Thursday, May 30, 2019

How to Wear Blue Eyeshadow When You Have Blue Eyes

Many people are trying the blue eyeshadow trend for the first time. For some blue eyeshadow can be intimidating. Some simply think the color doesn't look good on them. Truthfully, I think blue eyeshadow tends to look best on those with brown eyes. Yet, when I first saw pictures of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette I had to have it. The packaging was so unique I figured I would buy it as a collector's piece. Even if I never used any of the shadows. At the very least, it would look beautiful on my makeup table.

To my surprise I use this palette a lot. I love it! The formula is just like his famous Blood Sugar Palette, which is my favorite of all time.  The Blue Blood Palette is restocking tomorrow, so I rounded up some helpful tips for pulling off blue eyeshadow when you have blue eyes. 

Top Tips:

1. Flawless base - Your foundation can be natural looking, but skin should look flawless. Blue eyeshadow with blue eyes can be strikingly beautiful, but if the rest of the makeup isn't right it gets more tricky to pull off. I used Alexis Vogel cream foundation for a smooth even look to my skin. 

2. Good under eye concealer - I have dark circles. Any blueness on the eyelids or under the eyes will be emphasized by blue eyeshadow if not properly concealed. I used Jeffree Star Cosmetics Magic Star Concealer in Peach to color correct under my eyes. Then I applied the color C3 over it and anywhere I wanted to hide a discoloration.

3. Start with a sticky base - Before dipping into blue powder eyeshadow, I blended a cream eyeshadow along my eyelids and up into the crease. Putting a cream shadow everywhere you plan to put your powder shadow gives it something to cling to and will extend wear time. I use NYX Jumbo pencil in Baby Blue. An eyeshadow primer that has a more tacky finish could also be used (Glitter Glue, concealer, etc).

4. Line the eyes - I favor Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (black) on my upper and lower lash line. I highly recommend lining the water line as well for even more intensity.  If you don't want to use a black eyeliner, navy or other variations of blue will look lovely. 

5. Pair with a warm blush - I recommend a peachy tone to compliment the blue. Milani Luminous or Luminouso baked blush go perfectly with many looks, but especially blue eye makeup. 

6. Opt for a nude lip - Blue eyeshadow is not subtle. Wearing a strong lip color with it can look overpowering.  I like lip liner and a tinted lip balm or anything light and glossy. This also helps keep the focus on your eyes. Try Urban Decay Naked Glossy Pencil for a sheer shine with precision or NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Heart. 

7. Skip the falsies - I know some eye looks feel incomplete without a pair of false lashes. Try one or two coats of mascara instead, or even skip mascara altogether for a really modern look. I love Covergirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara.

Here is one of the looks I tried using the above steps:

After applying a thin coat of NYX Baby Blue Jumbo Pencil over my eyelids, I dipped into the Blue Blood Palette.

I started with a mix of Deceased & Ice Tray. I blended them over my eyelids, into the crease and along the lower lash line. On the inner corner of my eyes I used Cullinan. I lined my upper and lower waterline with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Abyss and Chaos. On my lips, I used Milani Lip Liner in 03 Nude topped with a tinted lip balm. For lashes, I finished the look with Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara. 

Below is a second look using the palette:

For this look, I used I'm cold on the eyelids applied first with an Alima Pure fluffy brush. Then, I switched to a Kelley Quan #11 Brush to pack on the pigment and create the shape I wanted. Using MyKitco Pro My Tappered Crease brush, I applied Blue Monday in the crease. I blended Priceless in the upper crease using my Cozzette S165 brush. To really darken the crease, I applied Undertaker in the deepest part of the crease using a Scott Barnes #62 brush. Side note, this brush is the BEST eyeshadow brush for crease work. It makes application so much easier. In the spirit of April 20th, I bought the makeup brush set from with little pot leaves on them.  The pencil brush in this set is great for smoking out the lower lash line (no pun intended). I used it in this look with the color Creamated, applied over black eyeliner. On the upper lash line, I used the same color but applied it with a Kelley Quan #15 flat push liner brush. Finally, I used a small flat brush from Antonym and a Real Techniques Rebel Edge Fine #303 brush to apply Cullinan to the inner corner of my eyes. 

I hope you found these tips helpful and enjoyed the looks I created. The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blue Blood Palette comes back in stock tomorrow, and is the perfect eyeshadow palette to practice these tips with! 

Plus, look at the packaging!!!

All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. I do not get paid to write reviews or mention products in my posts.

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