Tutorial: How To Wear Baby Blue Eyeshadow WITHOUT Looking Like You Just Got Off The Groove Train

Last week, Marky and I finally decided to start watching the TV show Freaks and Geeks on Netflix.


As someone who was in high school during the year 1980(when the show takes place), I can vouch that everything the show portrays is TRUTH. And I love it. So funny, so real…one of the best shows, best cast of actors I’ve EVER seen. And the soundtrack? AMAZING. Exactly the music we all listened to at the time: Styx, The Who, Rush, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper-everything was still very much 70s sounding rock because it was just before music started changing. The show has brought back SO MANY memories for me!

And one of those memories is about baby blue eyeshadow. I don’t know if it’s because of my age, but I STILL LOVE me some baby blue eyeshadow. Baby blue eyeshadow was a staple in every girl’s makeup stash in the 70s and early 80s too.

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         YIKES, right?

Yeah. Well, what if you still want to wear baby blue eyeshadow but don’t want everybody thinking that you just got off the groove train? Or if you’re afraid of dating yourself? Or if you’re just afraid of looking like that ad?

Step 1: Grab a baby blue eyeliner and apply it all over the lid as a base, using your finger to blend it out.

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I used my new Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in #008 Light Blue. Man, this is one cool eyeliner! Creamy and pigmented! And yup-it’s waterproof and doesn’t budge at all! It’s such a unique colour and perfect for this look.

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Step 2: Take a matte, dove grey eyeshadow or pale blue shadow and apply that all over the pencil. I prefer it to be a matte or a satin finish, otherwise this can look a little too groovy for my age. I used the lightest shade from my Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres Quad which is a greyed baby blue, but if you pick a light grey, that would look amazing I think too!

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Step 3: Take a neutral, darker taupe shade like Burberry Taupe eyeshadow. None of the magical mauvey taupes-you want something that really does look like what the colour taupe is named after which is the European Mole, and that means a dark, greyish brown. Apply that taupe into your crease and outer V to give some definition to your lids and to contrast the pale blue.

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Step 4: Take that same taupe shade and line your lower lash line. I like quite a thick one with this look, as it really open up your eye and makes it look wider and innocent. You know, the way your eyes looked when you got asked to slow dance to Stairway to Heaven by that cute guy in your English class: Who me? Of course! And btw, slow dancing to Stairway to Heaven is the WEIRDEST experience ever…hands up if you’ve ever had to endure it and agree!

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Step 5: Also line your top lash line with the taupe. You need some definition on your upper lid to break up the baby blue!

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Step 6: Take a matte eyeshadow shade as close to your skin tone and use that as your brow highlight and blend everything together with a fluffy brush. Blend those edges baby! Sing it with with me(to the tune of Come Sail Away by Styx): Blend blend away! Blend blend away! Come blend away with me, lads!

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Step 7: Take a matte pink or white eyeliner and use that as your inner corner highlight. Here I’ve used my Pur Minerals Hello Bright Eyes. If you have Benefit Eye Bright, that’s about the same. And if you want to use white instead of pink, then something like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk or MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl would work great too!

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Step 7: Then take one of those eyeliners-here I’ve used the Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Light Blue again-and line your bottom waterline with that. I like the pale blue as it really whitens and brightens my eyes!

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Step 8: Apply a mascara that gives you the most amazing feathery lashes EVER. For me, that’s Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara. The brush manages to find EVERY lash I have and I love it! If you’ve never tried that mascara, I highly recommend it!

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And that’s it!! A pale, baby blue eyeshadow look that’s more modern and won’t get you asked if you just got off the groove train!

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I love pairing this look with a pale, nude lipstick like Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Retsina, and a peachy, pink blush on the cheeks. Oh-and some bronzer all over the face of course to warm up my complexion! Since the eyes and lips are so cool toned, you do need some warmth on your face to even out the look. Here I used Dior Aurora which is still one of my faves and always will be!

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Now I all I need is an army jacket like the main character Lindsey in Freaks and Geeks wears! I used to have one in the 80s and loved it. I was kind of exactly like her in high school-I was one of the smartest kids(won the Governor General’s Medal thanks very much), but I hung out with anybody. Freaks, geeks- all of them were my friends and I didn’t care much what anybody thought, just like the theme song Bad Reputation by Joan Jett says:

I guess I’m still like that actually-don’t care much what others think- so I’ll keep wearing my baby blue eyeshadow even though I’m an old lady! I hope you give it a try too!

What was your favourite makeup look that you loved wearing in high school? Do you still wear it?