Trend Watch: Aquatic Eyes

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos, application tips

Shutterstock_14221186 Eyes in lagoon hues of blue, green and turquoise are a top trend this season, and the vibrant, fun-loving look is a refreshing departure from winter’s smoky, chrome-plated lids. Perfect for a day at the beach or those sultry summer nights, marine colours can be as bright and bold or as light and breezy as you make them—it’s all in the application. Best of all, deep-sea shades work with almost every skin tone. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you create this mermaid-inspired look and make a splash this summer.

How to Get the Look
The key to creating gorgeous, ocean-fresh eyes is choosing eye shadows and eyeliners with a complementary colour palette that work well together. Eyes shouldn’t be a monochromatic blue or green. Instead, use subtly different hues to highlight eyes and create a multi-dimensional look.

Your look should be soft and natural during the day. Start with a sheer shade of pale blue or minty green BlueLazalite eye shadow, such as Pür Minerals Pressed Shadow in Blue Lazulite, and sweep over your entire lid as a base, blending up to the brow bone. Next add highlights with a sunny yellow or shimmering champagne (we recommend Sunlit Gypsum or Champagne Citrine shadows), applied to the crease and corners of your eye.

This look generally doesn’t require eyeliner, but one option is to wet your Eyeliner Brush and apply your initial shade of base shadow as eyeliner. You can also use a very light brown or taupe eye pencil, such as 3-in-1 Universal Pencil in Almandine, to add subtle definition. Finish off the look with a single coat of mascara.

Turn up the heat at night with sexy, sophisticated shades of vivid turquoise and emerald. Begin with a lighter shade of green, such as True Emerald Pressed Mineral Shadow. Use as a base, covering your whole eyelid and then follow with a deeper shade of green (try Pür Minerals Midnight Jade shadow), working into the crease of your eye and blending outward. This will help create the illusion of depth.

Next, line eyes with a deep green eyeliner pencil and lightly smudge the colour for a soft, smoky finish. Then, add highlights with a gold eye shadow or eyeliner. Gold and green are a classic colour combo and great for a dressier, evening look. The Pür Minerals Glimmer Pencil in Gold is perfect for this. Apply the pencil over your green eyeliner and then to the inside corners of your eyes and just beneath the brow bone for a pop of sparkling colour. Comb a lengthening, thickening mascara through your lashes and viola—you’ve mastered summer’s hottest eye look.