neon clothes, hair elevated to new heights and shoulder pads a-plenty,
it is no surprise that 80s ebullience translated into makeup trends as
well. And, what better way to make a bold and sassy fashion statement
than with blue. It was an
era defining makeup look. No 80s makeup bag
was complete without a
variety of azure and cobalt shadow, liner and mascara choices. I mean,
really, one shade of blue couldn’t possibly cover the myriad wardrobe
and occasion options available to
an 80s girl. That
glittering sky blue eyeshadow might look great with your
oversized v-neck Esprit sweater for school, but it simply wouldn’t do
for the more sultry off- the-shoulder evening styles that you wore to
meet your favorite dude at the mall.
L’Oreal, and every other makeup company, did a great job of showing us how
gorgeous we’d look in our blue eye palette. This commercial for Shadow
Riche eye shadow from 1983 is great. I love the step by step progression
that serves as a how-to for those unsure how to apply with flare. After
all, we were worth it.
So, if you are trying to capture an authentic 80s eye look, go blue. Layer
your blues – start with some teal eyeliner (applied to the inside of the
eye), then add a royal blue to the bottom of the lid along the lash line
and a lighter blue as you move up on the lid. Finally, accent your blues
with a contrasting color like hot pink, orange, or yellow. You’ll have
80s eyes in an instant.
This look has made a comeback. With all the other 80s fashions back, it
only makes sense that the makeup would follow. Here are some of the 2010
and later takes on the blue eyeshadow trend.