Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Friday, 10 October 2014

This Pesky Blue Eye Makeup Trend

I remember in Summer when this was a 'thing', and for the most part, other than the odd swipe of a liner or faint dusting of a cold-hued shadow I avoided the blue eye makeup trend like the plague.

When I was a kid, maybe aged eight or so, I got what I think was my first eyeshadow. It was from Claire's Accessories, it was a plastic, transparent ladybird and you unscrewed essentially its bottom to get to the bright, bright blue cream eyeshadow within. I can remember being in the bathroom at mine, huddled up with my best friend Sophie as we applied our 'makeup' and Sophie would delicately smudge some of her purple ladybird into her eyelid and blend it with a finger until it looked 'like real makeup'.... I would apply my luminous blue hue in a think layer from inner corner to brow bone, and of course, the more my mother told me this wasn't the way, the thicker I pasted it on. *shudder*

I'm sure we all have memories like these and I'm sure for many of us they also leave these kinds of negative associations; I cannot say the words; "today, I'm doing a blue eyeshadow look" without being transported back to these ladybird laden times.

However, this blue eye makeup trend did not leave us at the end of Summer, it is in fact staying with us for the Winter months too - whoopee - and while I certainly don't feel like I have to follow the trend, I've now seen so many photos and vidoes of people rocking blue shadow - glitters, liners and all, that I want to conquer my fears and give it a go myself. Wouldn't it be hilarious if after all this it turned out I really suited blue eye makeup.... no, no it wouldn't.

So, naturally, I had to pick up a few new bits for creating these seasonal looks. First up I picked up the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Everlasting Navy. So we know already that these shadows are fantastic quality and easy to work with, so at least we won't have that worry as we delve into the big blue world, also, this shadow can we worn on its own or used as a base for creating say, a blue smokey eye *hyperventilates into bag* OK Kitty, it's OK, baby steps....

 Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Everlasting Navy

While I want to push myself to wear more than a little blue liner, I do have a couple of favourite pencils at the minute. Well, you can't really talk about eyeliners without mentioning Urban Decay and my pick for these kinds of looks is the 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Ultraviolet. This is a very bold, almost primary blue - it's a far step away from the more turquoise, tropical blues I might use in Summer and I think this has a much more wintery feel to it. This pencil is great smudged into bottom and top lash lines as well as being used on the water line. I'm also finding the Seventeen Eye Kohl in Navy is great - it's (surprisingly) a much deeper, navy shade - it's a lot less obvious you're wearing blue liner, it just adds some cooler, it's not black liner tones to the look. This is workable and wears well and for £2.89 certainly won't break the bank.

Urban Decay's Ultraviolet 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil on the Left and Seventeen's Navy Kohl on the Right

And let's not forget, you can switch out your classic cat flick liquid liner for a more blue hue too - Stila has some great options, but personally I received a blue one from Eyeko free with Glamour a few months ago, so I'm just going to be working with that.  

 Both swatches are the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy - I just wanted to show the different kinds of lines that can easily be created with it.

Let's say you want to have a go at making some blue eyeshadow looks, but you don't want to break the bank buying a blue palette you might never wear again, right? Well the drugstore/High Street has some great duos/trios/quads that are cheap to pick up and fun to play with - plus they're nice and compact, so you can carry a whole new eye look around easily in your makeup bag. Right now, I'm really into the offerings from Seventeen, in particular I like Midnight Smoke - which actually has two neutral shades and just one pop of blue, so you can add it in.... or not, if you end up not feeling that brave! Or, if you want to go all out I also like Broken Hearted - which has a metallic silver, a metallic greyish blue and a metallic green - *begins hyperventilating again*... not entirely sure I'm ready to jump in and use two colours yet!!

 The three swatches on the left are Midnight Smoke and the three on the right are Broken Hearted

If you're looking for more colour options but still don't want to spend a chunk on a palette - there are some great ones out there; I actually picked this  up in Walmart when I was in Florida it's from Hard Candy and cost a whopping $6 (£4 ish) but over here in the UK this Give them Nightmares Salvation Palette from Makeup Revolution has a wide range of shades and only cost £6! I don't have this palette personally, but I've tried lots of their shadows and they've been generally pretty awesome!

 The full Hard Candy 'Blue' palette swatched - note, the shades on the left actually show up better in person than they do in this photograph.

So those are the tools that I have assembled for tackling this blue trend that I feel both afraid off and yet so compelled to try. I have a post coming up in a week or so where I'll show you the looks I've been creating - so keep an eye out for that (Follow me on bloglovin' or on Twitter - @kittyblackadder - to be notified of new posts) and also if you have any requests for something you'd like to see, let me know in the comments below.


  1. The thoughts of blue eyeshadow scare me if I'm being perfectly honest, but there's means and ways of getting around using the shade. Blending it with a shade of grey worked well for me not too long ago and I even like the idea of navy eyeliner. The choices you have here are gorgeous and i can't wait to see some of the looks you create x

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one whose freaked out by it!
      I have to say, I've found myself reaching for the 17 navy kohl liner a lot actually, more than I thought I would! It's a nice alternative to black and I think for this time of year, it's a nice different, but not too different, touch!

      Thanks for reading!



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