The ’80s gave a lot of trends bad names- neon, bottom eyeliner, side ponytails- and blue eyeshadow ranks high on that list. “You have to be careful with placement when working with blue eyeshadow,” makeup artist Meghan Nguy explains. “It can go from runway-inspired to Mimi from the The Drew Carey Show if you overdo it.” Contrary to popular belief, blue is not only easy to use, but can be completely wearable when done right. “Blue, especially of the darker variety, is so close to something familiar, like black or brown, so someone wouldn’t immediately notice it,” says Nguy. “It would be more of a ‘You look great! What did you do differently?’”
For everyday inspiration, Nguy looked to Marc Jacobs spring/summer ’16 take on the trend- the ultimate party-girl grunge. Like most runway looks, a direct translation to everyday life would be severe, but a toned-down version is the perfect toe-dipper into the blue eyeshadow realm.