02nd Dec 2020
Today, make-up is about self-expression, which is why Princess Diana’s affection for a touch of decidedly unregal bright blue eyeliner still stands the test of time
According to Pantone, Classic Blue is 2020’s Colour of The Year. “The reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era,” says Pantone. “Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”
Sounds about right for the end of this year.
What’s more likely, is that if you were around in the late 1980’s, you’re still recovering from a blue hangover, particularly when it comes to make-up. Well, time to get over it, because it’s coming back, according to the AW20 beauty trends and 2020’s biggest influencer, Princess Diana.
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Thanks to The Crown, Diana has become a reinvigorated 2020 style icon, sparking the return of pearls, pie-crust collars, slogan jumpers, her shy, natural, flush blush and blue eyeliner.
“Diana’s look is the exact opposite of what we have been conditioned to think of as ‘natural’ and everything I love about make-up,”says make-up artist Orlaith Shore. “It’s all about paring things back to enhance and celebrate our natural beauty and quirks. Blue liner has made a comeback in the last few years and I think Di might be really making the blue kohl under eyeliner a more wearable trend once again.”
Ulla Johnson AW20
It’s a trend that pervaded the AW20 shows too, with washes of bright blue on eyes at Atlein, delicate dashes of duck egg at Ulla Johnson and sweeping pastel arches at Maison Margiela. To make it actually wearable, you might want to take the Diana approach, with just a tiny flash of blue eyeliner visible in the lower waterline, paired with fresh, clean skin.
Ulla Johnson AW20
“In the ’80s, blue eyeliner was about pulling out or brightening up naturally blue eyes,” make-up artist and Tatcha’s global director of artistry Daniel Martin told Vogue. “She kept it close to the lash line, enhancing the iris by creating this monochromatic tonal effect on the eye. She never took it up to her eyelid, which would create an entirely different effect altogether. I think her wearing it in that way made it wearable for so many.”
Maison Margiela AW20
Shop our edit of the most wearable blue eyeliners below.
Photography by Jason Lloyd Evans.
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