Beauty Bag: Shades of Blue can help Everything Sparkle



Jeremy Beth Michaels

Jeremy Beth Michaels is a Makeup Artist who has worked with Sephora,BeneFit CosmeticsLush CosmeticsOrigins, and many more.  With over 10 years in the  Beauty Industry, she offers advice for everyday people who want to get that Hollywood look without the red carpet hassle.

I’d like to be the first to destroy some beliefs about a previously held beauty myth… So, here goes and I hope you’re sitting down…Yes, yes, yes you CAN absolutely wear blue eye shadow. Now, I know this may sound like a complete lie, but it’s 100% true. Whoever said blue shadow is OUT, didn’t know how to apply it.  You don’t need to put it from your lashline to your eyebrow in fact, please don’t do that, but a little subtle touch of color will brighten and make a believer out of even the biggest skeptic.

My biggest suggestion for any woman: Don’t EVER be afraid of color.

Even if you’re eyes are brown and you’ve never in your life thought of adding any other color but black or brown (boring and yawn…) try adding a little navy, cobalt or a dark slate blue.  Did you know that any shade of blue actually makes the whites of your eyes brighter? Blue also highlights any other color flecks you may have in those beautiful browns or any other shade of eye you may have.


Here are some of my favorites:

This palette is perfect for your purse and you can use it wet for a more intense splash of color or use it dry for a more mellow hue and go from the office to happy hour in a flash.  Follow your lashline and then wing it out just a tad for a little bit of a 60’s look.

Some other blues I am in love with are from Urban Decay:

These new waterproof liners will not budge even if you are watching Kramer Vs. Kramer, and cry for an hour, these won’t move! Try Siren, it’s a hot teal and if you just line your lids really close to the lash line follow with your favorite mascara and you’ll be amazed at how much brighter and bolder you can look.


Another favorite of mine is dark blue black. Nars has one that is simply gorgeous. It’s called Night Flight and when used wet as a liner it shimmers in the light but you can also use it dry for a little less intensity, the color is truly different from any blue that I have found.

Now, how do you tie a blue eye together with your entire look, well the rage this summer has been all about coral lips and it looks great with blue. 

Some that I have paired with I seem to get nothing but compliments on my look and I am sure you will too. One lipstick I can’t get enough of is from Napolean Perdis, in Atlanta. It’s the best flat coral/peach I’ve tried and it really enhances any color you may have from the sun.

If you want something a little brighter you can always go for a lip stain and Smashbox Cosmetics has the best one that I have tried and stays all day, even if you are eating and drinking all day (which sometimes I do!), this stain won’t budge! Plus, it has an included coordinating balm that you can use with the stain or without depending on how deep you want your color.

Guava is my first choice, but if you want a more neutral lip go for the Nude. When you use a brighter lip and eye keep the cheeks mild with a matte bronzer or blush.

These Tarte blushes are matte and sparkle free but have incredible colors, anti -aging ingredients and vitamins and will stay put for 12 hours.

There is so much more to just your basic brown and nude shadows, while they are great, it is always good to do some experimenting with your color palette to see what makes you natural beauty pop. I have found that blue is one of the most forgotten colors all because of a bad wrap. We don’t need to bring ‘sexy’ back. We need to bring blue back!

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