Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Back to Blue: Blue Eyeshadow Makes a Comeback!

By Ettel Chava RosenbaumChava is a 26 year old mother of two girls living in Kensington, NY.  She has been a practicing makeup artist for nearly seven years and recently began doing makeup for the exploding field of religious women's theater...in which she also loves to perform! Chava offers lessons to women, teaching them how to apply their own makeup like a professional. In addition to makeup, her passions are singing, comedy and keeping her kids out of her shoe rack. Chava is available to do makeup for simchas and productions in New York. You can contact her to book a consultation or job by e-mailing beautybychava@rocketmail.com


[Pictures chosen for fun by LadyMama and do not reflect the style or advice of author! :)]

Blue eye shadow is making a comeback! 

This color can be deceptively difficult to wear because it can often look grannyish or teenagery. Avoid any shade with glitter. I'm not talking about a nice sheen or shimmer, but glitter where you see little specks of gold or silver in the product. 

Blue, regardless of the shade, is a statement color, so unless its for a very special occasion, paired with a gown and fancy hairdo, stick to one shade. When in doubt, navy is the most universally flattering. Apply it close to the lashline and blend it up fading it into the crease. Or just keep it at the lashline, slightly smudged like eyeliner. If navy is either too dark or too dull for you, royal blue—my favorite shade since childhood—is gorgeous. It's not too dark or too light and has great impact. Apply it on the lower lid, blending with some white at the corners so its not too heavy and brightens the eye. Keep the rest of the face soft and simple. If you choose royal blue, don't go metallic or shimmery—unless its for evening. 

Looking for some more sophistication? Blue-grey is a great option. It's the blue trend in a business suit. Now be careful here because if worn wrong or with the wrong colors, this shade can make you look like grandma! With blue-gray, use a luminescent foundation so the gray doesn't suck the color out of your complexion and wear neutral, fleshy/nude blush and lipstick. Sweep the blue-gray on the lid, darkening it in the outer V area. Highlight the inner corners of the eye with a sheer white shadow, and use a navy blue eyeliner. [Tip: Navy eyeliner plays up the white in your eye better than black so you'll look more awake.] 

Whatever shade you choose, its important to be aware of this: Blue pigments are expensive so many makeup companies with scrimp on them. It's important to use high quality eye shadow when using blue. If the department stores are too expensive for you, I have found Loreal HIP and Covergirl to be the best drug store bets. G'luck ladies!

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Rivki @ Life in the Married Lane said... [Reply to comment]

It looks great on the models, but I am too timid to sport a look like this. I like sticking to my boring browns. Have fun, everyone who wants to play with the blues!

chanalesings said... [Reply to comment]

gorgoeous, always loved a blue shadow.. i didnt know it was out in the first place!

Ettel Chava Rosenbaum said... [Reply to comment]

Rivkie these are pictures from the web that mimi chose for the article. its not the kind of look one wears every day.

Chanale no color in makeup is ever out, but some are more trendy that others.