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The Big Blue

Many fashion week trends can seem too daring for every day. Take for example, blue eye shadow. It was, by far, one of the hottest colour trends spotted on the spring 2016 runways from New York to Milan and everywhere inbetween. Sound scary? Don’t walk away just yet.

We gave three totally different style experts free reign to play with a sea of blue eye makeup and craft their own take on the trend. The surprise? Vibrant shades of shimmering azure, sky blue, and deep denim are both adventurous and totally wearable.

For Sunina Young, having a healthy lifestyle is just as important as having a healthy complexion. This New York City-based fitness instructor and health and wellness blogger is a self-professed skin care junkie—but she also isn’t afraid to experiment with eye-catching makeup looks.

Sunina’s style: Naturally pretty. Most days, you’ll find Sunina in chic workout wear as she bustles all over Manhattan teaching high-intensity workouts and helping her students get their “om” on. Her blog champions inner beauty and her holistic mind, body, beauty philosophy. “Makeup doesn’t have to be serious! I think it should be fun and accentuate what you already have. I also believe in taking care of myself, and makeup is a part of that,” says Sunina. The secret to her glow? Yoga Glow, where she combines meditative yoga with a glow-boosting “spa-vasana” facial.

Sunina’s take on blue: Ombré azure. An ombré cat eye in azure blue that feels thoroughly 2016, not 1998. “I usually stay pretty classic, but I love experimenting with bolder looks at night,” says Sunina. Her final look perfectly combines a classic cat eye shape with an unexpected jolt of electric blue. She made the look infinitely more wearable by softening the edges. “I haven’t done blue eye shadow since high school, but now I can actually pull it off in a way that’s very soft, fresh, and pretty,” says Sunina.

To get Sunina's look: First, line your upper and lower lash lines with a navy blue eyeliner, like Skinny Stick in Skinny Jeans. Next, use an angled brush to sweep Lid Pop in Aqua Pop from your lash lines up towards your creases and extend the shadow past your outer lashes to create the cat eye flick. Blend the dark blue liner and azure shadow to create an ombré effect. This trend is all about the eyes, so Sunina went for a bold brow and jet-black mascara, and kept her lips neutral but full of dimension by layering two shades of sparkling pink: Long Last Glosswear in Bamboo Pink and Air Kiss.

On her namesake blog, Angel Lenise dives deep into her favourite topics, including hip-hop, fashion, and culture. If that weren't enough, she's also a video producer, journalist, discerning fashionista, and total beauty junkie. 

Angel’s style: Minimalist chic. She may hail from Texas, but you definitely won’t find any cowboy boots in her closet. “I love sleek clothing in shades of beige, blush, and rose. Monochromatic dressing is the best way to always look put-together without having to put in any effort!” says Angel. On her blog, Angel’s love of storytelling, hard-hitting journalism, and jaw-dropping fashion all come together. “My passion is bringing depth and an intellectual voice to the fashion space. I'm interested in the stories behind brands, so I try to highlight the business and process behind these creative dream jobs.”

Angel’s take on blue: Classic denim. What’s more chic than a simple, graphic line of navy liner? Angel upped the ante by using two different shades—a dark jean to line her top lashes and a jewel-toned sapphire to line the lower. “My eyes are one of my favourite features and this look is a way to really make them pop. It’s perfect for date night because it’s super sexy, without looking like you’re wearing too much,” says Angel.

To get Angel's look: Line top lashes with dark navy liner like Skinny Stick in Skinny Jeans (how apropos), being sure to stay as close to lashes as possible. Thicken the line with an angled brush dipped in midnight blue eye shadow. Angel used Lid Pop in Surf Pop. Keep the line sharp and precise. Then, use the angled brush and a teal shadow, like Lid Pop in Aqua Pop, to line the lower lashes from corner to corner. The two shades should meet at the outer corners of your eyes. From afar, this may just look like one chic shade, but up close, it'll sparkle with multi-layered colours. Don't forget a couple coats of your favorite mascara to finish. Angel kept the rest of her look perfectly nude with buffed skin, softly flushed cheeks, using Cheek Pop in Nude Pop, and a swipe of Long Last Glosswear in Kissyfit.

Andrea Maria is a globetrotter, fashion writer, and colour enthusiast. Her blog, Dear Milano, covers fashion, beauty, travel, and lifestyle and is the go-to in her hometown of Mexico City.

Andrea’s style: Ladylike with a modern twist. Take one look at her Instagram feed, and you’ll quickly see that Andrea has an unabashed love of vibrant hues. Having grown up in Mexico City and studied fashion design in Milan, it makes perfect sense that she favours all things Technicolour. “When I travel, I see all these crazy inspiring colours, people, and food. Then I go to New York and everyone is wearing black and white. I just want to wear colour!” says Andrea. She’s known for mixing patterns like the true street style darling she is and switching up her hair colour as often as some people change up their nail polish. It’s no surprise that she was game to play Runway Your Way with us.

Andrea’s take on blue: Sky high. Not one to shy away from bold colours, Andrea fell in love with a shimmery sky blue smoky eye.  “I want to wear this every day, it’s so fierce,” says Andrea. “I think Fashion Week is the perfect time to do something crazy and then just keep it, wear it always, make it yours, ” says Andrea.

To get Andrea's look: Using a soft, fluffy shadow brush, sweep a light blue shadow from your lash line up into the crease, and along your lower lash line. Andrea blended the two lightest shades in the All About Shadow Quad in Galaxy for a unique, shimmering blue. Use the lightest shade in the eye shadow palette just under the brow to add lift and definition. Add extra dimension by softly lining your eyes with Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Big Blue. Make pale blue really pop with extra coats of volumising mascara, like Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet. The perfect complement to blue? Pink! Andrea completed her look with rosy cheeks, using Cheek Pop in Plum Pop, and multiple coats of Long Last Glosswear in Clearly Pink.

Want more spring trend inspiration? See how Sunina, Angel and Andrea are rocking this season’s hottest new lip colour.

Photos: Ondrea Barbe | Words: Hilary Presley | Hair: Matthew Monzon | Makeup: Bill Westmoreland