Not-So-’80s Blue Eyeshadow

NARS Eyeshadow in Kamchatka & Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 159
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sapphire & Eye Basic in Eyebright
Lancôme compact in Midnight Rush and YSL compact in Riviera
Make Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Cool Aqua & Kevyn Aucoin in Defining Navy
MAC Eyeshadow in Heroine & Maybelline Color Tattoo in Brash Blue
Bette Frank by KT Auleta in Vogue Turkey July 2013

We’ve had blue eyeshadow on the brain (if not our lids) for a while now, but its appearance in July’s Vogue Turkey, on the lids of Dutch beauty Bette Franke [7], got us thinking about it once again. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo’s subtle use of baby blue shadow to offset Franke's monochrome Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney outfits is so effective, so dreamy, it sort of steals the show.

Which is to say nothing of all of the blue shadows that have been streaming into the office: nearly grisaille shades from Nars; plus indigos both opaque (Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Brash Blue) and sparkly (Lancôme Show All-In-One Shadow & Liner Palette in Midnight Rush), periwinkles (MAC Satin Eyeshadow in Heroine), pastels (YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres in Riviera), and midnights (Kevyn Aucoin eye pencil in Defining Navy). Whether you're wearing blue as a liner, a full lid, a cat eye, or a graphic quadrilateral, the key to keeping things from veering into Boogie Nights territory is to leave the rest of your face—like Franke’s—fresh and lightly glowing. It's a balance that's easier said than done we realize, but play with it. That's what your Bi-Facil is for, anyway.

Photos [1-6] by Elizabeth Brockway; [7] Bette Frank photographed by KT Auleta for Vogue Turkey July 2013—subscribe to see the full story.

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  • carly.lovett

    I've never been a big fan of blue eyeshadow but I love the look of that NARS eyeshadow!

  • Jessica Lee Hart

    I'm loving all those shades of blue for summer! I think I'll pick up the YSL palette and create a summer smoky eye. Thanks for posting!

  • Celina

    I'm personally always afraid of putting coloured products on my eyes but I always lust over how lovely colours look on other people. The products shown here are just such great shades of blue!

    Celina | The Celution

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Great inspiration! I've been obsessed with blue eye shadow and liner lately. Surprisingly wearable and sophisticated, especially for summertime. I bought Chanel's blue-toned eye shadow quad from the Spring collection and love it! That YSL palette you featured looks stunning too. xo


  • Belle

    Its crazy how blue eyeshadows are now back in fashion! These shade looks great, I just can't pull of any colour shadows - shame!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • ragini

    "Outremer" from Nars is The One and Only !

  • Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    It's like anything, it's the way it's worn. I sometimes wear a light sweep of blue or pistachio on my eyes in the Summer, it makes my eyes pop.

  • Velia Rose

    I always loved blue eyeshadow, just not on my skin tone.
    Maybe a need a lighter blue for an Nc50?

    Velia | Cocoamourr

  • Kelly Ann

    I am in love with blue eyeshadow, great post!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Magdalena Antuña

    I was really excited about the NARS shadow pictured because it looks like a beautiful, muted periwinkle. But after I looked up a swatch, I'm a little let down :(


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Make Up For Ever Matte Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Eye Pencil Primatif Pencil Eye Liner Defining Navy
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres
MAC Eyeshadow Heroine
Lancome Show by Alber Elbaz – Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette Midnight Rush
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Loose Powder Brash Blue
Nars Single Eyeshadow in Kamchatka
Laura Mercier
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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour Sapphire