How to Apply '80s Blue Eyeshadow

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How to Apply '80s Blue Eyeshadow
Choosing a quality blue eyeshadow helps you create a bright 1980s style look. (make-up image by jovica antoski from

Some trends from the 1980s are making a comeback as of 2011. According to "Elle Magazine," the 1980s trend of wearing bright blue eyeshadow was back in style for fall and winter of 2010/2011, so get ready to break out those blue eyeshadow compacts. You can apply 80s blue eyeshadow in a few minutes if you have the right brushes and proper eyeshadow.

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Things you need

  • Blue eyeshadow
  • Medium-sized flat eyeshadow brush
  • Foundation
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler

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  1. 1

    Choose pale blue eyeshadow for a lighter 80s look or intense, bright blue for a pop-coloured night look. A wide variety of blues were popular during the 80s, including everything from sky blue to turquoise.

  2. 2

    Apply foundation to your eyelids using a make-up sponge to create a base for your eyeshadow. Use your fingers to wipe off excess foundation; you want a smooth base but not too much product. Using foundation as a base not only helps the pigments blend with your skin better, but also helps your eyeshadow stay on longer.

  3. 3

    Use a dark brown or black eyeliner pencil to rim the exterior of your upper and lower eyelids. Pull your eyelid out toward your ear to flatten the skin and draw a smooth line from the inner corner to the outer corner in one stroke. The typical make-up look during the 80s featured a lot of eyeliner, regardless of the eyeshadow colour. Use your finger to blend and soften eyeliner if it feels to dark.

  4. 4

    Apply the blue eyeshadow using a medium-sized flat eyeshadow brush. Start at the base of the lashes on the interior corner of your eye and work your way across the lid. Use the brush to blend the eyeshadow up to your brow bone. Taking eyeshadow up to your brow bone was a signature make-up look of the 1980s.

  5. 5

    Apply two coats of black mascara to your top and bottom lashes. Use an eyelash curler on each eye for five seconds to make your eyes pop.

Tips and warnings

  • Try a cream eyeshadow for an amazingly bright blue. You can apply cream eyeshadow with a make-up brush or your fingers.

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