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Blue eyeliner was a hot makeup trend in the '60s, and regularly makes a comeback on the runways. The blues range in brightness and hue, but almost always create a new look for skillful makeup artists. Use your blue eyeliner to match a new outfit, perk up your nighttime look or just for fun when you get bored with your everyday makeup routines. You can pair the blue liner with any number of eye shadow combos.
Light brown or bronze eye shadow that matches your hazel eyes is a natural choice for many hazel-eyed beauties. Natural shades give you a less made-up look, and tend to go well with most any outfit because they won't clash garishly. Pair up your natural brown shadow with a bright blue eyeliner, though, if you really want to see your hazel irises pop. Go with a dark navy or, if you're getting ready for a night out, go with a bright blue sparkly liner so your peepers catch the light.
Match your eye shadow and your eyeliner with the color of your blue iris to really bring home the blue. If you have dark smoky blue eyes, for example, look for a blue-gray shadow and line your lids with a dark, almost navy pencil. If your eye leans more toward the blue in the sky, choose a light blue eye shadow and rim your eyes with a lighter blue pencil. People may wonder how you got such fabulously blue eyes when you present the total blue package.
Don't even bother with separate eye shadow if you use gel or powdered blue eyeliner. The small fine-tipped brush that comes with powdered eyeliner is ideal for creating a smudged look in the creases of your lids that's barely there. Use the brush dry for a soft romantic look, or get more dramatic by wetting the brush. A gel or cream-based eyeliner can help you create a bold, deep color on top, underneath and around your eyes when applied with a still, practiced hand.
Add a touch of gold or silver glitter to your daytime eye shadow, and touch up your liner with a deep blue or a dazzling blue liner for an instant nighttime change. Or start the process with a glittery gold application on your upper lids, a softer gold in the crease and a thick liquid blue liner on top of your lids for a star-studded approach. Choose a glitter that matches your outfit and your jewelry. If you're decked out in silver hoops and chains, define your style with silver glitter eye shadow and blue liquid liner. Stick with gold shadow if your jewelry is gold.