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Would You Wear… Turquoise Eyeshadow?


Turquoise Eye Shadow
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In the dead of winter, this icy hot beauty trend is taking over. Although we just featured green eye makeup as the beauty trend to watch for Spring, turquoise eye shadow is being seen everywhere right now! From Scarlett Johansson’s ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana (see above-left) to being paired with Christian Dior looks (see above-middle), it is easy to confirm that the color blue is back.

My thoughts on this trend? For the most part, the blue looks I’ve seen lately have been done with taste. I think it can be very easy for this look to come off as trashy and vulgar, so to make this work, it’s best to be careful to not apply too much.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to break out of my winter grey-and-navy rut.  Adding a pop of blue eye shadow seems like a fantastic way to spice up a dull look and add some color to a dreary winter ensemble.

Turquoise Eye Shadow 2
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How do you feel about blue eyeshadow?

Do you think this look is an edgy way to add drama to your outfit or just a bad resurgence from the 1980s? Could you see yourself wearing some blue eyeshadow? If so, how/when would you wear it? Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts!

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32 Responses to “Would You Wear… Turquoise Eyeshadow?”

  1. 1
    January 12th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Absolutely not. It reminds me of this girl I knew… She looked like she was from the 80s and not the cool 80s. Every day she would wear turquoise eyeshadow. And not a little – A LOT! I admit, it looks good on some of the girls from the pictures you’ve chosen, but it’s not for me.

  2. 2
    January 12th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I don’t think I could ever pull it off. :(

  3. 3
    January 12th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I tried turquoise eyeliner it was more suttle eyeshadow a little to dramatic

  4. 4
    January 12th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I wear blue eyeshadow alot because it makes my blue eyes really bright. But only a little and I blend it with other colors to tone it down.

  5. 5
    January 12th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I love turquoise eyeshadow, but a little goes a long way. I recieved a turquoise eyeshadow as a free sample two months ago and I was just stumped at what to do with it. It was highly pigmented and when I applied it all over my lid, I looked like an extra for Dirty Dancing. Finally, I found out that using the shadow as liner by wetting an eyeliner brush was my best bet.

  6. 6
    January 12th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Gradually I’ve grown to love pigmented colors. After reading the green eyeshadow article, I decided to give it another try and put some on today. For one thing: LOVE IT. Also, I put some turquoise just under my bottom lashes (before reading this article) and I love the way it looks. It really makes your eyes pop, but if you use too much it could be a little overwhelming… I guess you really have to be confident to pull that “all-over-blue” look off. For most of us insecure college girls I think a little bit is enough. :P

  7. 7
    January 12th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hmm… its not for me every day. My eyes are a deep evergreen color. If I wear saturated colors like blue and turquoise they tend to make my eyes look dull and dark in comparison. I prefer more earthy colors for every day to make my eyes stand out, but I could see myself wearing a bright color like turquoise for a festive party or something like that.

  8. 8
    January 12th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I am brunette with dark brown eyes. A nice thick line of turquoise eye shadow can really make my eyes pop. I was totally against it too (as an 80’s throwback) until I tried it once, done subtly you can even wear it to work!

  9. 9
    January 12th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve been wearing turquoise eyeshadow since this past summer and I absolutely love it! I think it looks great on everyone (as long as you wear it appropriately): subtle for school & edgy for parties :))

  10. 10
    January 12th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    With my brown eyes i would have to stay closer to the earth tones. Blue would be a little too much for me. I love the color but i just couldn’t make it work as an eyeshadow. …

  11. 11
    January 12th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I love the color but just can’t find a way to wear it as eyeshadow without it looking horrible.

  12. 12
    January 12th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I really like turquoise on my lower lash line as a liner :)
    all over my lid though?
    i dont think id be able to pull it off

    however i can do purple all over my lid which makes my hazel eyes pop
    i think i might try a sheer turquoise on the inner third of my eye and then maybe a shimmer dark brown on the outer and blend it and see how that looks though! :)

  13. 13
    January 12th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I wore it yesterday with a very neutral outfit.
    It was right lovely.

    I used a color most similar to the second photo, with a very light purple on my brow bone. :)

  14. 14
    January 12th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I bought a 99 cent turquoise single from Sally’s almost a year ago. So far I’ve managed to pull it off when wearing it as thin eyeliner (top and/or waterline) but I have tried to wear it all over. It looks terrible and I cannot figure out how to not look like I’m wearing stage makeup.

