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Looking for new ways to craft a statement eye makeup look? Instead of looking to traditional taupes, tans, and neutral eye shadow shades, why not take it up a notch with a bold pop of color? More specifically, why not bring back the blue eye shadow trend? First reincarnated on the runway, aqua eye makeup has made quite the splash in the fashion and beauty world. The best part? It’s super-simple to wear, so long as you stock up on the right makeup products and school yourself on the top blending techniques. Not quite sure what those are? Or are you feeling a little bit intimidated to rock this ‘80s-inspired makeup look? Don’t be! As always, we’ve got you covered—see below for a runway inspired aqua eye makeup tutorial.
Once you’ve decided you’re willing to attempt the blue lid look, it’s time to figure out how exactly you want to wear it. Below you’ll find the looks to consider, as well as the products to create them.
Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue.
Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea.
Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Timeless Blue Spark.
Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue.
Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue.
Get excited y’all, you’re one step closer to your new eye makeup look. Simply follow the step-by-step makeup tutorial below and you’ll look picture perfect and fresh off the runway in no time
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer
The blue eye shadow of your choice
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Black
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Luminous Coral
L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Just like you prime your face for face makeup, the same is true for eye makeup that you want to go on smoothly and wear evenly throughout the day. Look for an eye makeup primer and dab a tiny bit onto your lids before moving on to the next step of this aqua eye makeup tutorial.
If you want to rock a solid blue wash of color, use blue eye shadow of your choice to coat from your lash line up to your crease. You want to be sure not to extend past your crease towards your eyebrow, as that’s veering into ‘80s territory. This eye makeup look is all about being fresh and modern. If you want to show off a more graphic eye makeup look, dip an angled eye makeup brush into water before using it to trace your blue eye shadow out from your outer corners to create a bold cat eye with eye shadow. Whichever you choose, you can pair your shadow with a swipe of black eyeliner to add a little definition to the Avant-garde look. Finish your eye makeup with a coat of black mascara.
While many people apply their face makeup before applying any eye makeup, when you’re working with highly pigmented eye shadow, it’s a good idea to do the reverse, as you can cover up any fallout with foundation and concealer. Use a matte primer all over your face or just on targeted areas (like your T-zone). Once you’re done priming, reach for a makeup blender, squeeze some matte foundation onto it, and stipple the foundation onto your face for a seamless finish. Follow this up by buffing on concealer under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, and to the center of your chin and forehead to brighten up your appearance.
An aqua eye makeup look wouldn’t be complete without standout eyebrows. You don’t have to spend a ton of time on your eyebrows, though. All you need is one simple eyebrow makeup product: eyebrow mascara. Pick one that most closely matches the shade of your eyebrows and use it to brush up your eyebrows for a bold, on-trend look.
Aqua eye makeup looks positively stunning when paired with coral lipstick, especially in the summer. There’s just something about how aqua and coral look when paired together. Seriously, it’s totally mermaid-esque! Opt for lipstick in a shiny finish in the summer, because it suits the weather better than matte lipstick. Ensure your lips are smooth prior to lipstick application by using a lip scrub to exfoliate away dead skin cells from the surface of your lips. Congrats—you’re done! Now go on and show off your beautiful aqua eye makeup look.
Once you’re ready to take off your aqua eye makeup, reach for a micellar water. Pour some micellar water out onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face, eyes, and lips to remove all your makeup. It’s especially important to remove your makeup before bed because sleeping in your makeup can lead to clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts.
Ready for another eye makeup tutorial? We’ve got you covered with more than just aqua eye makeup. For another trendy eye makeup look, head on over to our article, How to Create a Black and White Smoky Eye, for another step-by-step eye makeup tutorial that’ll look totally stunning on you.