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7 Looks That Prove Blue Eyeshadow Is No Longer Stuck In The '80s

Think Madonna circa 1983, but modern.
10/02/2015 12:48pm ET

Yes, blue eyeshadow is a thing again and it’s going to be big.

During New York Fashion Week last month, designers including Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and Phillip Lim demonstrated just how versatile (and flattering!) the shade can be for all skin types and tones. Models debuted subtle accents of color applied around the lash line, and bold, all-over coverage. Either way, blue brought light and depth to the eyes in a surprisingly modern way.

Whether you’re into keeping it simple or making a statement, get involved with the blue eyeshadow redux that is happening now. Check out some of our favorite looks from New York Fashion Week below, and learn how to recreate them at home.

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Matte Madness - Jenny Packham
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Blue liner was presented as playful, yet low-key at Jenny Packham. Top lashes were lined with a pigmented light blue shade and slightly winged for retro effect. Take a blue gel liner, like Lancome's Long Wear Calligraphy Gel EyeLiner in Dress-Up Teal, and create a line of medium thickness along your top lashes. Finish the stroke with a delicate wing at the outer corners of the eye.
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Gleaming and Glamorous - Karen Walker
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The Karen Walker look was soft and sweet with a tasteful element of shine.Using a soft eye pencil or crayon, like the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Electric by Urban Decay, draw a thick line along the top lashes. Smudge and blend the color upward with your finger or a flat brush. Apply a layer of iridescent silver shadow on top. Try Sephora Collection's Colorful Eyeshadow in N-60 Diamonds Are Foreverto finish the look.
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Pop Art Princess - Nanette Lepore
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Models at Nanette Lepore sported shades of cobalt and turquoise for a funky downtown look. Choose two eye pencils of contrasting blue shades, one for the top lashes and one for the bottom. We like Stila's Smudge Sticks in Cobalt and Turquoise. Using the darker shade, draw an arcing line across the top lid that finishes at the outermost corner of the eye. Color in the space between the line and the lashes and smudge until the color is thick and pigmented. Using the lighter shade, drag the liner from the middle of the eye to the outer corner so it joins the color on top. Don't be afraid to be liberal with your color application. The bolder, the better.
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Second Day Drama - Marc Jacobs
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Hit the snooze button for a few extra minutes and rock the purposefully "undone" look seen at Marc Jacobs. Smear brown cream-based shadow all over the upper eyelid area and underneath the eyes. We like the NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Filbustefor darker skin tones and Dark Angelfor lighter skin tones. Once you've created a slightly smokey base, liberally apply NARS' Soloman Islands Eye Paint from the corner to the middle of the eye. Blend using your finger for the full muddled effect.
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Sparkling Summer Vibes - Diane von Furstenberg
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Say hello to the smokey eye that will make you look like a seaside goddess all year long. Try a blend of blue in green MAC shadows in Aquadisiac, Freshwater, Steamy and Swimming. Blend the blues on the top lid, and the greens underneath your bottom lashes. Slightly extend the color from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner for added drama and dewiness.
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Understated Romance - 3.1 Phillip Lim
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If you prefer something more straightforward, the delicate pop of color seen at Phillip Lim is for you. The style is versatile, sleek and easy to recreate. Using a thin flat brush, carefully apply NARS' Eye Paint in Soloman Islands, or a similar turquoise gel-based formula, to the bottom of the eye in the corner. Repeat the same motion on the top of the eye starting mid-lash line and extending outwards.
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Feminine and Fearless - A Détacher
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This style is perfect for the person who isn't afraid to spice things up and make a serious statement. Using an eyeshadow stick in a powder blue or topaz shade, like Nyx's Glam Shadow Stick in Topaz,draw a curved line on your eyelid directly under the brow bone. The line should curve to mirror the shade of your eye. Fill in the area under the line and blend so the color is smooth. Add more layers to achieve different levels of pigment intensity.

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