  15. 15
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I cant see myself wearing this, just because eyeshadow/brightly colored eyeliner is just not my thing. It’s a great 80s throwback if done correctly, though. I love the look of it on Lea Michele.

  16. 16
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I LOVE blue eyeshadow…the dramatic effect is great for fun nights out! I do that look more than smoky eyes because it’s easier to do.

  17. 17
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I love it for a night out look. I picked a really bright turquoise, but blended it with black and pink (all three colors were from a M.A.C. set, but I can’t remember which) to create a smokey eye. It turned out sexy instead of neon 80’s madness!

  18. 18
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I frequently wear blue eyeshadow! My favorite is from the HIP line from Loreal, it’s also great as an eyeliner when used with an eyeliner brush.
    I think that blue eyeshadow really brings attention to my deep brown eyes. I would advise every brown-eyed beauty to try at least using it for eyeliner, it’s a great pop of color!

  19. 19
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Turquoise shadow can seem as a bit of a throwback to the 80’s, but I think a lighter version just on the lid, as eyeliner, or only done in the crease with a lighter color (think white or gold) can be a fun, bright look. It’s nice to break up the drab grays and neutrals for winter, since a lot of us seem to fall into a style and beauty rut around this time of year. Blues are especially great for people with brown eyes. Think of the color wheel- The closest complimentary of brown is blue. When done right, it can be a trendy look that really brightens things up.

  20. 20
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I actually wore this today. I put a frosty cream colored shadow on my lids and then used to turquoise/teal shadow as a liner. It works if you only line on the bottom to the center of your eye, which is how I always line my eyes cause it makes them look bigger and it’s not so over powering. I also only lined the top to the center as well and I blended where the line stopped. I really like how it turned out. It was very wintery and cute. I think that as long as you know the right way to do something, you shouldn’t be afraid to try something.

  21. 21
    January 13th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I am definitely a fan, it’s so bright and cute! :)

  22. 22
    January 13th, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Nah, not for me, sorry. I don’t even wear eyeshadow much so bright and different colours are not for me.

  23. 23
    January 13th, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I like that a lot! I actually own the bourjois smokey eye trio in blue (I wore it for NYE)

  24. 24
    January 13th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I wear turquoise and blue eyeshadows near-constantly. I have about 7 different shades, ranging from a really eye-catching shimmery Barry M Dazzle Dust for nights out, to a cool blue palette from Sephora. It’s flattering on my skin (pale, irish skinned brunette) and makes my blue-green eyes pop like no other colour. Admittedly I don’t wander the streets with it applied like Scarlett’s photo, I’m much more like the top right photo.

  25. 25
    January 13th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    i tried it today and didnt leave the house it looked absolutely wretched on me lol but at least i gave it a shot

  26. 26
    January 14th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I am a big fan of turqouise eye shadow, but I mix it with a silver and only apply to my lid, not above. I love it because I’m soooo very pale that it stands out without overtaking me.

  27. 27
    January 15th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I have “espresso” hair, hazel/brown eyes, pale-medium skin, and LOVE the look of turquoise shadow/liner. Although it makes my eyes look more brown, they look beautiful with the color. My trick is to buy the thick metallic liners in a light blue and reg. green, rub them together on my finger, and then apply to my eyelids (only!) . With the rest of the face virtually color-free, others’ eyes are immediately drawn to your’s. Because the effect has an ocean-y look to it and looks great on a clean, tanner face, this is my go-to look in the summer.

  28. 28
    January 16th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I use turquoise eyeshadow, I’m passioned about blue tones. I have dark eyes, so it looks better when I use darkish turquoise shadows.

  29. 29
    January 17th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I really like turquoise! I honestly don’t wear it much, but when I do it looks really pretty. I agree with the other comments in that it can go from classy to trashy very easily. You don’t need much to gain the right effect. It looks great on my brown eyes since it makes them pop.

  30. 30
    January 21st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I’ve tried turquoise eyeliner before [because it’s more subtle] and it’s fun for special occasions if it accents really well what I’m wearing, but I find it doesn’t flatter my hazel eyes as well as other colours.

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