Can Anyone Wear Blue Eyeshadow?

Last week we saw some behind the scenes snaps of Rita Ora whilst shooting the new Rimmel ‘Get the Look’ ad campaign.  The dramatic blue eye shadow and red lip combo got a few cruel ‘Halloween’ jibes from the press, but if anyone can pull off a strong look, Rita can. As I’m a beauty lover, you might find it hard to believe that I do not own, and have never worn a red lip.  This is not down to my dislike of the statement red lipstick, but the fact that I have never been brave enough to try it.  Rita tweeted early this month that it was her mission to get everyone in the world wearing red lipstick, so maybe it’s my time? Now the blue eye shadow is another ball game, and on my list of makeup I would never ever wear.  I know many ladies over 70, and little girls on their first school disco like a wash of cobalt blue over the lid, but does blue eye shadow really suit anyone? Feeling adventurous, and willing to try something new, I decided I would embrace Rimmel and Rita Ora’s up and coming trend. To find out, ‘Can anyone wear blue eye shadow?’

After completing the look, I felt very self conscious and concluded that it was completely un-wearable, verging on frightening!  My husband laughed in my face, and my friend asked if I was going for the 'drag' look.  If Rita couldn’t quite pull it off, then I definitely couldn’t! I still wanted to try and make the blue eye shadow work, so I looked for ways of toning it down, and lost the red lip.  I applied my everyday brown smoky eye, and used the same bright blue eye shadow as a liner.  This time round I was brave enough to leave the house wearing the blue, and think it works quite well for a winter look. Am I a blue eye shadow convert? I think there are other colours that work better for me, so for now I would have to say no.  With regard to the red lipstick, I haven't been scared off yet, and will try and make it work with a less crazy eye!

Products used: MAC Eyeshadow in Electric Eel; Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 01

Written by Liz Cleary


  1. Wow I love this post as it's such a refreshing idea for a post! I myself have been feeling a little braver with colour lately and have been opting for green and purple eye liners and shadows that have a purple hue to them rather than just neutrals. With green eyes I always thought blue was a no no for me. When I first started wearing make up it was all about how pink and sparkley I could get my shadow I'm sure it looked awful!


    1. I think there's a shade of blue for everyone, and every eye colour, it's just about finding the right shade for you. Good luck with your colour journey!

  2. I totally agree everyone things Blue and 1980's but its about the way you use it and where you place it
    looks amazing on you x


  3. You really suit the eyeshadow as a liner look, far better than the straight eyeshadow on its own!


  4. I've never been brave enough to wear blue eyeshadow! I love the simple blue lash line though - so pretty! x

  5. Mmmm, Rita Ora does not look her best that's for sure. The red lip on you looks lovely though.

  6. Glad you all liked the simple blue liner look. Blue eye shadow can be really tricky to pull off!

    I think it's great to experiment with colours to see what looks good, as it's easy to stick to neutrals.

    Liz xx



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