CATHEDRAL, CLAUDE MONET

holly fulton, spring/summer 2015

holly fulton, spring/summer 2015

Devoid of any black (much like a Monet) Holly Fulton showcased a baby blue and white lined eye backstage. White eyeliner extends, freshens and opens the eye, while dark eyeliner can often make eyes look smaller. Try a long-lasting white eyeliner on the inside of your lower lash line, like Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in Pure White for the ultimate eye-opener when sporting blue.

 

Muse: Spot Painting, Damien Hirst, 2012

SPOT PAINTING, DAMIEN HIRST

SPOT PAINTING, DAMIEN HIRST

EUDON CHOI, SPRING/SUMMER 2015

EUDON CHOI, SPRING/SUMMER 2015

Intricate and masterful, Eudon Choi took to London Fashion week with a bold new outlook. While polka dot peepers is way out of the box, the spotty eye makes for a fun take on fancy dress. If you like the idea of building your blues with multiple hues, try the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette by Urban Decay. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Story by Ashley Ropati

 

Do you wear blue eyeshadow?
Which brand and shade works for you?