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Nyong’o’s navy Max Mara jumpsuit called for a modern beauty look, says her makeup artist Nick Barose. “I felt a subtle metallic navy liner was more interesting than black. It’s not bright, but still creates a contrast with her skin tone that ultimately makes her eyes pop,” explained the pro.
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Barose lined the actress’s upper and lower lash lined using a metallic navy pencil. Then to brighten the color up a bit, he used a damp eyeliner brush to apply a swipe of a vibrant blue eye shadow.
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Mesmerized both by her “inspiring and oh-so-beautiful” client and the turquoise tones in her “chic” Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown, makeup artist Jo Strettell created a colorful look that was equally bold and alluring.
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Strettell applied a creamy peacock color on the Westword star’s upper and lower lids, then added dimension by lining her eyes with a dark blue pencil. "I also added a little blue glitter for more drama,” says Strettell.
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The nautical details in Brie Larson’s dress inspired makeup artist Rachel Goodwin to add a lighthearted pop of color to her look.
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"I kept the focus on the bottom of the eye by applying eyeliner on the waterline using an angled brush to smudge it [out],” says the NARS Director, PRO Artistry and Red Carpet for North America.
Buy It! NARS Curaçao Velvet Eyeliner, $24; narscosmetics.com
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“Pretty but relatable” is how makeup artist Debra Ferullo sums up the baby blue shades she dusted on Kate Hudson’s upper and lower lids. “I didn’t want anything over the top, but I think it’s really important when doing makeup to remember to just have fun!"
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For this eye-catching effect, the pro applied a variety of Make Up For Ever’s loose powder shadows in blue, "blending them out really well,” and topped that with the brand’s turquoise tinted white Diamond Powder (pictured, right). Then she swept "a stronger more vibrant blue on the bottom” and completed the look with a touch of electric blue Diamond Dust (pictured, left) on the inner corners of her eyes.
Buy It! Make Up for Ever Diamond Powder in White Turquoise No. 7 and Baby Blue 12, $25 each; sephora.com
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Goodwin solidified the outline of the eye using a deep royal blue eyeliner. "I created an almond shape, starting from the outside of the eye, coming in and getting to the root of the lash line,” she explains. Then she layered a shimmery blue gel formula using an angled brush over her almond-shaped line to “enhance the look."
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TARAJI P. HENSON
On Oscar night, the Hidden Figures actress won our vote for Best Overall Makeup after making an unforgettable statement with a beautiful blue smoky eye to match her drop-dead-gorgeous off-the-shoulder midnight Alberta Ferretti gown. Her makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff chose the look without much fuss from her longtime client: “She knows that I know her face as well as I know my own so she trusts me and doesn’t fight back — usually!”
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“I wanted blue — but not quite navy and not anything too bright. Something in between,” explains Sheriff of this deep hue with a hint of turquoise sparkle. She “balanced” the modern choice with a gold tone eye shadow and “grounded” the look with black eyeliner at her waterline. “I love Taraji’s eyes, they’re expressive and beautiful,” she says.
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To re-create a bold look like Moore’s, apply a creamy rose gold eyeshadow all over the lids. Next, blend a bronzy powder in the crease of the eyes, and line the lower lash line with the striking blue shade in Laura Mercier’s Intense Clays Editorial Eye Palette.
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The actress and her makeup artist Kirin Bhatty actually collaborated on this cool look. “Tessa has such amazing personal style and great instincts when it comes to makeup and beauty. We talked about options when I saw her outfit and felt really inspired by the blue hues in her clothes,” Bhatty says.
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While there's a blue for every skin tone, Bhatty gravitates toward shades that have "more warmth and richness” when working with women of color: "I love a royal blue, midnight blue, true navy because I think it really shines on darker skin.” Bhatty used the darkest blue in this Chanel palette as a base on the lid, then blended the indigo Nars shadow (left) along the upper and lower lash line, and the midnight blue Nars shadow (right) along the top for a bold finishing touch. "I completed this look with two generous coats of Dior Iconic Overcurl mascara."
