Fashion Week Trend Dispatch: True Blue Beauty

Backstage at Hervé Léger Fall 2014

Backstage at Hervé Léger Fall 2014

Kathy Kinney as Mimi

Kathy Kinney as Mimi Bobeck

Blue’s a hue that pops up occasionally when it comes to beauty, but it’s also a beast of a color — how do you wear it without looking like you’re fresh out of the ’70s or riding a the second crest of the New Wave? Now that all four fashion weeks have walked and those tired models are getting some much-deserved time out of their towering heels, we’ve found some great beauty looks from New York and Paris that bring blue right to the forefront.

With a few minor tweaks, we think you can wear the shade without looking like you’ve stepped straight off the set of the original Dallas. Blue shadow, mascara and liner will make your eyes look bright and white the same way that a blue-based red lipstick will make your teeth look extra white. Just remember, we’re looking to Milanese runways and master makeup artists as inspiration, not the Drew Carey Show‘s Mimi.

Hervé Léger Fall 2014

Hervé Léger Fall 2014

Too add a bit of punk to the usually hyper-sexy collection at Hervé Léger, the hair maestros at Bumble and bumble added in soft blue (or orange, depending on the look) streaks into the model’s hair. The result was a subtle pop of color, which just made the girls look that much cooler and were a great accent to the perfectly coiffed ponytails each model sported.

To get the same look without the fuss of clip-in extensions (which need to be trimmed and perfectly placed if you’re going to pull them into a tight ponytail), you can use temporary hair mascaras — such as this great one from Sultra — to give just a hint of blue. If you do want to go the extension route, make sure you grab ones with tight clips if you want a sleek, polished pony.

The beauty look at Christian Dior Fall 2014

The beauty look at Christian Dior Fall 2014

Pat McGrath has been behind some of the most iconic looks at Christian Dior for the past decade, so it’s no surprise that she’s old hat when it comes to creating standout beauty innovations. To create the glassy, sparkling eye for Dior’s Fall 2014 collection, she blended a combination of reflective pigments, traditional shadows and, believe it or not, theatrical glue. The combination resulted in a bold sparkle that was high impact and not a soft diffused shimmer you would normally get with traditional shadow. We don’t recommend going to your local costume shop any time soon, but you can get a softer, more wearable look by using a wash of blue shadow on your lids.

McGrath also blended a custom colored mascara, but lucky for you, there are great options for you from brands such as Make Up For Ever and Dior in formulas you probably already love.

Chanel Resort 2014

Chanel Resort 2014

Of course, Peter Philips led the charge, having added an accent of blue eyeliner at the Chanel Resort 2014 collection. The tiny touch of blue (let’s not go overboard with a thick line a la Chanel) is a great way to add just a subtle hint of the hue to your beauty look.

You can do this with a blue pencil or liquid liner if you want something precise, or just grab a blue shadow for a softer effect. Added to a classic feline flick and a clean eye look, it’s a modern and cool interpretation of bold liner. Try the liquid Givenchy Parad’Eyes Fluid Eye Liner or a Stila eye shadow.

Ann Yee Fall 2014

Ann Yee Fall 2014

This might be a look that stays in “don’t try this at home” territory, the models at the Ann Yee presentation in New York looked cool wearing bold blue lips. The MAC Cosmetics makeup artists used a custom blend of pigments, because even the most outré brands don’t have many options when it comes to blue lipstick. If you do want to try this out,  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar gives a bold, full-coverage opaque look and Illamasqua Lip Gloss will give a more wearable, semi-sheer finish.

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