by Beth Hammarlund
New York Fashion Week wrapped up the Spring 2013 season week. So, sorry guys. Fall 2012 is already over. Time to move on from vampy lipstick to…crazy blue aqua mermaid eyes!
Blue popped up on the runways both as eyeshadow and pops of eyeliner, but nowhere was it more awesome than at Monique Lhuillier. The look was downright aquatic. There are two accents that set this look apart from a run-of-the-mill blue eye: a gentle wash of green at the inner corner and slightly above the crease, and a bold stroke of white eyeliner along the lower lash line.
White eyeliner is the unsung hero of eyeballs across the world. Not only does a stroke along the lower waterline of your lashes immediately brighten your face, it also makes your eyes appear larger and rounder, and can make you look significantly less tired. It is a miracle for both late nights out and crappy early mornings. Some makeup artists and beauty aficionados avoid white eyeliner like the plague, as up close it looks a little less a doe-eyed optical illusion and more like…well, white eyeliner. Well, fuck the naysayers! Who cares if it doesn’t look natural up close? Guess what else won’t? Blue freaking eyeshadow.
Before you put all that crazy blue on your eyelids, consider using a primer. And by that, I mean please use a primer. The last thing you want is for this look to crease, smear or fade as the night goes on. There are plenty of eyeshadow primers to choose from, but I am forever devoted to cult favorite Primer Potion by Urban Decay. This stuff is so fantastic that you’ll be able to wear that eyeshadow to brunch in the morning. My only complaint was that the packaging didn’t allow for you to scoop out the very last glob of product, but they’ve since updated to an easily squeezable tube. For color, you want something with heavy pigment, which typically equals MAC. They have a huge array of greens and blues to choose from, so you can find a shade that’s flattering to your skin tone and within your comfort level.
If you really want to duplicate the Lhuillier runway look, add a tiny smudge of gold shadow at the inner corner of your eyes. Not only will it make you look more like a deep sea fairy princess, but it’ll make your eyes look more widely set, like all those gorgeous creepy alien-looking models from Russia. Again with the optical illusions – because more than anything, makeup is about lying about what your face looks like. And creative expression.
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