Why Blue is Having a Fall Beauty Moment

This fall, add a pop of blue to your beauty routine. (Photo: Jon Paterson)

Blue isn’t a color I normally associate with fall beauty, but I haven’t been able to take my eyes off model Sam Rollinson in her Chanel ads for the jazz inspired Rhythm de Blue collection that launched for September (if you’ve opened any magazine lately, you’ve seen them). She makes a striking blue eye look so cool — and somehow totally wearable. Rollinson isn’t the only one making waves with the moody hue. Actresses Lupita N’yongo and Brie Larson have rocked blue accents on the red carpet, courtesy of makeup artist Nick Barose. “Blue, especially electric blue, is such a modern color that adds a fun pop,” Barose tells Yahoo Beauty. “It’s like a red lipstick for your eyes.”

Sam Rollinson shows of Chanel’s Blue Rhythm de Chanel collection. (Photo: Chanel)

Before you go reaching for that blue eyeshadow, there are a few rules you need to follow when it comes to rocking the shade. “Blue can easily turn into a bad ‘80s look if it has shimmer or sparkles in it or if the application is overdone,” says Barose. The key is to keep your makeup simple, focusing on one feature and keeping the rest of your makeup minimal (as perfectly demonstrated by Rollinson for Chanel with a winged metallic eye and glossy nude lip). He suggests keeping blush minimal and instead opting for a nude highlighter or bronzer to keep it feeling modern and fresh.

Brie Larson with blue eye makeup by Nick Barose at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo: Getty Images)

As for Barose’s favorite ways to wear the look, he prefers to use a liquid liner (try MAC Fluidline in Royal Wink, $17) on the upper lash line for a hint of blue, or a blue shadow smudged slightly along the upper and lower lashes (you can’t go wrong with Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tissé Jazz, $61). For Brie Larson at the Toronto International Film Festival, Barose applied a few coats of blue mascara (Barose likes YSL Volume Effect Mascara in 3 Extreme Blue, $32) combined with a blue liner pencil dotted (try Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner in Côte D’azur, $23) along her lash line to give the illusion of a blue lash base. If you’re not ready to dive head first into this trend, start small and go with a metallic blue nail polish (pick up a bottle of Zoya Estelle, $9) for your next manicure. The color is a lot easier to pull off (and more modern) than you think.


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