Sultry, smoky blue eyes ruled the Fall 2010 runways of Derek Lam, Rachel Roy, Cesar Galindo, Leanne Marshall, and Walter. And hot young stars like Ke$ha, Nicole Richie, and Rihanna have all made their peepers popped in this cool hue.
"Denim is great because everybody looks good in it," says celebrity makeup artist and cosmetics creator Bobbi Brown. " A blue smoky eye is an unexpected and stylish variation on the traditional smoky eye, making it a little bit more fun."
And while this beauty trend may bring about memories of the '60s, Brown says blue eyeshadow does not have to be overwhelming. "Look for shades of blue that incorporate black and brown tones which will give them the richness of denim and keep the colors modern."
Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder creative makeup director, believes the trick to nailing the application is to be very light-handed and adapt the look according to your unique style.
"When I work on a fashion show, there are 30 girls from different countries, with different types of skin, eye shapes, face shapes. Even though we create one look for the runway we still slightly alter the makeup in a way where the overall look is still the same, but still very individual," he says. "And that's what women have to remember. It's meant to be interpreted by each woman and worn in a way that is going to look beautiful on her."
Ready to master this statement-making look, StyleList tasked New York makeup artist Emily Kate Warren to mold these runway looks into wearable, denim eyes on a real woman -- namely, Jennifer Fields, senior editor at AOL Health.
As you can see in the photo slider below (move the button from left to right to see before and after shots), the denim eyes trend is a sassy way to revamp your normal beauty routine.
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Estée Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Dahlia offers five gorgeous jewel tone shades that allow you to experiment.
Next, apply a gold highlight eyeshadow from the inner eye corners to inner edge of the (<) shape. If you have fair to light skin, Warren recommends using a champagne color instead. To finish, use a clean brush to buff the gold into the blue. "You want the colors to look like one turns into the next," she says.
Keep the rest of your face soft and pretty for day by pairing your denim eyes with Pink Rose Blush (for light complexions) or plum blush (for dark complexions) and sheer lip gloss, says Brown. Take it up a few notches for night by using a dark denim shadow with a hint of shimmer like Bobbi Brown Denim Sparkle Eye Shadow or mascara to really make eyes pop and add a hint of color to your lashes that is subtle, yet noticeable.