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There’s no doubt about it: blue eyeliner is the hottest makeup trend around right now. Bold, fun and flattering, shades from aqua to navy have been popping up all over the red carpet this year—and after years of staid brown and grey, we couldn’t be happier to see a pop of oceanic color.
And good news: this trend is easier to pull off than you think. Here, 7 of our favorite celebs show us exactly how to wear blue eyeliner like a superstar.
You don’t have to be a straight-up goddess like Lupita to rock electric blue liner. The trick to making this bold look work? Limiting your liner. Keep the color on the top lid only, making sure you get it as close to your eyelashes as possible, then balance it out with black or dark blue pencil eyeliner along your lower waterline. And if you want to try this look specifically, we recommend Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Sapphire ($27, Lancome), a gorgeously creamy formula intense enough to flatter every skin tone and eye color.
For a softer, elegant look like Emily Blunt, use a grey-blue eyeliner and trace a dramatic cat eye shape on your upper lid. The, using a small brush or even a cotton swab, blend the blue liner so that you get a very soft, diffused look. To make this look really work, make sure you use a black liquid liner to trace along your lashline, smudging it into the blue a little for an ombre effect. Bonus: layering your liners this way also makes your lashes look extra thick!
To add some edge to your look, reach for a sparkly aquamarine liner—like Zoe Kravitz did—and run it around your tearduct, blending it into the rest of your eye makeup so that it acts as a highlight. It’s the perfect way to add subtle interest to an otherwise classic smokey eye.
If you want to make a bolder statement with your blues, Kerry Washington shows us exactly how it’s done—her shimmery blue-green liner is blended across her upper lid, then traced along her lower lashline. Keeping the rest of her makeup simple is the key to making it it work.
Speaking of bold statements, Khloe Kardashian’s eye makeup is a stunning testament to trying something new. Her electric aqua liner—traced along her lower waterline and above her upper lashline—is balanced with major false lashes. We especially love how this compliments, rather than competes with, the ocean blue of her outfit.
Lucy Hale has never met an awesome eye makeup look she didn’t love, and this gorgeous navy smoky eye is no exception. This is maybe one of the easiest blue eyeliner looks to pull off; the trick to making it work is keeping the upper line thick and the lower line oh-so-thin, then running a grey pencil liner along the waterline for balance.
Emma Stone’s stunning turquoise liner look is still one of our favorite makeup moments of 2015—and any eye shape can pull it off. Line the upper and lower lash lines about a third of the way across with blue eyeliner, concentrate your mascara on those outer lashes, and voila! The easiest, most fun blue beauty look ever.
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