Buy it! NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Arcturus (left) and Cressida (right), $29; nordstrom.com, and Chanel Multi-Effect Quadra Eye Shadow in Tissé Jazz, $61; chanel.com
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To create "a graphic modern eye look to complement her amazing Tom Ford gown,” the pro first applied M.A.C Paint Pots in Constructivist (a pearlized brown) and Blackground (a pearlized black) to create a warmth and depth on Light’s upper lids. Offers then layered two iridescent blue shadows in the Viseart Bijoux Royal Palette. A bronze shadow in the same palette was applied to the lower lash line using a damp brush to brighten the eye area.
Buy it! Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in Bijou Royal, $80; sephora.com
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Inspired by the jewels in Stone’s embellished neckline, the makeup artist created an equally sparkly lid starting with a purple cream shadow on the upper (and part of the lower) lash line in a cat eye shape, as well as a very silver-y soft glitter in the inner corners. “Then I applied a periwinkle eye liner in the middle of the bottom of the eyes as an accent,” explains Goodwin.
Buy It! Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Periwinkle, $22; sephora.com
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First, her pro applied a blue pencil along her upper lash line. Then he wet a brush with M.A.C’s finishing mist, dipped it in a powder eye shadow, and packed it on top of the eyeliner “to create a rich, velvety texture." Dedivanovic says the key to keeping this vibrant color looking sophisticated is a short wing span. “I ended the color just slightly after where the eye ends. If I had dragged the line out, it might have been too much."
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The pro applied a teal eye shadow stick on the upper lid all the way to the crease and along the bottom lash line. Then she used the bright blue shadow in this palette in the center of the lid “for a pop of shimmer” followed by the deep violet on the outer corner and crease of her eyes for a smoky effect. "Finally, I used the light [beige] color on her brow bone and inner corner of her eyes for brightness."
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The America’s Next Top Model host hit the VH1 show’s premiere party red carpet with a smize that would make OG Tyra Banks proud. Accentuating her expressive eyes? An exaggerated blue wing courtesy of makeup artist Beau Nelson. “It’s fun to play with color in an unexpected way,” says Nelson, adding that deep shades of blue look good on everyone.
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Inspired by a cobalt jacket in Graham’s closet, the pro opted for a similar color (M.A.C Cosmetics Chromaline in Marine Ultra) to line the supermodel’s eyes. His tip for fine-tuning your flick: "Use a flat stiff brush and a bit of eye makeup remover or a small cotton bud (Muji makes the best ones) to perfect your liner shape. You don’t have to get it perfect right away; you can fix any edges as you go.” If you’re weary of gel eyeliner, try a powder pot, but wet your brush before applying the color for maximum impact.
Buy It! M.A.C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Atlantic Blue, $16; nordstrom.com
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Because Barose wanted all eyes on Mbatha-Raw’s unique eye makeup, he kept her lip minimal, opting for a peachy-pink color that resembled an enhanced, natural lip.
Buy It! NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Heat, and Hardwired Eye Shadow in Parallax, $25 each; narscosmetics.com
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The pro lined Stone’s upper lash line with a deep blue pencil, “blending it with a small angled brush to soften any hard edges.” On top of it, she applied an iridescent teal eye shadow. Along the lower lash line, she applied a warm brown pencil then blended it with a coppery eye shadow (using all products by Chanel). "I kept the rest of her makeup simple and natural to keep the avant-garde makeup looking modern and sophisticated, rather than like you’re playing dress up."
Buy It! CHANEL Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Marine, $30, Les 4 Ombres in Tissé Vénitien, $61, and Limited Edition Illusion D’Ombre in Rouge Brûlé, $36; chanel.com
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“This outfit was so fun, I thought the makeup could be, too. So I added a splash of color to bring out the teal in dress,” explains makeup artist Pati Dubroff of Loving star Ruth Negga’s vibrant blue eye liner.
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Dubroff swiped Urban Decay’s pencil in Junkie across Negga’s upper lash line, followed by the brand’s Deep End pencil, which she blended with a small brush. Because the pro wanted the focus to be on Negga's pretty pop of aquamarine, she kept the rest of the face super neutral.
