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Keep your look simple and clean, not overpowering. Along with the big hair, aerosol hairspray cans, ripped jeans, and Madonna, blue eyeshadow and red lips were essential in the signature looks and culture of the 80s. But let’s face it: some trends always come back in style! So why not recycle your blue eyeshadow and change up the way you wear it? Here are some simple and stunning ways to apply blue eyeshadow:

COLOR & STYLE

If you want to keep your look fresh and light, use blue eyeshadow as you would use eyeliner. A nice hint of blue underneath the eye works well too. For a daring look, use another eyeshadow color to complement the blue color. One way you can do this is to use a dark eyeshadow at the crease of your eyelid. Try a dark grey or deep purple for this technique. For a simple, yet bold blue eye, use a a blue eyeshadow without blending or using another shade.

EYELINER & MASCARA

Whatever you do, do not use black eyeliner. This will only block off the blue and turn you away from using blue eyeshadow ever again. Trust me. Opt for a blue eyeliner that’s at least two shades darker than your eyeshadow. Try L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeliner in Cobalt 920 or L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner in Navy 541. If you are using the eyeshadow as eyeliner, then simply skip the eyeliner suggestion. Find a mascara that will add volume and length. DO use mascara in a black color. Check out L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara.

THE LIPS

A bright, bold color like blue automatically draws attention to your eyes. Pair a nude or rose colored lip with your blue eyeshadow to soften the overall look. This style is appealing, sexy, and great for any skin tone. Just beware of flaunting a bold lip and blue eyeshadow together as the look can overwhelm you. You can turn out looking either like the all-American girl, or like Mi-Mi from The Drew Carey Show.

As you venture into the blue, remember to keep it light and keep it sweet. How do you use blue eyeshadow?