I have thing for blue eyes —and not just the crystal clear blue color of my husband’s eyes…I’m talking about the striking, limited edition cerulean and navy hues in Kevyn Aucoin’s Essential Eye Shadow Palette. Normally I opt for earthy tones on the eyes, reserving the darker blues for eyeliner (pro tip: wearing blue on the waterline makes the whites of the eye appear even brighter), but instead of admiring these bold, editorial shades from afar, I resolve to give daring eyeshadows a chance and try some out on myself.
When I wear blue eyeshadow, particularly the shades from The Defining Navy Palette, I feel regal. I feel like Cleopatra. My pigments might not be ground from a lazuli stone, but they do yield similar dazzling results for the modern woman. To learn how I create this dramatic eye look that’s fit for a queen, read on.
Apply a thin veil of the lighter blue shade (bottom row, center) on your eyelids using a flat brush or your finger. Then, using the Tom Ford Eye Shadow Contour brush, add the true navy (bottom row, right) to the inner and outer corners of your eyes.
In the outermost corner, you’ll want to drag this defining shade along your lash line and up into the crease, creating a sideways “v” shape. Next, I take the earthy-toned champagne color (top row, right) and press gently onto the center of the lid, using your finger to layer the shadows.
Take the pale pink shade (top row, left) and apply onto the brow bone by tapping it on (again) with your finger. Lastly, using the same Tom Ford shadow brush, use a little more of the navy shade to smoke out the bottom lash line. Curl your lashes and add one coat of the L’Oreal Voluminous Blackest Black mascara. Viola!
A sensational look like this demands some sculpting and highlighting. Using Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette along with her Powder and Sculpt brush, sweep the bronzer shade to the areas of the face where you normally get some sun (on the forehead at the hairline and the tops of the cheeks)
Then, use the same brush to add some highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, brow bone, cupid’s bow, and the bridge of your nose. With your fingers, add La Prairie’s Cellular cream blush in Peach Glow on the apples of your cheeks. If you want a pink cheek instead of a peachy one, use the Rose Glow.
I’m obsessed with Oribe’s Lip Lust Creme Lipstick in The Nude. The texture leans on the creamy side, which I absolutely love—nude lipsticks just look better with a satin finish. Pair this lipstick with Stila’s Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pink Moscato for extra staying power. Sometimes I fill in my lips with the liner and then add lipstick over it so the color stays on longer. It’s beauty insurance for the lips.
Finally, finish this new look with a new fragrance. I think I’m going for Gardenia by Chanel for a change!
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Have you found your shade of blue, blue, eyes? If so I want to know all about it! xx