But It! Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End and Junkie, $20 each; sephora.com
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Steinfeld’s makeup artist Melissa Hernandez went for high-impact performance makeup with a metallic blue lid, a look the pro says is a must try for a night on the town, “especially during the holiday season."
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Hernandez used a couple of colors in this 28-pan palette to create Steinfeld’s mesmerizing eyes. "After priming Hailee’s eyelids, I applied 'electric violet' with a fluffy blending brush, sweeping this color back and forth in windshield wiper motions in her crease. I then applied 'metallic steel blue' with a wet synthetic flat brush and packed this on her lid and along her lower lash line.” To complete the look, she swept on “tons” of mascara, and finished with a pale pink lip.
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"I thought it would be a fun twist on a smoky eye to concentrate a color around the tear duct,” explains Stewart’s makeup artist Beau Nelson, who advises that “when anchored over black, a bright color creates a jewel-like effect that's easier to wear than that color alone."
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Nelson used a black pencil first, smudging it with a brush to soften the lines. "I then applied the deepest shade of the blues in the quad gently over the smudged pencil on the bottom lid and set the top eyeliner with a black shadow. I then used the same blue but on a small flat wet brush around the tear duct to create an intense blue, almost metallic finish.” A few coats of mascara on top and bottom lashes topped off the look.
Buy It! Chanel Multi-Effect Quadra Eye Shadow in Tissé Jazz, $61; chanel.com
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Black liner feeling basic? Blue never will. “It can be subtle, or make a statement. But either way, when it’s done right — it’s beautiful,” says Emma's makeup artist Kristin Gallegos. For this daytime look, they "decided on a subtle pop of [blue liner] under the eye."
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The pro’s tips for toeing the line: “Apply the pencil on the inner water line of the bottom lashes (and just outside your lash line), then use a small blending brush to smudge it out." Then take a small, fluffy blending brush to layer the eyeshadow on top, and complete the look with mascara on top and bottom lashes.
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Yes, you can coordinate your blue outfit to your beauty look. Just take a cue from Chung’s pro, Jonathan Wu, who was inspired by the stitching in her dress to shade her lids turquoise.
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Wu used this smooth-as-silk but highly pigmented eye shadow, defining her look with an angled brush. If a vibrant lid is not your vibe, dampen your brush and concentrate this color at your upper lash line for a fun effect.
Buy It! NARS Solomon Islands Eye Paint, $25; nordstrom.com
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"Many people think makeup for fall and winter has to be deep, rich tones, but I tend not to stick to any rules,” says Hyland’s makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who kept this look “chic and sophisticated” by balancing her bright lash line with fresh and glowy skin.
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The pro prefers this pot of both cream and powder shadow because “it really gives me the color payoff I need.” Using a flat eyeliner brush, he drew a line on the outer third of her lower lash line, giving it an upward wing. He then dipped the same brush into the shimmery powder to re-trace, thereby intensifying, that same line. The beauty of blue, says Avendaño, is that “it isn’t distracting, but can make people do a double-take when they look into your eyes."
Buy It! The Esteé Edit Metallishadow Creme + Powder in Wild Cosmos, $25; sephora.com
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AJA NAOMI KING
King’s makeup artist Brandy Allen wanted a look that would make the actress’ eyes “glisten” on camera, so she chose a two-tone liner look that complemented her orange dress.
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For King's “runway-inspired” lids, Allen lined the inner crease with navy blue, and the outer crease with turquoise. Then she blended both colors to create a soft ombré on the lower lash line.
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CHLOË GRACE MORETZ
The actress’s blue bird-adorned dress provided the inspiration for her vibrant eyes, says her makeup artist Mai Quynh. "Generally in fall, you're not showing too much skin and your clothes are darker tones, so this is a great way to brighten up the face and wear a pop of color."
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Using this electric shade, Quynh applied the color on Moretz’s lids and lower lash line, flicking the outer corners for a feline vibe. When trying this look at home, she suggests keeping "the rest of your makeup neutral and soft."
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