When we see a picture of the Earth there is one color that dominates it: blue. With a huge part of the planet we inhabit comprised of water, and the purest of skies matching its tone, each of us has an affinity for the colour blue. It’s associated with calmness, tranquility, nature, and from here on in you’ll associate it with spring 2013′s makeup trends. Excuse the segue, but in the coming year the colour blue goes from serenity to statement, all with the help of your makeup tools. And your eyes.
Read on after the break for a full guide to spring 2013′s blue eye liner and eye shadow looks. As with all of Fashionising.com’s trend guides, if you’d like to keep up to date with the latest trends and visual inspiration you can subscribe to our newsletter or like us on Facebook.
Blue makeup around the eyes is, of course, nothing new. But makeup trends come and peaks and troughs and, since 2012, blue eye makeup has been gradually peaking. First on the runways – Stella McCartney and Anna Sui did much with blue eye makeup for spring 2012 – and increasingly in editorials. In 2013, the colour dominates, expanding into a wider array of the shade and into something that’s more vibrant.
Fifty shades of blue.
There are so many shades of blue in the colour spectrum: turquoise, cyan, sapphire – just to name a few. But don’t be daunted by the options. The key to spring 2013′s blue eyes is that almost any shade of blue will do provided you use a bright shade – preferably one that can be considered a show stopper and that will make everyone give you a second glance.
As a result, the most popular shade of the colour for spring 2013 is electric blue which comes in eye shadows and eyeliners that you can easily incorporate into any make-up routine. If you’re not a fan of bright colors, there’s no need to fret. Feel free to use darker shades of blue like navy but do remember to let your eyes do the talking. In spring 2013, they should be the facial feature that really stands out. Bold lips, please stand aside.
Eyeliner is one of the best make up inventions of all time: with just one stroke it can make your eye figuratively pop. And for 2013, blue eyeliner is the easiest way to indulge in the blue eye makeup trend, which is why several designers capitalised on it in their spring 2013 showings.
Cara Delevingne in blue eyeliner at Just Cavalli.
Just Cavalli is known for colorful pieces and for spring / summer 2013 used the blue eyed trend with a navy blue eyeliner enhanced with a hint of white (there’s something to work into your makeup repertoire right there). The navy blue line was placed on the top lid while white eyeliner was used to line the inner corner of the eyes. The result is a frosted and almost metallic look. Giorgio Armani’s makeup look for the season was similar though with a brighter shade of blue. The Armani look featured a play between light grey smokey eye shadow and shimmery turquoise blue eyeliner. The two colors on the eyes worked perfectly together.
Navy eyeliner was also the choice for Altuzarra. The upper lash line was traced with navy blue eyeliner and then complemented with a thick coat of mascara. The cheeks and the lips were kept very natural letting the eyes standout.
Blue eyeliner at Anthony Vaccarello.
Another blue eyeliner look comes from Anthony Vaccarello. Here the rims of the eyes were lined with creamy turquoise eye pencil / liner and then soft grey and pink eye shadows were dabbed on the lids. To create the aquatic look, lip gloss was dabbed on top of the eye shadows. You can find a full makeup tutorial for these aqua lined eyes by following that link.
Versus’ dynamic blue eyeliner.
For a more dramatic and stand out blue eye makeup, feel free to take inspiration from Versus. Their spring/ summer 2013 collection featured a very strong look with electric blue eyeliner that took up half of the eyelids. It was complemented by soft pink eye shadow that gave contour to the eyes.
Blue eyeliner under the eyes at Moschino Cheap and Chic.
A lighter, more wearable take on electric blue eyeliner was used by Moschino Cheap and Chic at London Fashion Week. Lining the upper and lower lash lines as anyone normally would, Moschino Cheap and Chic’s look played to the trend by using a bright blue hue as opposed to the too-typical black or brown.
Karlie Kloss in teal eyeliner at Stella McCartney.
Gorgeous in teal eyes were the models of the Stella McCartney show in Paris. Designed by Pat McGrath, the look had teal eyeliner on the lower lash line that really complemented the pink blush. The upper lash line was lined with black keeping the teal from being too overwhelming.
Eyeliner as eye shadow at Michael Kors.
Going for a more futuristic yet minimalistic blue eye look was Michael Kors. Here brown eye shadow was first placed on the upper lids and then turquoise eyeliner was used to draw a line right on top of the crease of the eyes. This look is easy to do but is so unique and, well, out there that few may dare to venture here.
Blue eye shadow.
For a more profound blue eyed look there is always the option of blue eye shadow. Using eye shadow to play to the blue makeup trend allows you to have create a deeper look by blending different shades. You can also build up the blue to make it look more prominent.
Dominant blue eyeshadow at Monique Lhuillier.
Monique Lhuillier’s New York fashion week show did just that. For a collection inspired by mermaids, it was only fitting that the show’s beauty look featured a cyan blue eye shade as its main colour. The MAC Electric Eel eye shadow was placed heavily and right on top of the upper lash line before being blended upward to create a smokey effect.
Light blue eyeshadow
Clements Ribeiro also opted for a more feminine take on this make up trend going, for a light teal smokey eye with natural cheeks and nude lips.
Light blue eyeshadow at Jean Pierre Braganza.
Taking the blue eye shadow to another level was Jean Pierre Braganza. Here the look featured bright turquoise eye shadow inside two strong lines that can be created with gel or liquid eyeliner. The lines cross the eyes looking like a ribbon was placed over them. The pop of colour framed the eyes making them really stand out. While we don’t have an exact tutorial, the idea is akin to Altazzura’s double eyeliner from the autumn / fall season.
When you are interpreting the blue eye makeup trend for yourself, the key is to make your eyes pop. While it may be tempting to just use the colour blue, don’t hesitate to experiment by adding a few other soft colours into the mix – you can see that most of the looks above benefit from a mixture of hues.
You can see more inspiration for this trend by clicking on the thumbnails above and browsing through the inspiration gallery. You can also find more spring 2013 makeup looks to indulge in by following that link.