If you’re looking for a fresh and modern alternative to your predictable black, brown or grey “smokey eye” then ponder this suggestion: the NAVY eye.
I know most people’s natural instincts will be to reject the idea of blue lids instantly, but upon closer inspection you may be surprised to see that dark blue lids can look decidedly chic. When teamed with pared back makeup on the rest of the face, blue eyes can look dramatic and ultra-flattering. Blue eye-shadow also makes the whites of your eyes stand out and make-up look fresh.
With the party season unfolding and NYE right on our doorstep (what’s everyone doing by the way?), why not give your lids something new to cheer about? Most people will have a never-used blue eyeshadow floating around somewhere, so take inspiration from these images and lets see if you can’t be convinced to give the blue hue some airtime.
Celebrity makeup artist Polly Osmond says “Blue is a great summer colour to wear, everyone gets stuck on wearing browns and blacks… And if the blue’s a very dark blue, I would call it a neutral blue. People shouldn’t be frightened of it.”
(Scroll to the bottom to read our 7 TIPS FOR ACHIEVING THE PERFECT NAVY BLUE LIDS)
7 TIPS FOR ACHIEVING THE PERFECT NAVY BLUE LIDS:
- Rule of thumb: The darker the eyeshadow, the lighter the lipstick
- Matt shades can be accented with shimmer on the middle of the lid and inner eye
- Blue shadows look good on everyone, but they are especially good for brown eyed girls as it makes brown eyes pop
- More mature ladies should reach for matte tones and subdued blues, which will look more modern (and won’t accentuate lines)
- NEVER match your eyeshadow exactly to your eye colour. You are looking to bring out the eyes, not blend them into the background.
- If you have blue eyes, you should choose royal blue tones, whereas brown eyes can go for pastel blues. If you have green eyes, you can wear either.
- When applying two shades of colour, never apply colour on top of each other horizontally. Instead, apply the colours next to each other.