If my 14-year-old self were a guest editor on Who What Wear UK, chances are most of my articles would involve bold eye looks. That was my thing—my signature, if you will—in my early teens. In the days before YouTube tutorials and Instagram accounts dedicated to bright makeup, I prided myself on my ability to create peacock feather–inspired shadow looks in five minutes flat.
And then I grew up. Bypassing my emo phase, which mostly consisted of slicking my lips with poison berry lipgloss and drawing thick kohl rings around my eyes, I soon began gravitating towards neutral shades of brown, grey, taupe, and beige—and that's what I've stuck to ever since. Fifteen years of smoky eyes, black mascara, and little else. It's a look that's served me well, and I don't plan on turning my back on it anytime soon, but recently I've been flirting with the idea of trying something new, something bold, something—dare I say?—bright.
Lately, all of my favourite influencers seem to have collectively decided that blue eye makeup is very much a thing again. So much so I spy several shots of blue eyes every scrolling session, and this week, it appears to be gaining even more traction. Much to my surprise, I absolutely love it.
Blue eye makeup, particularly when we're talking about the eyeliner and mascara varieties, serves as a refreshing alternative to black and brown. Regardless of the colour of your irises, blue shades somehow work to make the whites of your eyes look even brighter and will enhance any colourful flexes in your iris to make them look more vibrant, too.
What I love most about blue is the multitude of shades and tones it can come in. From classic navy to striking cobalt, there's guaranteed to be a blue eye makeup look to suit you, whatever your usual beauty preferences may be. Don't believe me? Then I'll let the following images prove my point.
From graphic liner and bright lashes to seamless sweeps of shadow across the lid, keep scrolling to see the chicest examples of how to wear blue eye makeup. Then, proceed to shop my edit of the best blue-hued beauty buys for every budget.