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February 19, 2018

Blue Monday? This Easy High-Fashion Change to Your Eye Look Will Brighten Your Week

Feeling blue at the start of a new workweek? Liven it up! It’s a new year, and that means you can let loose and let go with this fresh, bold “Blue Monday” makeup look, inspired by the runways.



When I’m going for a look, I usually focus on one feature and go from there. Lately I’ve noticed a lot of young Hollywood stars really focusing on the eye and doing it in a creative way. So today I’ll show you how you can get this look with K-beauty.


So I’ve talked about making the eye appear bigger by tightlining the lower lids with a fleshy colored pencil, which does work and really does bring focus to the eye. However, there’s another way to utilize this technique and really up the wow-factor, and that’s by using a blue pencil.


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There are two ways you can go about this, blue-wise. Either a deep jewel toned navy, which reads more elegant, or a fun light blue which reads more artsy and trendy. Whichever one you choose, it’s going to look great! I find this look works for any eye color but looks especially dramatic and lovely for us brown-eyed foxes.


The eyes


1. To start, dust the second and third shadow from the Etude House Play Color Eyes Cherry Blossom palette all over the upper lids. A mix of these two shades will give you a nice peachy color.


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2. If you want a bit more drama and you have a double lid, swipe the seventh shade all over the lid. It’s a glittery shade so it will really catch the light nicely.


3. After that tightline your upper eyelids with a black eyeliner, but do not line the upper eyelids. We’re saving the spotlight for our lower lids.


4. Top with mascara or some false eyelashes. The Face Shop Pro Eyelashes in 09 Real would be nice as they look natural and polished but won’t take focus away from the lower part of the eye.


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Makeup artist Patrick Ta gave actress Olivia Munn this badass navy blue lower lashline. Instagram/Patrick Ta


5. Now for the headliner of this show. Grab the Hera Eye Designer Pencil in the shade #5 Pacific Blue if you’re going with the navy look, or Etude House Play 101 pencil in shade #37. (3CE Creamy Water Proof Eye Liner #10 Mojito is another option for light blue — see how it pops in the photo below?)


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Tightline the entire lower lid as well as the bottom lash line and extend ever so slightly past your eye. Keep it in a straight line; don’t curve up or down. After you’re done, buff out the bottom line to make it smoky. We are only going to smoke out the bottom lashline as it’s our main attraction here, so really play it up. When you’re finished, you will have an awesome dramatic eye worthy of a million selfies.


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Proof that this look looks good on everyone. From left: Jessica Biel, Emma Stone, Janelle Monae


The blush


To finish things off, the Tony Moly Luminous Aurora Lighter, which is a cool rainbow colored highlighter, is a really fun way to put a bow on things. If you’re feeling bold, hold your blush brush very steady and take one long swipe of color, making sure not to mix the rainbow as you’re picking up pigment. Then lay it down on your cheeks and swipe up in one fluid motion. It will deposit the rainbow straight onto your cheeks! It looks really cool with the blown out blue eye.


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If you’re not too confident or if straight-up rainbows aren’t really your thing, the highlighter does make for a lovely pinky color when swirled together. So if you choose the more muted swirled rainbow and navy eye, or the bold light blue eye and rainbow highlight, it’s all going to tie together nicely.


The lip


You also have the choice of going bold or laid-back with the lip. For the bold option, I’d go with my fave Romand Juicy Lasting Lip Tint Dragon Pink. This bold, hot purply-pink will contrast with the blue and make for a bold punch of color. If you want something softer, go with 3CE Creamy lip color in Cotton Pie, which is a soft peach that picks up the color in your eyeshadow and really lets the blue shine through. I’m tellin’ ya, which ever path you choose it’s going to look great!

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Give this Blue Monday look a try and let me know what you think in the comments!


Coco Park is an author, beauty journalist, blogger, podcast host, and all around oddball living in Montreal Quebec with her family. Originally from the southern USA, she worked for several years in the makeup industry as a professional makeup artist and holds a certificate in esthetics. She is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Want to know more? Check her out on the Beauty Beyond Basics podcast, on her blog, on Instagram @thebeautywolf, and in her book "Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup."